Herrenchiemsee New Palace
For King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the French "Sun King" Louis XIV was the embodiment of absolute monarchy.
In the New Palace of Herrenchiemsee, designed by Georg Dollmann and Julius Hofmann, he fulfilled his long-cherished dream of building a "New Versailles" as a symbol of absolutism and an independent creation in the Historicist style.
The main highlights of the over twenty state rooms are the Ambassador's Staircase, the Great Hall of Mirrors and the State Bedchamber.
The palace pard designed by Carl von Effner also features motifs from Versailles.
King Ludwig II-Museum
The story of Ludwig II's life and early death is documented with paintings, busts and historic photographs, as well as memorabilia such as his christening gown and coronation robe.
Furnishings from the king's former apartment and the winter garden at the Munich Residence and plans for Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee are also on display, and there is a large exhibition of craft objects created for Ludwig II.
A separate section is devoted to the king's friendship with Richard Wagner, with portraits, caricatures, examples of scores and stage sets, and a model of the festival theatre planned by Gottfried Semper for Munich.