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85km (53 miles) SE of Munich, 22km (14 miles) E of Rosenheim, 64km (40 miles) W of Salzburg

Chiemsee, known as the "Bavarian Sea," is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Bavarian Alps. Surrounded by a serene wooded landscape, the lake greets a silhouette of mountains to the south. Resorts line the shores and sailboats swarm the seas in summer, but the main attractions are its two islands, Frauenchiemsee and Herrenchiemsee, where Ludwig II built his palace, Neues Schloss.