Chiemsee, Germany

Largest inland Lake in Germany. Former Nazi recreation center - used by US forces in Europe until the end of the Cold War

Prien am Chiemsee: 53 miles SE of Munich, 14 miles E. of Rosenheim, 40 miles W. of Salzburg

Known as the "Bavarian Sea," the Chiemsee is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Bavarian Alps, set in a serene landscape. In the south, the mountains reach almost to the water. Many resorts line the shores of the large lake, but the Chiemsee's main attractions are on its two islands, Frauenchiemsee, with its interesting local customs, and Herrenchiemsee, site of the palace built by Ludwig II with the intent of recreating Versailles. This was a favorite place to sail in Germany. Started with dingies and graduated to 8 meter boats. No motors are allowed on the lake. Learning to dock under sail was FUN!

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