King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was famed for the Neuschwanstein Castle, built a royal residence Herrenchiemsee, that resembles Versailles, on Herreninsel island in the Lake Chiemsee. Thus, Ludwig II wanted to express his admiration for his idol, King Louis XIV of France. Architects were commissioned “to cite and not to copy” Versailles, however, some parts of the New Palace – details of the facade, the State Staircase, the Hall of Mirrors – somewhat replicate Versailles, and portraits of the "Sun King" are no less here than in the Parisian Palace.
Yet, some rooms of the Herrenchiemsee Palace even surpass the French Versailles. For example, the State Bedroom is decorated much richer, with unique embroidery and Meissen porcelain. Magnificently decorated state rooms of the Palace with interiors in Baroque and the eccentric King Museum in the south wing of the Palace are open to visitors. In addition to the residence, the island houses an Augustinian Monastery (Old Palace) with a Historical Museum, Museum of the Munich painter Julius Exter, an art gallery and a garden with fountains and statues.