The Best Things to See and Do in Prien, Bavaria

Prien is different to most places you have probably visited.

The picturesque village in Bavaria, Germany, is both simple and enchanting. It has a great history and there are lots of fun things to do.

Intrigued? Here’s an overview of the best of what Prien has to offer. 

Herreninsel: The Castle of King Ludwig II 

This castle was built as a “Temple of Fame” for one of the most notable and admired kings of France: King Louis XIV.

The French king was highly admired in Germany back then. Consequently, King Ludwig II acquired the location for his new palace in 1873 in the French king’s honour. 

Herreninsel is modelled after the Museum of King Ludwig II and the Versailles. It houses a range of valuables, including the 1948 German constitution.

It’s home to an art gallery featuring rare paintings by the famous Munich painter Julius Exter. The king’s private rooms are also on exhibition for a sneak peak at royal life.

The Castle of King Ludwig II

Fraueninsel Monastery 

This monastery has one of the longest histories of European structures.

The original building dates back to 782 when the church was first consecrated, and some of the original building materials date back to the Carolingian era. However, the monastery has undergone many transformations.

Fraueninsel Monastery has also been a home to many notable historical figures over the years, including Charles the Great and his son, Ludwig the German.

Exploring this castle is like taking a walk through history. 

Chiemsee Railway 

Train enthusiasts shouldn’t miss out on a tour of the Chiemsee Railway, which dates as far back as 1887. The engine is still in its original condition more than a century later and it runs smoothly. 

Delicious food 

Local cuisine says a lot about local people and Prien serves great food.

Traditional dishes include delicious soups and stews, as well as sausages, meat, and freshly smoked fish.

But you can eat whatever you want at a range of restaurants in town. You can even enjoy Italian pizza in Prien if that’s what you fancy.

Hiking trails

Prien is surrounded by lush vegetation, including scenic forests that are home to rare plants and animals. And tourists can explore everything nature has to offer by hiking in the mountains.

Ferry tours and boat rides 

As Prien overlooks the vast Chiemsee lake – or the Bavarian Sea – tourists can explore the lake through tranquil ferry tours or more personalised boat rides.

The ferries typically include food and drink services.

A boat on the Chiemsee (or the Bavarian Sea)

The Prien cultural experience  

The local culture is a reflection of the people that live there and the locals in Prien are proud of their culture.

Music is a big part of the locals’ identity in Prien with operas and folk theatres playing a range of music, from traditional horn music to the blues.

The people in Prien are friendly and you can learn a lot about the place by striking up a conversation. 

Getting to Prien 

Prien is easily accessible – regardless of how you like to travel.

The village is located about 65km from Mozart International Airport and 120km from Munich International Airport.

Here are the main transport options:


Tourists can arrange for a premium shuttle service from the airport to their hotel. Arrangements can be made with the airport or the hotel. 


Travelling to Prien by car is easy and there are also plenty of taxi and car hire services.

The drive may be long, but you can take it as an opportunity to explore what the German countryside has to offer. 


Train is the cheapest and fastest way of getting to Prien. It’s also the best way to get around Prien – after walking.

It takes about one hour to get to Prien from the Munich-Salzburg railway station. 

Final thoughts 

Prien is a picturesque place to visit.

The people are warm, the food is delicious and there are lots of fun things to see and do.

What are you waiting for? Add it to your travel wish list.