Lake Chiemsee is a freshwater lake located in Bavaria, Germany. It is divided into two parts, a north-eastern one called the Weitzee, and a south-western one called the Inselsee. Like many other high mountain lakes, Kimsee was formed by glacial activity. The area of the water basin is about 80 square km, making it the largest lake in Bavaria and the third largest in Germany.
There are three islands in the lake: Hereninzel (238 hectares), Fraueninzel (15.5 hectares) and Krautinzel (3.5 hectares). In the Middle Ages, the uninhabited Krautinzel (Cabbage Island) was planted with vegetables, especially cabbage.
On the island of Herreninzel is located the famous palace of Ludwig II, an exquisite copy of the Palace of Versailles. On the small island of Fraueninzel, there is a nunnery whose nuns produce a specific liqueur as well as gorgeous marzipan.