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Herrenchiemsee is sometimes called the Bavarian Versailles because it is a loose copy of the palace that was home to French kings until the Revolution of 1789. Herrenchiemsee resembles Versailles because its original owner, Bavarian King Ludwig II, was a great admirer of Louis XIV. Located on an island in the middle of Germany‘s third largest lake, Herrenchiemsee is one of three residences built by Ludwig II. During his 22 years as king, Ludwig II also built the theater that houses the annual opera festival in Bayreuth honoring the works of composer Richard Wagner, whom Ludwig II also admired. Ludwig’s castle on the lake was never finished due to the king’s death by drowning in another Bavarian lake.