Established in the 12th century around Murnau Castle, Murnau am Staffelsee is a picturesque market town in Bavaria’s Oberbayern region. It’s framed by the Ammergau Alps and lies on the doorstep of Staffelsee lake, as well as the largest continuous wetland in Central Europe, the Murnauer Moos.
Things to do in Murnau
Occupying a beautifully preserved castle is the Schloßmuseum Murnau, which explores the natural, cultural and artistic history of the region. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the Murnauer Moos and the traditional production of gingerbread in the town, as well as its history of reverse glass painting. Works by artists inspired by the region are also showcased at the museum, with Franz Kobell and Gabriele Münter both represented in the collection.
A house that was purchased by Gabriele Münter in Murnau am Staffelsee has also been transformed into a museum and illustrates her life here with fellow artist Wassily Kandinsky. Wander through the rooms that are richly decorated with paintings and prints, as well as furnishings they selected. The surrounding countryside provided a source of inspiration for both artists, who often painted the views through the windows.
Sprawling west of Murnau am Staffelsee is the Staffelsee, a huge lake and popular recreational setting during the summer months. Enjoy a cruise between the lakeside settlements on the MS Seehausen or visit one of the seven islands while enjoying the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Hiking trails hug the shores of the Staffelsee, with some also open to cyclists.
Getting around Murnau
Murnau am Staffelsee is just under an hour’s drive from Munich and around 1.5 hours from Munich International Airport. Trains connect to Murnau Ort railway station and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.