One of the most traditional and impressive pilgrimages in the Bavarian uplands takes place every year on 6 November with the Leonhardifahrt (a horseback procession) in Murnau am Staffelsee. Over 350 festively decorated horses, about 65 festival wagons and eight carriages form a colourful procession that starts around 9 am at Seidl Park.
The Leonhardiverein (St. Leonhard club) and the traditional costume, music and the shooting clubs from Murnau and the surrounding area, as well as the thoroughbred horses from the Bavarian Principal and State Stud Farm Schwaiganger, line up with their colourful traditional costumes in a horseback procession.
It is hard to imagine a better backdrop than the flagged, heritage-protected middle-class houses in the pedestrian zone and the hilly mountain & lake landscape set against the alpine panorama. The final destination of the Leonhardifahrt procession is the St. Leonhard Rococo Church in Froschhausen. There the local clergyman blesses the horses before the steeds and riders gather for the subsequent nearby field mass.
The Leonhardi Market on Bahnhofstraße in Murnau is traditionally held on 6 November, and the Leonhardi Dance is held around 8 pm at the Culture & Convention Centre.
Shops are open from 12 noon-5 pm on the following Sunday, because the November Market is then held in the extended Murnau pedestrian zone (Upper and Lower Market).