Hike - Drachenstich circular route

Hiking trail

On the nearly six kilometre long circular route you get an impression of the landscape variety around Murnau, such as the Murnau Moor and the Staffelsee.

  • Type Hiking trail
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 2:10 h
  • Distance 6,1 km
  • Ascent 110 m
  • Descent 110 m
  • Lowest point 642 m
  • Highest point 713 m
Even at the start, only half a kilometre away from the starting point at the Murnau Culture & Convention Centre, it is worthwhile to visit the Münter House, the former domicile of painter Gabriele Münter and her life companion, painter Wassily Kandinsky.

While you are walking further through an impressive grove of trees – a detour on the way leads to the “Lourdes Grotto”, which is hidden in a shady gorge and invites you to pray –fabulous views of the Murnau Moor and the chain of mountains behind it, along with the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, soon opens up. Only a short stretch further along, hikers can opt to visit “Ähndl” (also called Church of St. Georg), the oldest church in the Staffelsee region (built in the 8th century) and a stop off for refreshments in the adjacent beer garden or in the nearby Alpenhof.

The actual circular route continues towards a small waterfall known as “Drachenstich” and a romantic gorge, where legend has it that the Murnau Dragon is said to have eaten his many damsels. Over a small ridge you can reach the Staffelsee with its seven islands, where there are many opportunities to engage in sports and end the day relaxing in the Murnauer Bucht (“Murnau Cove”).

In case of emergency, please notify the nearest rescue coordination centre. Regardless of location, you can reach this throughout Germany under the telephone number 112.
From Munich via the A95 motorway and St2062 state road as well as from Garmisch-Partenkirchen via the federal highway B2
Parking lot at the Kultur- und Tagungszentrum Murnau

Please note: guests in “The Blue Land” and the “Ammergau Alps” regions can park free of charge at a variety of municipal parking areas (maximum parking time may not be exceeded) with the electronic guest card or the KönigsCard.

Bus stop: Murnau Postamt

Bus lines around Murnau:

9601 Weilheim - Huglfing - Uffing - Murnau

9607 Murnau - Ohlstadt - Ettal

9611 Kochel - Schlehdorf - Großweil - Ohlstadt - Murnau

9620 Murnau - Riegsee - Aidling - Murnau

9621 Murnau - Seehausen - Grafenaschau

9631 Murnau - Obersöchering / Uffing - Eglfing

9641 Murnau - Seehausen - Uffing - Kirnberg

Train stations: Murnau Bahnhof and Murnau Ort (Route Murnau - Oberammergau), Murnau Bahnhof (Route München - Murnau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen)


Guests in “The Blue Land” and the “Ammergau Alps” regions can use a variety of bus lines free of charge with the electronic guest card or the KönigsCard. You can obtain further information at: www.dasblaueland.de/Service/Kostenlos-Busfahren

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie in den Tourist-Infos sowie in den Gemeindeverwaltungen im Blauen Land. Gerne können Sie Prospekte über unser Prospektbestellungstool unter www.dasblaueland.de bestellen.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile