Long-distance hiking trail - Meditation Trail, 3rd stage (Murnau - Aidling)

Long distance hiking trail

From Murnau (Culture & Convention Centre) via the Maria Hilf Church, Vier Linden, Froschhausen, Sacristan House Chapel, Höhlmühle to Aidling

  • Type Long distance hiking trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 5:25 h
  • Distance 18,9 km
  • Ascent 344 m
  • Descent 327 m
  • Lowest point 654 m
  • Highest point 792 m
We start the hike at the Murnau Culture & Convention Centre, cross Bahnhofstraße, turn onto Postgasse and reach the pedestrian zone after a few metres. We keep to the right and already see the Marian Column and the Maria Hilf Church ahead of us. Inset in the house facades, the church was built between 1653 and 1655, and since 1824 has accommodated the statue of the allegedly miraculous Mother of God, which previously stood at the “Eichholz” square under the “Vier Linden” (“four lime trees”). Back then it attracted many pilgrims to Murnau, and even today the Mother of God enjoys brisk visits. When leaving the church we turn to the left, and shortly after that we branch off onto Schlossbergstraße. After House No. 12a we continue on the right on the Mayr-Graz-Weg trail and pass the St. Nicholas Church, which was mentioned in a document for the first time in 1341. St. Nicholas was venerated as the patron saint of waggoneers, raftsmen, brewers, pharmacists and chandlers, all professions which were resident in Murnau at that time. We follow the trail to the right at the fork, pass by the primary school known as “Emanuel-von-Seidl-Grundschule” and cross Schwaigangerstraße shortly after that. Now we have reached the square “Am Eichholz”, follow the road uphill and come to the “Vier Linden”, where in addition to two benches, a stele is waiting for us.

Stele 7: Vier Linden A panel chronicles the “Miracle of Tears” in the beginning of the 19th century that made this vantage point a pilgrimage site. Among other things, the “Vier Linden” was also a motif site for the old tradition of reverse glass painting and early photography. Wassily Kandinsky created the “Landscape with Tower” painting here in 1908. We continue walking down the road we came on. It leads straight ahead to a footpath that leads downhill through several mighty old copper beech trees. We cross a road and now follow the footpath on the other side in the direction of Hagen/Guglhör. Directly after a single house standing on the left side, a forest road to the left leads in the direction of Froschhauser See/Riegsee. We always follow this forest road straight ahead until we reach Froschhausen. We keep to the right and after a few metres reach the little St. Leonhard Church, which is so closely associated with the tradition of the Leonhardifahrt horseback procession in Froschhausen. The former Gothic pilgrimage church was converted to Baroque style in 1631, but the exact age is unknown. A stele awaits us near the entrance. The key for the church can be borrowed at the farm on Riegseer Straße 15.

Stele 8: Leonhardifahrt To continue the hike we follow Riegseer Straße for a short stretch, pass the public swimming site at Froschhauser See to our right and a short time later at the junction to Lothdorf turn left into the footpath that leads along the Riegsee to the village of Riegsee and ends in Dorfstraße there. We walk to the left until we reach Seestraße, which branches off to the left, and we follow it. It can be that the footpath along the lake is not groomed in the event of fresh snow during the winter. In that case we do not branch off onto Seestraße, but continue walking to the right, past Gasthof Westner (closed on Tuesdays from May to September, Monday and Tuesday from October to April; tel. 0 88 41 / 9 06 73; www.westnerriegsee.de) and immediately after that the “Haus des Gastes” (centre for guests). Shortly after that we turn to the left onto Hofheimer Straße and follow this narrow road until we come upon a tarred road. From far away we can already see the Sacristan House Chapel ahead of us on the hill. From spring until late in the autumn we follow Seestraße. At the fork we walk to the left and after a few metres we enter the camping site with the “Seestuben” restaurant (closed on Monday; tel.  0 88 41 / 26 77; www.seestube-riegsee.homepage.t-online.de). We walk straight ahead past the Seestuben, come to a fork shortly after that and turn left into the footpath. After a short time the trail is already narrower and leads along between pastureland and forest in the immediate vicinity of the Riegsee shore. Soon we re-emerge in open countryside and always follow this hiking path along the shore. We pass several private properties before we reach a little public swimming site. The path ends here. Now we turn off to the right on a field path. Where it meets the next narrow road we walk to the left and then straight ahead again until we come upon a tarred road. From far away we can already see the Sacristan House Chapel ahead of us on the hill.

From here the tour description is the same again for the summer and winter variation.

Now we walk on the tarred road a few metres to the right, cross the road (caution: traffic!) and branch off into the little beaten path that leads us up to the hill and to the Sacristan House Chapel, where a stele also awaits us again.

Stele 9: Sacristan House Chapel in Aidling After that the trail meanders through the Mesnerhof (Sacristan House) and now leads as a small road on the hillside. We hike along with a wonderful view, eventually reach Dorfstraße in Aidling, walk to the left and follow the footpath through the village. The old farmsteads and gardens enjoy great popularity in the summer due to their special flowerage. We pass Gasthof Post, an opportunity for refreshments and overnight accommodation (closed on Wednesday and Thursday; tel. 0 88 47 / 62 25; www.gasthof-post-aidling.de). We continue to follow Dorfstraße, and keep to the left at the fork and the sign “Höhlmühle Rundweg” (“Höhlmühle  circular route”). Shortly after that we turn left onto Lichteneggstraße in the direction of “Aidlinger Höhe” (hill). After the last house before the edge of the forest we branch off to the right and follow the path that leads shortly after that to the left and through two swing gates one after another. We come to a wonderful vantage point, where in addition to a crucifix, a bench invites us to linger. From here a path now leads along the edge of the forest, over the stolons of mighty old beech trees and spruce trees. Through a turnstile we once again step outside onto a meadow and now keep slightly to the right up to a ridge. From there we follow the path to the left and come to an erected stone. Battles with the Swedes are said to have taken place here at this site in the 17th century. Now we keep to the left and walk through the gate. From now on we follow the signage for “Höhlmühle Rundweg” (“Höhlmühle  circular route”). On the trail through the forest we come to a junction where a sign points to a small grotto. It was erected there about 100 years ago, presumably due to a solemn promise. We always follow the sign-posted circular route, eventually emerge from the forest again and come upon a road. Now we walk to the right, use the left side of the road, and already after nearly ten minutes we reach Forsthaus Höhlmühle, an opportunity to stop off for refreshments (closed on Monday and Tuesday, except on public holidays; tel. 0 88 41 /96 20; www.forsthaus-hoehlmuehle.de). To continue we follow the road on which we came for a short stretch and branch off to the right at the sign “Aidling”. Shortly after that we follow the forest trail on the right that leads us back to Aidling, where we follow Dorfstraße, and shortly after that we reach “Gasthof Post”.

(Overnight stay is possible in Aidling, Riegsee or Perlach)

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From Munich via the A95 motorway and St2062 state road as well as from Garmisch-Partenkirchen via the federal highway B2
Parking lots next to the Kultur- und Tagungszentrum Murnau


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Bus stop: Murnau Postamt

Buslines around Murnau:

9601 Weilheim - Huglfing - Uffing - Murnau

9607 Murnau - Ohlstadt - Ettal and back (only on saturdays!)

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

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Map and arrival

Elevation profile