Murnau a. Staffelsee

Nature, art, congeniality, entertainment, shopping – the small artists’ town bubbles over with zest for life!

With about 12,000 inhabitants and about 1,500 guest beds in all categories, the officially recognised health resort is the centre of the Blue Land around the Staffelsee.

The picturesque landscape with a clear all-round view of the Alpine chain and alternating bluish lighting moods inspired world-famous artists such as Kandinsky and the Blue Rider group of painters. Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter lived and painted in the present‑day Münter House from 1909-1914 and found the way into the abstract painting of Expressionism.

Picturesque spots and lanes as well as the heritage-protected ensemble of houses in the Upper and Lower Market areas designed by Emanuel von Seidl were often the motifs of their paintings. The Castle Museum houses the world’s largest oeuvre of Münter paintings, and in addition to the “Blue Rider section” and a likewise constant exhibition regarding reverse glass painting, also presents special exhibitions on a regular basis.

Murnau also became a setting for plays and novels for authors such as Ödön von Horváth, who also lived in Murnau from 1923-1933.

Due to its importance for art history and at the same time the lively artists’ scene that still exists in numerous galleries even today, Murnau has been included in “euroArt”, the European Federation of Artists’ Colonies. The Murnau pedestrian zone with its street cafes, restaurants and shops appears with a southern flair and view of the mountains. Locals and holiday guests quickly get into conversation while enjoying cappuccino, ice cream or a freshly brewed beer from the local Karg brewery or the show brewery Griesbräu, and so shopping becomes a stress-free experience.

The music series “Kind of Blue – Jazz in the Blue Land” is already a tradition, and the annual world music festival “grenzenlos”, which is meanwhile even recorded by the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, is held at the Culture & Convention Centre (KTM). Theatre, recitals and cabaret entertainment are not only held at the KTM, but also at Café Krönner and the forum known as Westtorhalle.

The tourist information office offers a guest programme with over 500 events. The many traditional festivals such as the Leonhardifahrt (a horseback procession) and the opportunities for congresses, conferences and seminars at the Culture & Convention Centre round off the range of offers in this part of “picture-perfect Bavaria”.

Tourist-Information Murnau
Geschäftsstelle DAS BLAUE LAND
Kohlgruber Straße 1
82418 Murnau
Tel. +49 (0)8841/6141-0
Fax. +49 (0)8841/6141-21