82418 Murnau am Staffelsee
Murnau became world famous through the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, who lived together with Gabriele Münter in today's Münter Haus from 1909 to 1914. The famous museum was also the founding site of the expressionist artists' association "Blauer Reiter," as Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc called themselves after they settled in Murnau and Kochel.
Inspired by the diverse landscape, numerous works of art that became famous were created here. Ödön von Horváth and Emanuel von Seidl were also not unimpressed by the unique area around Murnau.
A Murnau classic and also within walking distance from the Alpenhof: The Münter House. When Gabriele Münter spent the summer of 1908 in Murnau with Wassily Kandinsky, she fell so much in love with the house, the surroundings and the view that she simply bought it the following year and - with a few interruptions - spent her life there. She wanted it to become a memorial to her art, so today you can find parts of the original furnishings, furniture and reverse paintings on glass, graphics or paintings created by the two artists.
Worth seeing inside and out: The history of Murnau Castle began as early as the 12th century. A castle, which was the official residence of the keepers of the Ettal monastery, was converted into a castle, which later housed a school and today the museum. On display here is the history of art and literature of the place as well as reverse painting on glass. The museum also provides an insight into the formation of the landscape around Murnau by means of maps, rocks and landscape reconstructions. Changing special exhibitions make the collection even more attractive at any time of the year.
Charming and private: the museum in Kochel am See dedicated to one of the most important artists of the 20th century has a character all its own. Around 160 exhibits - paintings, woodcuts and personal items - by Franz Marc are displayed there. Murnau and its surroundings were a great source of inspiration for him. The exhibition shows how Marc and his colleagues of the Blaue Reiter had a decisive influence on the art world. By the way: Franz Marc also coined the name "Blaues Land" (Blue Country), which still characterizes the region today.
Fancy some art and culture? We have plenty of great suggestions. For example, a trip to the Buchheim Museum on Lake Starnberg. The famous expressionist collection, which includes works by Kirchner, Heckel, Beckmann and colleagues, is definitely worth seeing! But the building itself is also an architectural highlight that matches the diversity of the art. If you're not convinced yet, you'll love the location: The museum is located on the shore of Lake Starnberg, you can discover pagodas, sculptures and other works of art in the park and, in good weather, look as far as the Alps.
Every ten years, the Passion Play takes place in Oberammergau. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected again in 2022. Be part of it!