82418 Murnau am Staffelsee
Murnau is colorful - especially in the pedestrian zone. The colorful and imaginative facades not only provide a beautiful setting for a stroll, but also bear witness to the creativity of Munich architect Emanuel von Seidl, who also shaped the townscape with the Seidlpark. When Seidl first came to Murnau in 1898, it must have been love at first sight. How do you think it will be?
Our tip: Visit the two private breweries Griesbräu and the Karg brewery located in the center and taste genuine Upper Bavarian, individual brewing art. A guided tour of Murnau is also interesting.
Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Plays, is a worthwhile destination.
New attempt in 2022! The plays have been held every ten years since 1680; in 2020 they had to be postponed for well-known reasons. The more than 2,000 participants in the Passion Play are residents of the community who, with appropriate advance notice, grow hair and beards for an authentic look - a sight that always looks good against the backdrop of Oberammergau and that everyone looks forward to. And, of course, a cultural highlight that is very closely interwoven with the region.
For a journey into the past you need only 20 minutes from the hotel: In Glentleiten, more than 60 buildings have been preserved that tell of the life of people in Upper Bavaria in past centuries. Furnishings, the working world and the art of building can be experienced here in the fresh air. On the extensive grounds there are accessible buildings, gardens, woods and pastures, here graze old breeds of farm animals and grow historic fruits and vegetables. And the magnificent view should not go unmentioned, because it crowns this great open-air museum.
"This castle will be more beautiful and more homely than the lower Hohenschwangau," Ludwig II once wrote to Richard Wagner, whom he greatly admired. Designed as an idealized image of a knight's castle from the Middle Ages and today the epitome of a fairytale castle worldwide: Neuschwanstein is considered a major work of historicism and was planned as a private retreat for the king. Today, the castle is open to visitors almost year-round and can be reached in about an hour's drive from the hotel. And if you ask us: You should definitely have seen it once!
Our tip: Be sure to also visit Hohenschwangau Castle, which was actually also inhabited by the royal family. This is right next to Neuschwanstein and can be reached on foot in a few minutes.
We recommend early ticket reservation for the tours of the castles.
The pilgrimage church near Steingaden is one of the most famous rococo churches in the world. It has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1983, and is known for its elaborate stucco decorations and ceiling paintings. Our tips: There are always concerts there in the summer! The region also has other churches and monasteries to offer, including the former collegiate church in Rottenbuch, the monastery village of Polling, the Romanesque basilica in Altenstadt or the monastery of Wessobrunn, which can be reached quickly. Perfect for those who want to know where the Pfaffenwinkel got its name.
Small, inconspicuous at first glance and only a few minutes from the hotel: The Ramsachkircherl, usually called Ähndl in the area, is said to be the oldest church in Upper Bavaria and houses some cultural and historical treasures: The bell, which can be seen in the interior on the right, is the oldest in Germany. The flowers on the altar, which at first glance look like fabric flowers, are made of glass and pieces that were created in the old glassworks at the foot of the Hörnle. A closer look is worthwhile, even several times!
At the Alpenhof it is relaxed, beautiful and cozy. Nevertheless, most of our guests love the variety of excursion options in the region. For example, it's only 25 km from the hotel - and about as many minutes - and you're already in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the foot of the Zugspitze, winter sports and tradition are writ large, so here you can get active or stroll through the pedestrian zone in a picturesque setting. What would you like?
In half an hour, you're in fairy tale land: Linderhof Palace is the smallest of the three castles and is considered the favorite castle of the Bavarian fairy tale king Ludwig II, where he stayed by far the most often - probably because it is the only one that was completed during his lifetime. Incidentally, the starting point for this beautiful building was a former forester's cottage belonging to Maximilian II, which was then located on what is now the palace forecourt and which the king used on hunting trips while he was still crown prince.
In the baroque monastery complex with its over 1250-year history, it is easy to forget about time. Those interested in art and culture can explore the monastery on their own or with a guided tour. In addition to the sacred buildings and Gothic elements, there is also a lot to discover in the historic Fraunhofer glassworks. Guided nature tours through the monastery's own meditation garden, a herbal experience store, cafés and the Klosterstüberl are guaranteed to make for a varied day.
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!