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"Why should someone do a vacation in Murnau? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Murnau, which everyone visiting Murnau should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Murnau that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 05/15/2014)

Well, there are many things one should have seen and tried in Murnau. The most important ones: - Seeing the Münsterhaus, inside and out. It’s a witness to the painters of the ‘Blue Rider’, Gabriele Münter and Wassili Kandinsky lived and worked here and give this decidedly Bavarian place a bit of international flair and artistic atmosphere. - Trying a real Murnau beer in the Griesbräu. There used to be 11 breweries in Murnau; today only two remain, one of them being the Griesbräu – a must-visit, especially for the light Weißbier! - Feeling the water of the Staffelsee lake, (at least) once. It’s a warm soft swamp lake great for taking a dip. Some things not mentioned in every travel guide: - The Beinhofer, a traditional restaurant that has re-opened after 20 years with new, creative cuisine. There’s something tasty for everyone, whether old or young, favoring meat, fish or vegetarian food. - The market’s best ice cream, at the top of the pedestrian zone, the last ice cream parlor on the left – Damiano has the best ice cream near and far! Have fun sampling it all!!!
Answer provided by Christof Haubs on 05/15/2014
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Many holidaymakers come to Murnau am Staffelsee, because a vacation there can be made so colorful. The royal castles of King Ludwig II are some 40 km away, Murnau offers beautiful hiking trails through the Murnauer Moos before the grandiose backdrop of the Bavarian Alps. Highly recommended is a visit to the Schlossmuseum Murnau which features art works by Vassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter and the artists of the ‘Blue Rider.’ Other museums are also nearby. Impressive as well are boat tours on the Staffelsee or other nearby lakes. Our guests will get a KönigsCard from us, with which they can enjoy many destinations and trips; it offers free use of 200 different services. No matter the weather, there’s always something to do.
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Murnau

  • Castle Museum of Art (Schloßmuseum Murnau)
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    Castle Museum of Art (Schloßmuseum Murnau)

    The castle has been home to the museum since July 1993, and in 1995, it was awarded the Bavarian Museum Prize. The exhibitions focus on the art in the Murnau area with outstanding relevance to the early 20th century due to the creative period of Kandinsky, Münter and other artists of the Blue Rider at around 1910 in Murnau. The work of Gabriele Münter is represented until her death in 1962 The museum is home of the world‘s largest Münter-collection on display. Great importance is attached to the life and work of the author and dramatist Ödön von Horváth, who spent his most relevant years, between 1923 and 1933, in Murnau; the museum is the first and only museum to honor Horváth‘s work with a permanent exhibition (Art & Culture) With exhibits providing information on the evolution of the landscape, the settlement history, the development of Murnau and of the reverse painting on glass of the region and other European and Asian countries, the permanent exhibition displays informative and varied insights into the history of art and culture of this region.

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm, closed December 24 and 31.

    Admission: 4.50 € Adults, 2 € Children ages 7-15.

  • Münter-Haus
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    The Münter-House, known locally as the Russians' House, with its staircase painted by Wassily Kandinsky and the decorated furniture, bears witness to the important infuences of Bavarian folk art on the artistic development of its residents. Gabriele Münter lived there with Wassily Kandinsky until 1914 and then later with Johannes Eichner until her death in 1962 A large part of Kandinsky's early work survived the Third Reich and the World War in the cellar of the house and constitutes today the major holding of the Municipal Gallery in the Lenbachhaus München.

    After extensive renovation work, the house was returned to its original state between 1909 and 1914 and has been open to the public since July 1999

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 2pm - 5pm.

  • Glentleiten Open Air Museum
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    Glentleiten Open Air Museum

    The Glentleiten Open Air Museum is situated in the charming landscape of the foothills of the Alps. We invite you to a varied walk through the extensive museum grounds, with its woods, pasturage and historical gardens. Some 60 buildings – farms, mills, Alpine buildings, workshops and much more – have been reconstructed here. Complete with their entire furnishings, they convey a living picture of Upper Bavaria's past and how it has been influenced by the farming community.

    Hours: Open March 19 - November 11, Tuesdays to Sundays: 9am - 6pm. Open on Mondays June, July, August, September and on public holidays.

    Admission: 5 € Adults, 2 € Children 6-15 years, free under 6 years. Family card 10 €.

  • Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus

    The first documentary evidence of this church goes back to approx. 1300. In 1717, the cornerstone ceremony was held for a new building, which was consecrated in 1734 The building is ascribed to the architect Enrico Zuccalli, the stucco to Johann Baptist Zimmermann The Rococo high altar holds in its center the formerly highly honored miraculous image of the Virgin Mary.

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Murnau Overview

Murnau am Staffelsee is a market town in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Garmisch-Partenkirchen vacation rentals | Garmisch-Partenkirchen travel guide), in the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, Germany.

Murnau is situated on the edge of the Bavarian alps, approx. 70 km south of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide). Directly to its west is the Staffelsee lake.

Murnau is a minor train hub, since it is the place where the Munich-Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Oberammergau (Oberammergau vacation rentals | Oberammergau travel guide) train lines intersect. The first electrical signal box of the Deutsche Bundesbahn was installed here. Also, the A95 motorway and the B 2 Bundesstrasse run through or near Murnau.

Another major feature is the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik, a hospital specializing in trauma surgery.

Murnau is used as a health resort by many guests.

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Things to See in Murnau

Protected monument upper and lower market with Marian column

Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus


Schloss Murnau with the most comprehensive public presentation of works by the painter Gabriele Münter


King Ludwig II Memorial

Open Air Museum Glentleiten

More about the History of Murnau

Murnau was first documented in 1150. It received the right to hold markets from Louis V, Duke of Bavaria, in 1350 and retains the title of "Markt" ("market") until today. The town suffered a major fire in the year of 1835 and was subsequently almost completely rebuilt.

Murnau am Staffelsee is a market town in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, Germany.

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