Germany Trip Plan:
7 day Art-Tour Vacation in Murnau

Germany trip plan: 7 day Art-Tour Vacation in Murnau
Murnau Town Square

A tour of Expressionist painting at the base of the Bavarian Alps.

Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Munich Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Visit to the three museums in Bernried, Kochel am See and Murnau am Staffelsee demonstrate the range of Expressionist art. The Art cum Scenic Beauty-Tour combines enjoyment of art while experiencing nature in the picturesque countryside at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Its majestic mountains and the clear lakes have inspired famous painters for centuries.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $739 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $85 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $180 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1424 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1650 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Vacation Home

Day 1: Arrive at Vacation Home
Apartment Rental in Murnau

After arriving at the Munich International Airport either rent a car or take the train directly to Murnau. It is approximately a 45 minute ride through the impressive Bavarian Alps foothills. Once reaching your apartment rental try and go out and familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood. There are many fresh markets with an abundance of fresh produce and plenty of expansive panoramic views to appreciate on your outing.

Day 2: Buchheim Museum

Day 2: Buchheim Museum
Buchheim Museum
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After taking in a wholesome German breakfast travel out and begin your art tour. The first museum we suggest is the Buchheim Museum. This museum comprises an extraordinarily broad spectrum of Expressionist Art of outstanding quality, documenting the development of German Expressionism from its beginnings around 1900 up to the 1920s. It documents the artistic development of the Brücke painters up to 1920s and shows the influence of woodcutting and sketching in their style.

Day 3: Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am See

Day 3: Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am See
Franz Marc Museum
[ source: Web site for museum]

The Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am See has its focus on the paintings of Franz Marc, the most important Bavarian artist of classic Modern Art. The Museum was founded in 1986 and presents works of artists who became world-famous as the Blue Rider group. If up for it after the museum, Kochel am See has a Hydraulic power station Walchensee that they offer tours of. The visitor center explains the technical process of transforming water into electrical power.

Day 4: The Schloßmuseum Murnau

Day 4: The Schloßmuseum Murnau
[ source: Schlossmuseum Web site]

Wake up with the morning light and take a small hike around Murnau to take in the area glazed with sunshine. After come home and have a big breakfast before heading to the museum. The Schlossmuseum is most interesting because it houses the works of individual painters from the "Blue Rider" group, as well as the large collection of works by Gabriele Münter. The Schloßmuseum exhibits internationally significant art- and a literary history of the first third of the 20th century connected with Murnau.

Day 5: Münter-Haus & Ettal Monastery

Day 5: Münter-Haus & Ettal Monastery
Ettal Monastery
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Probably the most famous of these museums is the Münter-Haus. This is the house where Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky lived in the summer months between 1909 and 1914. Here, works and concepts were created that later became famous as the art of the Blue Rider (Blauer Reiter). It is here that you will find the staircase and furniture painted by Wassily Kandinsky. After your tour head over to Ettal and visit the tremendous Benedictine Monastery there. Not only is it a monastery, but there is also a brewery in the cellar where they allow tours and tastings!

Day 6: Andechs am Ammersee

Day 6: Andechs am Ammersee
Monastery Andechs
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Take a day-trip to Andechs and visit the 15th century Monastery Andechs and the local brewery where they have an impressive beer garden. Also here is Schmankerln, which is a special Bavarian way of cooking only found in this region. After you've had your history lesson followed by beer and a hearty meal, head back to your apartment and relax the rest of the night. You have a big travel day ahead of your tomorrow.

Day 7: Trip Home

Day 7: Trip Home

Have one last breakfast at your apartment or in one of the local restaurants and then catch the train or drive back to Munich to catch your flight.

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