Murnau am Staffelsee is a market town in the Upper Bavarian district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and historically belongs to the Werdenfelser Land. Murnau is nestled in the foothills of the Alps in the immediate vicinity of the Bavarian Alps about 70 km south of Munich.
The picture-book town of Murnau with its many picturesque nooks and alleys is surrounded by the Murnauer Moos nature reserve and the three warmest bathing lakes in Upper Bavaria.
The overall appearance is characterized by Emanuel von Seidl’s architecture, the castle museum and the Gabriele von Münter building. The many small restaurants, ice-cream parlors and cafes exude Italian flair, and as soon as temperatures allow it people are eating and celebrating outside - both in the Marktstraße and along the shores of the Staffelsee. The view of the Wetterstein, Ester and Ammer mountains is impressive and the fresh air is a real pleasure.
Even before 1800, Munich painters discovered the poetic charms of the natural world for their art, and to this day artists from all over the world flock to Murnau to be inspired by the beautiful landscape and to use it as a model for their paintings. The castle museum focuses on the artists of the “Blue Rider”. It also documents landscape and local history, shows an international collection of reverse glass art and commemorates the ten years that writer Ödön von Horváth spent in Murnau.
Concerts, theaters, conferences, congresses and exhibitions are held in the cultural and conference center, located only 5 minutes away.