Art and the countryside
        between Munich and the Alps

Buchheim Museum

Bernried am Starnberger See – Lakeside ‘Laboratory of the Imagination’

The region between Starnberg and Lake Ammer is Munich's favourite excursion destination. The lush green hilly landscape with Lake Starnberg and Lake Ammersee is criss-crossed by water and offers breathtaking views of the Alps. Rustic farming villages, magnificent villas, baroque churches, monasteries and castles characterise this unique region. 100 kilometres of lakeshore, 180 kilometres of hiking trails, 250 kilometres of cycle paths as well as lidos and lake cruises offer an Eldorado for holidaymakers. Andechs Monastery, St Mary's Minster in Dießen, Seefeld Castle, Possenhofen Castle and the Empress Elisabeth Museum are attractions for discerning connoisseurs.

A cultural highlight is the Buchheim Museum of the Imagination, which Olympic architect Günter Behnisch built on the Bernried shore of Lake Starnberg. In addition to the famous Expressionist collection by "Boot" author Lothar-Günther Buchheim, curiosities from all over the world will delight visitors. Children love the mini circus, the underwater BMW, the colourful helicopter and the laboratory of the imagination for climbing and working. A top-class programme, including Hundertwasser and Nolde, attracts many visitors all year round. The romantic museum park invites you to have a picnic.

Photo: Lake Starnberg © gwt Starnberg GmbH - Thomas Marufke

Buchheim Museum

Tourismusverband Pfaffenwinkel

Alexej von Jawlensky, Kopf in Blau, 1912, Öl auf Karton © Buchheim Museum der Phantasie, Bernried am Starnberger See, Reproduktion: Nikolaus Steglich, Starnberg

Tips for excursions

Rose Island and Feldafinger Park

There are two masterpieces of landscape gardening on Lake Starnberg: Rose Island and Feldafinger Park, both designed by Peter Joseph Lenné.


The lively Old Town of Weilheim with its restored patricians’ houses, partly surrounded by the ancient town walls, is an in- viting place to stroll and shop.

Polling artists’ village

Yesteryear today. Former monastery buildings are home to studios, exhibitions and installations by contemporary artists as well as series of concerts of the highest standard.

Bernried on Lake Starnberg

Apart from the nearby Buchheim Museum, the gold-medal winner of Germany’s ‘Most Beautiful Village’ competition boasts a lovely centre, an English-style landscaped park and a monastery complex – all right on the lake.

Kaiserin Elisabeth Museum

Collection on the Austrian Empress in the historical station building in Possenhofen.

Lake trips

Take the museum’s ship, the MS ‘Phantasie’, across Lake Starnberg to the Buchheim Museum.

Hotels in the region

Hotel Seeblick

A warm welcome awaits you at Hotel Seeblick, very close to the lake in the picturesque spa resort of Bernried. Still under private management, it is now in the fourth generation of the Lütjohann family.

Hotel Marina Bernried ****

The Marina Resort with its remodelled restaurant is located right on the shore of Lake Starnberg and boasts large rooms for events and a varied cuisine.

Stadthotel Berggeist

The hotel has 45 cosily furnished rooms with telephone, flat-screen TV, minibar and WiFi. Guests can look forward to a varied and extensive buffet breakfast in the morning.

Hotel Garni Sterff

All rooms and holiday flats are cosily and comfortably furnished. Enjoy our hospitality in a family atmosphere!