Art and the countryside
        between Munich and the Alps

Excursion Tips & Partner Hotels

Lake trips

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

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.

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.

Church of Christ the King and the Mosque in Penzberg

The dynamic former mining town offers a varied programme of events. Apart from the museum, a visit to the Church of Christ the King with its Campendonk windows, the Mining Museum and the impressive modern mosque are all a must.

Mining museum Penzberg

The newly designed mining museum explains coal mining in Penzberg with impressive exhibits, media stations and film documents. True-to-original roadways, together with heavy equipment, mine cars and a simulated blast, convey a realistic picture of working life underground.

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.

Artists’ trail, Sindelsdorf

A walk through this pretty village, the birthplace and home of the ‘Blauer Reiter’ – first and foremost Franz Marc – to where the artists lived and where they found their motifs and created their works.

Münter Haus

Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky lived together in this house from 1909 until 1914. This was where the almanac, ‘Der Blaue Reiter’ was created, among other works of art.

Murnau pedestrian precinct

Remodelled by Emanuel von Seidl, this colourfully painted listed ensemble with its many little shops and cafés is now a conservation area.

Murnau Moor

Thanks to its size, varied land- scape and its flora and fauna, this wetland moor area forms a unique entity in central Europe. 

Excursion tips:


With its seven islands and warm water this is one of the most popular lakes for swimming. Our tip: Walk the hiking trail or take a trip on the motor launch.

Murnau art trail

Look for the original motifs used by Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky and compare them with their paintings on a walk around the town of Murnau.

Ferry around Kochelsee

A regular boat service departs from the centre of the village for the Franz Marc Museum (own ferry stop) or take a trip around the whole lake and enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains.

Art trail in Kochel a. See

Find out more about Franz Marc on a tour of Kochel a. See, visiting interesting places that inspired the famous artist to paint several of his works. Information on the respective works can be found on explanatory boards. This art trail is also available as an audio app.

The Lovis Corinth Museum in Walchensee

In the hamlet of Urfeld on Walchensee 180 original works on paper by Lovis Corinth are on display. Discover more about Lovis Corinth on a themed walk with 7 explanatory boards.

The Herzogstand cable car

Soar into the blue Bavarian sky and enjoy the unique 360° views over turqoise-coloured lakes and blue mountain peaks. The panoramic nature trail and a break at the mountain guest- house at both well worthwhile.

The Church of Wies UNESCO World Heritage Site

The pilgrimage church of Wies dedicated to ‘the Scourged Saviour’ is considered the most perfect example of Bavarian Rococo architecture.


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.

Fünf Höfe, Munich

Up-market designer stores and cafés, bars and restaurants are an open invitation to shop in an unusual atmosphere. The ‘hanging gardens’ create a vivid, tropical flair right next to the Hypo Kunsthalle where temporary exhibitions of a high standard are held in this central location.

Nymphenburg Palace and the palace park

This magnificent palace and its extensive park are a gesamtkunstwerk of international im- portance. The palace, park and the Café Palmenhaus are worth a visit whatever the weather – just as in the days of kings and nobles.


The ‘Viktualienmarkt’ is a populur culinary meeting place in the heart of the city where you can sit around the maypole amidst a sea of colours, scents and sounds. This is where fruit, vegetables and all conceivable types of delicacy can be bought for later ... or eaten straight away.

Hotel Marina Bernried ****

82347 Bernried
Tel: +49 (0)8158-9320

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.

Hotel Seeblick

82347 Bernried
Tel: +49 (0)8158-2540

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 Garni Sterff

82402 Seeshaupt am Starnberger See
Tel: +49 (0)8801-90630

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

Stadthotel Berggeist

82377 Penzberg
Tel: +49 (0)8856-8010

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 Griesbräu zu Murnau ****

82418 Murnau a. Staffelsee
Tel: +49 (0)8841-1422

Our family-run hotel in a historical building with its own brewery is located right in the middle of Murnau.

Hotel Post garni ***

82418 Murnau a. Staffelsee
Tel: +49 (0)8841-487800

Situated in the pedestrian precinct and now in the 16th generation, the hotel offers guests an unforgettable stay with a blend of and contemporary styles.

Alpenhof Murnau *****

82418 Murnau a. Staffelsee
Tel: +49 (0)8841-491-0

Excellent cuisine, spa with outdoor and indoor swimming pools, only 10 min. from the Münter Haus; perfect for relaxing and enjoying the cultural highlights of the area.

Hotel Angerbräu ***s

82418 Murnau a. Staffelsee
Tel: +49 (0)8841-625876

Family-run hotel, steeped in tradition, centrally located, own art gallery, wine bar and restaurant serving regional and international dishes.

Landhotel Herzogstand ***

82431 Kochel am See
Tel: +49 (0)8851-324

Experience authentic, Bavarian hospitality and quiet, individually furnished rooms; extensive buffet breakfast. Just 800m from the Franz Marc Museum.

Seehotel Grauer Bär ***

82431 Kochel am See
Tel: +49 (0)8851-92500

Located right on the lake with a spa and relaxation area with panoramic views, restaurant and lakeside terrace. Just a few minutes walk from the Franz Marc Museum.

Hotel Alpenhof Postillion ***s*

82431 Kochel am See
Tel: +49 (0)8851-182-0

Enjoy the best the region has to offer in summer and in winter! Extensive, healthy breakfast buffet, ‘Postillion’ café restaurant, indoor swimming pool, holiday flats.

Hotel Gasthof zur Post ***

82431 Kochel am See
Tel: +49 (0)8551-92410

Traditional, family-run hotel in centre of Kochel am See with typically Bavarian cuisine.

Hotel Waltraud Garni ***

82431 Kochel
Tel: +49 (0)8851 333

A comfortable, country-style hotel where you will feel at home and can relax. Treat yourself to a delicious buffet-breakfast on the terrace with beautiful views of the mountains.