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Murnau

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Murnau

Murnau is a city in Upper Bavaria about 90 km south of Munich. It is situated on the Staffelsee (lake), just north of the Bavarian Alps.

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Murnau developed in the 12th century out of the Murnau castle.

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Murnau is located on the train line between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as well as the Oberammergau train line. Murnau is about an hour's train ride from Munich and half an hour from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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Map of Murnau

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  • Take a boat ride on the Staffelsee. The Staffelsee is a scenic lake with a number of islands. Boat trips aboard the comfortable MS Seehausen call at Seehausen, Achele (Murnau) and Uffing. €9.50 for the full round trip.
  • Take a walk. The Das Blaue Land walking map (in German), available from the visitor centre in Murnau, shows the following routes:
    • Staffelsee-Rundweg (20.5km) – full circumnavigation of the Staffelsee; can be shortened by incorporating a Staffelsee boat trip (above)
    • Schwaigrohr-Rundweg (4km) – from Grafenaschau
    • Loisach-Rundweg (8km) – from Großweil
    • Drachenstich-Rundweg (5.8km)
    • Moos-Rundweg (12.5km) – explores the Murnauer Moos, a marshland nature reserve
    • Kleine Staffelsee-Schlife (5.3km) – a short lakeside stroll from Uffing
    • Guglhör-Rundweg (11.5km)
    • Höhlmühle-Rundweg (5.8km)
    • Riegsee-Rundweg (9km) – circumnavigation of the Riegsee, a smaller lake than the Staffelsee
    • Weiler-Rundweg (7.5km) – from Großweil
    • Tafertshofen-Rundweg (15.4km) – from Schöffau
    • Kirnberg-Rundweg (8.4km) – from Schöffau
    • Hungerbach-Rundweg (9.3km)
    • Schwaiganger-Rundweg (6.4km)

For a map covering the wider area, buy the Pfaffenwinkel Ammergauer Alpen nördl. Teil (UK50-49) map (scale 1:50000). Unfortunately the excellent Deutscher Alpenverein maps (scale 1:25000) do not extend this far north, though the Ammergebirge Ost (sheet BY 7) and Estergebirge (BY 9) sheets cover the mountain areas to the southwest and south respectively.

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