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Murnau is a city of 12,000 people (2021) in Upper Bavaria about 90 km south of Munich. It is situated on the Staffelsee (lake), just north of the Bavarian Alps.


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

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By train[edit]

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

Get around[edit]

Map of Murnau



  • 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 (20.5 km) – full circumnavigation of the Staffelsee; can be shortened by incorporating a Staffelsee boat trip (above)
    • Schwaigrohr-Rundweg (4 km) – from Grafenaschau
    • Loisach-Rundweg (8 km) – from Großweil
    • Drachenstich-Rundweg (5.8 km)
    • Moos-Rundweg (12.5 km) – explores the Murnauer Moos, a marshland nature reserve
    • Kleine Staffelsee-Schlife (5.3 km) – a short lakeside stroll from Uffing
    • Guglhör-Rundweg (11.5 km)
    • Höhlmühle-Rundweg (5.8 km)
    • Riegsee-Rundweg (9 km) – circumnavigation of the Riegsee, a smaller lake than the Staffelsee
    • Weiler-Rundweg (7.5 km) – from Großweil
    • Tafertshofen-Rundweg (15.4 km) – from Schöffau
    • Kirnberg-Rundweg (8.4 km) – from Schöffau
    • Hungerbach-Rundweg (9.3 km)
    • Schwaiganger-Rundweg (6.4 km)

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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