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Learn about the lives of Bavaria's famous sons and daughters

Artists, patricians, fictional figures and royalty: memories of their lives are present in every part of Germany's biggest state. Creative and informative displays and stories bring history, culture and travel together for tourists.

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Munich artist Franz Marc called the landscape around Kochel am See "the blue country". It therefore makes perfect sense that the town is home to an exhibition space dedicated to an artist who found so much inspiration in the region. The modern setting of the Franz Marc Museum showcases his legacy - paintings, personal items, letters and works produced by his friends in the Blauer Reiter art movement. Located in the heart of Nuremberg's old quarter, the Tucher townhouse is like a miniature castle. It was built by the city's patrician Tucher family in the 16th century, and today, it brings the world of these merchants back to life. The museum's collection contains furniture, tapestries, paintings, portraits and silverware, some of which are part of the building's original fittings - making it even easier to imagine how the Tucher's lived all those centuries ago. If murder and mystery interest you more than Alpine idyll, we recommend taking part in a detective tour of Kempten in the Allgäu region. Over two hours, you get to following in the footsteps of Kluftinger, head of criminal investigations in the town and the protagonist of the series of books that bears his name. Criss-crossing the old town, the tour incorporates passages from the books. Plassenburg castle dominates the town of Kulmbach at the opposite end of the state. Held by the Hohenzollern family, who became rules of Prussia, the fortress serves as the symbol of the town. Today, its impressive living quarters (which date back to the 16th century) house four museums that explore how the aristocrats lived from the Baroque era to the modern era.

The Franz Marc Museum in Kochel

The town of Kochel built a museum in honour of the famous Expressionist painter Franz Marc. With an exhibition area covering 700 m2, it contains many of Marc's own creations and other important artworks from the 20th century.
Nächstgelegener Bahnhof:
Kochel

The Tucher townhouse in Nuremberg

This miniature castle is almost 500 years old and gives visitors an authentic impression of how the town's patrician class lived.
Nächstgelegener Bahnhof:
NĂĽrnberg Hbf (Nuremberg main station)

Blood and thunder: Inspector "Kluftinger" crime scenes in Kempten

Kempten is the setting of the popular German novels and TV series "Hauptkommissar Kluftinger", in which Chief Inspector Kluftinger always had his hands full.
Nächstgelegener Bahnhof:
Kempten (Allgäu) Hbf (main station)

Plassenburg castle: A foray through the history of Kulmbach

Plassenburg castle is nearly 900 years old and was once the centre of power of the House of Hohenzollern. But today, within its walls you'll find four museums dedicated to the life and military of that era.
Nächstgelegener Bahnhof:
Kulmbach
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Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am See
Nearest station: Kochel am See Franz Marc Park 8
82431 Kochel am See
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