Altstadt Dachau, Luftansicht, Foto: Stadt Dachau Blick auf M├╝nchen von der Terrasse vom Schloss Dachau, Foto: Guido Radig/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Spazierweg an der Amper, Foto: Stadt Dachau K├╝nstlerweg Dachau, Moorbadpark, Foto: Stadt Dachau Eingang zum Hofgarten Dachau, Foto: Stadt Dachau Schloss Dachau, Foto: Rufus46/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Art and the electoral summer

Hiking Trails
City Trip
Culturally Important

Experience a journey through time on the hike through the Dachau Amperauen, from historic artists' paths to the magnificent Wittelsbach court garden. Enjoy nature and art by train!

4 h
11 km
Key facts of the tour
This hike allows you to make surprising leaps back in time. The artists' trail in Dachau shows the landscape as it was seen by the painters of the artists' colony more than a hundred years ago. The landscape of the past and present stand side by side.

The courtyard garden of the Wittelsbach summer residence delights visitors with its beauty and opens up wide views over the surrounding area of Munich.

The Amper river landscape is home to a number of natural rarities. The local gastronomy offers delicious dishes for an enjoyable end to a hike rich in beauty.
A hiking tour for nature lovers and culture vultures

Start and end station

Start station
Dachau Bahnhof
3 tour steps
11 km / 4 Stunden
End station
Dachau Bahnhof

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.


Tour starts on Dachau Bahnhof


The route first leads through the centre of Dachau. Sparkassenplatz is adorned with a large fountain created by the artist Reinhold Gr├╝bl in 1984. A section of the Dachau Artists' Trail can already be found in M├╝nchener Stra├če, which the walk follows to the Amper.

Artists' Trail Dachau

The Dachau Artists' Trail offers an artistic journey of discovery through the district town. The circular route with 18 information steles is the result of an initiative by Dachau's Lord Mayor Florian Hartmann. Works of art are displayed along almost six kilometres of the trail. They are each located at the exact spot where the artists painted the picture more than 100 years ago. An exciting experience, because you can see the place then and now at the same time. Information about the artists' life stories is provided en passant.

From the middle of the 19th century, the art movement of open-air painting gained strength throughout Europe. Painters flocked to the countryside to artistically capture the play of light as the seasons changed. It was the time of emerging Impressionism. The life and work of the rural population also provided popular motifs.

Thanks to the nearby Alps and the foehn effect, the light conditions in the Dachau area had a special charm. The Dachauer Moos with its moor and peat meadows also offered special landscape motifs. At the end of the 19th century, the town provided the artists with favourable living space and they settled here until 1914. Ludwig Dill, Adolf H├Âlzel and Arthur Langhammer founded the "New Dachau School". Dachau became a centre of landscape painting known beyond the region.

Circular route
Start and finish Rathausterrasse Dachau

Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 2-6

K├╝nstlerweg Dachau, Moorbadpark, Foto: Stadt Dachau


Continue along the idyllic footpath along the Amper to the bridge in Eschenrieder Stra├če. After crossing the Amper and the Amper Canal, the old G├╝ndingen hydroelectric power station can be seen from the riverside path. It has been in operation since 1897 and supplies 10 per cent of Dachau's households with electricity. The route continues along the banks of the river through the riparian forest and across the Maisach. On the Georg-Andorfer-Weg, the hikers meet the K├╝nstlerweg again. Steps lead up to the castle garden.

Dachau Palace Court Garden

The Dachau courtyard garden bears witness to the different concepts of garden culture since the Renaissance. It was laid out as early as the 16th century as a Renaissance garden with many geometric, mainly square beds. Three of the pavilions built at that time to enjoy the view from the Schlossberg are still preserved today. The pergola of lime trees also dates back to this early period. In the 18th century, the Effner brothers were commissioned to carry out a Baroque redesign modelled on the gardens in Paris. Various play facilities were built in a newly acquired wooded area. A skittle alley and swings were now part of the manorial amusements. At the end of the 18th century, Elector Max III had part of the garden redesigned as an English landscape garden. Under the direction of garden designer Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell, the design of the garden was functionally simplified at the beginning of the 19th century. Since then, orchards and rose beds have dominated the landscape. The panoramic view from the south-east-facing terraces across Munich to the Alps is a favourite.


Contact person: Dachau Palace and Court Garden
Phone: 08131-87923
Eingang zum Hofgarten Dachau, Foto: Stadt Dachau
Laubengang im Hofgarten Dachau, Foto: Wolfgang Gr├Â├člinger


The walk through the courtyard garden leads directly to Dachau Palace. Access to the rooms is only possible through the castle caf├ę.

Dachau Castle

Built in the Middle Ages, the castle was converted into a four-winged Renaissance palace in the 16th century. It served as a summer residence for the Wittelsbach family. Three of the four wings had to be demolished in the 19th century following the quartering of Napoleonic troops because they were badly damaged.

In 1868, the Renaissance ceiling panelling of the great hall was taken to the National Museum in Munich. There it survived the two major world wars undamaged and was reinstalled in the palace in 1977, so that the Great Hall can now be viewed in its original state.

The Dachau court architect Joseph Effner was commissioned around 1715 to remodel the building in the Regence style. Today, the staircase to the upper vestibule in particular bears witness to these late Baroque changes.

The Great Hall and the vestibule are now open to visitors.


Contact person: Dachau Palace and Court Garden
Phone: 08131-87923
01.04. - 30.09.
Tuesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
01.10. - 31.03.
Tuesday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Schloss Dachau, Foto: Rufus46/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Tour ends on Dachau Bahnhof


The route leads back to the railway station via Karlsberg. The walk takes you past the town hall and Rathausplatz. The Drei Rosen inn is located at M├╝nchener Stra├če 5. A good place to stop for refreshments after the hike, art and castle tour and to round off the day.

Tour map


Dachau Bahnhof

Bahnhofplatz 1

85221 Dachau

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