Radfahren im Blauen Land, Foto: Wolfgang Ehn Blick ├╝ber das Moos in die Berge, Foto: Wolfgang Ehn Murnauer Moos, Foto: Simon Bauer Radfahren im Blauen Land, Foto: Wolfgang Ehn In der Fu├čg├Ąngerzone Murnau, Foto: Simon Bauer M├╝nter-Haus Murnau, Foto: Simone G├Ąnsheimer, Ernst Jank, Lizenz: St├Ądtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, M├╝nchen Moos, Foto: Simon Bauer Das Murnauer Moos , Foto: Simon Bauer Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Foto: Pixabay Sp├Ątbarocke Wallfahrtskirche St. Nikolaus, Foto: Pfarreiengemeinschaft Murnau Murnauer Moos, Foto: Didgeman, pixabay Zusammenkommen im ├ähndl, Foto: Gasthaus ├ähndl M├╝nter Haus in Murnau, Foto: Simon Bauer
Bycicle tour

Blue rider, blue land - around the Murnauer Moos

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Attention nature lovers! Discover the impressive moorland landscape of Murnau by bike. Experience the beauty of Upper Bavarian nature on the trail of the Blauer Reiter art group.

Start
Murnau
Duration
5 h
Distance
33 km
Key facts of the tour
A visit to the largest living moor in Central Europe: the Murnauer Moos in the "Blue Land" south of Staffelsee is probably the most impressive moor landscape in Bavaria. In the southern half, elongated hills rise out of the moor, the so-called K├Âchel, which combine with wet meadows and forest sections to form a unique mosaic. The moor is unique in terms of its size and compactness, its landscape forms and its flora and fauna. Many endangered animal and plant species find a refuge here. After coveted hard rock was mined on a large scale from 1930, the moss has been a nature reserve since 1980 with a core area of around 23 square kilometres.

The mystical beauty of the landscape was already appreciated by the painters of the "Blue Rider" movement at the beginning of the 20th century. The founders of the artists' group Gabriele M├╝nter and Wassily Kandinsky liked to spend time here. Many of their works depict the landscape. If you want to combine nature with art, we highly recommend the 33-kilometre cycle tour from Murnau to Moos, followed by a visit to the M├╝nter House.
A cycle tour for families, culture lovers and nature enthusiasts

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and, depending on capacity utilisation, taking your own bike on board cannot be guaranteed.

Start and end station

Start station
Bahnhof Murnau
6 tour steps
33 km / 5 Stunden
End station
Bahnhof Murnau

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

Schedule

Tour starts on Bahnhof Murnau

Direction

DB bicycle service Murnau station

There are 200 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the railway station.

Bahnhofsplatz 1
82418
Murnau

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG

Direction

If you are travelling without a bike, you will find what you are looking for at the "Radlstadl" bike hire shop at Bahnhofstra├če 10. At the roundabout in front of the station building, turn into Bahnhofsweg and follow it for about 5 minutes on foot.

Then turn right and immediately left again into Bahnhofstra├če. You will arrive at the hire shop after around 10 minutes.

Bike hire Radlstadl Murnau

Whether city bike, children's bike, e-mountain bike or e-cargo bike: Radstadl bike hire offers a large selection of bikes to explore the area around Murnau. A day's hire costs 12 euros for a city bike and 35 euros for an e-bike. Please enquire about the current availability of bikes and opening times before travelling.

Bahnhofstr. 10
82418
Murnau

Phone: 08841 40222
Email Address: info@radlstadl.de
Tuesday: 09:00am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 01:00pm
Foto: Pixabay

Direction

From Bahnhofstra├če, cycle a little way down Burggraben and turn left towards the old town via H├Âllgasse and Untermarkt into Schlossbergstra├če. You can already see the tower of St Nicholas Church on the right-hand side. The cycle route in H├Âllgasse and to St Nicholas leads over steps.

St Nicholas

The parish church of St Nicholas, consecrated in 1734, dates from the late Baroque period and is one of the most beautiful churches in the Blue Country. The simple exterior barely hints at the imposing rococo interior. The light-flooded nave, topped by a mighty dome, emphasises the architectural details. This building had a significant influence on the development of Bavarian religious architecture. St Nicholas also became famous when it served as a motif for the expressionist Wassily Kandinsky's oil painting "Murnau with Church" in 1910.

Dates for free guided tours are announced on the website.

Mayr-Graz-Weg 10
82418
Murnau a. Staffelsee

Phone: 08841 1326
Email Address: st.nikolaus.murnau@bistum-augsburg.de
Sp├Ątbarocke Wallfahrtskirche St. Nikolaus, Foto: Pfarreiengemeinschaft Murnau
Innenansicht St. Nikolaus, Foto: Pfarreiengemeinschaft Murnau
St. Nikolaus Murnau , Foto: Pfarreiengemeinschaft Murnau

Direction

Cycle southwards back to Untermarkt until you come to a cycle path. This takes you left to the Loisach. There you cycle along a well-surfaced dirt track in the direction of Eschenlohe, where views of the Murnauer Moos against a spectacular mountain backdrop are captivating.

After around ten kilometres you reach Eschenlohe. If you want to take a break from cycling here, the Luidl bakery in the village square offers regional delicacies. Behind the bakery, it is worth taking a look at the late baroque parish church of St Clemens with its impressive frescoes.

At the village square, turn into H├Âllensteinstra├če and follow it until you cross the motorway bridge, then turn right again. After about 15 minutes you will reach the feeder road to the Murnauer Moos nature reserve, which will take you directly to the Langer-K├Âchel lake. Please stay on the main paths and do not enter the protected areas of the Murnauer Moos. The route continues along the Bodensee-K├Ânigsee cycle path.

Langer-K├Âchel Lake

Pure idyll in the former open-cast mine: on the western edge of the Murnauer Moos lies the shimmering turquoise Langer-K├Âchel lake, where you will find plenty of peace and quiet far away from the often busy Moos circular hiking trail. The lake is not of natural origin, but is instead the open-cast mining pit of the former Werdenfels hard stone works. Hard stone used to be quarried at Lange K├Âchel. After mining ceased, the lake filled up naturally in a short time. Natural forest grows on the ridge of the Langen K├Âchel. It is hard to imagine that blasting was regularly carried out here - in the middle of the Murnauer Moos - for 70 years.

Between 1930 and 2000, glaucoquartzite was extracted here, which was mostly used as ballast in railway construction. Since the excavators stopped, nature has reclaimed the Lange K├Âchel, and you can now observe rare animals such as the pygmy dragonfly alongside adders and corncrakes. The lake is part of the Murnauer Moos nature reserve, so please note that swimming and fishing are not permitted here.

Murnauer Moos, Foto: Didgeman, pixabay

Direction

Back on the road, the route continues to the small village of Grafenaschau, with its Caf├ę Habersetzer. After one kilometre, turn right at the bridge into Murnauer Moos, back to Murnau. As pedestrians are given priority in this area, please be considerate. At the edge of the path, there are always places to rest and enjoy the views.

A little further on, the Ramsach church of St. Georg, which served as a motif for the painter Gabriele Münter in 1928, greets you on the left. Popularly known as "Ramsachkircherl" or "Ähndl", it is one of the oldest churches in the region. It is worth a visit for its hand bell, which is believed to be over 1200 years old and was rung by the Iro-Scottish missionaries in Bavaria. Opposite, the "Ähndl" inn invites you to enjoy a rustic cyclist's snack.

Gasthaus Ähndl Ramsach

It could hardly be more idyllic in Bavaria: on the left, the small church "Ähndl" (ancestor) with its onion domes, on the right the rustic inn of the same name, behind it the Murnauer Moos with its mountain panorama. "Ähndl" is a popular excursion destination for hikers and mountain bikers, but also for Murnau gourmets. Owner Thilo Bischoff is one of the top chefs in the Blue Country and can already boast a Michelin star. In addition to refined creations of his own, the menu includes mainly classics of Bavarian cuisine - such as crusty roast and Kaiserschmarren - as well as snacks and cakes. In summer, the beer garden offers marvellous views of the Alps.

Ramsach 2
82418
Murnau

Phone: 08841 5241
Email Address: info@aehndl.de
03.01. - 28.02.
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
01.03. - 30.06.
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
01.07. - 30.09.
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
01.10. - 30.12.
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 08:00pm
Zusammenkommen im Ähndl, Foto: Gasthaus Ähndl
Kulinarische Genu╠łsse im Gru╠łnen, Foto: Gasthaus ├ähndl
Blick vom Gasthaus Aehndl, Foto: Gasthaus Ähndl
Gastraum, Foto: Gasthaus Ähndl

Direction

After the Ramsachkircherl, turn right past the Alpenhof Murnau, then left into M├╝hlstra├če and from there left again into Kottm├╝llerallee. You will find the M├╝nter House at number 6.

M├╝nter House Murnau

It is considered the birthplace of the Expressionist artists' group "Blauer Reiter": the impressive M├╝nter House at the gates of Murnau's old town. The artist couple Gabriele M├╝nter and Wassily Kandinski spent their summer holidays here at the beginning of the 20th century with painter friends such as Alexej Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin. Soon dubbed the "Russenhaus" by the people of Murnau, it quickly became a meeting place for the avant-garde of the time.

Gabriele M├╝nter acquired the house on Kottm├╝llerallee on 21 August 1909. The Murnau landscape, the house itself and its garden became important sources of inspiration for M├╝nter and Kandinsky. They often used the view from the window to the church, the castle and the mountain range as the motif for their abstract works. Franz Marc, who lived in nearby Sindelsdorf, also visited, as did fellow painter August Macke and composer Arnold Sch├Ânberg.

When the First World War broke out, M├╝nter and Kandinsky fled to Switzerland, as Kandinsky was categorised as a Russian in the enemy camp. He returned to Moscow in November 1914, where he remained until 1921. Gabriele M├╝nter lived in Sweden and Denmark from 1915 onwards. M├╝nter returned to Germany in 1920. From 1931 until her death, the painter lived in the Murnau house again, from 1936 with her partner, the art historian Johannes Eichner. In the cellar of the house, she kept an immeasurable treasure trove of paintings by the "Blue Rider" and his circle. M├╝nter saved numerous works from being destroyed by the National Socialists.

At the artist's request, the M├╝nter House has been open to the public as a place of remembrance since 1998. Parts of the original furnishings, numerous paintings, prints and reverse glass paintings, furniture painted by M├╝nter and Kandinsky as well as examples from the popular collection of the two artists can still be seen today.

Kottm├╝llerallee 6
82418
Murnau

Phone: 08841 62 88 80
Tuesday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Thursday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Friday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Saturday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Sunday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
M├╝nter Haus in Murnau, Foto: Simon Bauer
Essecke im M├╝nter-Haus Murnau, Foto: Simone Gaensheimer, Ernst Jank , Lizenz: Sta╠łdtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, M├╝nchen

Tour ends on Bahnhof Murnau

Direction

Cycle back onto Burgraben and follow the road northwards until it joins Bahnhofstra├če. You can return your bike there and walk to the railway station via Bahnhofstra├če.

If you still have time and fancy a dip in the cool water, you can pay a visit to Staffelsee, which is just a few minutes' cycle away. To do this, cycle towards the railway station and follow the subway south of the station via Seeblickweg and Bergstra├če to the lake. There is a lovely lido with a snack bar here.

Tour map

Start/Ende

Bahnhof Murnau

Bahnhofsplatz 1

82418 Murnau

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