Castle Museum Murnau

© Schloßmuseum Murnau, Bildarchiv, Alfred Küng


Schloßmuseum Murnau displays the internationally renowned history of art and literature of the first third of the 20th century that is so closely linked to the market town of Murnau. The museum focuses on works of art of the Blue Rider movement and the work of the Austrian-Hungarian dramatist, Ödön von Horváth.

The Castle Museum of Murnau also presents the specialities of the Alpine foothills in a permanent exhibit focusing on the Murnauer Moos peat bog, the Hinterglasmalerei (art of reverse glass painting) art of this region and the historic development of the town – elements that are closely related to the extraordinary artistic work of the Blue Rider group.

The Schloßmuseum Murnau offers guided tours for general groups, families and groups of children with advance booking. The Schloßmuseum Murnau was awarded the Bayerischer Museumspreis (Bavarian Museum Award) and received the "Kinderland-Erlebnispartner" (Kinderland Experience Partner) title awarded by the Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH in 1995.

Blauer Reiter (Blue Rider)

An extensive collection of works of art by the artists of the New Artists' Association of Munich (NKVM) and the Blue Rider group form the core of the museum's exhibits. The exhibits clearly show the influence on their artistic evolution of Bavarian folk art, in particular of Hinterglasmalerei (art of reverse glass painting), and of the landscape at the base of the Alps. With landscape paintings dating from the 18th century, the Castle Museum of Murnau depicts the development all the way to an expressive form of art and the non-objective painting of the 20th century. The museum is primarily dedicated to paintings by Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky and the artists of the Blue Rider group.


Ödön von Horváth

The Schloßmuseum Murnau also boasts an extensive permanent exhibit focussing on the Austrian-Hungarian dramatist Ödön von Horváth. For it was here in Murnau that he spent most of his time between 1924 and his politically imposed departure in 1933. It was here that he wrote "Zur schönen Aussicht" (1926) and "Italienische Nacht" (1931). Horváth's works drew upon his encounters with the people living in Murnau, and also on the landscape of the foothills of the Alps. The exhibit on show in the Castle Museum of Murnau is the only publicly accessible documentation on the life and work of Ödön von Horváth.

Hinterglaskunst – the art of reverse glass painting

The art of reverse glass painting (Hinterglaskunst) is a handicraft typical to Murnau. Alongside exhibits from the area around the Staffelsee Lake, the museum also has reverse glass painting artworks from Augsburg and abroad. In the Schloßmuseum Murnau, you will also find the two collections of works by Udo and Hedi Dammert and Wilhelm Gartner. There is also space here for modern, contemporary reverse glass art with works by Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, August Macke, Gabriele Münter and Carl Rabus to Cuno Fischer, Elde Steeg and Fride Wirtl Waser. Make sure not to miss the extraordinary work titled "Ifrit" (2010) by Gerhard Richter.

Local history

In the past decades, a collection revolving around local history has been developed with loving attention to detail to flank the art history section. Many a forgotten treasure from the good old days in Murnau and its surroundings can be found here, including exhibits depicting the commercial use of the Murnauer Moos bog and an old train ticket counter where summer vacationers purchased their tickets in the 1920s. This period was decisive for the future development of the picture-perfect market town: from 1920 to 1930, the number of visitors rose quickly. Murnau suddenly turned into a vacation and health resort.


More information on permanent and special exhibits is available on the website of the Castle Museum of Murnau.

Schloßmuseum Murnau



Telephone: +49 (0)8841 476-201 (administration), -207 (counter)
Fax: +49 (0)8841 476-277



Schloßhof 2-5
82418 Murnau a. Staffelsee

Opening hours:

Thue. to Fri.01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Sat., Sun.10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

January to November
Thue. to Sun.10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

On holidays, also on Mondays open.
Closed on 24 and 31 December.