Theme tours

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New perspectives, new horizons

Would you like to get some new perspectives of Murnau? On our theme tours you will get to know everything about Gabriele Münter, Ödön von Horváth, Emanuel von Seidl and the Blue Rider movement. Anecdotes and interesting facts give the small town a different and even more interesting image. The Tourist Information Centre will be pleased to give you a hand. 

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In the literary and biographical tracks of Horváth

Author and poet Ödön von Horváth lived in his parent's house in Murnau from 1924 to 1933. There, he wrote works that are now recognised as world-renowned literature. In short excerpts dealing with the Blue Land region, Dr. Fritz Wambsganz will take you on a literary tour of the world of this famous poet . Embark on a search for tracks: Head out from his family's house and stop at the numerous stations leading up to the Schloßmuseum Murnau, a museum in a castle with an exhibit dedicated to Horváth and his literature. On the way, you can witness how the author and poet cherished his country and people and yet was increasingly harassed by the Nazis.

In the footsteps of Gabriele Münter

Embark on a journey through time: into the early 20th century. That is when artist Gabriele Münter and her life partner, Wassily Kandinsky, came to the Blue Land to settle down in Murnau. There, she purchased the small colourful house with the specially shaped hip roof and the exquisite garden – the goal of your search for tracks. Before that, you can visit numerous other stations where the painter created her works of art, thereby getting glimpses of her life and work at the original locations.

The painters of the Blue Rider group

What were the lives of the artists of the Blue Rider group around the turn of the century like? How did the new, revolutionary style of art called Expressionism come about? How did World War I change the lives and work of these artists? Find out the answers and everything concerning the living conditions and the artistic development of the painters of the Blue Rider group before the First World War. Join Fritz Walter Schmidt on a journey through time during a walk through Murnau a. Staffelsee. Supported by appropriate media, you will compare the original motifs with the creations by the artists at the real-life locations.

Art history walk

It is not a long way from the Medieval market of Emperor Ludwig of Bavaria to the cradle of Expressionism, namely the Blue Rider group – at least not in terms of meters walked. That is because all of this took place in the small municipality of Murnau, which is filled with history and stories. The houses and villas, castles and churches all relate these stories back to us. Find out all about the special artistic and architectural details – details that we often pass by without noticing – on the art history walk.

The arquitect Emanuel von Seidl

More than hundred years ago, Munich's famous arquitect built not only simple houses and villas in Murnau, he built also his own monument. The beautiful coloured houses in the Ober- and Untermarkt for example, which nowadays are historic protected buildings, testify to his ingenuity. Not only in the city you get to know Emanuel von Seidl's lifework, but also in the park, called after himself: the Seidl-Park.

Men of letters and artists

What kind of magical spell have this small town on the shore of the Staffelsee lake and the Blue Land had on artists and men of letters since the 19th century? Even today, Murnau serves as a refuge and source of inspiration for them. Embark on a journey of discovery during which Ödön von Horváth, James Loeb or Walter von Molo are quoted, thereby coming to life again.

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