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Land of the Blue Rider

12 July 2023

7 days from £3,650pp

Enjoy the natural and artistic highlights of this reassuringly old-fashioned part of the world on this 7-day tour with Tom Abbott. 
  • A full day dedicated to the German Expressionist artists of the Blue Rider, including the Franz Marc Museum and the Schlossmuseum
  • Enjoy stunning scenery and a view of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain from one of the majestic summits surrounding Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • A boat excursion on the beautiful Lake Starnberg to Bernried and the superb Buchheim Museum
  • Enjoy a light lunch in a traditional Bavarian beer garden
The symbiosis of art and nature in the land between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen provides an intense experience. Lakes, moors and woods are bathed in ever-changing light, and occasionally the entire Alpine mountain range to the south appears in infinite hues of pastel blues. This atmospheric palette was not lost on artists of the Expressionist group of the Blue Rider — Vassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter and, above all, Franz Marc who coined the term of ‘das Blaue Land’. They were drawn to this enchanted landscape around Murnau, and no fewer than four museums in the area provide a stunning overview of German Expressionism. Somewhat paradoxically, the country which inspired their radically modern style on the eve of World War I is a land steeped in tradition on which powerful abbots and fabled princes have left their mark. The glorious churches which dot the countryside have given the area its other epithet: ‘Pfaffenwinkel’ — priests’ corner. Their onion domes are a characteristic feature, sometimes marking ancient monasteries, sometimes pilgrimage churches set in lush meadows. With its sumptuous, nature-inspired ornamentation, Bavarian Baroque perfectly complements the lush landscape. Even in the tiniest villages, the style manifests itself. Economic prosperity after the recovery from the Thirty Years’ War gave rise to a flood of architectural commissions and continued well into the 19th century, when the Bavarian kings built their extravagant castles. Our Study Tour will allow you to enjoy the natural and artistic highlights of this reassuringly old-fashioned part of the world.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Alpenhof

The five-star Hotel Alpenhof Murnau set in the Bavarian Alpine countryside. This spa hotel set in beautiful grounds has an outdoor pool and terrace, as well as a full health centre with indoor pool. The restaurant serves Bavarian cuisine and there is a bar and lounge area. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Satellite television
  • Safe
  • Bath robe
  • Slippers
  • Complementary internet connection 
  • Hairdryer