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Culture Highlights in Zugspitze Area

Werdenfels Castle Ruin Photo © Markt Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Martin Gulbe

Aschenbrenner Museum

The Aschenbrenner Museum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen owns an extensive collection of porcelain, dolls and traditional Christmas cribs. The porcelain objects exhibited at the museum document the exciting history of porcelain as a means of politics. 

Werdenfels Museum Photo © Markt Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Marc Hohenleitner

Werdenfels Museum

The Werdenfels Museum was founded as early as 1895 to present the history and culture of the Werdenfels County to the broad public.

Ehrenberg Castle Photo © Rolf Marke - Naturparkregion Reutte

Ehrenberg Castle

If you arrive to Grainau from Austria, you would notice the massive fortress that belongs to the castle ensemble in Ehrenberg.


Murnau Castle Museum Photo © Schlossmuseum - Tourist Information Markt Murnau am Staffelsee

Murnau Castle Museum

The main collection of the Murnau Castle Museum (Schlossmuseum Murnau) features the works of Gabriele Münter, including over 80 paintings, drawings and graphics. Other collections include 'The New Munich Artists‘ Association' and 'The Blue Rider' with multiple works of Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and other artists. Another focus is 19th century painting.

The museum offers interesting short-term exhibitions during the whole year. (Link in German.)

Visit Murnau Castle Museum


Münter House Photo © Münterhaus - Markt Murnau am Staffelsee - Konrad Wallner

Münter House

The Münter House once belonged to Gabriele Münter. She and Wassily Kandinsky often stayed in the house. They designed the interiors, layed out the garden and painted the furniture using their own sketches. The house provides interesting insights into the life of both artists, it is a monument to their art and has been restored to the original interior from 1909-1914.

Here you can discover multiple paintings, graphics, reverse glass paintings and other works of Kandinsky and Münter, as well as samples of the folk arts they were collecting.

Visit Münter House


Ettal Abbey

The dominant Benedictine abbey in the village of Ettal is an international touristic attraction. The foundation of the monastery by the Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian dates back to 1330. 


Ammergau Dairy Production Site in Ettal Photo © Schaukäserei Ammergauer Alpen

Ammergau Dairy Production Site in Ettal

If you love cheese, don't miss this small dairy production site in Ettal. The facility (the official name is Schaukäserei Ammergauer Alpen) produces a number of local cheese varieties like ‚Ettaler Manndl‘ Cheese (named after the local mountain peak), Bierkäse (‚Beer Cheese‘), Uriger Ammertaler (‚Ancient Ammer Valley Cheese‘) or Ettaler Klosterkäse (‚Ettal Monastery Cheese‘).

You can watch the production process and buy some cheese, to enjoy at the local cafe or later on a hiking or biking tour.

Visit Ettal Cheese Production Site


Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle is located 11 kilometers from Ettal. It is the smallest one of the three castles built by the Bavarian king Ludwig II. and the only one that was completed during his lifetime.

Linderhof was the favourite castle of the ‚Fairytale King‘ and he often stayed there. The enclosed garten and park area with other notable buildings make an ensemble with the castle and are worth a visit as well.

The castle itself is only open for guided tour visitors.

Visit Linderhof Castle 

Violin Making Museum Photo ©

Violin Making Museum

The neighbouring town of Mittenwald is the centre of violin manufacturing. Up to these days it is home to a dozen violin makers. The state school for violin making located in Mittenwald is the only one in Bavaria and one of two schools in Germany.

The museum is focused on the long tradition of artisan work kept by the violin makers. The exhibition comprises more than 200 violins and other string instruments. You can also watch the violin making process in a show workshop.

Visit The Violin Making Museum

Walchensee Power Plant Photo © Oliver Spalt - Wikipedia

Walchensee Power Plant

This water storage power plant is an industrial monument constructed in 1924, and it remains one of the biggest objects of this kind in Germany. The power plant at Lake Walchensee is truly the birthplace of industrial power generation in Bavaria and it is open for public.

Visitors at the information centre learn everything on how power is delivered to the power socket, as well as everything around water power and the Walchensee Power Plant. A must-see for everyone interested in technology.

Visit Power Plant


Franz Marc Museum Photo © Franz Marc Museum - Doris Leuschner

Franz Marc Museum

Franz Marc was an outstanding expressionist and he lived in Kochel am See. The museum owns a huge collection of German expressionist paintings and after-war abstract art.

The art of the ‚Blue Rider‘ group is represented here as well. Exhibitions change many times a year.

Visit Franz Marc Museum


Hohen Peissenberg

Here at the Hoher Peißenberg you would discover not only the beautiful pilgrimage church dating back to the 17 century, but also the world’s oldest observatory, that was founded by the Prince-Elector Maximilian Joseph III, Duke of Bavaria.

Royal Castles In Füssen

The castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau belong to the must-see list in Germany, and they are just a 45 minutes‘ drive from Grainau. The fairytale castle of King Ludwig II. and the castle of his father King Maximilian II. can be visited within one day, since they are located very close to each other. 


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Wellness & Balance

Take a deep breath. Let the power of water and the energy of fire renew your vitality. Our sauna, spa and wellness area with a view of Germany’s highest mountain provide the perfect setting. A snow room with real snow helps you restore balance and cool down. 



Food & Drink

Treat yourself to delicacies that will indulge all of your senses. Visit our Werdenfels Restaurant during the day and enjoy the view of Germany’s highest mountain. External guests are welcome as well! Then let us welcome you to our Talstation Evenig Bar in the evening: The bar made of illuminated onyx stone, an open fireplace and comfortable lounge furniture provide the perfect setting for engaging in inspiring conversations and making new acquaintances.

For hygienic reasons pets are not allowed in our restaurants and bars. Thank you for your understanding.

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Inspire yourself and the others – at conventions, conferences and meetings.

22 conference rooms with state-of-the-art equipment ensure that you always have the right hardware at your disposal. All our meeting spaces and guest rooms offer free WiFi access. Our light-filled atrium with designer sitting areas provides inspiration and the perfect atmosphere to relax or take a small snack between the meetings.

Check the Space Planning Tool to see where each space is located, or take a 360° tour of our conference atrium and our "Badersee" and "Pfaffenwinkel" meeting rooms in the Seehaus building:



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The Badersee Blog

Discover the Zugspitze area on hikes, biking tours and versatile outdoor activities.

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We are happy to welcome you in our Badersee Blog. Here you would discover a large choice of activities and destinations for your holiday in the Zugspitze area, as well as the current trends related to travel and hotels. Enjoy your reading and feel free to share our blogs with the others. Our editors are out in the nature all year round, you can find their impressions here in the Badersee Blog and in our Leisure Guide as well.

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Sustainability & Nature Protection

Sustainable practices are indispensable for the future of the travel industry. In our fantastic location, surrounded by the alpine meadows, vast forests and the high peaks of the German Alps, we have developed a special relationship with nature and the environment.

We live amidst this nature and we spend a lot of time in the mountains at any season. Therefore, it is crucial for us as a local enterprise to contribute to the preservation of our environment and resources. What is good for the environment is also good for our business! We do our best to take care of the environment and treat the resources at our disposal with care. We review our operations on a regular basis to identify and implement new opportunities that would drive our sustainability commitment.

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A forest hideaway on the shore of the crystal clear Lake Badersee at the foot of Mount Zugspitze, the Hotel am Badersee is one of the best hotels in the Zugspitze region.


Our hotel has been renowned for its outstanding quality for decades. Therefore, it is extremely important to us that every guest – from holiday makers to conference participants, group travelers and event attendees – enjoys an unforgettable stay in the Alpine Village of Grainau and makes their best memories. It is our special honour that our guests here at the beautiful Badersee dream of eventful days, take a deep breath in our spa, let our MICE Team inspire them and indulge their senses at our restaurants.

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