On approx. 4,200 hectares, peat bogs, wet meadows and special combinations of trees join to create a unique mosaic of nature. The Murnauer Moos bog south of Murnau is unmatched in Central Europe in terms of its size and uninterrupted surface, its landscape forms and the plants and animals found here. Many plant and animal species threatened by extinction have found a refuge in the largest peat bog on the edge of the Alps in Central Europe.
Thanks to the intensive efforts of Prof. Max Dingler and Dr. Ingeborg Haeckel to protect this jewel of nature in the 1970s, the Murnauer Moos bog has largely been spared from drainage measures. As early as 1927, the peat bog was recognised as a protected area, but it wasn't until 1980 that it was recognised as a nature reserve with a core area of around 23 km2. Today it is one of the most important and unspoiled peat bogs in the northern foothills of the Alps.
On the search for relaxation, you are sure to find just the right spot on the well-marked loop hiking trail of some 12 kilometres. At the same time, you will be embarking on a journey of discovery through a natural treasure. The Info-Stadl ("Information Barn") and the Panorama-Stadl ("Panorama Barn") invite you to develop new perspectives and learn interesting facts about this picturesque and impressive peat bog. Experience nature's most attractive side – on a guided hike through the peat bog or on your own.
The view from the Info-Stadl ("Information Barn") invites you to linger while the picture and text information boards arouse curiosity about the Murnauer Moos bog and the untouched nature here with its straw meadows and the project dedicated to preserving this unique peat bog. More than that, you will also learn about the peat bog's history up to the 20th century. The "Information Barn" is located next to the parking lot of the Ähndl Restaurant, not far from the Murnauer Moos hikers' parking lot, and is accessible daily.
The Aussichts-Stadl ("Viewpoint Barn") or Panorama-Stadl ("Panorama Barn") of the Murnauer Moos bog are just a few minutes' walk from the Berggeist district of Murnau, which is outside of the town. Here, a breathtaking view of the Murnauer Moos bog nature reserve and the Wetterstein mountain group with its impressive rock face in the background awaits you. A panorama information board explains the peat bog and the surrounding mountains. The Panorama-Stadl invites you to linger a while – and maybe even have a memorable picnic!
You will find the Bohlenweg peat bog trail one kilometre from the turn-off point of the peat bog loop trail in Murnau/Westried. Over wooden plank walkways, the trail leads you through the untouched peat bog with heather and open woodland of birch and pine trees with a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.
The plank walkway, an idea of the former tourism director, Fritz-Walter Schmidt, was built for the first time as a peat bog nature trail in Langen Filz, Murnau in 1975. Back then, metal sheets like those used for airplane landing surfaces were used in place of the wooden planks employed today. In 1989, the metal sheets were replaced by the wooden planks and a shelter was built at the halfway point where visitors today can rest, have a leisurely picnic and enter their name in the Visitors' Book. This Guest Book isn't just intended for "We were here" greetings; people are also encouraged to write any ideas, requests and criticism.
The plank walkway has become one of the most popular sightseeing destinations within the Murnauer Moos bog nature reserve. Both its location and the attractive design of the trail make this walk through the unspoiled outdoors a most memorable experience.
The Murnauer Moos is one of the most important peat bog complexes of the peat bogs along the edge of the Alps in Central Europe. It is a unique mosaic of diverse habitats of rare plant and animal species.
Rare plant and animal species inhabit the bog, one of the most pristine peat bogs in the foothills of the Alps. However, protection of this unique natural landscape wasn't always something that could be taken for granted.
Go on a guided hike through the Murnauer Moos and learn interesting facts about this amazing peat bog at the base of the Alps. Our specially trained visitor guides are very knowledgeable about this jewel of nature.
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