Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, Schliersee is a small but charming town in the Miesbach district of southern Germany. It is named after Lake Schliersee that sprawls to the south, which is itself named after an 8th-century monastery, Kloster Schliersee.
Things to do in Schliersee
In the heart of Schliersee is a 19th-century farmers' theatre, which is the oldest of its kind in Germany. It’s located just a stone’s throw from Saint Sixtus, a Baroque-style church that was built in the early 18th century and is topped by a soaring spire. A highlight of the interior is the ceiling frescoes painted by Johann Baptist Zimmermann.
At the Heimatmuseum Schliersee, you can learn about everyday life in the region within a beautifully preserved medieval blockhouse. In addition to period costumes, furniture and agricultural tools, it features local works of art and a stone axe dating from around 10,000 BC. One of the museum’s most interesting exhibits is a short four-poster bed that reflects the unusual sleeping position of the time.
Also not to miss is the Markus Wasmeier Open-Air Museum, which is named after the former world champion alpine ski racer. Located on the southern shore of Lake Schliersee, it features around 10 historic buildings that have been transported stone-by-stone from villages throughout the Oberland. Grazing in the surrounding fields are heritage breeds of domesticated animals, while beer is brewed onsite at the Schöpfbrauerei.
Getting around Schliersee
Schliersee is around 40 minutes’ drive from Rosenheim and about an hour from Munich. Munich International Airport is just over an hour away and has flights to destinations across Europe, North Africa and North America. Regular trains connect from Munich to the Schliersee railway station and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.