Mittenwald Travel Guide

  • Mittenwald
    by Kathrin_E
  • Things to Do
    by Kathrin_E
  • Reaching the town centre
    Reaching the town centre
    by Kathrin_E

Mittenwald Highlights

  • Pro
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    Beausoleil says…

     Utterly charming, quaint village 

  • Con
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    TinKan says…

     $$$$$ and cold in winter 

  • In a nutshell
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    honee says…

     Peaceful! 

Mittenwald Things to Do

  • hike to the Dammkarhütte

    With Mittenwald's strategic location in the heart of the German Alps, it is no wonder it is a Mecca for hikers in summer and those more ski-inclined in winter. There are hikes for all levels of fitness, from flat lake-side strolls to steep stoney trudges. Of course, we opted for the latter even though we had not done any hiking in four months....

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  • one of Europe's most scenic train trips

    We had been to Mittenwald two years prior for a few days of hiking but on our most recent trip there, it was a mere two hour stopover so my Dad and sister could see a cute traditional Bavarian town. It just so happened to be on one of Europe's most scenic train trips that would bring us to Innsbruck and eventually Bolzano. Since we could stop for...

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  • hike to Lautersee

    The Lautersee is a very pretty alpine lake easily reached from Mittenwald and well worth the excursion especially if the weather is fine. Sitting just over 1000m it is a short 45 minute stroll from town and with only 100m of elevation pickup, it's not strenuous. The views from the lake are stunning and there are a few restaurants at which you can...

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  • Barfußwanderweg

    The Barfußwanderweg (barefoot hiking trail) is not something that would normally interest me and to be honest I only did it because my wife wanted to do it. Nature trails as a rule are not my thing and since I left my teenage years walking barefoot isn't either. I figured how bad could 1.6km be? Well, if your feet are not toughened up, pretty bad...

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  • hike to Kranzberg & surroundings

    Since we were not entirely pleased with our hiking experience to the Dammkarhütte the previous day, we decided to forego what we imagined a similar hike to the Mittenwalder Hütte on the same side of the valley. We figured the views would be similar and though the hike would surely be easier (it was quite a bit lower in elevation) we wanted to seek...

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  • Geigenbaumuseum

    As it turns out, Mittenwald is not only a Mecca for alpine pleasures but also for violin makers. A recognized by law market town as early as the13th century, it became such an important stop on the route between Venice and Augsburg that an overnight break was made mandatory and thus sprang the production of some popular items of the time, one of...

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  • St. Peter and Paul Church

    The St. Peter and Paul Church is Mittenwald's man-made focal point rising up from the Obermarkt pedestrian area even if paling in comparison to the peaks that ring the town. It is nonetheless a colorful pastel stunner that is best photographed from afar due to the narrow streets that surround it as well as to offset its simple beauty against the...

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  • the murals of Mittenwald

    Mittenwald is a story-book alpine mountain village despite it not being in Switzerland. In fact, it's every bit as pretty as any number of similar towns in that more noted alps-laden country. Quite in the same vein, buildings are painted with colorful murals depicting everyday life laced with an undercurrent of Christian overtones. No matter your...

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  • flowered balconies

    One thing you have to love about being in the Bavarian Alp towns is their love of flowers. They are everywhere but nowhere more eye-catching then decorating the typical brown wooden traditional balconies that are the hallmark of Mittenwald. The also make great additions to the painted murals the town is noted for.More to see here.

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Mittenwald Restaurants

  • it's the thought that counts

    Though Germany is noted for their cake, having it out is one thing we rarely do but on our last day in Mittenwald we finally succumbed to it. It's hard to not do in a place like Mittenwald as there seems to be a bakery every 30m! After our hike to St. Anton, I grabbed a beer at the brewery while my wife grabbed our overnight bag from the B&B. Once...

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  • a meal & beer in the mountains

    Berggasthof St. Anton was not in our plans but on our second day in Mittenwald we decided to do a small circuit hike and it brought us by a series of eateries, one right on an alpine lake. Unfortunately, that passing was a bit too early for lunch but it did serve to show us that the prices in the mountain huts and restaurants were not as high as we...

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  • home of the Mittenwald Brewery

    While some might argue that Germany's Alps are not as spectacular as those in neighboring Switzerland and Austria, few would dispute Bavaria's superior beer scene. I would go a step further and say that its cuisine is a notch or two higher too. Mittenwald provided a perfect opportunity to put this to the test since the town had its very own...

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  • Lovely Hotel-Guest House Restaurant

    It is very much "alpine" decor. It is dark and warm and comfortable. There are wood beams and paintings along with mounted stuffed animals.The service was incredibly friendly although it appeared to be all over Bavaria. We had a window seat so we could watch the tourists walk by on the main street outside.On a chilly spring day, it was a...

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  • Best food in town

    The food is typical Bavarian. Lots of pork, lots of dumplings, lots of potatoes, in fact lots of everything. There is a wide choice and trout cooked in various styles is a popular choice. If it's on the liver is beautiful with mashed potatoes and onion gravy and often a roasted or cooked apple half. OK liver isn't everyone's favourite so it doesn't...

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  • Where the locals go!

    The restaurant looked so cheesy from the outside, we had to ask a couple of people coming out what they thought of the place. One couple told us they vacation every year in Mittenwald and this was the best place in town. So we took a chance! Our verdict? The decor isn`t anything special - but the food is amazing! Daniel had a salad. But it wasn`t...

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Mittenwald Transportation

  • you don't even have to hike to get up...

    For those not inclined to hiking up mountains, there are motorized ways to “climb” to the top of the alps. The most popular in Mittenwald is the Karwendelbahn which whizzes you up 1400m in about 7 minutes. This will set you back €13.50 one-way or €22 return in a very modern enclosed cabin. Many pay to go up and walk back down. On the other side of...

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  • the Bayern ticket is great value

    Getting to Mittenwald is normally easy enough especially if coming from Munich. Trains leave hourly from Munich and take just under two hours with no changes necessary. You can use the Bayern Single Ticket for €23 and return for free the same day. The group Bayern Ticket used to be good for up to five people for the entire day but it has changed....

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  • Trains

    Mittenwald is located on the railway line from Munich via Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Innsbruck. Regional trains to Munich run at least once per hour, to Innsbruck via Seefeld in Tyrol every two hours. The station is located on the Eastern side of the town with an unobstructed view of the Karwendel massif - enjoy the view while you are waiting for...

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Mittenwald Shopping

  • Straw Animals

    This beautifully painted shop had some very different souvenir's outside the Shop.They were of animals, made out of straw or hay. They were very well done, and while I was there, somebody bought the Donkey, so no photo of that.The shop also had many other types of gifts and souvenir's.UPDATE 2014Thanks to fellow VT'er "Trekki" who recently visited...

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  • All for the tourist

    The shops here are for the tourist and there is nothing unique to Mittenwald that we could find in the shops with the exception of the hat pins which I did have to buy for my collection. Nothing... Buy it someplace else.

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Mittenwald Local Customs

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    There was a Volksfest (Folk Festival) when we were in town and generally speaking, there is a strong traditional bent to Mittenwald. We noticed people outside the church on Sunday, most of whom where wearing Trachten or traditional clothing from the area. The parade leading to the Volksfest featured a band wearing similar clothing. This was followed by traditional music and foods in the local park where of course the local beer was served as well. It was nice to see it was the brewery's Märzen, a rich amber beer traditionally served at such gatherings.

    A great place to spend the night is here.

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Mittenwald Warnings and Dangers

  • Time off between Seasons

    Visited the town on a Saturday in mid November and while the scenery was beautiful it was hard to find a place to eat lunch. Many of the restaurants to include the local brewery (Mittenwalder) were closed. The signs posted in their windows said they would be closed from mid October to early December.

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  • Don't fall in the little canal.

    This tiny canal running down the center of the sidewalk is very picturesque, but if there are a lot of tourists, you don't always see it. In some places it is covered with a wood bridge-like affair but in many places it is open for the unwary.Enjoy the lovely running water, but watch your step!

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  • Look down as well as UP

    The main walking street has a water drain running down the side of it and has some neat water fountains but be careful when you are walking, as some of the trough is open. So this time I am telling you to make sure you look down as well as UP.

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Mittenwald What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: There are some overnight mountain top options so a backpack could come in handy but for an overnight trip from our home in Munich, a very light back was more than sufficient.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dressing in layers is always important for the mountains and even on a hot summer day, it gets fairly cool at night so a fleece or sweater are always advisable. Come prepared for rain but we had none so our rain gear remained in our bags the whole time. Sturdy hiking boots are a must. The trails around Mittenwald are one of the main reasons to come.

    Photo Equipment: A wide angle to capture the great landscapes and a zoom for getting shots of the locals in their traditional dress.

    Miscellaneous: Thanks to D for being the perfect mountain getaway partner and also for showing my Dad and sister such an amazing time in Mittenwald. It was truly an incredible beginning to an unforgettable trip.

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Mittenwald Off The Beaten Path

  • The Hike (5): Buckelwiesen

    The Buckelwiesen are a geological peculiarity of the landscape in Werdenfelser Land around Mittenwald. The ground is not smooth but consists of countless hummocks. The soil was shaped by the glaciers of the last ice age, then erosion deepened the structures. In winter the snow-covered surface looks like a sculpture.Originally they were covered in...

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  • The Hike (8): Arriving in Mittenwald

    Shortly before Mittenwald the trail leads through a bit of forest, then reaches the road from Garmisch - this is the only bit which runs along a larger road - and the Northern end of Mittenwald. Walking through the back streets takes you along a small creek which runs through this quarter. In snow and sunshine everything is pretty, so there is...

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  • The Hike (7). The Invisible Lake

    Halfway along the trail there is a little lake, Schmalensee or Schmalsee, at the bottom of the valley. The lake is private property and used for fish breeding and fishing by the local fishing club. In mid winter the lake was frozen over and invisible under the snow. Only the reeds and the unusually smooth surface indicated its presence.

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Mittenwald Favorites

  • hiking the German way, with a beer at...

    After a great night's sleep and a tasty breakfast, we packed up our small overnight bag and asked to leave it while we ventured out for another hike. We got a much earlier start and though ever bit as busy as the previous day's trail, it was a bit cooler and certainly much greener. Rather than drag a snack up with us, we hiked the German way and...

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  • he was just beaming

    My sister bought an insanely touristy talking donkey that repeated everything you or anyone nearby said and though a bit embarrassed at first, I had to admit it had an uncanny sense of timing it its delivery. It had us all hysterical on a number of occasions. All good things had to come to an end but there was still time for a lunch before...

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  • Mittenwald? Why not?

    At this point, my Dad and sister had been in Germany for three days and though they had been enjoying our new hometown of Munich, as good Americans they were ready to see Europe, too. Of course, being a well-seasoned traveler, I knew that there was only so much of Europe one could see in two weeks, especially if visiting a relative who had moved...

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SAINT PETER & PAUL CHURCH
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Catholic Church of St Peter and Paul
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Violin Makers Town
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Lüftlmalerei: Painted Houses
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Karwendelbahn
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Karwendel Mountains
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The Hike (6): Hay Huts
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The Hike (4): Mountain Panoramas
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The Hike (3): Little Yellow Chapel
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The Hike (2): The Village of Krün
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The Hike from Krün to Mittenwald (1): Summary
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LUFTLMALEREI [FRESCOES]
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KLEINER PARK
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ADVERTISING
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Look out for the frescoes at the buildings
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The Damkar downhill
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Luftlmalerei
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Obermarkt
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Gasthaus Alpenrose
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Kirche St Peter und Paul: interior
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Kirche St Peter und Paul
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Hohe Kranzberg
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Walk to Lautersee
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Karwendel Cable car
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Walk to Ferchensee
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Visit the church
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Go for a walk . . . save money!
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Look for music symbols - among other things!
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Walking along the Isar & Waterfalls
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Family Skiing
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Geigenbaumuseum (Violin Museum)
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Leutaschklamm
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On the top!
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You can try
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Cute little place
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Strawberry Pies and Coffee
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A good walking town
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