Enveloped by the towering Alps, Mittenwald is a Bavarian jewel, where painted facades and violin-making traditions harmonize with the natural splendor. Read more

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Mittenwald, located in the scenic heart of Bavaria, is an idyllic German town celebrated for its well-preserved architecture, rich musical history, and stunning alpine setting. This charming locale, often referred to as "The Village of a Thousand Violins," has a storied past in the craft of violin making, a tradition that dates back to the 17th century and continues to resonate today.
Visitors are greeted by colorful Lüftlmalerei (a type of mural painting) that adorns the walls of the town's buildings, illustrating fairy tales, religious scenes, or traditional Bavarian life, infusing the streets with storybook appeal. The violin-making heritage is showcased in the Geigenbaumuseum, where the craft's intricate process and history are on full display.
Nestled in the Karwendel Alps, Mittenwald is also a gateway to numerous outdoor activities. The surrounding mountains provide countless trails for hiking, mountain biking, and, when winter blankets the region, some of Bavaria's finest skiing. The Karwendelseilbahn cable car offers a spectacular ascent to lofty vistas for those seeking panoramic mountain views without the hike.
Cultural experiences in Mittenwald are enriched by the sounds of classical music, frequent concerts, and the town's passion for preserving its unique traditions. This alpine haven not only captivates the senses with its natural beauty and cultural depth but also offers a tranquil escape into a world where time seems to move at a leisurely pace.
In Mittenwald, tradition and nature intertwine seamlessly, presenting a timeless retreat for visitors seeking both cultural enrichment and the tranquility of the great outdoors.

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Dedicated to Mittenwald’s violin-making history, this museum showcases exquisite instruments and the town's renowned craftsmanship.

Lüftlmalerei Murals

Stroll through Mittenwald’s lanes to admire the storybook murals painting a vivid picture of Bavarian folklore and history.


Ascend the Karwendel mountain range via this cable car to experience breathtaking alpine views and access numerous hiking trails.

Church of St. Peter and Paul

A baroque masterpiece, this church’s interior is as striking as its facade, complete with ornate frescoes and carvings.

Leutasch Gorge

Just a short trip from Mittenwald, this dramatic gorge offers a series of walkways for an immersive natural experience.

Lake Ferchensee

A serene lake nestled in the mountains, ideal for a leisurely day of swimming, picnicking, and soaking up the alpine sun.

Mittenwald Violin Making School

One of the very few schools of its kind, offering an insight into the meticulous art of violin crafting.

Karwendel Nature Park

Surrounding Mittenwald, this vast nature park is a sanctuary for flora, fauna, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Hoher Kranzberg

A nearby mountain with trails suitable for families, offering panoramic views of Mittenwald and its alpine surroundings.


This small alpine lake is a hidden gem for those looking to find a quiet spot to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

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In and around Mittenwald

Seefeld in Tirol (13.04 km)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (14.17 km)

Nestled in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a quintessential German resort town brimming with Alpine charm, known worldwide for its excellent winter sports, particularly skiing, and rich cultural heritage.

Ettal Abbey (19.48 km)

Set against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, is not only a place of religious significance but also an architectural marvel and cultural hub. This enchanting abbey attracts pilgrims, tourists, and history enthusiasts alike.

Zugspitze (20.54 km)

Zugspitze boasts the title of Germany's highest peak. At a staggering 2,962 meters above sea level, it promises breathtaking vistas, alpine adventures, and an exhilarating blend of German and Austrian mountain culture.

Innsbruck (21.32 km)

Innsbruck, a picturesque Austrian city surrounded by the Alps, is the ideal destination for lovers of mountains, history and culture. Explore the Old Town, visit the impressive Ambras and enjoy the spectacular views from the Nordkette.

Oberammergau (23.39 km)

Oberammergau is a picturesque mountain town in the heart of Bavaria, Germany, known for its traditional woodcarving skills and world-famous Passion Play, which takes place once every ten years.

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