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Mittenwald is an Alpine town in the German state of Bavaria. Although it only has a population of 7,000 people, it has a great tradition of violin making. It is located in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, near the border with Austria.

Interior of the parish church St. Peter and Paul, frescoes by Matthäus Grüner

Get in[edit]

Mittenwald has a railway station on the Munich-Innsbruck railway. Deutsche Bahn operates hourly trains to Munich and two-hourly trains to Innsbruck. The train journey to Innsbruck from Mittenwald is a spectacularly scenic trip, not to be missed.

Get around[edit]

The whole town is walkable on foot.


The small town is pretty with dramatic mountains in the background.

  • Leutascher Geisterklamm (next to Mittenwald, on the German-Austrian border). An impressive gorge, somewhat similar to the Partnachklamm in nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
  • Colorful painted houses throughout the town.
  • Geigenbaumuseum Mittenwald, Ballenhausgasse 3. A museum showcasing Mittenwald's rich history of violin making. Exhibits in English and German, €5.50 admission for adults.


  • Karwendelbahn. up to the mountain for dramatic views €27.
  • Hike in the numerous mountains above the town. There are several marked trails to Hoher Kranzberg and other viewpoints in the area.


  • REWE, Innsbrucker Str. 4. Chain grocery store with local products.





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