Mittenwald is one of those scenic Bavarian villages that you’ve been waiting to visit.
During my trip to Europe later this summer, I will be making a stop in Mittenwald on my way to Innsbruck. Why? Simply because it is known to be a picturesque Bavarian village and I can’t seem to get enough of them 🙂
But there is so much more to Mittenwald than just a pretty face!
Mittenwald lies in a beautiful valley created by the Isar river and is surrounded by majestic mountains. Goethe visited in 1786 and declared it “A living picture book!” I believe part of this was due to its idyllic location and the other part must be all the frescoed buildings lining the Obermarkt. The frescoes covering the buildings of Mittenwald tell the story of this historic town.
There is also the St. Peter & Paul church built in the Rococo style between 1738 – 1740. The church is full of frescoes inside and out and is the center of the village. It also hosts an organ festival during late summer.
The highest private brewery in Germany is located right here in Mittenwald. Yumm more beer! They offer tours complete with a tasting at the end 🙂
The surrounding mountains and lakes are begging you to explore them. There are many hikes in the valley and even to the mountaintops. Whether you want a hike of a couple hours or an all day trek, walking in the nearby woods or mountains will charm and fascinate you.
Of course, if hiking your way to the top of mountain isn’t in the cards for you, maybe the Karwendel Cable Car or Kranzberg chairlift would be more suitable. The Karwendel Cable Car rises to 7,360 feet where you will find a nature reserve and an incredibly scenic vista. The Kranzberg chair lift whisks you up to almost 4,000 feet and some of the most beautiful walking areas. Spend your time walking through alpine flowers, pass lakes and even a restaurant or two. If you’re here during the winter this area offers great skiing and boarding opportunities too!
There is one thing Mittenwald is very famous for that you might not expect in a Bavarian village – Mittenwald is known worldwide for its violin making!
Being on the Roman trade route from Venice to Augsburg, Mittenwald was a very prosperous town during the medieval age. When shipping became more popular, Mittenwald’s economy sank. Thanks to its own resident, Matthias Klotz, Mittenwald once again flourished!
Being trained by masters in Italy, Klotz brought his renowned craftsmanship home to Mittenwald. It was during the 18th century that this tiny village received international acclaim for violin making thanks to Matthias Klotz!
While in Mittenwald you will find many things related to violins. You may wish to explore the Geigenbaumuseum where you will learn about the local history of violin making while listening to beautiful music. Or a visit to one of the many Master Violin Maker’s workshops may be in order! Here you can witness violin making firsthand. If you haven’t had enough of violins at this point, stop by the Violin Making School which as part of its curriculum includes training in all string instruments.
Yes, there is much more to Mittenwald than her pretty face and I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes!