Mittenwald in the Karwendel mountains

Mittenwald, Karwendel Mountains, Bavaria

When driving south from Landshut, I tried to avoid the Autobahn. After a couple of hours through South Bavaria, I arrived in Mittenwald. A lovely Bavarian town known for their Facade paintings on homes, and the Karwendel mountain peaks as a backdrop.

South of where the Isar rises, Bavaria meets Tyrol. Thus, Mittenwald became a trade gateway to the South centuries ago. This golden age brings the Mittenwalder as “Bozner market” every five years to new life.

I found a neat B&B not far from the town center. Parking was not a problem near the house, I just left my car there for three days and walked everywhere. I had a wonderful view to the Karwendel mountains from my balcony.

The best picture opportunity I had one morning of St. Peter and Paul (left), when I was making my Bakery run to Cafe Obermarkt in Mittenwald (red facade on the right)

Mittenwald’s surroundings are also a paradise for holidays in Bavaria. A variety of landscapes attracts cyclists, hikers and families that enjoy the rocky Karwendel mountain peaks.

Mittenwald, Karwendel mountains

Redesigned, the historic center radiates with a giant violin and raft, small streams and squares. The violin making and health resort in Upper Bavaria is bursting with history.

At the first evening I walked to the city center. I noticed the sun giving an interesting reflection off the mountain

Mittenwald Facade Paintings

I loved walking and sitting outside for coffee and cake. I admired the streetscape and painted homes. I ate a Topfenknödel dish in Mittenwald.

In Mittenwald I had an authentic local dish called “Topfenknödel”

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Topfenknödel like this you will find in Bavarian or Austrian Cafe's. By wikimedia
Topfenknödel like this you will find in South Bavarian or Austrian Cafe’s (Wikimedia)
Mittenwald Facade Paintings

Mittenwald is known for their famous
Facade paintings, also known as Lüftmalerei

The pedestrian zone and house facades, which are decorated with Lüftlmalereien spread a lot of flair

Mittenwald Facade Paintings

Music lovers also appreciate the violin making museum, the genuine folk music and the varied music festivals in the Summer.

Mittenwald has a extensive violin-making history, documented in the Geigenbaumuseum

Geigenbauermuseum Mittenwald. Violi museum
Geigenbauermuseum Mittenwald (Wikimedia)

In the middle of the village rises the parish church of St. Peter and Paul with its baroque church tower. In the December it is surrounded by the Christkindlmarket or Christmas market.

Church of Saint Peter and Paul, Mittenwald

The church and many of the surrounding buildings, both businesses and private residences are decorated with elaborate paintings on the exterior walls. 

Interior of Sankt Peter and Paul church, Mittenwald
Interior of Sankt Peter and Paul

With the Karwendelbahn you can be up the mountain within a few minutes. The train runs every day from 9 am to 4 pm, on the half hour. The ascent and descent is available for about 26,00 EUR. Not only winter sports enthusiasts enjoy themselves, in the the summer one can simply relax in a sun chair and enjoy the beautiful view.

Watch a little video below:

There is a breath taking panorama view to the Karwendel, Wetterstein and Ester mountains.

You can take the Kranzberg chairlift as a starting point for a hike. There is a hiking path to 24 stations, or you can choose to take the route to the summit.

Northern side of the Karwendel mountain range

Northern side of the Karwendel mountain

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