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We were staying in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the weekend and headed over to Mittenwald for some hiking (and dining since for us they seem to go hand-in-hand). It was mid-November and it seemed that many of the restaurants were closed for vacation – I guess in between seasons. But we were not disappointed in our stay at all.
Mittenwald is on the Germany-Austria border and, as you can imagine, had some of the most breathtaking views imaginable. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remind myself that I am actually here and not looking at photographs in travel magazines!
We found parking easily enough in the center of town on Bahnhofstraße (there were several parking areas). Then we proceeded to do a walking tour of the town. What a neat little town – so full of Bavarian style houses with painted exteriors. I could only imagine what they look like in the height of the warm seasons when their flower boxes would be full and overflowing with colorful blooms!
We stopped in at the Pfarrkirche – the exterior was beautifully painted and we were in for a treat once inside. There were signs requesting no photos to be taken, otherwise I would’ve had a great time documenting this Baroque interior. The ceiling mural was amazing and there were paintings all around the church.
In the front of the church is the statue to Matthias Klotz, the violin maker that put Mittenwald on the map for its violins that are now famous world-wide. There is a museum for violin making (but it was closed); however, we were able to look inside the windows of a couple shops that crafted these musical instruments.
We walked south of town looking for the Leutaschklamm (gorge). Walking along a canal that had lots of ducks playing in the water, we continued down the road passed sheep fields until we came to the trail. We actually found the trail before we got to the start of it (we saw the signs going up the hill) – so we jumped on at that point. What we didn’t realize until later was that we actually started at the end of the trail (no wonder the signs seemed to be going backwards in their information!). The gorge was well worth the trip – and we later learned that part-way along we crossed over into Austria. There is a waterfall, but it was closed for the season, as well as the Karwendelbahn up to the top of the mountain (sounds like another trip to plan!).
After our hike, we stopped back in Mittenwald for some lunch. Since most places were closed, we found Café Paula, a konditorei that had outside seating (did I mention that weather was beautiful that day?). While they were out of the soup I was hoping for, I found an equally delicious substitute and my fellow travelers all had yummy dishes as well. Since the local brewery was closed, we crossed the street to the local grocery store and picked up some food and beverages for later before heading back to Garmisch.
This was a wonderful day in a little village that we may have overlooked if it weren’t for a guidebook that we used regularly. We will be returning in the spring/summer in order to see the things that we closed this visit.
Update: We returned to Mittenwald this spring to show the area to some visiting family and friends. Because our first visit was during the town’s vacation month (most places were closed because it was in between seasons), we were thrilled that everything was open and alive on this visit. We were able to enjoy the waterfall gorge that was closed on our initial trip and eat at the brewery we wanted to try.
- Pros:stunning scenery and an inspiring village
- Cons:much of the town was closed in mid-November
- In a nutshell:We will be back!
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