Mittenwald, One Of Bavaria’s Most Picturesque Villages

If you are planning a trip to Bavaria, then you should add the small village of Mittenwald to your list of places to visit. I believe that it is one of the most charming and picturesque towns in the region.

Mittenwald, Germany

Mittenwald, Germany

To truly enjoy Mittenwald wander the streets, Obermarkt is the main pedestrian zone. It is just a short walk from one end of the town to the other, with a carved violin in a square at one end and the beautifully painted baroque parish church of Saints Peter and Paul at the other.

Everywhere you look there are beautiful old buildings with ornately carved gabled roofs, pretty wooden balconies and in many cases, stunning painted facades. The frescos are known as lüftlmalerei, similar to the baroque frescos seen inside many churches in Southern Germany. Most of the frescos date from the 18th century and are biblical in nature, very common throughout Bavaria and the Austrian Tirol region.

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A small stream flows down the center of the main street with little wooden bridges for crossing to the other side of the street. Along with way are pretty old water fountains and flowers everywhere.

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The town has been known worldwide for years for its violin making. In a dominate place in town, next to the church, is a statue of Matthias Klotz, a master violin maker, who made Mittenwald famous for its’ stringed instruments that are still being handmade here.

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The town and its residents still hold on to age old traditions, often wearing traditional Bavarian clothing, especially on Sundays and when attending weddings held at the beautiful church. While on our visit, my husband and I were lucky enough to see a wedding group as they were just leaving their ceremony.

Two young men held a laundry line with violin parts and paper hearts for the couple to walk under as they left the church. (I believe this goes back to the tradition of hanging new wood violins in the sun to achieve a nice dark color.) A beautiful flower decorated carriage with two horses awaited the couple after a procession through the streets.

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If the weather is nice, one of the pleasures of visiting Mittenwald is sitting outside at one of the many cafes to have a locally brewed beer and a Bavarian snack of weisswurst with sweet mustard and a pretzel. If you are in the mood for something sweet, then perhaps a slice of cake and coffee or a dish of ice cream would be more to your liking.

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Mittenwald is a town that I can return to over and over again. The nice thing is that nothing changes and that is what I like about it…it holds on to its traditions and celebrates them daily. I do hope you will get a chance to visit this charming town on day.




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58 Responses to Mittenwald, One Of Bavaria’s Most Picturesque Villages

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    Beautiful sights. Thank you for sharing.

  2. David says:

    Karen – we spent several days in Mittenwald last summer because we couldn’t get an Airbnb in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Didn’t that turn out to be the best thing that happened to us?! We just adored Mitrenwald, our hikes into the mountains, and taking the funicular to the top of Karwendel Mountain of a spectacular view of the region! Thanks for bringing back such wonderful memories!

  3. My goodness – how lucky for you to have had the privilege of witnessing a wedding while visiting! I love the violin carved out of the tree stump – that was neat to see. It must be lovely and peaceful to live there all year long.

  4. Wonderful photos and a wonderful guide to Mittenwald. Thank you Karen!

  5. Zyriacus says:

    We have a saying in Germany for the ultimate happiness: “Der Himmel hängt voller Geigen”. (Heaven is hung with violins). I think, the line hung over the newly-weds is a reference to that.

  6. Beautiful indeed…picture perfect!

  7. oldpoet56 says:

    I had never heard of this town before, it is beautiful. Thank you very much for taking of your time to post these pictures, simply beautiful.

  8. Darlene says:

    What a charming place. I wish I had known about it as I have a violin featured in my latest Amanda Travels book, Amanda on The Danube – The Sounds of Music. I could have had it made in Mittenwald! You are finding the most wonderful spots in Bavaria. Love all the photos, especially the horses.

  9. Oh Karen what a charming village you visited. So glad I took time to look at your post today. What a wonderful time you must be having, I’ll certainly put this region on my ” must visit ” list.
    I’ve been away from blogging for a long time. We have finally sold our house & we’re busy packing to be out at the beginning of December. You know only too well what all this entails. We will be putting our belongings in store & Are going to rent till we decide where we want to buy. Hope alls well with you. Enjoy the rest of your tour holiday.

  10. That truly is a charming place! Thanks for sharing with us Karen.

  11. Monique says:

    Looks packed with charm..photographers delight!

  12. Cathy says:

    The pictures of the wedding are lovely Karen – the horses look so elegant in their special harnesses and decorations! I have been to Mittenwald many times – albeit usually in the summer when it is really hot and particularly busy with tourists from all over. In fact we recently stopped off there for lunch after a weekend away in the mountains. 🙂

  13. Larry says:

    Looks like a nice little Bavarian town.

  14. I have been near Mittenwald but never in. I will try to go there the next time I am in the area . It looks beautiful. Thank you for the tour.

  15. How lovely, Karen. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Mad Dog says:

    How amazing – it almost looks like it’s made of candy.

  17. Gallivanta says:

    How absolutely charming.

  18. Eha says:

    I first saw Mittenwald when I was about 11 – it left such a warm impression that my two daughters were charmed at a far earlier age on their first trip ex Australia 🙂 ! There ‘der Himmel hängt voller Geigen’ truly as Zyriacus has said!! And tho’ sausages are not usually on my menu ‘weisswurst’ always has a place given the opportunity!!

  19. cheri says:

    What a charming little place Karen, thanks for sharing!

  20. this is when I wish I had snuck into that suitcase of yours

  21. I don’t know where to begin, absolutely stunning.

  22. Lea Ann says:

    Beautiful little place! And thanks for taking the time to share those photos.

  23. Norma Chang says:

    Thanks for the tour. Years ago I visited Bavaria but never made it to Mattenwald. My favorite photo is the Large Violin Carved Out Of A Tree Trunk, very impressive.

  24. I love that violin sculpture and the wedding tradition with the violin bunting: I’ve never seen that before. How charming! I suppose I must put this on my ‘must-visit’ list too. Thanks for sharing, Karen. ❤

  25. chef mimi says:

    Oh, those buildings! Such beauty. So good you had beautiful weather that day!

  26. Kathy Walker says:

    Great post! Traveling the small towns of Bavaria is like walking back in time. Love the area.

  27. SO picturesque! This is what Disney tried to recreate!!!

  28. Debra Kolkka says:

    What a gorgeous place! I love this area and will definitely make my way to Mittenwald.

  29. Amy says:

    What a beautiful town. Beautiful photos, Karen. Thank you for the tour!

  30. kitchenriffs says:

    Such a nice place! So interesting. How fun to see a wedding! Great pictures — thanks.

  31. Summer Daisy says:

    Such a gorgeous place ♥

  32. Podso says:

    What a beautiful village that you have shared via your photos. And the icing on the cake, seeing a wedding in progress. Delightful photos.

  33. This place is so colorful and beautiful.Like from a fairy tale. xx

  34. Marcie Bidou says:

    These photos are just gorgeous — Bavaria looks like such a beautiful place to visit!

  35. Wonderful images of Mittenwald, Karen. It is a beautiful place. I too was there years ago, and coincidentally, saw a wedding in progress. They were on the way in, not coming out.

  36. It is an enchanting place… like from a fairy tale!

  37. Wow, it is so beautiful! I shall send this link to my parents who are travelling around the area at the end of the year 🙂

  38. Gretchen says:

    What a charming Bavarian town! How neat to see a traditional wedding too. Thus is some of hubby’s favorites…bier, weisswurst, bretzl

  39. What a charming village and how lucky to catch great photos of the wedding party. My grandfather was German and I wish I knew more about Germany.

  40. Oh my. While I was busy cavorting in China, you were quite busy also! After China I’m perfectly ready for a nice spa vacay with grand food. Gorgeous pics, Karen!

  41. Incredible photos, you must be having a dream of a trip!

  42. Juliana says:

    Awesome pictures Karen…one of this day I will be visiting Mittenwald…thanks for sharing them.
    Have a fabulous week 🙂

  43. That’s a very beautiful village! That carved violin looks really impressive.

  44. Oh Karen, how totally beautiful! My daughter went to Romania over the summer for school, the pictures she took were absolutely outstanding as well. How gorgeous!!

  45. Beautiful Post. Thanks for sharing.

  46. It really does look like a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a beer and pretzel at an outdoor cafe! Looks like a beautiful town. Love those cobblestone streets 🙂 Thanks for sharing so much of your amazing trip, Karen!

  47. Mél@nie says:

    nice, interesting, awesome – as usually… danke schön, Frau Karen! ❤

  48. NativeNM says:

    I love your photos, Karen! You may never want to come home from such a charming and picturesque place! Enjoy!

  49. This is an absolutely spectacular hotel! Lovely photos Karen 😀

  50. Matthew W says:

    Went through Mittenwald on a bike tour in 1981.Very nice place.

  51. Ruth says:

    Can’t believe it- we were there years ago lived in Grafenwoehr. Thanks for this post

  52. Sartenada says:

    Sigh. Dream village for a visit. Thank You sharing. Happy weekend.

  53. I probably will not have any opportunity to travel to Bavaria so thank you for the tour. The violin is amazing. 🙂

  54. Beth says:

    This brought back fond memories of our trip to Mittenwald when our girls were quite a bit younger. A lovely village to be sure!

  55. Cecile says:

    Yup – this lovely place needs to go on my Bucket List !!

  56. Love following along on your trip, Karen!

  57. mjskit says:

    What a fun village and so much fun to observe traditions in action!

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