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 thoughts on “Mittenwald, One Of Bavaria’s Most Picturesque Villages

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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!!

  8. 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. ❤

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