Mittenwald and its surroundings provide a rich variety of cultural options that we can not all list here. With a small choice we want to make you curious:
Unique in the world, Mittenwald has a centuries-old violin making tradition. Around 1685 Matthias Klotz brought the violin making to Mittenwald. Through his sons and students the instrument making was established. Mittenwald is now home of the famous Violin Making School and many well-known luthier.
Admire exhibits from the Baroque to the present, you will see historic films about violin making and watch a violin maker at his work.
Franz Marc Museum
The drive to the Franz Marc Museum is already rewarding: You drive through the picturesque villages Krün and Wallgau and pass along Walchensee with its wooded bays. After half an hour drive you reach the Franz Marc Museum.
Founded in 1986, the museum is mainly focused on the work of Franz Marc and the associated circle of artists "Blauer Reiter" (The Blue Rider). Later on followed works from the group of German expressionist called “Die Brücke” (The Bridge).
Opening hours (closed on Mondays) in the summer season from 10am to 6pm, in the winter season from 11am – 5pm.
After your visit you can enjoy a walk at the nearby Kochelsee to review your impressions. If you want to enjoy more culture, continue your journey to the Münter-Haus in Murnau. If you want to learn more about technology, you can visit the Walchenseekraftwerk (water power plant).
At the "Museum of Imagination" you will find an extraordinary composition of arts, architecture and nature in one place. The Art collection - includes Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s expressionist paintings, watercolours paintings and crafts, folk art, and non-European works; Architecture - the museum building was designed by architect Gunther Banish who became famous while constructing the Olympic Stadium in Munich and the new plenary chamber of the German Bundestag in Bonn; Nature - Situated on the banks of Lake Starnberg in the middle of old trees, ponds and sculptures the area around the museum offers true pleasure.
Opening hours (closed on Mondays) in the summer season from 10am to 6pm, in the winter season from 11am – 5pm
Walchenseekraftwerk (water power plant)
The nearly one century-old Walchensee power plant is among the largest high-pressure storage power plants in Germany. It is powered by the water of Walchensee and supplies Bavaria and the Bavarian railways with green energy.
A visit is well worth it! (daily from 9am to 5pm)
Freilichtmuseum Glentleiten (open air museum)
More than 60 old Bavarian residential and farm houses were built here in its original state. They show impressively how people lived and worked in rural Upper Bavaria.
Young and young at heart visitors can observe potters, weavers, bakers, blacksmiths and many other (art) craftsmen at their work and ask all questions.
Open from 19 March to 11 November 9am to 6pm (November 9am to 5pm), closed on Mondays and during the winter season.
Passion Play in Oberammergau
Since they were spared from the plague in 1634, the people of Oberammergau perform every 10 years the Passion of Christ to thank him. It is impressive with how much dedication the whole village take part in the play - whether as an actor, as a choral singer or a musician, everyone in Oberammergau is involved. The next Passion Play will be in the year 2020.
In the years between the Passion Play the people of Oberammergau are not passive: Under the direction of Christian Stueckl with the beautiful music of Markus Zwink other plays are performed, for example “Joseph und seine Brüder” (Joseph and His Brothers) by Thomas Mann and “Antonius und Cleopatra” (The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra) by William Shakespeare.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens
Anyone who believes you can only view and buy precision-cut crystal there is mistaken. In more than 14 underground chambers the multimedia artist André Heller together with other artists has created sparkling magic worlds, which offer the visitors the finest visual and acoustic enjoyment. There are also changing exhibitions of renowned artists.
Opening hours daily from 9am – 6.30pm
Castles in Upper Bavaria
Königs Haus am Schachen (King's House on the Schachen) in the Wetterstein mountains
A rewarding hike leads to the King’s House on the Schachen, King Ludwig II’s mountain refuge. The botanical gardens surrounding the King’s House are beautiful. Open from early June to early October. The King’s House can be visited only by a guided tour (at 11a.m., 1, 2 and 3p. m.).
The King’s House can be reached only on foot or by bicycle. It is a four hours walk from Mittenwald, either along the Schützensteig or via Ferchensee. You can shorten the tour, if you go by bus or car to Elmau and ascend from there (approx.3 hours). Until the Wettersteinalm you can also use the bike, from there you can only continue by foot.
In marvellous mountain scenery, King Ludwig II has built his “fairy-tale-castle” in the style of an old German knights' castle. You can reach the castle from Mittenwald within 70 to 80 minutes by car.
Opening hours: April to September 9am to 6pm
October to March 10am to 4pm (open daily)
After that you can visit the nearby castle Hohenschwangau.
Schloss Linderhof (Linderhof Palace)
Linderhof Palace can be reached within a 40 minute drive from Mittenwald. It enchants with its fountains in the royal parkland, with the Moorish Kiosk, the Venus Grotto and many stage sets from Wagner’s operas, which King Ludwig II had erected here. Open from April until October 9am to 6pm, from November until March 10am to 4pm.
Herrenchiemsee New Palace
King Ludwig II planned on the island Chiemsee a replica of Versailles, the palace of the Sun King Louis XIV. The castle is also the King Ludwig II Museum.
Also on the island is the Augustinian Monastery (Old Palace), built in 1130, which King Ludwig bought along with the island in 1873 and used for his privacy.
April till end of October: 9am-6pm
last tour: around 5pm
End Oct.-March: 9.40am-4.15pm
last tour: around 3.40pm, open daily
In the year 1664 Agostino Barelli began the construction of the summer residence of the Elector Ferdinand Maria von Savoyen and his wife Henriette Adelaide. Well worth seeing is the famous Baroque Palace Park with its variety of water features. Visit the Marstallmuseum (Museum of carriages and sleighs) and the Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain.
Open daily (January, February, November: 6.30am – 6pm, March 6am – 6.30pm, April, September 6am - 8.30pm, May - August 6am - 9.30pm, October: 6am-7pm, December: 6.30am - 5.30pm
It was founded in 1330 by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian and because of its convenient location and the attraction for pilgrims it became one of the most important Benedictine monasteries in the Alps. In addition to the monastic life, the monks today show visitors the basilica, the brewery and distillery, the garden and a cheese dairy.
There is also a boarding-school, a library and a monastery hotel. Visiting hours of the basilica in the summer from 8am - 7.45pm, in winter 8am - 6pm. For tours please call (08822-74228).
Wieskirche (Pilgrimage Church of Wies)
The magnificent Rococo Church of the Scourged Saviour is located near Steingaden and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors can take advantage of the magnificent church for a still devotion, admire the magnificent trompe l'oeil fresco at the dome ceiling or be seduced by the sound of the historic organ. Opening hours in the summer season from 8am to 7pm, winter seasons 8am-6pm. Combine your visit at the Wieskirche with a visit to Ettal Abbey and Linderhof Palace – starting in Mittenwald everything is within an hour drive and can be easily combined.