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Experience Mittenwald

A vacation in our country house in historic Mittenwald is worthwhile in every season.

In winter, well-cleared hiking trails lure you out into the crystal clear air of the Karwendel mountains.
In spring, the mountain meadows shine in colorful flower splendor, in summer our clean mountain lakes – after an extended hike – tempt you to jump into the water.
And from spring to autumn, hikers, mountain bikers and climbers can choose from a wide range of hiking and biking trails as well as climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty.
Every five years, Mittenwald hosts the historic Bozner Markt between the snow-capped peaks of the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains and the Zugspitze, a medieval spectacle with music and food from Mittenwald’s heyday as a rafting and trading town.
For music lovers, idyllic Mittenwald offers special treats: Mittenwald looks back on a long tradition as a violin-making town.
In the 17th century, Mittenwald’s heyday as a violin-making town dawned under the master violin maker Matthias Klotz.

This is why a visit to the violin making museum is worthwhile in any season.
The Church of Saint Peter and Paul and the Holy Trinity Church offer regular concerts.
Or admire the violins and cellos at the International Violin Making Competition, which takes place every five years and is accompanied by concerts and an instrument exhibition.
Those who love folk music will also get their money’s worth.
Many folk music groups regularly perform in hotels and at events.
Also shows our Farmers Theater regular performances – of course in Bavarian!
Particularly attractive is Mittenwald before and during the Carnival time, when Maschkera move through the streets, sing their old ways and turn in to the Gunkeln. Weiberfastnacht and the great carnival parade crown this season.
Stay overnight in our hotel with its high quality comfort rooms and comfort apartments. Enjoy our varied breakfast offer. And look forward to a half-board menu in the market restaurant with star chef Andreas Hillejan, who likes to spoil our guests with his culinary skills.
A visit to the Hotel Landhaus Sonnenbichl in Mittenwald offers the ideal starting point for the most beautiful vacation experiences between Innsbruck and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, between Upper Bavaria and Tyrol. If the longing for the mountains has seized you, treat yourself with pleasure to a view of picturesque Mittenwald on our website via our webcams.

The history of Mittenwald

The history of Mittenwald goes back to ancient times. Even today, one can find traces of the Romans who moved from Bolzano to Augsburg via the Via Raetia and later via the Via Claudia Augusta. Mittenwald is mentioned for the first time as Media Silva in 1096. At that time, the people of Mittenwald lived mainly from rafting. The surrounding forest supplied the wood and on the Isar the goods were rafted from Venice in the direction of Augsburg and Nuremberg.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Mittenwald became an important hub for goods, as the Bolzano market was moved here due to war turmoil in Italy. Even today, people remember this heyday and celebrate the Bolzano market with medieval spectacle every five years.
In the late 17th century, Matthias Klotz and his sons established the Mittenwald violin making tradition. Even today, Mittenwald is one of the most important centers of stringed and plucked instrument making in the world. More than ten master violin makers live and work here, building stringed instruments for musicians from all over the world. For over 150 years, new violin makers have been trained at the School of Violin and Musical Instrument Making. Many historic instruments are on display in Mittenwald’s violin making museum. In addition, the International Violin Making Competition is held regularly in Mittenwald.
Already towards the end of the 19th century, the first fresh air people came to Mittenwald. Many a Mittenwalder offered guests accommodation at that time and rented out his best room to earn extra money. However, tourism did not develop significantly until the completion of the railroad line in 1912. The first guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and hotels were built. The ice stadium, the adventure pool, the chairlift to the Kranzberg and the Karwendelbahn were built. Ski slopes and lifts were built.
Today, many Mittenwald residents make their living from tourism, whether they own a guesthouse, bed and breakfast or hotel garni, rent out vacation apartments or run a restaurant or café. People from all over the world travel to spend their vacations in Mittenwald. They appreciate the Bavarian cordiality, enjoy the lived customs and gather new strength in the overwhelmingly beautiful nature.