Mittenwald was described by the German national poet, Goethe, as a “living picture book”. You will quickly discover this yourself as you wander through the picturesque streets in the historic central area called “Im Gries”. Many of the larger buildings — and even dwelling houses — are decorated with intricate and colourful “Lüftlmalerei” (fresco paintings), a tradition in this part of Germany. The Website of the Mittenwald Tourist Information provides much useful information on this and on the traditional violin making (Geigenbau) industry — be sure to visit the Geigenbaumuseum (violin making museum). A full and up-to-date list of recreational and cultural attractions and events can also be accessed via the Tourist Information homepage.

Mittenwald offers a huge variety of outdoor pursuits from walking to cross-country and downhill skiing on the Kranzberg. Numerous trails and paths for wandering and cycling criss-cross the region. The Karwendelbahn cable-car, a short 5-minute walk from »Panoramablick«, will bring you in just 10 minutes to an amazing mountain viewing point at a height of 2,244 m (7,362 ft). Here, the plants and animals of the region are featured in the fascinating exhibitions of the Bergwelt Karwendel (Karwendel mountain world).