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Looking for great hidden gems in and around Mittenwald

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Looking for great hidden gems in and around Mittenwald

We are going to be travelling to the Bavarian Alps in August as part of our honeymoon. We're planning to stay in Mittenwald for 6-7 nights, rent a car and explore the area. We'd like to see the regular spots (castles, etc) but we're interested in seeing what else is available in the area.

We enjoy the outdoors, and hike from time to time. I wouldn't characterize us as avid hikers, but we're good for a few hours in the mountains. A main focus for us is photography, and we'd love to photograph neat Bavarian towns, beautiful mountain ranges, and whatever else catches our fancy.

We're happy to travel a ways from our home base of Mittenwald, but would prefer to keep it to 3 or so hours of travel time each way, if there was something extra special to see.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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1. Re: Looking for great hidden gems in and around Mittenwald

While in Mittenwald in July, we plan to visit the Leutasch gorge and the lakes. Plus there's a walk from Krun to Mittenwald which is recommended.

Nearby the Garmisch Partenkirchen area has Alpspitze hikes and a gorge walk.

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2. Re: Looking for great hidden gems in and around Mittenwald

We were in Mittenwald last week (mid March) and absolutely loved it. You will have many photo-ops ! The town itself is very picturesque - with the beautiful painted buildings, mountain background.

We are in shape but not like super-fit and love to hike. We took several three-four hour hikes that started at the edge of town. There is a big signboard at the train station that shows the trails, and the tourist office can give you a map. We hiked to St Anton, and to the Lautersee and to another lake further on the trail. All of these have charming inns/place to eat so you can hike to lunch and then back down. Area was mountaineous, but not difficult (we would have hiked farther, but the going was slow because we didn't have the right gear for the snow that fell !) Really beautiful scenery and overlooks. In the summer you will have the option of taking trip up to the Karwendal and hiking there for beautiful views of the scenery (valley and mountains)

Also consider going up the ZugSpitze and hiking there (trails were not open when we were there)

And of course, consider taking the train/bus to see Neuschwanstein and hike in that area - gorgeous scenery, even if the castles weren't there. The town of Fussen has some beautiful areas, on the river - what a fairy tale area.

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3. Re: Looking for great hidden gems in and around Mittenwald

I would hike to the Schachenschloss from King Ludwig II, It is a 5-6 hours hike from Elmau. Elmau (there is a parking space for the hikers) is reachable by car via a private road (you have to pay for). If you drive there you will pass the hotel Schloss Ellmau (not very old, but in a beautiful setting): Here you can see how it looks like:


How to hike to the Schachenschloss:


and here how it looks like and a description:


Hope you will be lucky with the weather

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4. Re: Looking for great hidden gems in and around Mittenwald

You might want to drive along the Alpenstrasse, the road that goes through many beautiful villages in the Alps. Several years ago, in August, we drove the portion from Lake Chiemsee to Reit im Winkl, a picture perfect village. In one of the villages we stopped for a pastry and just walked around for a bit. We saw a sign for a local fest and came back the next night. This impromptu stop turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip -- there was a big tent, local people wearing lederhosen and dirndls, dancing and singing. Apparently there are quite a lot of local fests in August, so you might be lucky too.

Also consider Lake Chiemsee, a more or less between Munich and Salzburg. It's beautiful, particularly at sunset.

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5. Re: Looking for great hidden gems in and around Mittenwald

Garmisch is a quaint truly Bavarian town. A trip to the top of the Zugspitz is a must on a sunny day. Check the website for weather, visibility projections and webcams. The Eibsee located at the base of the mountain is absolutely gorgeous. There's tourist information in the walking district of the town & they speak English. Kloster Andechs and Ettal Monestary are both highly recommended monestaries to visit. The churches are stunning and the food is out of this world. Ettal has a cheese store next door with heavenly cheese soup. Munich, Salzburg, Berchtesgaden and Innsbruck are all within 1-2 hours drive.

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