Mittenwald is an Alpine town in the German state of Bavaria. Although it only has a population of 7,000 people, it has a great tradition of violin making. It is located in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, near the border with Austria.
The small town is pretty with dramatic mountains. You can take the Karwendelbahn up to the mountain for dramatic views (27 euro). The Leutascher Geisterklamm is next to Mittenwald, on the German-Austrian border. An impressive gorge, somewhat similar to the Partnachklamm.
Mittenwald has a railway station on the Munich-Innsbruck railway. Deutsche Bahn operates hourly trains to Munich and two-hourly trains to Innsbruck. The train journey to Innsbruck from Mittenwald is a spectacularly scenic trip, not to be missed.