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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.

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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.

There is a good full day circular walk to Elmau and back, around around 6 hours and 20km. The tourist office has a full list of local walks.

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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.

One way fares to Munich are around EUR 20, but you can sometimes find Munich-Innsbruck (and vv) fares which stop in Mittenwald for around EUR 9 each way. Check DB and OBB websites.

Flixbus run regular services from Munich and Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (from EUR 5, 1h15m), and from there it;s around 20 minutes on the train to Mittenwald (EUR 4.5). If you get a good connection, this is faster than a direct Munich-Mittenwald train, not to mention cheaper.

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