Matthias Klotz (1653–1743) is the man credited with turning Mittenwald into an internationally renowned centre of violin making. Learn more about him, the craft and the instrument itself in the engagingly organised Geigenbaumuseum. There’s still a violin-making school in town today and the film showing the many steps required in fashioning the instrument is truly fascinating. The museum is also the venue for occasional concerts.

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Nearby Mittenwald attractions

1. Kirchdorf Wamberg

5.74 MILES

For an easy hike accompanied by achingly quaint, chocolate-box views head to Germany's highest Kirchdorf (basically a hamlet with a church where services…

2. Jagdschloss Schachen

7.11 MILES

A popular hiking route is to King Ludwig II’s hunting lodge, Jagdschloss Schachen, which can be reached via the Partnachklamm in about a four-hour hike …

3. Partnachklamm

7.24 MILES

A top attraction around Garmisch is this narrow and dramatically beautiful 700m-long gorge with walls rising up to 80m. The trail hewn into the rock is…

4. Pfarrkirche St Oswald


Seefeld’s trophy sight is this late-Gothic parish church, the supposed location of a miracle. The story goes that Oswald Milser gobbled a wafer reserved…

5. Kloster Ettal

11.73 MILES

Ettal would be just another bend in the road were it not for this famous monastery. The highlight here is the sugary rococo basilica housing the monks'…

6. Zugspitze

12.74 MILES

Ehrwald’s crowning glory is the glaciated 2962m Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, straddling the Austro-German border. From the crest there’s a…

7. Alpenzoo

12.83 MILES

Billing itself as a conservation-oriented zoo, this is where you can get close to alpine wildlife such as golden eagles, chamois and ibex. It's a 10…

8. Zugspitze

12.95 MILES

On good days, views from Germany’s rooftop extend into four countries. The return trip starts in Garmisch aboard a cogwheel train (Zahnradbahn) that chugs…