Mittenwald is a German municipality in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria.

Mittenwald seen from Westliche Karwendelspitze
Mittenwald seen from Westliche Karwendelspitze
Coat of arms of Mittenwald
Location of Mittenwald within Garmisch-Partenkirchen district
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Mittenwald is located in Germany
Mittenwald is located in Bavaria
Coordinates: 47°25′N 11°15′E / 47.417°N 11.250°E / 47.417; 11.250Coordinates: 47°25′N 11°15′E / 47.417°N 11.250°E / 47.417; 11.250
Admin. regionOberbayern
 • Mayor (2020–26) Enrico Corongiu[1] (SPD)
 • Total132.85 km2 (51.29 sq mi)
923 m (3,028 ft)
 • Total7,209
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes08823
Vehicle registrationGAP


Mittenwald is located approximately 16 kilometres to the south-east of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is situated in the Valley of the River Isar, by the northern foothills of the Alps, on the route between the old banking and commercial centre of Augsburg, to the north, and Innsbruck to the south-east, beyond which is the Brenner Pass and the route to Lombardy, another region with a rich commercial past and present.


Mittenwald, along with Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the west, was acquired by the Prince-Bishopric of Freising in the late 14th century and the "crowned Aethiopian" head that is part of Mittenwald's coat of arms recalls that 400-year association that ended when the Prince-Bishopric was secularized in 1802-03 and its territory annexed to Bavaria.

Coat of arms of the Bishop of Freising

Mittenwald's location as an important transit centre on a relatively low (and therefore predictable) transalpine route has been a defining feature of the area for at least two thousand years: during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries traffic was boosted by large treasure trains sent regularly from Spain to pay troops in the Netherlands, the more conventional sea route having been rendered unreliable by the (usually) discreet but effective sympathy with which the English Protestant establishment favoured the Spanish king's rebellious Dutch subjects.

Twin CityEdit


Mittenwald is famous for the manufacture of violins, violas and cellos which began in the mid-17th century by the Klotz family of violin makers, and has been a popular stop with tourists and student luthiers since the 1930s. You can also visit the museum for violin lutherie.

Notable placesEdit

The most significant landmark in the village is the pink colored Roman Catholic church of Saints Peter and Paul, which is typical of the region. The church and many of the surrounding buildings, both businesses and private residences, are decorated with elaborate paintings on the exterior walls. Near the Luttenseekaserne there is a monument honoring the participants of the Slutsk Defence Action.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Liste der ersten Bürgermeister/Oberbürgermeister in kreisangehörigen Gemeinden, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik, 15 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Tabelle 12411-003r Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes: Gemeinden, Stichtag" (in German). Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik. June 2022.
  3. ^ "Klotz, Matthias" . New International Encyclopedia. 1905.

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