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Mittenwald – A Town for All Seasons

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Many of the world’s tourist centres have eye-popping landscapes while others feature beautiful buildings; some offer easy access to historical sights and some are great for outdoorsy folks; some provide succour to the religiously inclined while others are happy to cater to sun worshippers. But, few places in the world have as much to offer as tiny Mittenwald perched on the border between Austria and Germany in the Bavarian Alps.
How about this for a view of the town centre, famous for its violin makers…
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Or these beautifully decorated buildings near the main street, the Obermarkt...
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Mittenwald is surrounded by the sort of bucolic Tyrolean landscape familiar to lovers of “The Sound of Music.” Cattle, sheep and deer graze in the lush lowland pastures while beech, birch and fir trees carpet the lower mountain slopes and the early snows blanket the higher peaks. With its ski-lifts and cross-country trails Mittenwald is an alpine playground in winter, and its many lakes, rivers and flower-strewn alpine walks make it a sun lover’s paradise in spring and summer. But now it is mid-November and, although the midday thermometer still hits the high teens, the leaves are turning copper and gold and the town is taking a welcome breather after a hectic summer.

Soon the skiers and snowboarders will come. Soon too, the Christmas vacationers will fill the hotels and bars with rowdy revelry. It is the start of Advent and the shop windows are gearing up for the festive season…
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This part of Germany still has very strong links to the Catholic faith and, while Mittenwald has its own elaborately decorated church, it is surrounded by some of the most extensive and flambouyant religious structures to be found outside of Rome. This is Mittenwald’s ornate church tower…
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However, when it comes to interior decorations, few church ceilings can rival this one in the Benedictine monastery at Ettal…
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…apart from the Wieskirche (The Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Saviour) in Steingaden…
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But, when it comes to true religious zeal, few communities have the passion of the inhabitants of nearby Oberammagau who, since 1634, have decennially performed a spectacular re-enactment of Christ’s crucifixion in thanks for being spared the bubonic plague that was rampant at that time. The next production is in 2020 when some 2,000 people, (half the population), will be involved in the 120 performances. Tickets go fast, so book soon – and if you do, please stay in Mittenwald. We know you will love it.

Posted by Hawkson 12:23 Archived in Germany

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Oh yes, thanks for this Mittenwald posting. It should be mentioned here that this town and the whole area is more Austrian than German, and the people there are in particular more Tirolian than the Tirolians in Austria :-) But I have never been to a place which has more well known musicians as residents; who can blame them, so beautiful indeed. Now, hop over the boarder to Innsbruck:-)
Thanks for the wonderful photos
Gottfried

by gottfried

Such spectacular beauty...outdoors and inside the churches...

by Sharron

What a lovely spot to settle in for some walking. Love the colour of the sky..

by Tom

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