Karwendelbahn - Mittenwald Rail Excursion

Description: Karwendelbahn, Mittenwald
Location: Bavaria
Duration: half day

The Karwendelbahn in Mittenwald is one of the most impressive cable cars in the area. Rising from under 1000 metres in the village it climbs rapidly to the spectacular top station on the ridge above the village.

The rail journey to Mittenwald is a short one and the cable car journey can be combined with a wander around the attractive pedestrianised area with its painted houses and stream running through the middle.

The cable car valley station is located towards the top end of Mittenwald. The Karwendelbahn runs every half hour, with the last return journey at 16.30.

The Karwendelbahn cable car in  Mittenwald

The views from the top are spectacular - but the summit ridge can be windy and warm layers should be taken even on a sunny day. From the station it is possible to look across to the Wetterstein range and the countryside towards Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The less active can enjoy the scenery from the mountain restaurant, while those who wish can make the short climb to the other side of the bowl and some gorgeous views down into the Karwendel Alpine Park.

View above Mittenwald

A 500-metre tunnel links the summit bowl to the Dammkar area. This is mainly used for skiers in the winter - the Dammkar is the longest ski run in Germany.

A short way along the damp and cold tunnel is a tunnel window with some airy views onto the Mittenwald and Krun areas.

Dammkar pass above Mittenwald

Walkers can take a red-graded path down the Dammkar to the valley floor. Those who do not wish to use the tunnel can also climb over the ridge to the Dammkar in good conditions. An alternate route leads almost directly down under the cable car via the Mittenwalder Hütte, but this is narrow and graded black (only for highly experienced mountain walkers).

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