The Karwendelbahn sweeps you up from Mittenwald to near the summit of the Karwendelspitze. At the top there's a 'Mountain world' display in a strange cylindrical structure, a cafe and access to the mountain tops. To get the most from your visit you need to walk a few minutes up one of the steep paths leading away from the station. The path going left from the exit is easiest, circling round the hollow below the highest crags to lead up to the lower summit on the right. The climb up to the Westliche Karwendelsptize is longer and steeper. The views are superb, out across Bavaria, over to the Zugsptize (Germany's highest peak) and then sweeping round an array of Apline peaks in Austria. We used it as access to the mountains beyond - gaining over 1500 metres of height in a few minutes was certainly worth the 13€ single fare. Some might find the summit area rather crowded and slightly scruffier than might be expected and moving beyond the immediate area takes you into more demanding territory so a four, rather than five star attraction.
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