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“Panoramic experience”
Review of Karwendelbahn

Karwendelbahn
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Mittenwald
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

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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Reviewed July 5, 2012

This is definitely worth a trip up in the cable car, even if you're afraid of heights! The cable car was expensive but the views at the top are amazing.

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

We arrived at Mittenwald during a May snowstorm. The next day was beautiful, the sun was out, it was warming up and we decided to take the Karwendelbahn to the top of the mountain. You can walk over from your hotel, or drive directly to the parking lot which is a whole lot easier.

There is a gift shop and restaurant at the bottom of the cable car station. We purchased our tickets and boarded for our ride to the top. It was an awesome trip up, zipping by trees dusted with fresh snow.

At the top there is a small museum type area to explore, and a giant tube that hangs over the edge of the mountain with viewing platforms at both ends. If you're adventurous enough to walk the path to the top, there is a place where you can stand in Germany and Austria at the same time, with a foot in each country. There was too much new snow on the trail, and people attempting the climb were up to their knees, so we opted for the restaurant and a hot bowl of liver dumpling soup and a cold beer while we watched people skiing and snowboarding down the mountain. A couple of snowboarders were kind enough to take our picture. They were loading up on beer before their attempt. I asked my husband if that was a wise thing to do. He said, "It's for courage!" The Karwendel is the baby sister of the Zugspitze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The cable car runs about every 30 minutes, so it's not a long wait to go down. We found a tunnel inside that gives you the option of walking down the mountain, average time, 3 hours. We spent several hours at the top and it was glorious.

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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Loved cable car and view from the top, nice lunch in restaurant at top.

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Reviewed May 26, 2012

This is a very steep ride to the top of a gorgeous mountain. The views from the top are of course spectacular. Be sure to take the walk down the tunnel that takes you to the other side of the peak. The tunnel itself is located in the lower part of the visitor center and looks like a mine. It is an unusual walk to another set of phenomenal vistas and good fun.

2  Thank Janny H
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