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“Don't miss it if you are in Mittenwald”
Review of Karwendelbahn

Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Mittenwald
Certificate of Excellence
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“Don't miss it if you are in Mittenwald”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

The Karwendelbahn is approximately 20 minutes walk from the centre of Mittenwald. It is very busy at peak times and as it is quite a small cable car (40 people I think!) you may have to queue to get on. The wait is definitely worth it. The ride is not for the faint hearted though! At the top there is a visitor centre and a few well laid out paths, some with wire ropes to help you to the summits. It is possible to walk back down to Mittenwald after passing through the tunnel at the top. It is a very difficult descent, and may have snowy areas even in July. The path down is extremely steep in some areas and is covered with scree, so great caution is required. There is an alpine hut on the way down though, if refreshments are required!

Visited July 2012
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washington twp, nj
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“Great views and a fun hike!”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

We did this instead of the Zugspitze and were glad we did. The cable car is fun and there are hikes at the top which added to the experience. The views were spectacular.

Visited September 2012
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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“great views and clear mountain air”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Great to spend a half day bit ensure you go equipped if you're going to walk / hike around the top. Alternatively you can just enjoy a nice coffee / meal in the cafe at the top. Go early as the lines get long for the cable car.

Visited August 2012
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Bolton, U.K.
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“Panoramic experience”
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.

Visited July 2012
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“Scary trip but worth the ride up!”
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.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank chewedMeath
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