Heading to Mittenwald

Trip Start Feb 24, 2012
Trip End Feb 28, 2012

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Hotel Garni Edlhuber Mittenwald
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Saturday, April 10, 2010

    We left Innsbruck heading towards Mittenwald around 10:30am.  The train ride in was beautiful! Going through the Bavarian Alps was the breathtaking.  The track at some points is literally built of the side of the mountain, you are very high up, but it was the best scenic train ride we had the entire trip.  It doesn't take long to go between Innsbruck and Mittenwald, maybe an 1 1/2.  We arrived in Mittenwald around noon, on Saturday.  Its a very small town that sits in a valley surrounded by the Alps.  We walked to our Bed N Breakfast, about a 15 to 10 minute walk from the train station and town, Hotel Garni Edlhuber.  The lady that ran the house upgraded us to an apartment for no extra charge. We had a spectacular view of the Bavarian Alps from our porch. We went hiking on a trail called "the land of the spirits".  It's a series of many trails along the Alps, with a suspension bridge at the top, or you could walk along the bottom ridge, that covers over a mile (just the bridge, the trails go for miles).  It as about a 30-40 minute hike up to the suspension bridge, just a note, the bottom bridge is closed in April, so you best be in some shape to make the hike if you plan on being here around winter/spring when the bottom part is closed.  There was a gorge that you crossed over, very scary, it was high! The stairs you had to take to get to this bridge were steel, and suspended in the air, secured by rods in the side of the mountain. The stream that ran underneath was blue from the glacier.  I made it more than half way down and got scared. Chad made it, but was scared also. We hiked back down the mountain and proceeded into town for lunch.  All shops ere closed and after walking the town we finally found a place that was open. We found out on Saturdays stores close at noon, restaurants at 2:30pm, and the restaurants do open up again, but not till 6pm.  The place was a little Italian restaurant.  I had spaghetti with oil and garlic, Chad had some sort of dish, he didn't like it.  There's not much to do in Mittenwald in April, its in between seasons so most things are closed.  But don't pass up this place if you haven't been there before. It's authentic Bavaria, and you will find no hotels or fast food places here.  It's a small town, in the middle of the Bavarian Alps, and its so beautiful and relaxing.  We went back to our Bed in Breakfast to rest, the beds were so cozy!! Strolled back into town around 6:30pm for dinner, walked around forever trying to find the only ATM in Mittenwald, ran into a family that was dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes, I thought they were an act, but they were just meeting up for a family dinner......stupid American! Our meal that night was excellent.  The menu was limited because it was off season, everything was fresh, I think that's what I love most about Europe,  most of the food is made to order, not processed.  After dinner we walked back to the Inn, it was a romantic night and such a delightful walk.  It's so quite, and the temperature was just perfect, the town is safe, and there's a small stream that runs through the town that makes you feel so relaxed.  Mittenwald was scenic, seems like there's lots to do in the summer and winter, I would love to come back here and go skiing sometime!
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