Scharnitz in the Olympic region Seefeld is considered to be the gate to the Karwendel nature reserve.
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Altitude: 964 m asl
Scharnitz is located along the connection road from Seefeld to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, close to the springs of the Isar river. In Middle Ages Scharnitz used to be an important front gate along the trade route Venice-Augsburg. Today the village is perfectly accessible with means of public transport such as the Mittenwaldbahn train, connecting the cities of Innsbruck and Munich.
Scharnitz extends at the junction of the Karwendeltal, Hinterautal, Gleirschtal and Isartal valleys. As gate to the nature reserve Karwendel and its wide variety of hiking destinations, this villages is a perfect place for active holidays. Particularly popular are cycling tours into the mountains, where you can proceed on foot. A particularly popular destination is the wild and romantic Gleirschklamm gorge. Moreover a special event that is offered every year is the so called “Karwendelmarsch”: the goal in this event is to traverse the Karwendel mountain chain as fast as possible. However, Scharnitz is also known for kayaking, perfect for those who seek the thrill at the Isar river.
Winter at Scharnitz stands for winter in the mountains: on the one hand there are 48 km of ski slopes in the skiing area Olympic Region Seefeld, including modern lift facilities such as the Brandlift at Scharnitz. Part of the skiing area are also different toboggan runs, one of which is located at Scharnitz. On the other hand there is a trans-border cross-country ski track located at the entrance to the nature reserve Karwendel.
Our recommendation: in the Thirty Years’ War at Scharnitz the “Porta Claudia” gate was established, remainings of which can still be seen today. This fortress in the north of the village is also depicted on the emblem of the village. Together with a fortress extending on the slope in the west, this historic facility represents the Mediaeval border to Bavaria.