Scharnitz

Scharnitz in the Olympic Region Seefeld is considered to be the gate to the Alpine Park Karwendel.

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 Alpine Park 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 Karwendel March (Karwendelmarsch): the goal in this event is to traverse the Karwendel mountain chain and to reach the village Pertisau at Lake Achensee. However, Scharnitz is also known as base station 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 46.5 km of ski slopes in the skiing area Olympic Region Seefeld, including 27 modern lift facilities such as the Brandlift funicular at Scharnitz. On the other hand there are different toboggan runs in the surroundings, two of which are located at Scharnitz: the 1.2 km long natural toboggan run Kreidegraben and the 2 km long toboggan run Mühlberg. Furthermore the village offres a trans-border cross-country ski track located at the entrance to the Alpine Park 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.

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