Violin building in Mittenwald is a centuries-old craft in Bavaria. Since the school was founded by Mittenwald's most famous son, Mathias Klotz, almost 330 years have passed during which violin making has not lost even a touch of its original popularity. Back then and now, students from all over the world come here to learn the trade of violin building.
The Violin Building School, the "Giant Violin" in the Gries neighborhood, and the popular Violin Building Museum - they all show how much alive the art of instrument building still is today, long after Mathias Klotz's life.
It all began with the premium woods from the local alpine forests that can only be processed after drying for several years. It takes a lot of experience, the right tools, and ample time until one of the much desired violins from Mittenwald is produced from fir tree and mountain maple woods. Visitors learn a lot of interesting facts about this trade in the Violin Building Museum which is accommodated in one of Mittenwald's oldest houses and includes a comprehensive collection of instruments from the Mittenwald Baroque craft of violin building as well as a historic workshop and diverse sensory samples that visitors can hear and smell. Informative special exhibits are another reason why you should not miss this unique museum. To this very day, the Mittenwald Violin Building Museum is the only one of its kind in all of Germany. Here, local masters of violin building pass on their know-how and experience to students from all over the world. The tradition of violin building - a must-do for your vacation under the peaks of the Karwendel range.
Tip: You can learn lots of interesting facts about violin building in Mittenwald on a tour of the Violin Building Museum ...