Giant telescope for nature viewingBavarian Skywalk, Germany’s highest classroom, the highest natural spectacle in the country, a giant telescope focussed on the valley below… the “Bergwelt Karwendel” high above Mittenwald has long been described in superlatives. The fact is that the Nature Information Centre has been situated right by the top station of the Karwendel cable car at 2,244 m since 2008. There you can experience a virtual tour of the exciting nature of the high mountains, and then step outside to experience it at first hand. It is not just the building that is spectacular, but also the views of Alpenwelt Karwendel (the alpine world of the Karwendel mountains) from the panoramic window. Entry is free.
Greeted by a thunderstormA virtual thunderstorm greets visitors to the “Bergwelt Karwendel”. The sound and images of thunder and falling rocks shake you to the core, and you soon realise that different laws apply up in the tumultuous high mountains. A walk-through diorama gives a close-up glimpse of the rare rock ptarmigan and other hardy species. The display also shows how humans have adapted to life in alpine conditions. The cultural landscape that formed over centuries is visible at glance when looking down on the Isartal valley, 1,300 m below.
A natural experience inside and outOutside, visitors can experience the vulnerable mountain world for themselves, either on guided walks or on their own: right next to the “Bergwelt Karwendel”, the Panorama Circuit runs along the border between Bavaria and Tyrol, offering stunning views of the main alpine ridge. The Karwendelbahn cable car is popular with day trippers from the Munich area and holidaymakers in Alpenwelt Karwendel. Its location in the heart of a nature reserve inspired the operators to create a balance with nature – one that offers impressive experiences while at the same time protecting this sensitive environment.
Tourism and nature conservation in harmonyThe building was constructed in just under a year – and clad in local larch. It has around 200 m² of exhibition space for changing displays and a media room for 40 visitors. The Federal Foundation for the Environment, the Allianz Foundation for the Environment and other public and private benefactors made this natural spectacle possible. The exceptional harmony of tourism and nature conservation is also of huge benefit to the strictly protected rock ptarmigan population. They live in the Karwendel Hollow behind the “telescope”.
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