Musiktheater Bavaria is located in an area rich in cultural and national heritage. While the Oberaudorf area projects a tranquil, rural Alpine atmosphere, many of its residents are culturally sophisticated. This region of southern Bavaria is home to a large number of musicians and artists, and local audiences are quite knowledgeable about musical repertoire.
Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria, is about a one hour train ride away. The summer opera festival in Munich features many of the world's most famous guest artists performing in world class productions by the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet. Munich's museums are among the finest in Europe, and it is one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, with great dining, shopping, sightseeing and nightlife.
Three of the world's most famous castles are in southern Bavaria, all built by King Ludwig II: Herrenchiemsee, modeled after Versailles; Linderhof, with its operatic grotto; and Neuschwanstein, the model for Disney's Cinderella Castle. Famous churches in the area include one of the finest examples of rococo beauty in the world, the Wieskirche, Munich's Frauenkirche, and the abbeys of Ottobeuren, Ettal and Benediktbeuren.
Numerous destinations in Austria are also nearby. The town of Kufstein, the beautiful ski resort of Kitzbühel, and Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol, are all a fairly short distance from Oberaudorf. Several Austrian villages are within walking distance, including Erl, home of the unique Passionsspielhaus and Festspielhaus, which is the site of the Tirolerfestspiele Erl (a summer opera and music festival), and Ebbs, location of the stud farm of the Haflingers, the beautiful Tyrolean work horses. Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and home of the famous music festival, is only about an hour and a half away, and Vienna, while a longer train ride, is close enough to be a weekend destination.
Italy is also a reasonable distance from Oberaudorf. Verona, with its summer opera season in the huge Roman Arena, is about three hours away, while Bolzano, Cortina d'Ampezzo, the romantic Lago di Garda and the breathtaking Dolomite Mountains are even closer. Venice is another exciting weekend option.
Optional weekend trips to several of these places will be available during your month at MTB (at extra cost, for those who wish to participate), and we'll create some pre-planned options that can fit a variety of budgets, including a guided hike in the mountains. You are also of course free to travel independently on weekends.