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The outdoor area between the Holzerhütte (Logger’s) Museum and the Scharnitz Nature Park and Information Centre has been laid out as a big adventure play-ground. What makes this play area extra-special is that the local primary school pupils were asked for their input in the planning and design to make sure that it was exactly what children would like.
The part of Scharnitz known as ‘Länd’ used to be the end station for the trees that had been cut down in the Karwendel forests and driven along the river. In days gone by, the village children used to play and balance on the logs by the banks of the Isar, or splash about in the water and build their own little dams. These traditions inspired some of the essential elements of the Karwendel play area and you can see how water, wood and stone have been used as natural resources for the different play activities available.
There are stacks of tree trunks for balancing practice or for climbing, a roomy wooden hut for some welcome shade in summer and a large sand pit. The play area offers various ways to let off steam, including playing hide and seek in a little rock cave. There is an open basket swing big enough to accommodate several children at once and of course every play area has to have a slide - but you have to scramble over rocks like a mountaineer to get to the top of this one! There are also small water features and springs in the Karwendel play area, as well as wooden benches where you can sit and have a well-earned rest.
The play area in Scharnitz is easy to reach, just about a 10-minute walk from either the bus stop or the train station. For anyone who chooses to come by car, the play area is right by the P2 car park (Karwendelparkplatz Länd). Charges apply. There is a small café, Café Länd, close to the play area where you can get some light refreshments or an ice-cream.