A fine welcome – taste and feel the Tyrolean way of life
This year-round destination in the Tyrol is a place to experience the fine way of life in the Alps. It is one of the reasons that it is a member of the exclusive Best of the Alps resorts. The wide choice of hotels ranges from 5-star superior through to pensions, offering a suitable solution for every wish. Guests are greeted personally with a real smile, a special welcome offered by the hosts which is just the start of many such experiences on the sunny plateau.
The varied Tyrolean gastronomy adds to the enjoyable experience. The Tyrolean cuisine is one of the best in the world, whether you are talking about a Kaiserschmarrn on a sun terrace or a Tyrolean dumpling in a traditional ‘bierkeller’, and it is part of the tradition that is treasured in the Olympiaregion Seefeld. The extensive range of wellness facilities on offer helps to complete the feeling of well-being and deep relaxation.
The Olympic flame and World Championship skiing
The region is renowned for its exciting sporting history: athletes competed for victory in the Nordic disciplines in the Winter Olympics of 1964 and 1976. The Olympic flame last burned here during the Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. Apart from the Olympic games, other famous international sporting events have been attracted by the ideal cross-country ski facilities and the long experience in ski jumping and the combination events. Seefeld has been the host for the World Cup Nordic Combined Triple since 2014. One exception will be the year 2019, when the region will host the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships. Seefeld also placed host to this important sporting spectacular in 1985.
Living traditions and lifestyle events
The Olympiaregion Seefeld offers events the whole year round where guests and participants can discover and experience the variety on hand in the region. Cross-country ski enthusiasts meet up every year for the famous Euroloppet Ganghoferlauf in Leutasch – the oldest cross-country ski marathon in the Tyrol. It is equally athletic in the summer months, when visitors gather for the Karwendelmarsch – a 52km hike through the idyllic Naturpark Karwendel. Concerts by (inter-)national stars from the rock, pop and folk-rock scene provide the musical highlights, with fans dancing and singing to their hits. Other regional events also feature music: Seefeld’s restauranteurs offer their home-made specialities at the Strudel Festival to the background of music from local bands and choirs – a delightful combination of Tyrolean traditions. These are also on display at the Handicrafts Festival, where experts from the region and over the border in Bavaria show off their skills. In keeping with the theme “Traditional Handicrafts from the Tyrol”, visitors can experience rarely-seen traditional skills in a live setting. A little bit more modern, but still on the artistic side, is the lifestyle event White Night, when the whole pedestrian area turns itself into a fashion runway. The dress code is clear: wear white. The Olympiaregion Seefeld offers a varied programme featuring cultural events, sporting highlights and tasty treats both for spectators and participants and a calendar which is as individual and authentic as the region where the events are held.
THE REGION IN SUMMER
As the snow starts to melt in the springtime, the ski season transforms seamlessly into the summer months. At an altitude of 1200m, the region changes into a green natural landscape, a paradise that is begging to be explored. The villages on the plateau offer a varied weekly programme from May to October under the slogan “Discover the Olympiaregion Seefeld – nature is waiting for YOU!”. Whether the visitor prefers two legs or two wheels, there are hundreds of kilometres of walking trails, sport routes laid out for jogging and Nordic walking and an extensive bike, e-bike and mountain bike trail network. Visitors can head off into the natural surroundings and replenish their energy and love for life.
Dive deep into the unique natural surroundings on a hike
The many walking trails on the plateau offer a real natural experience. The well-signposted network of walking routes with its many connections and branches is something special in the Alpine area and has been awarded the Bergwege-Gütesiegel (Hiking Trail Seal of Quality) by the state government. More experienced and ambitious hikers can head to the highest peaks in the area and enjoy breathtaking views, while families can take it easy in the magical mixed and coniferous woods, wander through colourful meadows filled with flowers or discover mystical gorges. This makes it easy for children to hike, for example, up to the Brunschkopf, where the trees open out and there is a viewing platform with a spectacular panorama of the surrounding mountain world. Seefeld lies at the feet of the viewer with the peaks of the Karwendel behind it. To the left, in good weather, the Wetterstein range where the Zugspitze can be picked out and, to the right on the horizon, the glaciers of the Olperer – a unique natural spectacle. The view from the Kurblhang is equally compelling: here the visitor can look over at the Wetterstein range and the Hohe Munde and let the powerful forces of nature work their ways in peace and quiet. Those hikers who want to head further into the Alpine countryside can take the Karwendel Höhenweg, a six-day high-altitude hike which stretches from the valley floor through to the peaks through the largest Naturpark in Austria.
As well as this, the specially-created themed trails and experience hikes are, like the Mental-Power-Trail, designed to bring new energy to the user through conscious awareness or, like the Geology Path, help educate the user about the special features of the region with practical examples. Traditional huts tempt the hiker to take a short break and sample their hearty snacks. The natural bathing lakes in the region, such as the Möserer See, the warmest swimming lake in the Tyrol, or the Wildsee provide the opportunity for a refreshing cool-down after a hike in the heart of unspoiled nature. The local climbing areas offer a perfect addition to a hike for both family and athletic enthusiasts.
The spirit of exploration on two wheels
Those who have no desire to explore the Olympiaregion Seefeld on foot or who want a faster mode of transport have the option of hundreds of kilometres of bike and mountain bike trails. There are routes of different difficulty levels so that all bikers - from families to real experts - can enjoy themselves in the Alpine countryside. The regional E-bike concept is an option which is less likely to tire users out. The region has the infrastructure for all kinds of adventures on electric bikes: an E-bike guide with maps offers extensive information about routes, altitude and the most suitable time of year. Hire shops in the whole region offer E-mountain bikes for extended tours and beginner-level models for comfortable excursions on two wheels. These bikes make it easy to discover more of the area in a shorter time, thanks to their extended range.
Golfers can improve their handicap in Alpine surroundings
Golfers will find all that they want on the sunny plateau. The 18-hole course at Seefeld-Wildmoos at 1300m has been picked as one of the Top 100 Golf-Courses in the world and is a real jewel. One side effect of the altitude is that the ball travels around 10 per cent further than at sea level. The 9-hole Seefeld-Reith course, with its golf academy, is suitable for all beginners and offers training for children. The covered driving range allows users to enjoy golf even in the rain.
Discover and enjoy less common hobbies
The region offers a wide range of opportunities to enthusiasts of other sports, such as riding, paragliding or tennis. And those who are looking for something unusual should look at the special features of the programme which is available free with the guest card: for example, animal lovers can discover the plateau with the company of friendly alpacas, cave enthusiasts can explore the Karwendel gorge and amateur botanists can take part in the herbal walk to discover the healing properties of plants from the Olympiaregion Seefeld.
What is on offer in summer
- 650km of well-marked walking trails, numerous themed walks
- 266km of running and Nordic walking routes
- 570km of bike and mountain-bike trails of all levels of difficulty
- 260km of E-bike routes, E-bike Premium Region with exclusive service
- Roller-ski trail for winter season preparation
- Summer programme “Discover the Olympiaregion Seefeld – nature is waiting for YOU!” from May to October
- Around 60 manned huts and alms
- Climbing areas for all levels, member of Climbers Paradise, Great Line Puls 2000
- Seefeld-Wildmoos golf club (18-hole); Seefeld-Reith golf club (9-hole)
- Various natural lakes, heated bathing area at the Wildsee, two swimming pools with extensive sauna facilities
- 10 indoor tennis courts and 12 outdoor courts, Estess Tennis School
- Fun activities such as paragliding
- Wide range of wellness options, with Kneipp facilities and innovative treatments
- Summer mountain lifts
THE REGION IN WINTER
In the winter months the Olympiaregion Seefeld transforms itself into a white paradise. The Alpine landscape offers a perfect backdrop for the extensive winter sports on offer and the wide range of winter walking trails. Cross-country skiers take advantage of the perfectly-prepared kilometres of award-winning trails in both skating and classic styles. Skiers and snowboarders also treasure the options on the plateau, where the areas are well connected and slopes are available only a few minutes‘ walk from the Seefeld pedestrian area.
A paradise of unlimited opportunities for cross-country skiers
The award-winning cross-country trails in the Olympiaregion Seefeld are some of the best in the world and attract guests from a global market. Both amateur and professional athletes train here regularly to take advantage of the opportunities available in the region: a snow guarantee with one of the most modern snowmaking installations in the Alps and perfectly-prepared and varied trails with a wonderful backdrop and with access directly in the centre of the villages. The pleasure of using the region’s trails is open to everyone: enthusiasts with disabilities in wheelchairs or sleds will welcome the specially-prepared and tested accessible trails of all difficulty levels. The Olympiaregion Seefeld even offers the opportunity to go cross-country skiing with a four-legged friend on the specially-created dog trail. Those who want to carry on skiing once the sun has gone down can use the night trail, which is illuminated after dusk. A paradise with few barriers. Cross-country skiing is complemented by the Nordic Competence Centre in Seefeld, that acts as a pre-season training centre for many international athletes and national teams because of its ideal altitude. It has two new ski jumps and one of the most modern fully-electronic biathlon areas in Europe, equipped with an innovative snow-making installation for the trails and a roller ski course for summer training.
Enjoyable skiing on the sunny plateau
The Ski Arena Seefeld is only a stone’s throw from the centre of the village and offers plenty of downhill pleasure for both skiers and snowboarders. Beginners, advanced and those returning to the sport can enjoy sunny descents in the high mountains. The first-class service and the qualified personnel on the slopes ensure a perfect ski experience in the Tyrolean mountains. The trained and experienced ski instructors are personally engaged in the wellbeing of each of their guests and the ski hire shops look after the wishes of their visitors with a Tyrolean welcome. The ski bus service, free with the guest card, ensures a comfortable arrival and departure from the slopes, bringing guests to their desired location in a matter of minutes. The region really is one of the traditional type of ski areas: slopes connected to the centre of the village with traditional huts and alms making the sport a complete experience. The region also makes family holidays a pleasure with well-equipped children’s areas, where the young ones can experience their first taste of skiing.
Winter experiences away from the slopes and the trails
Guests who do not want to strap skis to their feet can look forward to an extensive network of winter walking trails leading to breathtaking panoramas and with wonderful places to stop along the way. Visitors will experience the real wonder of the region when there is a crunch under every step and they can make fresh tracks in the white blanket of snow. The many ice skating and curling rinks are a little bit livelier, with children and adults competing and where a few artistic twirls can be seen. Families will enjoy the (natural) toboggan runs, with lightning-fast descents from the mountain and where it can, with an overdose of enthusiasm, all go pear-shaped in the snow at the side. Joggers have the option of prepared trails in the winter running and Nordic walking arena.
People have many individual interests, but everyone can experience their personal winter dream holiday in the Olympiaregion Seefeld before meeting up at the latest at the end of the day over a meal in one of the many mountain huts.
What is on offer in winter
- 247km of cross-country skiing trails, with 135km classic style and 112 skating style, at all levels of difficulty, with multiple awards from ADAC, make the region one of the best in the world
- approx.30 km of ski slopes and extensive children’s areas with modern equipment
- 142km of cleared and marked walking trails through the winter landscape
- 70km of winter running and Nordic walking trails
- 35km (7 marked routes) for snowshoe walking
- Winter magic with the lovely Advent & Christmas Market in the Seefeld village square
- Seven natural toboggan runs
- Three ice rinks and 20 curling rinks
- Two swimming pools with indoor and outdoor facilities and with extensive sauna areas
- Ten indoor tennis courts and Estess, the leading tennis school in the Alps
- Paragliding and other fun activities, such as snow rafting, snow tubing, landing pad, etc.
- Winter programme “Discover the Olympiaregion Seefeld – nature is waiting for YOU!” with guided walks and unique adventures in the snow
FACTS & FIGURES
Region: In the province of Tyrol, north-west of Innsbruck; comprises the municipalities of Seefeld, Leutasch, Mösern-Buchen, Reith and Scharnitz.
Location: On a south-facing high plateau surrounded by the Wetterstein, Karwendel and Mieminger ranges and the Hohe Munde mountain
Altitude: 1,180 – 2,064 metres
No. of beds for guests: >15,000
Top 6 visiting nations: Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Great Britain, Austria
No. of overnight stays: ~1 million in summer | ~1 million in winter
No. of people arriving: ~500,000 per year
HOW TO GET HERE
Innsbruck Airport– approx. 25 minutes’ drive from the Olympiaregion Seefeld
Munich International Airport – 165 km, approx. 1 ½ hours | Memmingen – 155 km, approx. 2 hours | Salzburg – 200 km, approx. 2 hours | Zurich-Kloten – 300 km, approx. 3 hours | Bozen – 149 km, approx. 1 ½ hours
There are good rail connections from Munich and Innsbruck to Seefeld. The high-speed ICE train from Munich stops in Seefeld. Seefeld railway station is located right at the edge of the pedestrian area.
Excellent road connections to the region from all directions:
East/West – via the A12 motorway; exit Zirl or Telfs (approx. 12 km)
South – via the Brenner motorway then the A12 motorway
North – from Munich via Garmisch and Mittenwald to Scharnitz in approx. 1 ½ hours