Natural jewel: The Gaistal and Seebensee Lake
A shimmering green-blue mountain lake - the Seebensee. So clear that you can see every single stone on the bottom, every little fish in it. The mountain range, which surrounds this dreamlike body of water, is reflected picturesquely in it. Narrow wooden walkways lead along the shore of the lake over small foothills. A faint breeze brings movement to the surface and small waves form, gently sloshing over the edge of the lake. You sit on the shore and enjoy: the sight, nature, time for yourself. You can hear a gentle splash next to the chirping of birds and quacking of ducks. Nothing else.
In the middle of nature at an altitude of 1,657 meters, there is not much else to hear. The wild and romantic Gaistal is characterized by almost untouched nature. It is understandable that places like Seebensee can be created there - and above all remain. Untouched, pure and genuine.
The Gaistal connects three Tyrolean districts - Reutte, Imst and Innsbruck-Land - and is closed to motor traffic. From Leutasch, one of the five towns in the Olympiaregion Seefeld, a wide path with a pleasant incline leads through the wildly romantic valley to the crystal-clear Seebensee. The Hohe Munde towers majestically at the entrance, flanked by the impressive Wetterstein Mountains to the north and the Mieminger Range to the south. The trail leads along the Leutascher Ache, which was used in the 19th century to transport (drift) timber, through cool forests and past lush green meadows and small bodies of water. People looking for recreation, families as well as sportsmen get their money's worth in the Gaistal and the valley is as popular with hikers as it is with (e-)bikers. Many cozy alpine pastures line the way and invite excursionists to a well-deserved rest. It is not for nothing that the Gaistal is also called an alpine paradise.
At Ganghofer times
But it is not only today that the Gaistal is extremely popular and invites you to linger and marvel. It was also a convivial meeting place in the past. One of the most famous "Gaistal lovers" is probably the writer and hunting master Ludwig Ganghofer, who became famous with his homeland novels. He drew his muse from the Gaistal, among other places, where he spent almost 20 years of his life and also wrote many of his novels, such as one of his most famous works, "Das Schweigen im Walde". Around 1900, the hunting lodge was a popular meeting place for artists. His wife Kathinka, an actress and singer, was a warm hostess who liked to invite celebrities and immortalized this in her guest book: Rainer Maria Rilke, Johannes Brahms, Hugo von Hoffmansthal and Kaiser Wilhelm II, are just a few of the illustrious guests.
Ganghoferhaus near the Tillfussalm in the Gaistal - Leutasch
A little contemporary history can still be experienced today. Not far from the Gaistal, there is the Ganghofer Museum in Leutasch, which, among other things, recalls the life of the author. So the popularity factor of the Gaistal has not diminished a bit over the century.
Most beautiful place of Tyrol 2017 in the program "9 places, 9 treasures".
That the alpine paradise Gaistal is really a small paradise, we know of course already for a long time. But now it has also won the federal state election for the most beautiful place in Tyrol 2017 in the ORF program 9 places, 9 treasures. A place that was previously considered an insider tip - a wildly romantic valley, a crystal-clear mountain lake in rich blue-green and the unspoiled nature - will soon enchant all of Austria in the final TV show.
From spring to autumn: worth a trip