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History of Seefeld

The Seefeld plateau, which was populated as far back as prehistoric times, first attained historical significance through the construction of a Roman military road which stretched from the Po Basin, over the mountain pass, to ‘Augusta Vindelicorum’, today the city of Augsburg. The name of the settlement of ‘Sevelt’ (Seefeld) was first mentioned in a document in the Wilten Monastery back in 1022.

The reigning Duke Sigismund, known as Sigismund the Rich, was a benefactor of Seefeld and he assisted the village in investing its revenue in its own parish, rather than paying it to the provincial government. Furthermore, he initiated fish breeding in a lake beside the Seekirchl church that still stands today. Emperor Maximilian I also loved Seefeld and its surroundings and had his favourite hunting grounds in the Karwendel mountain range.

Seefeld began to gain in importance and became a stopping place for traders of all kinds. Seefeld’s economic development was, for a long time, strongly linked to the pilgrimage tradition at that time. The Thirty Years’ War (1618 -1648) had economic repercussions and pilgrimage and trade traffic declined. Owing to the subsequent dissolution of almost all monasteries in Austria by Emperor Joseph II, Seefeld’s situation deteriorated even further. With the ensuing Treaty of Pressburg, Tyrol was assigned to the Kingdom of Bavaria. Seefeld’s monastery – today the Klosterbräu hotel – was put up for sale and, subsequently, became private property.