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PORTRAIT OF THE OLYMPIAREGION SEEFELD

Both in summer and in winter, the Tyrolean Olympiaregion Seefeld boasts a breathtaking natural backdrop and a wide spectrum of leisure pursuits for young and old alike. Surrounded by the largest nature reserve in the Eastern Alps – the Naturpark Karwendel – the Wildmoos landscape protection area, the Wetterstein range and the Hohe Munde massif, the south-facing mountain plateau at an altitude of 1,200 metres, offers a sun-blessed setting in the heart of the Austrian Alps. The region’s five villages – Seefeld, Leutasch, Mösern-Buchen, Reith and Scharnitz – offer something to suit everyone, from sports enthusiasts to nature lovers, from connoisseurs and relaxation-seekers to families.

The year-round Tyrolean holiday destination embodies the fine art of alpine living – and it’s not without reason that the region is a member of the prestigious Best of the Alps alliance, a select group of exclusive holiday resorts all located in the heart of the Alps. A wide spectrum of accommodation, from 5-star superior hotels to cosy bed and breakfasts, a multifaceted range of wining and dining options and a vast choice of spa and well-being amenities ensure unadulterated pleasure, both on a culinary level and in terms of relaxation. In addition to authentic, tangible customs and traditions and an inexhaustible variety of leisure activities, the region offers, above all, pure Nordic lifestyle – the perfect combination of sport and exercise, fine living and dining and experiences for all the senses.

The holiday region owes its name to its sporting history – it played host to the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, and was the venue of the Youth Olympic Games in 2012. Ideal cross-country skiing conditions and a high level of competence in the field of Nordic sports make Seefeld one of the most popular locations for internationally renowned sports competitions, such as the Nordic Combined Triple World Cup. A particular highlight is the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships, which are set to be held in Seefeld for the second time in 2019.

And there’s no shortage of entertainment either with a year-round portfolio of superb events and festivities. Alongside the Nordic Combined World Cup, the region hosts many other winter events including the Euroloppet Ganghoferlauf cross-country race and a variety of concerts with high-profile performers such as the famous ‘folk rock ’n’ roller’ Andreas Gabalier (2017). During the summer months, highlights include the 52-km long Karwendelmarsch hiking/fell-running race through the Karwendel Nature Park, the White Night and Seefeld’s Festival of Traditional Handcrafts to name but a few.

 

THE REGION IN WINTER

The Olympiaregion Seefeld is the first place every year to be visited by the winter. By December, the landscape is covered in a thick white layer of snow and the region, with its vast network of tracks, is ready to welcome cross-country ski fans and winter hiking enthusiasts. Immaculately groomed, award-winning cross-country ski tracks – ~150 kilometres for classic-style and ~120 kilometres for skating-style skiing - offer perfect conditions. Seven special, quality-assessed tracks covering all levels of difficulty enable wheelchair users and adaptive cross-country skiers to enjoy Nordic sport to the full.  The Olympiaregion Seefeld even boasts a dog-friendly track for all those who like to take their four-legged friends on cross-country ski tours. Boasting guaranteed snow until well into April, the Olympiaregion Seefeld is a veritable haven for all lovers of the sport of cross-country skiing.

For fans of alpine skiing, Seefeld Ski Arena offers no fewer than 31 ski-runs and 32 state-of-the-art cable-cars, chairlifts and ski tows ensuring winter fun for skiers and snowboarders. From beginners to experienced skiers to those ‘re-finding their skiing feet’ after a break from the sport, Seefeld Ski Arena offers holidaymakers a second-to-none, sunshine-filled ski holiday in high alpine terrain. The youngest skiers enjoy lots of fun in the superbly designed and equipped children’s ski areas.

And for those who have still not had enough of their favourite sport after the sun has gone down, the region boasts several floodlit pistes and cross-country tracks.

Those guests who prefer to walk rather than ski can enjoy 142 kilometres of cleared winter walking trails to breathtaking panoramic viewpoints with wonderful huts and restaurants in which to enjoy a bite to eat. Guided snowshoe hikes, countless ice rinks, skating ponds and curling lanes and eight natural toboggan runs round off the vast range of winter sport opportunities. Those who enjoy running in winter can, furthermore, make use of 70 kilometres of groomed running routes in the Winter Running & Nordic Walking Arena.

During the winter months, it’s not only hobby sports enthusiasts who flock to the region, but also professional winter sport athletes – Seefeld was, after all, the venue of the Winter Olympics several times over and, following the success of 1985, is set to host the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships for the second time in 2019.  Furthermore, owing to its high-altitude location, the Nordic Competence Centre has, for years, served as a meeting point for preparations for the winter sport season for many international professional athletes and teams. It now boasts two brand-new ski jumps and one of the most modern biathlon centres in Europe complete with snow-making facilities for the cross-country ski tracks and a roller-ski circuit enabling training during the summer months too.

Come and experience the ultimate Nordic lifestyle destination!

Highlights in winter

  • ~150 kilometres for classic-style skiing, ~120 kilometres for skating, covering all levels of difficulty, for which the region has received several coveted awards from the German Automobile Association ADAC, making the region one of the world’s finest cross-country ski areas 
  • 31 ski-runs, 26 kilometres of pistes and 32 lift facilities for lovers of alpine skiing and a superb children’s ski area
  • 142 kilometres of cleared and signposted walking and hiking trails through the winter landscape
  • 70 kilometre-long Winter Running and Nordic Walking Arena
  • 35 kilometres (7 routes) for snowshoeing
  • Magical Winter Wonderland with a beautiful Advent and Christmas market in front of Seefeld Church
  • Eight natural toboggan runs
  • Two ice-skating rinks and 20 ice lanes for alpine-style curling
  • Two leisure complexes with indoor and outdoor swimming pools and outstanding sauna facilities
  • Paragliding and many fun-sport activities - snow-rafting, snow-tubing and ‘landing pad’ jumping and lots more besides
  • Winter programme with hikes and unforgettable adventures in the snow
  • Yoga at Solstice - Namasté in the Snow – 19th to 22nd December 2017

 

THE REGION IN SUMMER

With the first spring-time mountain hikes the ski season moves seamlessly into the summer holiday season. The spring thaw clears the 650 kilometres of hiking tracks, 266 kilometres of jogging and Nordic walking trails and the 570 kilometres of routes for cycling, e-biking and mountain biking. Lovers of other sports, such as climbing, golf, horse-riding, paragliding and tennis, can also enjoy a wide range of options amidst a health-boosting, high-altitude setting 1,200 metres above sea level. From end of May until beginning of October the summer programme ‘Discover the Olympiaregion Seefeld – the great outdoors is waiting for YOU!’ offers a multifaceted weekly schedule of activities. Sixteen different guided hikes, bike tours and nature experiences offer visitors a fascinating, in-depth insight into the diversity of this alpine region.

One-of-its-kind in the Alps is the region’s vast network of clearly signposted walking and hiking trails that hold the coveted seal of quality awarded by the Tyrolean provincial government. A further unique highlight is offered by the wide, spacious Promenade Walking Trails, which guarantee an unforgettable close-to-nature experience for all guests, young and old, against a stunningly scenic backdrop. The unparalleled mountain-plateau setting and the gently undulating terrain make it easy for holiday guests to explore their alpine surroundings without having to undertake strenuous uphill climbs first. The Promenade Walking Trails enable families with pushchairs, mountain bikers and hikers of all ages to enjoy the region in all its fascinating beauty during an easy-going hike or a leisurely stroll.

Numerous themed walking trails and tracks, such as the Mental Power Trail and the Geo Trail offer visitors a fascinating and informative insight into the region’s unique natural and cultural assets.  Around sixty rustic mountain huts provide idyllic settings in which to rest and savour a traditional Tyrolean bite to eat. The area’s natural bathing lakes, such as the Möserer See and Wildsee lakes, offer blissful spots amid untouched natural scenery for relaxing and enjoying a refreshing swim.

Highlights in summer

  • 650 kilometres of clearly signposted hiking trails, including 40 kilometres of themed walking paths
  • 266 kilometres of running and Nordic walking routes
  • 570 kilometres of cycling, e-biking and mountain biking routes covering all levels of difficulty
  • 200 kilometres of forest tracks open to mountain bikers
  • Roller-ski circuit for summer training in preparation for the cross-country skiing season (shortened during summer 2017 due to the preparations for the FIS Nordic Ski Championships 2019)
  • Summer programme – ‘Discover the Olympiaregion Seefeld – the great outdoors is waiting for YOU!’ – end of May to beginning of October
  • ~ 60 mountain huts and alpine farmhouses serving food and drinks
  • Climbing routes of all levels of difficulty, member of 'Climbers Paradise'
  • Seefeld-Wildmoos Golf Club (18-hole course); Seefeld-Reith Golf Club (9-hole course)
  • Several natural lakes, heated pool beside the Wildsee lake, two leisure pool complexes with a broad spectrum of sauna facilities
  • 10 indoor tennis courts and 12 outdoor courts, Estess Tennis School
  • fun-sport activities including paragliding
  • Wide choice of well-being amenities, including Kneipp water therapy facilities and innovative spa treatments
  • mountain lift facilities in operation during the summer season
  • Yoga at Solstice - Come to OM - 19th to 24th June 2017
  • E-mobility with segways and e-bikes and different charging stations in the region

 

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

By air
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-Klothen – 300 km, approx. 3 hours | Bozen – 149 km, approx. 1 ½ hours

By rail
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.

By car
Excellent road connections to the region from all directions
East/Wes t – 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