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THE OLYMPIAREGION VILLAGES AT A GLANCE

SEEFELD – Home to a population of 3,400, Seefeld combines the traditional charm of an alpine holiday village with sophisticated, international panache. The village centre is located just a stone’s throw away from the mountain lifts, cross-country ski tracks and hiking trails. The pedestrian area, with a range of lovely boutiques, is perfect for strolling and shopping. Golf courses, a sport and congress centre, an alpine-style casino and a wide spectrum of bars, cafés, restaurants and hotels round off the superb amenities. And there’s no shortage of entertainment either with a year-round portfolio of events and traditional festivities.

Highlights:

  • Seekirchl church – Seefeld’s most famous landmark, also known as the Church of the Holy Cross
  • Parish Church of St. Oswald – Tyrol’s best known pilgrimage church which owes it renown to the ‘Miracle of the Host’ (1384)
  • Way of the Cross to the stone circle on Pfarrbichl hill –  14 stations lead up to the stone circle, the boulders of which depict the 12 apostles
  • Pedestrian area with a selection of lovely boutiques and a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants
  • Seefeld Casino – a central feature among Seefeld’s evening entertainment offerings
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the pedestrian zone and in many other public areas
  • Nordic Competence Centre – offers second-to-none amenities for Nordic winter sports
  • Night-time cross-country ski tracks with floodlighting
  • Rosshütte and Gschwandtkopf ski areas – state-of-the-art ski lift facilities with immaculately groomed, multi-award-winning slopes; floodlit night skiing
  • Seefeld-Wildmoos Golf Club – 18-hole course and a member of the Leading Golf Courses of Austria association
  • Wildmoossee and Lottensee lakes – two seasonal lakes
  • Wildsee – popular lake for swimming with two public bathing areas (Strandperle and Sonja) in the nature protection area  

 

LEUTASCH – Dynamic, alive and close to nature; a rambling landscape of blooming meadows – that describes the 24 tiny hamlets that make up the Leutasch high valley, starting point of Central Europe’s largest cross-country skiing area. Leutasch is synonymous with pristine natural beauty, an authentic alpine lifestyle, long-established Tyrolean culture and unpretentious, heartfelt hospitality.

Highlights:

  • Spirit Gorge – a myth-enshrouded, themed walking track through the gorge in the Leutasch valley
  • Gaistal valley – a paradise for hikers and bikers with idyllic alpine pastures and twelve mountain huts
  • Ganghofer Museum – depicts the life of the famous author Ludwig Ganghofer and offers an insight into the long tradition of hunting in Leutasch and into the village history
  • Weidachsee lake – ideal for fly fishing
  • 20 chapels and two parish churches
  • Erlebniswelt Alpenbad leisure centre with a wide selection of pools and saunas 

 

MÖSERN-BUCHEN – An insider’s tip when it comes to breathtaking views and culinary delights. Every day the Peace Bell, the largest free-standing bell in the Alps, rings as a symbol of peace and good neighbourly relations in the alpine countries. Here you can enjoy a glorious view of the Inn Valley all the way to the horizon where the mountains meet the sky. Meandering walking trails lead past the ruggedly romantic Möserer See lake and across the Calvary - a quiet, spiritual spot perfect for meditation.

Highlights:

  • Peace Bell – largest free-standing bell in the entire alpine region
  • Calvary – connected to the Peace Bell walking trail and mentioned in the Atlas of Sacred European Mounts
  • Albrecht Dürer view – panoramic view of the Inn Valley 
  • Möserer See lake – one of Tyrol’s warmest bathing lakes at an altitude of 1,292 metres
  • Lottensee lake (a seasonally-appearing whim of nature)
  • Historic fences –   painstakingly handcrafted fences created using age-old traditional techniques that inspire reflexion and encourage people to ‘take a look at what is on the other side’
  • Wining and dining – from exclusive, award-winning gourmet cuisine to small mountain huts, from cosy, traditional restaurants to speciality bistros
  • Forest arena in Buchen – venue for regular musical events complete with a view of the eastern summit of the Mieminger Kette range and Hohe Munde mountain
  • Kneipp walking path
  • Farming museum and museum of local history

 

REITH – Enjoy strolling through idyllic larch forests and sunny summer meadows, or tackle a challenging summit hike. Far away from any hustle or bustle, Reith offers cosy, convivial taverns, friendly locals and authentic Tyrolean hospitality to ensure pure, unadulterated holiday bliss. Reith and relaxation – two words that go hand in hand.

Highlights:

  • Cultural walking path – offers a wealth of information on Reith’s culture and its historical monuments
  • Bee nature trail – provides a fascinating insight into the world of honey bees
  • Schlossbachklamm gorge – deep ravines with wooden bridge and waterside walking tracks
  • Reitherjoch Alm mountain hut – formerly a shelter for shepherds, now a delightful stopping place for hikers and skiers
  • Demonstration smokehouse
  • Reither Moor – nature protection area
  • Karwendelbahn railway – carries around 100,000 passengers each year from Mittenwald to the northern Karwendel mountain range
  • Sunnroanweg walking trail – offers breathtaking views of the Inntal Valley
  • Rosary walking trail – with 15 relief plaques
  • Seefeld Reith Golf Club – 9-hole course, also open to non-members 

 

SCHARNITZ – Once a closely guarded border, now the gateway to the Naturpark Karwendel – Scharnitz is the ideal ‘base camp’ for hikers, bikers, rock climbers, rafting enthusiasts and paragliders, in short for all those in search of mountain action and adventure. Scharnitz is also home to the legendary ‘Karwendelmarsch’ - a long-distance route for walking or running through Central Europe’s largest nature reserve. Feel alive, release the power within you, redefine your limits – Scharnitz is where the action starts!

Highlights:

  • Gateway to the Karwendel mountain range – access to what is arguably the most beautiful nature reserve in the Eastern Alps, the Naturpark Karwendel
  • Eagle’s Way – a long-distance hiking trail through the most beautiful areas of Tyrol
  • Hiking and mountain biking routes in three valleys - Karwendeltal, Hinterautal and Gleirschtal
  • Porta Claudia – ruins of the former fortification on the border between Bavaria and Tyrol
  • Source of the river Isar – countless headwater springs bubbling out of the ground join to form the source of the Isar
  • Gleirschklamm gorge – this ravine that feeds the river Isar features a rugged and spectacular natural rocky landscape and a roaring mountain torrent
  • Canoe route through the Isar gorge
  • Isar cycle path – starting point of the 300 kilometre-long cycle route that follows the river Isar
  • Kneipp water therapy area with a waterfall track