Seefeld (Austria) is a fashionable ski resort, chosen by wealthy people and the creative elite. Seefeld is an ideal holiday destination for cross-country skiing lovers, who can enjoy Olympic ski runs in the midst of impressive natural beauties. The ski slopes of the resort are more suitable for intermediate lovers and beginners who can be trained here in the best ski school in Austria. But the aces of skiing and snowboarding, looking for a variety of extremely difficult slopes, can be disappointed.
Seefeld is an old Tyrolean village, known for more than 7 centuries. It is located about 20 km northwest of Innsbruck on an alpine plain (1200 m above sea level), surrounded by mountains. A significant part of tourists arrives here from Munich, which is 140 km away.
Known as a resort in Seefeld in Tirol since the 19th century, an elite audience gathered in this picturesque village to breathe in the healing mountain air and improve their health.
Seefeld (see – lake, feld – field, German) got its name from Lake Wildsee, surrounded by green fields and wooded slopes. Cozy streets with traditional Tyrolean houses occupy only 17 km², enough 40-50 minutes to go around the whole town. About 3,000 people live here, the official language is German.
Being a famous ski resort in Austria, Seefeld twice became the venue for the Winter Olympics. In 1964 and 1976, Olympic cross-country skiing competitions were held here. The World Cup was also held here in 1985, and it is planned to be held in 2019.
Seefeld is a ski resort with priority cross-country skiing. The tracks for them stretched for a total distance of about 250 km at an altitude of 1200 m and pass through terrain with different terrain. Skiers are waiting for both wooded areas and open, with magnificent panoramas of mountain landscapes.
In the vicinity of Seefeld there are 19 ski slopes with a total length of 36 km. Of these, the overwhelming majority are light routes – 21 km, the middle ones include 12 km, and only 3 km are difficult.
Free buses depart from Seefeld hotels to the lift stations located within a 5-7 minute drive. In the eastern part of the town there is a cable car leading to the Seefelder-Joch ski area, the highest point of which is at an altitude of 2100 m. The slopes here are quite wide and gentle, suitable for beginners. The exception is the five-kilometer “red” track with a vertical drop of 870 km.
In the southern part there are ski lifts leading to the low mountain Gschwandtkopf, which rises 300 m above the plateau.The ski lift system connects the Gschwandtkopf with a ridge of Rosshütte peaks up to 2050 m above sea level. There are slopes of varying difficulty – from “green” to “red”. You can get acquainted with their length and level of difficulty by opening the page: Seefeld, a map of slopes on the official website of this ski resort in Austria.
For night skiing in Hermelkopf there is a two-kilometer illuminated descent with a vertical drop of 260 m. Directly in the town there are small slopes ideal for teaching children. Seefeld is a ski center for teaching children and adults alike, the local school, which employs 120 qualified instructors, is considered the best in Austria.
In addition to the ski slopes, there are:
- three-kilometer toboggan run;
- 2 skating rinks;
- 40 pitches for curling;
- half-kilometer bobsleigh gutter, on which you can go down on cameras from cars.
There is a speed skating school and curling courses.
In the flat terrain, there are many trails with a total length of 80 km, along which you can go hiking on a snowmobile, enjoying the fresh air and breathtaking mountain scenery.
There are practically no cloudy days in Seefeld. The winter season lasts from December to March. There is always a lot of snow, but in case of its absence, there are artificial snow generators capable of providing snow coverage of 90% of the tracks.
A cable car and 25 ski lifts operate in Seefeld, among which chairlifts and tow ropes prevail. They cope with the influx of alpine skiing enthusiasts.
The cost of ski pass is:
- € 45-55 for 1 day and € 230-260 for 6 days for adults;
- € 42-52 for 1 day and € 215-240 for 6 days for adolescents under 18 years of age;
- € 30-38 for 1 day and € 140-157 for 6 days for children 6-15 years old.
The multi-day ski pass extends to the slopes of not only Seefeld, but also the nearby ski resorts of Austria Zugspitz-Arena, as well as the German Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
More accurate information can be obtained by visiting the page on the Internet: Seefeld Ski Resort official website https: www.seefeld.com/en/.
Seefeld’s infrastructure is well developed, it is one of the most status ski resorts in Austria. It offers vacationers luxury hotels, about 60 restaurants and as many clubs, indoor tennis courts, an indoor pool, numerous saunas, a spa, a cinema, a bowling alley, an entertainment center and an amusement park for children.
Here you can do horseback riding in the arena, master such sports disciplines as paragliding, squash, curling. In the evenings, you can have fun at discos or try your luck at Austria’s most famous casino.
Where to stay?
Seefeld is an Austrian ski resort with more than a century of history. He is accustomed to a large number of guests, there are many opportunities for their accommodation. You can stay here in 3 *, 4 *, 5 * hotels, as well as in apartments , which can be both modest chalets and luxurious mansions.
The cost of a double room in hotels and apartments that have received high ratings of residents starts from € 135 / day, including taxes. In five-star hotels, the price of such a room is about € 450 / day.
All hotels have free Wi-Fi, breakfast included, all the necessary amenities, services and entertainment. When planning a trip for the winter season, you should book the hotel in advance, because the closer to the trip, the less is the choice of accommodation. And on New Year’s holidays the influx of vacationers is so great that there may not be any places.
In addition to accommodation in Seefeld, you can stay in one of the nearby towns – Reit bei Seefeld (3.5 km), Zirle (7 km), Loitasch (6 km). Living in them will be cheaper, although they do not have such developed infrastructure as in Seefeld. Such accommodation is available to those who have at their disposal a car.
Seefeld in the summer
Although Seefeld is one of the ski resorts, here you can also relax in the summer. The picturesque summer landscapes of this mountainous area are not inferior in beauty to the winter ones.
There are many opportunities for an interesting and active holiday. Fans of refreshing bathing can swim in the picturesque mountain lake or relax in the nearby outdoor pool with warm water. On the numerous tourist routes, which number in the hundreds, you can go both on foot and by bicycle. There are routes accessible even to wheelchair users who have all the conditions for a comfortable stay in Seefeld.
Vacationers are offered all kinds of outdoor games – tennis, bowling, mini-golf. Learn the basics of these games will help experienced instructors. Horse lovers can ride on horseback or hire a horse-drawn cart to travel to the surrounding villages with colorful huts and restaurants.
You can also go sailing, paragliding, rafting down mountain rivers. And, of course, having arrived in Seefeld, his sights cannot be ignored. The main one is the ancient Seekirkh church, which is a real decoration of the town. The church premises attract with the beauty of the interior, although it is small, can accommodate no more than 15 people.
A funicular ride will be an excellent pastime, offering views of the magnificent mountain panorama.
An unforgettable experience leaves an excursion to an alpaca breeding farm. These charming natives of South America have taken root in the ski resort of Austria and touched farm visitors with their charm and well-groomed appearance. A two-hour tour includes a story about these exotic animals, as well as a walk and chat with them. Friendly alpacas allow themselves to be stroked and hugged, which gives a lot of joy to children. At the farm there is a shop with alpaca products.
The summer evening life of the resort is also diverse. It offers vacationers – a cinema, multiple bars, restaurants, discos. The Klosterbroe Hotel’s nightclub hosts concerts and theatrical performances. But the center of attraction is the famous casino, where gambling lovers from all over Austria come.
One-day excursions to Innsbruck, Salzburg, the German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen are also popular with vacationers.
How to get there
The nearest airports to Seefeld are in Innsbruck and Munich. From Seefeld to Innsbruck, the distance is 24 km, and Munich Airport is 173 km. The ski resort is located on the railway line connecting Innsbruck and Munich, so getting here by train from these cities is not difficult.
From Innsbruck Airport, you need to take a taxi or public transport to the railway station and take the train to Seefeld, which leaves every half hour. Travel time – no more than 40 minutes, ticket price does not exceed € 10.
Munich Airport is a 40-minute drive from the city’s main railway station. From there, you will have to go to Seefeld by train for another 2 hours 20 minutes.
A transfer from Innsbruck Airport to a hotel in Seefeld will cost at least € 100 per car for 4 passengers. From Munich Airport, such a trip will cost 2-3 times more expensive.
Seefeld (Austria) is a well-known ski resort that is suitable for wealthy people who do not look for various routes of high complexity, but want to enjoy an active holiday with maximum comfort and plenty of entertainment.
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