If I had to write a love letter to my favorite mountain destination, I would travel to beautiful Seefeld for some inspiration.
The city of Seefeld in Tyrol
A timeless classic in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps – that is the Olympiaregion Seefeld holiday paradise. The south-facing plateau at an altitude of 1,200 metres above sea level encompasses five villages – Seefeld, Leutasch, Mösern-Buchen, Reith and Scharnitz – all of which offer a huge variety of sports and recreational activities to ensure a truly memorable break amid a breathtaking mountain landscape. At the core of the region’s philosophy is its ‘Nordic Lifestyle’ concept which brings together sport and exercise, fine living and dining and exhilarating events to create an all-embracing experience for body, mind and soul.
As a member of the ‘Best the Alps’ group – an alliance of 12 world-famous tourist resorts in the European Alps – the region boasts a firmly established position based on lifestyle, culture, sport, events and a flourishing tourism industry. This year-round destination is characterised by its international clientele, high-end hotel industry and superb gastronomic offerings. For more than twenty years now, Seefeld has, along with 11 other select destinations in five Alpine countries, been acting as an ‘ambassador’ for the Alpine region and guaranteeing holidays of the very highest calibre.
An area steeped in tradition, the Olympiaregion Seefeld is characterised by rural charm, warm hospitality and a vast spectrum of sports and cultural attractions. Furthermore, the region boasts the highest concentration of spa and well-being establishments in the Alps, as well as a huge choice of accommodation, from five-star superior hotels to cosy bed & breakfasts, offering breaks to suit every taste and budget.
Visitors who take a trip here during the winter months can savour a magical, snow-covered landscape in the heart of Alps and a huge spectrum of sports and outdoor activities. The vast, 256-kilometre-long network of immaculately groomed cross-country ski tracks (skating and classic-style), along with additional quality-tested special cross-country ski tracks – seven tracks suitable for adaptive Nordic skiing, two floodlit tracks for night-time skiing and one dog-friendly trail – provide optimum conditions for Nordic sports enthusiasts. Alpine skiers are also well-catered for: sun-drenched ski slopes, state-of-the-art lift facilities and a second-to-none mountain panorama guarantee unadulterated skiing pleasure. Tobogganing, ice skating and many other fun-filled activities ensure that your winter trip is one you’ll remember for a long time to come.
Seefeld has played host to the Olympic Nordic disciplines no fewer than three times – in 1964, 1976 and 2012. It was the venue of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1985, and organises the Nordic World Cup on an annual basis. Following the success of 1985, the Olympiaregion Seefeld has been selected as the venue for the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2019, and the region is incredibly proud to be able to host the prestigious Nordic sporting event once more.
The Olympiaregion boasts a vast network of breathtaking walking and hiking trails through the magical, snow-covered winter landscape.
I personally recommend the trail from Seefeld to the Hocheggalm – a true classic. Starting from the centre of Seefeld follow Andreas-Hofer-Straße to the bottom lift station of the Rosshütte ski area. Pass the main building on your left and climb the track that runs parallel to the funicular. Cross the ski piste and follow the next trail to the Hocheggalm mountain restaurant (1,545 m). This path is not very difficult and accessible both summer and winter.
At the rustic Hochegg-Alm (1,545 m) the views down into the valley are magnificent. Also, make sure to visit the “Cold Water Lake”, which is situated approx 10 minutes from the Hochegg-Alm. This man-made reservoir is used in the winter to feed the snowmaking facilities, which cover the entire ski resort with 220 high-pressure snow cannons.
A panoramic trail with a superb view of the Wetterstein mountain range runs along the crest of the dam.
You will love it!
photo credits: V’s World