Seefeld in Tirol
Seefeld in Tirol is a city in the Austrian state of Tyrol, located about 17 km (11 mi) northwest of Innsbruck. Seefeld is the main city of the Olympia Region Seefeld, which comprises the municipalities of Leutasch, Mösern/Buchen, Reith bei Seefeld and Scharnitz.
The settlement was first mentioned in 1022 and had already existed as a farming village for centuries. Tourism developed in the early 20th century, but has only grown to its present size since the mid-1970s.
The village is situated on a south-facing plateau north of the River Inn on the watershed between the basins of the Inn and the Isar. The plateau is framed by the Karwendel mountain range to the east and the Wetterstein mountain range to the west. The plateau falls away in a steep drop-off to the Inn valley to the south. To the north, the valley runs through the village of Scharnitz towards the border with Germany at Mittenwald.
Due to its special climate Seefeld is a world renowned resort for nordic sports & cross country skiing. Seefeld hostetd the Nordic events at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. The 1985 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in January 2012 also took place here. World Cup competitions were held in Seefeld a number of times as well.
In summer and winter season there is a free shuttle service operating as a circle line every 45 minutes. During winter season there is an additional free ski bus to Wildmoosalm and between Rosshütte and Gschwandtkopf. All timetables for regional and local buses and trains can be downloaded as PDFs at seefeld.com.
With more than one million overnight stays each year, Seefeld is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Tyrol both for nordic sports & skiing in winter and hiking & active holidays in summer. The town of Seefeld has a casino, town cinema, spas & indoor pools, natural and artificial ice skating sites and hosts various music & sports events throughout the year.
Seefeld has two main mountain areas (both for hiking or skiing): one is the round hill called "Gschwandtkopf" and the other is a series of mountains (known as "Rosshütte" after the large mountain hut halfway up). These mountains dominate the Seefeld plateau, namely the Seefelder Joch, Seefelder Spitze, Härmelekopf and Reither Spitze. There is a series of small lakes, namely Möserer See, Wildmoos See, the reservoir lake at Rosshütte, the Weidachsee in Leutasch, and the Lottensee in Mösern.
Mountain skiing, snowboarding, cross-county skiing, winter hiking, ice skating
Cycling, mountain- and e-bike tours, hiking & climbing, Nordic walking