Seefeld Village

Seefeld is situated on a south-facing plateau 20km northwest of the city of Innsbruck. This plateau also contains the resort villages of Leutasch, Reith, Mösern and Scharnitz. It drops suddenly and dramatically down to the River Inn and the Inn valley.

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Long before Seefeld became famous as a major cross-country skiing destination, the broad Seefeld plateau was a major route for pilgrims and traders through the Alps. In medieval times 70% of European trade passed through the city of Innsbruck on its way to and from Venice.

Pilgrims from northern Europe also passed through the village of "Sevelt" and a chapel was built for them. A small artificial lake was later added to provide fish for the local monastery. The monks of this large ecclesiastical institution produced good beer and beer production continued even after the monastery was closed at the end of the 18th century. The monastery was sold in the 19th century to a private buyer who turned the monastery into Hotel Klosterbräu, now one of Seefeld's 5-star hotels.

The village today retains its medieval centre around the pedestrianised Dorfplatz, Klosterstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse while major roads lead north to Munich, south to Innsbruck and west towards Switzerland. It is pleasant, affluent but unremarkable despite a smattering of older buildings. Seefeld has become an important tourist destination because of its cross-country skiing but is also a popular summer destination for golf, walking and biking.

The train route between Munich and Innsbruck stops just to the east of the old medieval centre next to the casino and all hotels are within walking distance from the railway station. There is a post office, several banks, a supermarket, tourist information centre and five doctors all within a few metres of the red-roofed church, which is in the centre of Dorfplatz in the pedestrianised area.

Compared to some Austrian resorts Seefeld is not a shopping destination although Sport Shop Sailer sells designer fashion from a dozen or so well-known brands including Prada, Bogner and Valentino. There are five jewellery shops, including a working goldsmiths and a Swarovski outlet. There's also a Spar supermarket. A day trip to Innsbruck (20km) offers plenty more retail therapy.

To the south of the old village centre, the Olympia Sport and Congress Centre on Klosterstrasse (Tel: +43 (0) 5212 3220) has recently been renovated. As well as a decent-size pool, there is a separate childrens' and baby area, 140m wild-water flume, seven different saunas, cold-water baths and relaxation baths. Massages are available. There are also solariums and infra-red cabins and a restaurant.

To the south of the village there are two cross country ski circuits either side of the Gschwandtwald and another across the Wildsee where the golf academy is in the summer.

Seefeld Tourist Office
Olympiaregion Seefeld
Klosterstrasse 43
A-6100 Seefeld
Tel: +43 (0) 5 0880-50

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