This Village in The Austrian Alps Will Steal Your Heart
Unless you follow skiing or Nordic walking, you probably haven’t heard of Seefeld. That’s okay, I secretly prefer when a beautiful place is kept hidden under wraps anyway.
Seefeld-in-Tirol is more of a town, but I say “village”, because that’s the vibe it’s giving. A picturesque village in the Austrian Alps. Oh yes.
I’ve been lucky enough to come here twice, the first in Winter and the second in Summer.
In Winter it’s just like a fairytale – the snow rests atop the slanted Alpine roofs, the mountains shine a ghostly white in the night, and the air is so fresh your breath almost taints it.
In Summer it’s a mini paradise – the sun spreads its love, but the trees provide protection, the meadows boast their many colours, and the bluest of skies melt into the lake.
Seefeld is the nature lovers’ dream.
If you’re not the outdoors-y type, one could say that there’s “not much to see” in Seefeld. After you’ve visited the handful of shops, restaurants and a couple of churches, the rest consists mostly of hikes, swimming, skiing and star gazing. If this is the case and this isn’t your cup of tea, I would suggest staying in the nearest city, Innsbruck, and getting the train out to Seefeld for a night or two.
On the other hand, if you’re already searching for flights in the next tab (Innsbruck or Munich work well, by the way) then here’s a few ideas for your upcoming trip!
This “little church by the lake” is the famous landmark of Seefeld. Built in 1666, this picture perfect used to sit in the middle of the artificial lake, Kreuzsee. The lake was drained back in 1807 so now the church is surrounded by a green park and ski slopes.
St. Oswald Parish Church:
This antique is in the very middle of Seefeld village. It’s been there since 1263 but became more well-known after the Host Miracle in 1384.
Knight Oswald Milser demanded that the priest give him a larger communion host than the rest of the congregation. After mass, he approached the priest again with his sword drawn and when the priest put the host into the knight’s mouth, the ground beneath him suddenly gave way. Oswald panicked and grabbed hold of the altar, begging the priest to remove the host from him. When he did the ground closed up again, but Oswald’s hand prints still remain ingrained in the altar to this day.
The Stone Circle:
From the Parish Church in the centre of Seefeld, you can follow the Stations of the Cross up to Parish Hill and that ends at the Stone Circle. The boulders here represent the Last Supper, and when they were erected on June 21st 2000, they were made to form a specific star constellation from that night.
Even if you don’t ski you should wander up to Bergbahnen Rosshütte. This is a ski area, but if you ride the funicular you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Alps and Seefeld. And if you don’t go up the funicular for whatever reason, at the base there (in the summer) are cows (with cowbells, it’s so cute!) and some horses with Edelweiss patterns on them, if none of this was Austrian enough for you! But seriously, it’s a really nice area with some stunning views. It’s not a huge walk, just a couple of hills to the base of the funicular.
Wildsee (Lake Seefeld):
I kept thinking every new place I went in Seefeld was my new favourite, but I believe this one really is.
Locals (and visitors) swim in the lake during the summer. The water in the lake itself rarely climbs above 20 degrees, but the heated pool beside it will take care of you afterwards. Apart from the restaurant, changing rooms, children’s pool and volleyball court, there are lovely walks around Lake Seefeld. Bursting with flowers, trees and animals (birds, ducks, squirrels, even a cow or two), it is a good place to walk your worries away.
There are so many hikes/walks in the Tirol region of Austria. The hotels will be able to give you maps and leaflets on them, but here’s a quick link if you’re serious about hiking: http://www.seefeld.com/en/holiday-tyrol-walking