Seefeld in Tirol
|Seefeld in Tirol|
|• Mayor||Werner Frießer (ÖVP)|
|• Total||17.4 km2 (6.7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,180 m (3,870 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||190/km2 (480/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Seefeld in Tirol is a municipality of the Innsbruck-Land District in the Austrian state of Tyrol, located about 17 km (11 mi) northwest of Innsbruck. With more than one million overnight stays each year, it is one of the most popular Tyrolean tourist destinations especially for skiing in winter, but also for walking holidays in the summer.
The settlement first documented in 1022 has existed as a farming village for centuries. Tourism began 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 (which also comprises the villages of Leutasch, Reith, Scharnitz and Mösern) is surrounded by the Wetterstein mountain range to the west, and the Karwendel mountain range to the east; it falls away in a steep drop off to the Inn valley to the south. To the north, the high valley leads through the village of Scharnitz towards the border with Germany at Mittenwald.
Seefeld has two main mountain areas (for walking or skiing): one is the round hill "Gschwandtkopf" and the other is a series of mountains (known incorrectly as "Rosshütte" after the large mountain restaurant halfway up). These mountains dominate the Seefeld plateau; from left/north to right/south, they are the Seefelder Joch, Seefelder Spitze, Härmelekopf and Reither Spitze. Notable other landmarks include the Seekirchl, a small, onion-domed church, and the Pfarrhügel, an extension of the Gschwandtkopf into the town centre forming a small attractive hill. There is also a lake called the Wildsee.
Seefeld is accessible by train on the railway line from Munich via Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Innsbruck, also served by Intercity-Express (ICE) trains. The Bundesstraße 177 highway to the German border is part of the European route E 533.
Seefeld is an important centre for cross-country skiing. The Nordic events at both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics were hosted at Seefeld. The 1985 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships also took place here as well (in both the Winter Olympics and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championshipsonly only the normal hill in ski jumping took place in Seefeld, the large hill took place in Innsbruck) as some of the events at the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in January 2012. World Cup competitions have been located here a number of times.
The alpine skiing area is small and appropriate for beginners. There are two separate small areas which are not connected except by a ski bus (free of charge) or taxis. The terrain itself is quite good and there is good access to other facilities (walks, shops and the Olympia swimming complex).
Seefeld is popular with walkers because of its plateau location; there are many attractive walks which don't depend on climbing up and down mountains. However, the walks into the mountains are beautiful too, especially since the Karwendel is a huge nature reserve. Recommended walks include down through the Schlossbachklamm to Hochzirl (then the train back), and from the cable car stations down into the Eppzirlertal (if you're fairly fit). There are possibilities for multi-day walks through the Karwendel towards the Achensee.
- 1964 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 95–103. Accessed 30 October 2010. (German)
- 1976 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 199–203. Accessed 10 November 2010. (English), (French), & (German)
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