Hiking in Austria – the wild Leutasch Gorge and picturesque Mittenwald

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Austria, Europe, featured, Germany, Leisure, Walking

Our walking holiday in Austria with Headwater Holidays had taken us along the picturesque Gaistal Valley, up to the high peak of Seefelder Spitz and we’d enjoyed the traditional Rifleman’s parade at Seefeld. On our final day of hiking in Austria, my friend Julia and I found that the best was yet to come, as we explored the wild, rocky landscapes of the Leutasch Gorge and the picturesque painted houses of Mittenwald, before a final lakeside walk through glorious mountain scenery.

Hiking in the Leutasch Gorge Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

From our hotel we took a 10 minute taxi ride down the valley to the entrance of the Leutasch Gorge which spans the border between Austria and Germany. On reading the information signs it was clear that we were entering a mysterious watery realm, owned by the fairies and goblins that live in the gorge, where the water swirls in a fast moving torrent between high rocky cliffs.

The Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays

Along the wooded path we took the turning that leads into the gorge itself, along metal walkways from which we could see the water foaming in pools of milky-green below us. The metal walkways, a complex feat of engineering completed in 2005, followed one side of the gorge until we crossed a bridge to the other side.

The Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays

Dizzyingly far below us, the rushing water made a ribbon of green, while above us the pine trees shot tall towards the sky from the grey rocky side of the gorge. We walked in dappled sunshine, stopping every now and then to read the information boards with stories of mountain fairies and the dramatic names of this watery world, such as Hell’s Bridge and the Devil’s Cauldron.

The Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays

At the end of our walk through the main gorge, the path descended to a cafe and kiosk where we found the entrance to a smaller gorge. While the main gorge walk had been free, we now paid €3 to enter the gorge, in order the see the rushing waterfall at the end, which was well worth the additional cost. This time the gorge was narrow and the air refreshingly cool, as we zig-zagged along the walkway just above the green-blue water.

The Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays

After 10 minutes we reached the waterfall at the end of the gorge, a deafening torrent of water that created spray all around us. Although the day had been warm, I was pleased to have my waterproof jacket to stay dry and found a small alcove to the side of the viewing platform to unpack my camera for a quick photo.

The waterfall of the Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The waterfall of the Leutasch Gorge in Austria with Headwater Holidays

Retracing our steps along the walkway through the gorge, Julia and I stopped to eat our picnic lunch by a flower filled meadow, then followed the river past pretty Alpine houses to reach the town Mittenwald on the German side of the border.

Walking to Mittenwald from the Leutasch Gorge Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Walking to Mittenwald from the Leutasch Gorge

As we entered the centre of Mittenwald we noticed the painted houses for which the town is well known. The murals often have a religious story or meaning behind them and the local tourist office runs guided tours where you can discover more about them.

Mittenwald in Germany with Headwater Holidays Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Mittenwald in Germany with Headwater Holidays

We walked along the main pedestrianised street, past many attractive pavement cafes, to the painted church tower of St. Peter and Paul at the end. We found a shady cafe to have a beer and then inquired at the tourist office about the bus up to the lakes of Lautersee and Ferchensee above Mittenwald.

The painted houses of Mittenwald in Germany with Headwater Holidays Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The painted houses of Mittenwald in Germany with Headwater Holidays

Other hotel guests had recommended these lakes and since I’d hurt my ankle in a fall on the first day, we were looking for a gentle walk rather than the arduous Frenchman’s Climb described in the Headwater Holidays walking notes. Enquiring at the tourist office we were directed to the train station where we found the number 1 bus to take us up to the two lakes, from where we could walk back down into Mittenwald.

The painted houses of Mittenwald in Germany with Headwater Holidays Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The painted houses of Mittenwald in Germany with Headwater Holidays

The bus dropped us off at the furthest lake of Ferchensee, at a convenient cafe with cheerful yellow sun umbrellas, where we couldn’t resist stopping for an apple strudel and a creamy iced coffee. Our table on the lakeside terrrace was perfectly placed to watch the trout and larger perch swimming around the jetty, in a scene that was pure Austrian holiday brochure

Lake Ferchensee above Mittenwald in Germany Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Lake Ferchensee above Mittenwald in Germany

As the afternoon wore on and the sun cast its golden glow across the lake, it was tempting to just sit and enjoy the idyllic mountain scenery. Reluctantly we continued on the lake side path, knowing that if we delayed too long we’d miss the last bus from Mittenwald back to our hotel.

Lake Ferchensee above Mittenwald in Germany Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Lake Ferchensee above Mittenwald in Germany

We reached the grassy swimming place where Julia decided to go for a swim and I waited on a bench while she gently breaststroked up and down serenely like a swan. At the end of the lake, the path took us through forest past a pretty little shrine and in another 15 minutes we reached the second lake of Lautersee. Not daring to stop too long we continued as the track took us now steeply down to Mittenwald past several cascades and waterfalls which streamed down the mountain.

Chapel by Lake Ferchensee above Mittenwald in Germany Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Chapel by Lake Ferchensee above Mittenwald in Germany

By half past six we were down at Mittenwald again, with the evening sun lighting up the grey crag above us. Returning to the bus station we found the bus that would drop us back at our hotel in Leutasch after a day of enjoying the landscapes of Austria and Southern Germany.

It was a fabulous finale to our four days of walking with Headwater Holidays. I hope you’ll also enjoy reading about the other walks from this trip;

Day 1 – A high mountain walk (and a tumble) in the Gaistal Valley of Austria in which we set out from our hotel hoping to sample the local food served in the mountain huts of the valley but changed our plans when I took a tumble and had to hobble down the mountain.

Day 2 – Hiking in Austria – the views from the cross at Seefelder Spitze in which we took the cable car from Seefeld up the ridge of Seefelder Spitze for 360 degree views over Seefeld and the surrounding valleys.

Day 3 – Hiking in Austria – a Rifleman’s Parade and Mental Power Walk at Seefeld in which we joined a traditional parade with local regiments in colourful uniforms, then walked back to our hotel along a forest walking trail with relaxation stations on the theme of mental wellbeing.

Want to go walking in Austria’s Leutasch Valley?

Heather’s walking holiday in Austria’s Leutasch Valley was provided by Headwater Holidays – find out more about this holiday here. This 7 night walking holiday is based in Kirchplaztl at the 4 star Hotel Xander with over 450km of walking trails accessible direct from the hotel or via local bus, taxi and lifts. The holiday includes a full programme of self-guided day walks of 1 boot or 2 boot levels, depending on whether you prefer the gentle valley walks or the more challenging high altitude trails which are sometimes accessed via chair lifts and cable cars. The holiday includes detailed walking guides and maps, breakfast and dinner at the hotel, a packed lunch on walking days and flights/ transfers via Innsbruck. Prices from £669 per person.

Headwater Holidays are a leading UK specialist in self-guided walking, cycling and relaxed activity holidays that allow you to travel at your own pace and get closer to the places you visit. For more information check their Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Youtube | Pinterest | Instagram

More things to do in the Tirol region of Austria

For more information on things to do in the Tirol region of Austria visit the Tirol tourism website and follow their social media channels: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest. More information about things to do in Austria on the Visit Austria Website and information on the Seefeld Region on the Seefeld Olympia Region Website.

How to get to Leutasch Valley, Austria

Heather flew from Bristol to Munich with BMI Regional who fly 12 times each week on this route, so you often have a choice of 2 flights per day. The ticket includes 20kg checked baggage and full at-seat in-flight bar and snack service at no extra charge.

Transfers from Innsbruck airport are less than 1 hour’s drive to Leutach and included in your Headwater Holidays package. If, like us you fly into Munich Airport, the transfer to Leutasch Valley takes around 2 hours and can be arranged through your hotel or holiday provider.

Hotel Xander in Leutasch, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Hotel Xander in Leutasch, Austria

Stay at Sporthotel Xander in Leutasch

Heather stayed at Sporthotel Xander in Leutasch as part of the walking holiday booked through Headwater Holidays. The hotel is a very comfortable 4 star hotel offering rooms, suites and apartments that are ideal for summer walkers or winter cross-country skiers. The other guests when we stayed at the end of August were mainly couples and a few families enjoying a late summer walking break. The hotel is used by several walking companies including Headwater Holidays.

Hotel Xander in Leutasch, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Hotel Xander in Leutasch, Austria

We stayed on a full board basis, with breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal and found the food to be of a very high standard with a 4 course meal every night and a 5 course gala meal on one of the nights we were there. The hotel has an indoor pool and spa although we did not use them since we were out all day walking and making the most of the fine weather. The hamlet of Kirchplatzl where the hotel is situated is mainly residential and the nearest shops are a 15 minute walk away in Weidach. The bus to Seefeld which runs several times a day stops right by the hotel.

We think Hotel Xander is a comfortable, traditional hotel that will suit keen walkers who want a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for a lively atmosphere, shopping or evening entertainment then Seefeld would be a good alternative base. Check prices and book your stay here.

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Thanks to Headwater Holidays who hosted Heather’s walking holiday and to BMI regional who provided Heather’s flight to Munich.

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How to choose the perfect waterproof jacket for your hiking holiday

We’d done the whole Tour de Mont Blanc together, sharing the views from the high mountain passes, sheltering from the odd summer shower. We’d walked the dry stone route in Mallorca although admittedly most of the time was spent at the bottom of my rucksack. But now, after years of hiking adventures together, my waterproof jacket was looking a bit tired.  All good things come to an end and as my old jacket headed off with my daughter on her travels, it was time to find a new lightweight rain jacket for my next hiking trip to Austria.

How to choose the perfect Waterproof Jacket Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

With all outdoor clothing, I like to have a good look around a specialist store like my local Ellis Brigham in Bristol, where I can try on plenty of different styles and pick the brains of the knowledgeable staff. Over the years I’ve learned there are a few things to consider when choosing the best waterproof jacket for your hiking holiday. When you’re caught up the mountain in a downpour, you’ll be glad you took the time to make the right choice so here are a few things to consider;

View from Seefelder spitz in Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View from Seefelder spitz in Austria

How does the jacket fit?

Call me vain but I do appreciate a jacket that fits well, for both comfort and good looks. It’s worth trying on a few different womens waterproof jackets in the store as different companies may fit you better than others and since I’m no longer a stick insect I’m always looking for a flattering fit. If you anticipate the extremes of heat and cold that you get when hiking at altitude, you’ll want to allow room to layer t-shirts and fleece under your jacket. On the other hand a jacket that is oversized or flaps around is not a great look. I also like a jacket that is not too short and falls around my hips, so I won’t be revealing any flesh when I bend over to lace up my boots. I’ve noticed that the better quality (and therefore more expensive) jackets may offer a more tapered fit that is more flattering.

View from Seefelder spitz in Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View from Seefelder spitz in Austria

Those little design features

Look out for additional features in your jacket that might be worth paying a little more for. For example most quality hiking jackets will have zips under the arms that you can open for ventilation, if you get a hot and sweaty, without having to take off the jacket. You may also notice a breast or sleeve pocket which could be useful for storing small items such as your phone, tissues or lipsalve. The hoods on a more expensive jacket may have extra features like a visor or adjustable elastic drawstrings to keep the rain from dripping onto your face. Other useful features to look out for are a hood that zips away into the collar and 2 way zips that open from the bottom and the top.

Tete Nord de Fours on the Tour de Mont Blanc Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Tete Nord de Fours on the Tour de Mont Blanc

How light is your jacket?

Depending on the time of year that you plan to do most of your walking, you should consider the best weight for your waterproof jacket. My annual hiking trips with my friend Julia have mostly been in August and September when the weather is sunny and warm. This means that my jacket needs to pack up small, since most of the time it stays in my rucksack, only coming out on chilly mornings, at higher altitudes or during the occasional shower. I know I can always layer my lightweight waterproof jacket with a long sleeved t-shirt or fleece for extra warmth if the weather closes in.

If you are hiking in Europe in the spring and autumn however, you’ll probably be wearing your jacket most of the time, at least at the beginning and end of the day, until the sunshine and walking warms you up. In this case I might look for a jacket that has a bit more substance, or perhaps one that has a removable lining for extra versatility.

Climbing the Piccolo Cir Via Ferrata in Val Gardena South Tyrol Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Climbing the Piccolo Cir Via Ferrata in Val Gardena South Tyrol

The waterproof fabric

The fabric that’s used in your jacket is a big factor in the price you pay and depending on your hiking requirement you may need a higher technical performance. At the entry level you often find cheaper waterproof fabrics that are combined with a mesh lining. These jackets are perfectly waterproof but they may not be as breathable as the higher priced technical fabrics. The inside layer may feel clammy against the skin once you get walking and work up a sweat, so these are better for situations where you’ll be wearing another layer under the jacket.

As you move up the price scale you’ll see branded fabrics, the best known of which is GORE-TEX. These fabrics offer much greater breathability, so you don’t get that clammy, sweaty feeling as you heat up or cool down. The standard GORE-TEX jackets are durable, waterproof and windproof for everyday wear. They also offer an Active range designed for higher intensity sport offering a lighter fabric with greater breathability, and a Pro range which is more durable for skiers and mountaineers. Some manufacturers have their own proprietary breathable, waterproof fabrics that do a similar job to GORE-TEX – there’s a useful guide on the Ellis Brigham website. Because there are a wide range of different options in terms of weight and breathability, and the technical performance comes at a price, it’s worth calling on the expertise of the shop staff to explain these options to you.

My waterproof jacket is great for walks in the Wye Valley Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

My waterproof jacket is great for walks in the Wye Valley

My choice of waterproof jacket

So what did I choose? After trying on plenty of different jackets I settled on the Patagonia Torrentshell from Ellis Brigham which cost £109. Surprise Surprise it’s practically the same as my old jacket!

Although I tried on a lot of brightly coloured jackets I concluded that neutral white would work with more of my wardrobe and so I’d be able to wear the jacket around Bristol as well as on my hiking trips. I was also impressed by the Ellis Brigham Service, since they were able to order a few different jackets from their catalogue so that I could try them in my local store at no extra charge.

My new waterproof jacket is very light and packs up small. Although it’s not the most expensive of the range in terms of fabric, it was perfect for my walking holiday in Austria where I wore it occasionally on the cool mornings or when we got to a highpoint like Seefelder Spitz which was cooler and a little windy.

Have fun choosing your waterproof jacket and even more fun on your next hiking trip!

Thanks to Ellis Brigham who provided me with my Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket for the purposes of this article. Heather travelled to Austria with Headwater Holidays – you can read about her adventures here.

Day 1 – A high mountain walk (and a tumble) in the Gaistal Valley of Austria

Day 2 – Hiking in Austria – the views from the cross at Seefleder Spitze

Day 3 – Hiking in Austria – a Rifleman’s Parade and Mental Power Walk at Seefeld

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Hiking in Austria – a Rifleman’s Parade and Mental Power Walk at Seefeld

October 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Austria, Europe, featured, Leisure, Walking

It is now an established tradition for my friend Julia and I to spend a few days hiking together each September. This year our walking holiday took us to the Leutasch valley of Austria with Headwater Holidays. On our first day we hiked up the picturesque Gaistal Valley where I fell over and twisted my ankle, so to take it easy on our second day we took the cable car up to the top of the mountain, for the fabulous views from Seefelder Spitze.

A walk on the Mental Power Trail in Seefeld, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Now Julia takes up the story of our third day when we joined a local festival in Seefeld, then spent an enjoyable afternoon walking on the forest trails of the Seefeld plateau. Julia writes;

Today was the day for watching the traditional Rifleman’s gathering and their parade in Seefeld, followed by a walk along the ‘Mental Power Trail’, which took us from Seefeld back to our hotel in the Leutasch Valley.

The Rifleman's Parade in Seefeld Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Rifleman’s Parade in Seefeld

After breakfast we caught the bus from Hotel Xander to Seefeld and wandered through the awakening town, until we arrived at the beautifully situated 17th century Seekirchl (small church). The parade which takes place every year here, at the start of the hunting season, commemorates the regiments that were rallied from each village in the area to counter the advance of Napoleon Bonaparte on Austria.

The Rifleman's Parade in Seefeld Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Rifleman’s Parade in Seefeld, Austria

Against the backdrop of mountains, brightly costumed men, women and children and a horse and carriage with a canon in tow, began to gather. The men carried flags, swords, axes and rifles whilst the bodiced women carried flowers and small cups for the fortifying refreshments in flagons on their belts, with each regiment having its own distinctive style and insignia.

The Rifleman's Parade in Seefeld, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Rifleman’s Parade in Seefeld, Austria

Once positioned in the pasture in front of the church, dignitaries spoke to the assembled regiments, interspersed by the firing of rifles and canons followed by a Catholic mass with rousing hymns and bands playing. With my reasonable, albeit rusty German, I managed to decipher the main thrust of the speeches. The parade then set off along the narrow streets of Seefeld, where we watched each regiment pass by, playing their own stirring marching tunes on drums, vertical xylophones and wind instruments .

The Rifleman's Parade in Seefeld, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Carriages at the Rifleman’s Parade in Seefeld, Austria

After the morning spent at this energising festival, we caught the bus from Seefeld to the rurally situated Wildermoosalm, just below the peak of the Brunschkopf Mountain, where our walk along the picturesque Fluderthal valley would begin. Sitting on the terrace restaurant in the sunshine, we enjoyed a cool beer and a meal of local sausage and potato salad, as well as a scrumptious Apfel Strudel which lived up to its reputation as being the most delicious in the region. With lunch over, we set off on our three hour walk on the Mental Power Trail which ended at the village of Leutasch-Weidach near our hotel.

Apple Strudel at Wildermoosalm near Seefeld, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Apple Strudel at Wildermoosalm near Seefeld, Austria

The Mental Power Trail is designed to help hikers develop a sense of wellbeing, peace and tranquility and to ‘gather strength from the unique natural beauty of the Seefeld plateau’. The trail is one of three walking routes in the area that radiate out from the Brunschkopf Mountain, the others being the Seefeld Ski Trail using old Olympic cross-country ski routes, and the Ice-Age Trail with viewpoints and information about the rugged landscapes formed in the last Ice Age. You can find out more information about these trails in this downloadable leaflet.

On the Mental Power trail near Seefeld, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

On the Mental Power trail near Seefeld, Austria

On the Mental Power Trail we found 12 idyllic resting points along the way to sit, relax and contemplate the stunning views of Olympiaregion Seefeld with its mountains and pastures. The interesting information-boards gave tips about how our physical surroundings and psychological health relate to each other. We’d barely left the Wildermoosalm when we came upon the first resting place, a wooden platform with rocking wooden loungers where we’d have happily relaxed all afternoon in the sunshine with views of the lake and the forested slope.

“Let your gaze glide over the water and perceive whether it is smooth as glass, calm, rippling. Enjoy the atmosphere of the moment here at the lake and give into the calmness that you perceive rising out of the water”

On the Mental Power trail near Seefeld, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

On the Mental Power trail near Seefeld, Austria

On another part of the trail we came across wooden ‘tents’ under the trees, looking a bit like a child’s playhouse. The information board told us how the woodsmen of the Seefeld plateau might make shelters from branches and tree bark when they were too far from home to return to their village and needed to spend the night in the forest.

“Everyone has a different, individual notion of being protected: a beautiful, warm house in a familiar place, a location where people live that we truly cherish”

On the Mental Power trail near Seefeld, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

On the Mental Power trail near Seefeld, Austria

As we walked across a beautiful Alpine meadow, with a view of the mountains in the distance, we came across a seating point with friendly faces carved into the tree trunks. The theme here was the contrast between the interior and exterior perspective, with an enclosed seating place encircled by woodland creatures, in contrast to the open meadow with the peaks of the Wetterstein mountains in the distance.

‘You will be prepared to gaze into the distance. With the mountains as backdrop, the valley acquires a completely different meaning, they create a changed context for this seemingly small and secluded world’

On the Mental Power trail near Seefeld, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

On the Mental Power trail near Seefeld, Austria

Another woodland stop was about the force of polarity, with ‘gnome beds’ of wooden benches with a  coloured metal shelter at one end. The information told us that every aspect of the world has two sides that create contrast and generate energy.

‘Lie on one of the gnome beds, relax and watch the sky above you or the forest around you and come up with contrastive pairs’

5 course gala dinner at Hotel Xander, Leutasch Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

5 course gala dinner at Hotel Xander, Leutasch

By late afternoon, we descended to the village of Weidach and made our way back to the hotel, past the geranium clad houses, feeling suitably refreshed and rejuventated from this interesting trail. Our day ended with the 5 course gala dinner that Hotel Xander offers to guests on one of the evenings of their stay. We manfully worked our way through the starter of smoked salmon with seafood roulade and ceviche, the goats cheese and pumpkin and the roast pork, but by the time we reached the desert of Salzberg Nockerl we had to admit defeat. Another wonderful day ends in the majestic Tirol.

Thanks to my friend Julia for her account of our day in Seefeld

 Gala dinner at Hotel Xander, Leutasch Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Heather and Julia enjoy the gala dinner at Hotel Xander, Leutasch

More of our walking holiday in Austria

Day 1 – A high mountain walk (and a tumble) in the Gaistal Valley of Austria in which we set out from our hotel hoping to sample the local food served in the mountain huts of the valley but changed our plans when I took a tumble and had to hobble down the mountain.

Day 2 – Hiking in Austria – the views from the cross at Seefelder Spitze in which we took the cable car from Seefeld up the ridge of Seefelder Spitze for 360 degree views over Seefeld and the surrounding valleys.

Day 4 – Hiking in Austria – the wild Leutasch Gorge and picturesque Mittenwald in which we explored the wild, rocky landscapes of the Leutasch Gorge and the picturesque painted houses of Mittenwald, before a final lakeside walk through glorious mountain scenery.

Want to go walking in Austria’s Leutasch Valley?

Heather’s walking holiday in Austria’s Leutasch Valley was provided by Headwater Holidays – find out more about this holiday here. This 7 night walking holiday is based in Kirchplaztl at the 4 star Hotel Xander with over 450km of walking trails accessible direct from the hotel or via local bus, taxi and lifts. The holiday includes a full programme of self-guided day walks of 1 boot or 2 boot levels, depending on whether you prefer the gentle valley walks or the more challenging high altitude trails which are sometimes accessed via chair lifts and cable cars. The holiday includes detailed walking guides and maps, breakfast and dinner at the hotel, a packed lunch on walking days and flights/ transfers via Innsbruck. Prices from £669 per person.

Headwater Holidays are a leading UK specialist in self-guided walking, cycling and relaxed activity holidays that allow you to travel at your own pace and get closer to the places you visit. For more information check their Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Youtube | Pinterest | Instagram

More things to do in the Tirol region of Austria

For more information on things to do in the Tirol region of Austria visit the Tirol tourism website and follow their social media channels: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest. More information about things to do in Austria on the Visit Austria Website and information on the Seefeld Region on the Seefeld Olympia Region Website.

How to get to Leutasch Valley, Austria

Heather flew from Bristol to Munich with BMI Regional who fly 12 times each week on this route, so you often have a choice of 2 flights per day. The ticket includes 20kg checked baggage and full at-seat in-flight bar and snack service at no extra charge.

Transfers from Innsbruck airport are less than 1 hour’s drive to Leutach and included in your Headwater Holidays package. If, like us you fly into Munich Airport, the transfer to Leutasch Valley takes around 2 hours and can be arranged through your hotel or holiday provider.

Hotel Xander in Leutasch, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Hotel Xander in Leutasch, Austria

Stay at Sporthotel Xander in Leutasch

Heather stayed at Sporthotel Xander in Leutasch as part of the walking holiday booked through Headwater Holidays. The hotel is a very comfortable 4 star hotel offering rooms, suites and apartments that are ideal for summer walkers or winter cross-country skiers. The other guests when we stayed at the end of August were mainly couples and a few families enjoying a late summer walking break. The hotel is used by several walking companies including Headwater Holidays.

Hotel Xander in Leutasch, Austria Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Hotel Xander in Leutasch, Austria

We stayed on a full board basis, with breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal and found the food to be of a very high standard with a 4 course meal every night and a 5 course gala meal on one of the nights we were there. The hotel has an indoor pool and spa although we did not use them since we were out all day walking and making the most of the fine weather. The hamlet of Kirchplatzl where the hotel is situated is mainly residential and the nearest shops are a 15 minute walk away in Weidach. The bus to Seefeld which runs several times a day stops right by the hotel.

We found Hotel Xander was a comfortable, traditional hotel that will suit keen walkers who want a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for a lively atmosphere, shopping or evening entertainment then Seefeld would be a good alternative base. Check prices and book your stay here.

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Thanks to Headwater Holidays who hosted Heather’s walking holiday and to BMI regional who provided Heather’s flight to Munich.

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