Nestled between the Wetterstein mountains and the Karwendel range, Seefeld is a picturesque alpine town in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It lies along a road that has linked Mittenwalk and Innsbruck since the Middle Ages and is famed as a winter sports destination.
Things to do in Seefeld
Overlooking the Raabach Stream in the heart of town is the Seekirchl, a photogenic chapel constructed between 1629 and 1666 at the request of Archduke Leopold V. It is notable for its unique, octagonal design and originally stood in the middle of an artificial lake. Admire its onion domes and the enclosed bell tower, which was based on the designs of court architect Christoph Gumpp the Younger.
Also not to miss is the Pfarrkirche St. Oswald, a striking pilgrimage church that is associated with the Miracle of the Host. See the imprints where parishioner Oswald Milser is said to have sunk to his knees after receiving communion and take note of the tympanum relief depicting the event. After admiring the church’s 15th-century frescoes, follow the path that leads up a small hill to a circle of 12 stones representing the apostles.
If you’re visiting in the winter months, you can take advantage of Seefeld’s alpine skiing area, which is ideal for all abilities. The town is also a popular base for cross-country skiing and hosted ski jumping events for the 2019 World Championships. In the summer months, the Wetterstein and Karwendel ranges provide a magnificent backdrop for hiking.
Getting around Seefeld
Seefeld is around 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Innsbruck and Innsbruck Airport, which has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect from Munich to the Seefeld in Tirol railway station and buses travel to neighbouring towns and villages. Lifts connect to the surrounding ski slopes.