Walking

Winter walking around Seefeld-in-Tirol via Rosshütte Talstation

By  Natalie Foster on 1 January 2019

 winter walking  Seefeld-in-Tirol  Austria  Europe

The village of Seefeld-in-Tirol is situated on a plateau in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps at an altitude of 1,200 m above sea level. Nestled between the Wetterstein mountains to the west, and the Karwendel mountains to the east, it boasts an impressive network of walking trails. This 5.5 km circular walk via the Rosshütte Talstation offers spectacular views over the Seefeld Plateau for a moderate amount of effort.

A map showing the walking track via Route 83
© OpenStreetMap contributors

Our walk started and finished at Hotel Berghof on Milserstraße. The hotel was built in the 1930s in the Bauhaus style by the Woldrich family—who still own it. There's a good reason that it ranks highly on booking.com. It's close to the town centre, all the rooms are newly refurbished with views over the mountains, the food is excellent and service comes with a smile. We will defintely be booking there again!

Hotel Berghof built in the 1930s in Bauhaus style by the Woldrich family
Hotel Berghof, Sony α6500 camera with E 16-50 mm lens at 26 mm, ISO 125, 1/1250 sec. at f/4.5 

It's only a short walk from the hotel via Andreas-Hofer-Staße to the Rosshütte Talstation (bottom station for the ski lift). The footpath for route 10 starts by the Ski Alm bar—which is a convenient place to stop for refreshments before setting off—and passes close to the left-side of the childrens ski school. The path climbes moderately through dense trees beside the Hochanger ski slope towards Reitherjoch Alm (sign-posted on the wooden fence beside the path). The snow was soft on this part of the route, but it had been walked sufficiently by others before us that it wasn't a problem to walk without snowshoes. Turn right at the crossroad with route 83, marked with a yellow-coloured sign-post towards Auland-Reith.

Sign-post at the crossroad with route 83
Sony α6500 camera with E 16-50 mm lens at 16 mm, ISO 100, 1/250 sec. at f/3.5

From here, the path is gently downhill all the way back to Seefeld. As the path passes under the Hochangerbahn ski lift, there's a good view towards the Hohe Munde summit. It has two peaks: the west top (2,662 m) and the east top (2,592 m). Afterwards, the path soon opens out from the trees, from where you can see across the Seefeld Plateau to the mountains beyond.

View from under the Hochangerbahn ski lift towards the Gschwandtkopt hill
Hochangerbahn ski lift towards the Gschwandtkopt hill, Sony α6500 camera with E 16-50 mm lens at 16 mm, ISO 100, 1/400 sec. at f/3.5

At the crossroad with route 84, follow the road downhill (to the right) until you meet the main road in the valley. The footpath continues across the road to the right, passing by a small lake, through some residential houses and into town. Back at the Hotel Berghof, it's time to relax and enjoy watching the sunset over the the winter wonderland that is Seefeld-in-Tirol.

View from Hotel Berghof toward the Gschwandtkoft hill
View from Hotel Berghof towards Seefeld, Sony α6500 camera with E 16-50 mm lens at 16 mm, ISO 100, 1/2500 sec. at f/3.5

So what are you waiting for? Book a few days at Hotel Berghof and you can enjoy it too!