Winter Walking on the Seefeld Plateau
Austria is known for its variety of downhill ski resorts. Places like Seefeld, Kitzbühel and St Anton are famous around the world.
And those who are not fans of alpine skiing, may know Seefeld for the quality of its nordic skiing.
Hundreds of kilometres of prepared tracks span the villages of the plateau, each carefully prepared by special machinery and experts.
But few know that most resorts in Austria also offer networks of cleared walking paths in the winter months.
Of course, it's not possible to take a trail to a mountain peak - but many of the valley walks through the forests are open and cleared. And the advantage of so few people knowing of this is that walkers will often have the trails to themselves.
It's not necessary to have any other equipment than a good pair of boots, trousers and jacket - no ice-axes or crampons needed!
In Seefeld, winter walking is possible around the base of the Gschwandtkopf to Reith, out to Mösern and around through the Wildmoos area to Leutasch. In the Leutasch valley there are numerous trails up and down the valley and into the Gaistal. And from Leutasch it is possible to take a couple of alternatives back to Seefeld.
All in all, the Seefeld plateau can offer around 80 kilometres of cleared winter walking - with paths marked on a walking map available from the local tourist offices.
If you don't fancy heading out on your own into the lovely snow-covered landscape of the Seefeld plateau, then why not hire a local English-speaking walking guide to show you around for the day?