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20 cool wet places around Seefeld

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8. June 2020

Cooling down in fresh water is so enjoyable when it’s hot outside. Would you rather have lakes, gorges, streams or adventure pools? Here are 20 watery locations with a certain something. We promise that they will always be refreshing, whether after a tour or as a destination in themselves for a hike, bike tour or excursion with friends or family. Join us on an expedition through the waters of the Seefeld plateau:

Bathing lakes

Möserer See – the popular woodland paradise

The small but lovely Möserer See is set in a picturesque part of the woods. You can hear the cheering of the children jumping from the jetty into the lake as you approach. Along the shore in the shade of the trees, young and old, families and couples relax and enjoy the forest and the lake. Those who are hungry can pop inside the rustic “Möserer Seestub’n” or enjoy the views from the restaurant terrace.

 

Wildsee – the varied lake

The lake attracts both sunbathers and water babies on hot days with its two beach bathing areas and a Kneipp installation. The Kneipp pools near the shoreline are freely accessible and tempt visitors to stay for a while and let the surrounding nature do its work.

  • The smaller bathing area is in a lovely position at the edge of the woods with a sun jetty and Café Sonja with a children’s play area.
  • The Strandperle cannot be missed on the front shore of the natural lake. Swimmers can choose between the lake and the heated outdoor pool, while the little ones can enjoy themselves in the children’s pool or the children’s playground. There is also plenty on offer for the older ones, with beach volleyball, water trampoline, pedal boats and fun kayaks, stand-up paddling (SUP) and SUP & yoga courses.

Getting hungry? The Café-Restaurant Strandperle will spoil you with coffee and cakes or with delicacies from its upmarket menu.

The protected Reither Moor is situated on the southern bank of the lake and there are information boards along the path which explain about the rare fauna and flora, such as orchids, which can be found there.

Natural waters

Wildmoossee & Lottensee –  the mysterious natural wonders

These two lakes really are a wonder of nature. Nobody really knows from year to year whether these two lakes in the woods will fill with water. Now and again the meadows on the Wildmoos plateau will start to be flooded with water and create the Wildmoossee and the Lottensee. This is one of those years which will allow you to appreciate the magical natural phenomenon – and yes, bathing is allowed! We highly recommend visiting the lakes early in the season when they’re still fresh and full.

Weidachsee – the anglers’ domain

The 4.5ha Weidachsee in Leutasch is somewhere that anglers and fly fishermen can take advantage of from April to October. This lake, where the Emperor Maximilian once fished, is packed with wonderful rainbow, brown and speckled trout. This top-quality fish farm is a private operation and offers ice fishing in winter. If you’d like to catch your own fresh fish here, you don’t need a licence, the equipment can also be rented for a small fee. This makes fishing a great experience for the whole family!

Alpine waters

The tumbling cascades at the Karwendelsteg

The “Karwendelsteg” leads you to one of the most beautiful places of the mountain range. Through the impressive gorge between the three large Karwendel valleys, the path always goes slightly up and down with a view of the waterfall worth seeing. On the way back you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Karwendel gorge and the surrounding mountains.

Fascinating gorges

Geisterklamm – for the adventurous

The summer is the best time for a beautiful and adventurous hike in this cool gorge. There are breathtaking views of the spectacular gorge from the 800-metre-long steel trail high above the currents of the Leutascher Ache. There, in the mystical realm of the Klammgeist (Gorge Spirit), you can make out his words to visitors of all ages in the gurgles from his roaring castle. Discover all sorts of mysteries from the realm of the Klammgeist at the information boards!

Gleirschklamm – the romantic wilderness

Wild gorges, narrow bridges and impressive, steep paths – when hiking through the pristine Gleirschklamm gorge, it is easy to be astonished! Here in the gorge it is wonderfully shady when you follow the path on the partially exposed trail. Refreshing water awaits you all the way along the banks of the roaring torrent. Or do you take a shower next to the waterfall in the fine spray mist?

If you look closely, you can see fossilized shells next to gulps (deep water holes) in the stream bed – and with a little luck you might spot shy alpine salamanders, diving wild orioles or rare orchids.

If you like, you can extend the hike through the Gleirschklamm gorge and hike to the Möslalm or Oberbrunnalm. A stop at the Scharnitzer Alm, which is located along the way, is also very worthwhile.

Going back to the source

The pure source of the Isar in the Karwendel

The Isar is a true Tyrolean: in the midst of the impressive mountain worlds of the Karwendel, the clear Isar water gushes out of its springs. (E-)bikers and hikers follow the turquoise blue water to the source of the Isar. The springs lie almost magically embedded in the forest and offer with their 3 to 6 degrees water temperature a real refreshment for tired feet. The tour becomes perfect with a stop at the Kastenalm, which is only a few kilometres away from the source of the Isar.

Especially the adventurous can enjoy rafting on the Isar and experience the impressive Karwendel from a side that only a few can see on the way from the source of the Isar to Scharnitz.

Watery excursions

Igelsee – the small green one

Those who hike or ride an e-bike in the alpine paradise Gaistal can discover three small mountain lake jewels at once and on top of that they are accompanied by the turquoise blue water of the Leutascher Ache. The first mountain lake in the bunch: The idyllic Igelsee. It is situated between the Tillfussalm and the Ehrwalder Alm and invites you to take a little rest and enjoy the view of the green shimmering water.

Seebensee – the photogenic

Further back in the Gaistal, a very special lake rewards the efforts of the ascent: Lake Seebensee is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Alps. When the summit of the Zugspitze is reflected in the clear water of the lake, wonderful kitschy photo motifs are guaranteed. The cool, turquoise water and the imposing peaks all around attract many photographers and bikers to this extraordinarily beautiful place for good reason. The Seebensee can be reached particularly well by (e-)bike through the Gaistal. Just below the lake is the Seebenalm, which invites you to a refreshing stop with impressive views of the Zugspitze. If you still have strength in your legs, you should definitely leave your bike at the Seebensee and hike on to the Coburger Hütte, from where you can not only admire the Seebensee from above, but also the Drachensee.

Drachensee – the picturesque

The reward for hiking enthusiasts who reach the Coburger Hütte at 1917m? Best catering and of course the impressive view of the Drachensee on one side and the Seebensee on the other. Blue water nestles into a mountain basin surrounded by mountain peaks and sheep romping around on the meadow in front of it. The Drachensee should definitely be on the tour list every mountain summer. We recommend a combination as a bike and hike tour, as this saves you the strenuous descent down from the Seebensee. You can take your (e-)bike to Seebensee and continue on foot from here.

The Leutascher Ache – surrounded by mountain huts and pastures

Whoever hikes or cycles through the Gaistal is always accompanied by the fresh water of the Leutascher Ache. It is a picturesque mountain river that flows right through the middle of the alpine paradise. The trail leads you past many huts and alpine pastures, all of which invite you to a delicious stop. In the turquoise-blue water you can perfectly cool down your tired legs after hiking. There is a special Kneipp facility at the Salzbach car parking lot at the entrance to the Gaistal. By the way, you can listen to the fresh bubbling of the river Ache as a soundtrack on Sound of Seefeld: the gentle sound of the flowing mountain stream is really calming and relaxing.

Lakes at altitude

Kaltwassersee Rosshütte – the atmospheric mountain mirror

Those who hike up at the top of the Kaltwassersee have a wonderful view to the mountain Hohe Munde and deep into the Gaistal valley. Romantics and photo fans are delighted when the surrounding mountains and clouds in the sky are reflected on the surface of the water. The Kaltwassersee (“cold water lake”) can be easily reached on foot or by bike, the Hochegg Alm invites you to enjoy a delicious stop on the sun terrace. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but the view is nevertheless worth the trip!

Speichersee Gschwandtkopf – the new one

Only a short ascent from Seefeld, Reith and Mösern away is the beautiful reservoir on the Gschwandtkopf. From Seefeld it is only about 220 metres in altitude and in about half an hour to the newly created storage lake, with the bike it is even faster. If you like, you can also use the Gschwandtkopf lift. The short effort is worth it: the lake offers a unique view, and on the descent you can enjoy the views over Seefeld and the high plateau. Most of the time you will meet only a few other hikers, so the lake is still a real insider tip. Swimming is not allowed, but the views are nonetheless worth it! Only a few minutes away from the lake is the Sonnenalm, which more than lives up to its name and waits for hikers and bikers with a sun terrace with a great view.

Lakes near Mittenwald

3 Mittenwald lakes – the neighbours

On the border: Directly behind the border to Germany near Scharnitz lies Mittenwald, where the idyllic lakes Lautersee, Ferchensee and Geroldsee are located. An excursion or even a lake bike tour to the Mittenwald lake neighbours is ideal.

Suitable for all weather

Whether the sun is shining, it is raining or even snowing, the Seefeld and Leutasch region can offer two large indoor pools for water enthusiasts and sauna fans.

The Olympia Sport- & Kongresszentrum

The Olympia Swimming Pool in the middle of Seefeld with a view of the Seefeld Seekirchl offers plenty of fun with its slide. Pools, relaxing areas, an outdoor area heated to 32 degrees, a 25m pool, rock island, children’s area, a slide and plenty of space to spread out both inside and out on the grassy sunbathing area.

Erlebniswelt Alpenbad in Leutasch

The impressive mountains of the Leutasch valley are the backdrop for the Alpenbad. Adults can relax in the sauna area while families enjoy themselves in the heated indoor and outdoor pools. Outside there is a children’s play tower, a flying fox and swings.


You might also like:

Summer: Activities for your holiday

Adventure tour: Rafting on the Isar

E-Bike tour: Refreshing lake tour from Seefeld to Leutasch

Discovering the source of the Isar by bike


Fotos: Stefan Wolf, Martin Ritzer, Burnz Neuner, Mathias Obmascher, Stephanie Kratzer, Stephan Elsler, Tessa Mellinger, Laura Zobernig, André Schönherr, Mathäus Gartner, Heinz Zak

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