Tips for rainy days: My ideas for wet weather
Rainy weather? Sometimes that’s quite nice, just not so much on vacation and on weekends. But wet weather doesn’t have to mean boredom. That’s why I’ve picked out my favourite excursion tips for rainy weather for you. Here’s some inspiration for all those who either like to resist the rain or prefer to stay dry:
Stroll through Seefeld
I am always drawn to the idyllic village centre of Seefeld for two reasons: I love the ambience in the village centre and the short walking distances. From the train station it’s only a few steps until you’re standing in the middle of the pedestrian zone. And although Seefeld with its almost 3.400 inhabitants is a quaint village, you can find everything you’d need in the centre. The many boutiques and speciality shops invite to stroll and from the cafés you can observe the hustle and bustle of the pedestrian zone (by the way, one of the oldest of Tyrol) whilst enjoying a delicious piece of cake. My personal favourite place in Seefeld is just around the corner of the centre: the Pfarrhügel. It’s only a few minutes from the village to the small hill, which offers a wonderful view over the village, the Wildsee lake and the surrounding mountains. If you bring your umbrella you can fully enjoy the walk to the Pfarrhügel on rainy days.
Museum Holzerhütte Scharnitz
The Holzerhütte is my recommendation for all those interested in history and culture. The traditional cabin in Scharnitz is home to a modern museum. You can learn a lot about the local history of wood use and the natural diversity of the forest here. In front of the cabin a huge variety of flowers and herbs is blossoming and the kids can find a fun playground. If you would like to discover even more museums, you can also visit the Museum of Farming at the Ropferstub’m, the Nature Park House Hinterriß and the Ganghofer Museum.
Banger Park Scharnitz
My tip for all snowboarders, skiers and sports enthusiasts: The Banger Park in Scharnitz! Here you can go snowboarding and freeskiing in summer. How? With kickers built especially for this. Instead of a difficult landing, there are airbags in which you land softly. The risk of injury is therefore very low and you can try out new tricks. There are also trampolines and slacklines. The Banger Park is perfect for beginners, but you’ll also often meet professionals from all over the world. The Banger Park offers the best training conditions in Europe, so you can watch your heroes train. Rain doesn’t bother you in the Banger Park, the landing is always kept wet (to improve sliding and prevent injuries), so you’ll get wet anyway.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, there’s only bad clothes.” Well, we all know this saying. And of course it’s true, the atmosphere and clear air in the rain is magnificent. But there are still hikes that are better suited to rainy weather than others. That’s why I have picked out my 5 favourite tours for rainy weather for you:
The Hämmermoosalm is located at the beginning of the Gaistal valley and is therefore a rather short tour, which can also be done in rain. The hut itself is very cosy inside so that you can take a long and relaxed break with a delicious Kaiserschmarrn or a warming soup.
Wildmoos & Wildmoosalm and Lottenseehütte
The Wildmoosalm is situated idyllically in the Wildmoos area and is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year and in any weather. You can either reach it via the Lottensee lake (the Lottenseehütte nearby is also a nice place to go) or from Seefeld by horse-drawn carriage or bus.
Katzenkopf & Katzenkopfhütte
Only a stone’s throw away from Leutasch is the Katzenkopf and the rustic hut Katzenkopfhütte. It takes about half an hour to 45 minutes by foot and you gain a few metres in altitude. Up there you can reward yourself with the best culinary delights in the cosy hut.
List of cabins and huts
Tip: Before you start your hike to the cabin, always check our list of mountain cabins and huts for the current opening times, just in case one of the cabins has a day off.
Lake Möserer See
The Möserer See is one of my favourite places, not only on hot days. I love the atmosphere when the mist is hanging over the water and in the surrounding forest. Therefore my recommendation: Take a walk around the lake when it rains, afterwards you can take a break in the Möserer Seestub’n and make yourself comfortable.
The Wildsee is right next to Seefeld and a popular place for a walk. The circular path around the lake leads you through the Reither Moor (a nature reserve due to its botanical peculiarities) and along the shore. The one or the other squirrel will surely cross your path, too! Afterwards you can stop at the restaurant Strandperle or one of the cafés and restaurants in Seefeld.
Rumour has it that ghosts and goblins are hiding in the gurgling waters of the Spirit Gorge. In rainy weather, when less people are visiting the Gorge, the ghosts and spirits may be less shy and who knows if you can spot them deep down in the water…!
If outdoor activities are not an option, I can recommend an excursion to Innsbruck. A lot of history and a pretty old town meet student flair and modern buildings. The actual old town can be visited within a few hours and the stroll can easily be extended. I absolutely recommend to go to the city tower (great view over the city and much further!), to whisper something through the “Flüsterbogen” (whisper arch), to photograph the Golden Roof and finally to relax your tired feet in one of the many cafés, of course with a big piece of cake. Those who want to go higher can visit the impressive Bergisel ski jump. But not only Innsbruck is worth seeing on this excursion, the travel itsself is already an experience. In only half an hour, the train takes you via high viaducts and through historic tunnels with great views to Innsbruck. You can take the train from Scharnitz, Seefeld and Reith.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
The Swarovski Crystal Worlds are rightly among the most visited sights in Austria. The sparkling crystal glass creates a world of glitter and art that amazes young and old. This is something you should definitely have seen! By train, shuttle bus or by car you can easily get to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Besides the Crystal Worlds you could also take a trip to the Hall Mint Museum in the pretty town of Hall, the Alpenzoo in Innsbruck or to the Area 47.
Nothing but wellness in the Day Spa
When the weather outside is cold and wet, I immediately think of wellness. I certainly don’t have to mention how good it is for body and soul to relax in the warm sauna here. The day spas in our region are a “hot tip”. In the Hotel Klosterbräu, the Astoria Resort and the Krumers Post you can relax and pamper yourself all day long.
Olympiabad and Alpenbad Leutasch
Here’s my idea for all families with kids and water enthusiasts: The Olympiabad Seefeld and the ErlebnisWelt Alpenbad Leutasch. You can find cool slides, children’s play pools, waterfalls and much more here, so that boredom is not an option any more on a rainy day. In both facilities you can also visit the spa.
Climbing & Bouldering in Telfs and Innsbruck
The region offers some of the most beautiful climbing areas for rock climbing. But if the rock has become too wet, the climbing hall in Telfs, just a few kilometres away, offers a variety of alternative options: here there are 100 rope routes and 180 bouldering routes on 1,400 m 2. The climbing centre in Innsbruck – also just a few kilometres away – even has 500 climbing routes and 200 bouldering options. Both climbing centres also offer a much-loved meeting place for all mountain sports enthusiasts to talk shop about their favourite routes, climbing techniques and equipment over coffee, cake or an after-climb beer.
Fishing at lake Weidachsee
When it’s not raining cats and dogs and you are a little “waterproof”, my penultimate tip is the lake Weidachsee in Leutasch. Here you can catch your own fish without a fishing license. The equipment can be rented there. And of course, the pride to have a fish on the line is for free!
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Last but not least my rain suggestions that are especially funny with the family and groups. Well protected from wet weather, you can play billiards and bowl without noticing how time flies. You can also try your luck in the Casino.
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Fotos: Tirol Werbung, Banger Park, Ronny Kiaulehn (Cube), Tessa Mellinger, Mathäus Gartner, André Schönherr