To those of us in the UK, Seefeld (in the Tirol region of Austria) is well known as a ski resort, but perhaps lesser known as a popular town throughout the summer with fresh air, high altitude, and spectacular scenery.
But as we report here, not all Seefeld’s visitors this summer are holidaymakers…
Manchester City FC
This summer numerous football teams are heading to Seefeld in Austria for pre-season training. Premier League winners, Manchester City, are amongst them.
From 8th – 20th July the players, many of whom will have recently finished the Euro 2012 competition, are due to stay at Crystal Summer’s five star Hotel Klosterbrau in Seefeld. Keen to defend their Premiership title which kicks off in August, the Man City players will spend their time recovering and training.
Training at Altitude
Individual athletes and international teams alike travel to the mountainous regions such as Tirol for training camps to make the most of the altitude.
As described by Euro Sport and Event Management; “The Olympiaregion Seefeld has an excellent reputation when it comes to football training camps. Its location at an altitude of 1200m offers the perfect climatic conditions in the summer for a successful preparation for the upcoming season.
“Seefeld has been a top destination for football training camps since the 1980s. The three excellent training pitches, set with the backdrop of the Alps, are close to several top-class hotels”.
Summer in Seefeld
The pretty village of Seefeld is set in mountainous surroundings on a sunny plateau close to Innsbruck.
Seefeld has an excellent range of shops, bars and cafés with the small town centre being a pedestrianised zone which gets busy during peak season (both summer and winter). It retains some of its old character with a number of 17th century buildings and with a nearby lake and forest, there’s a lot to explore (and lots of activities to try out).
Summertime activities include the usual suspects such as walking, hiking, climbing, cycling, and mountain biking. The area is also known for golf thanks to its two golf courses, the 18-hole Wildmoos Golf Club and the 9-hole and 18-hole Golf Academy Seefeld.
If you can’t wait for the winter’s snow to fall, fear not! Seefeld is able to offer Nordic sports year-round thanks to its roller skiing track. The roller ski track is located at the Nordic Competence Centre in Seefeld’s Casino Arena where biathlon workshops are also available.
The track is 3.6 km long but can be varied to suit users’ needs, leading to the biathlon shooting ranges, and can be used by both holiday visitors and professional athletes alike.
Winter in Seefeld
Before you even reach Seefeld the train ride from Innsbruck journeys through some spectacular snowy scenery with incredible mountain views.
Having twice been a venue for the Winter Olympics, and several times for World Cup competitions, Seefeld is amongst Europe’s top ski resorts. Winter transforms the alpine region in to one of Europe’s most popular ski destinations with several considerate advantages. An ideal resort for those wanting to try downhill skiing, Seefeld has separate ski areas for beginners and intermediates.
Fancy weatherproof chairlifts with heated seats are a treat when temperatures drop!
Cross-country skiing is popular here too with an extensive network of cross-country ski trails and beautiful landscapes to learn in. Other wintertime activities available include ice skating, sleigh rides, and tobogganing.
New Year’s Eve in Seefeld
New Year’s Eve in Seefeld is a very special event. As well as the resort putting on its own firework display, many of the exclusive 5 star hotels put on their own fireworks (and yes they compete with each other for the kudos of hosting the best display). Find yourself in the right spot (anywhere in the centre of town) and you’ll be joined by hundreds of others pouring out of restaurants and bars to witness the spectacular 360 degree views.
This post was written by Tess Bowles for Crystal Ski.