14-Night Seefeld Plateau & Zillertal Alps Guided Walking Holidays

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Duration: 14 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 4

Enjoy two fantastic destinations in one holiday! First up is the Seefeld Plateau to enjoy accessible walks in the easy terrain. This tranquil valley offers a variety of gentle walks through flower-filled meadows on wide valley floors surrounded by majestic peaks. The highlight will no doubt be the walk amongst the towering sides of the Leutasch Gorge into neighbouring Bavaria to visit charming Alpine hamlets. Along the way you can enjoy classic Tyrolean cuisine in the mountain huts. Transferring to the Alpine resort of Mayrhofen, close to the Italian border, there are a whole new set of paths to explore. The town sits at the junction of four major valleys; the broad and flat Ziller Valley lies to the east and the Stillup Valley lies to the south in the high mountains of the Zillertal. With beautiful scenery around every turn and an extensive network of lifts to whisk walkers to elevated start points, it's not difficult to understand the draw of this friendly valley.

Holiday Highlights

Seefeld Plateau

  • Walk into neighbouring Germany with its gorge boardwalks
  • Discover wildflower meadows
  • Stop for lunch and experience Austrian cafe culture
  • Enjoy the talk on the delights of local schnapps and bacon with tasting
  • Experience the local concerts

Zillertal Alps

  • Enjoy superb walks for all abilities high in the wonderful Zillertal Alps
  • Stay at the utterly charming Hotel Waldheim, an excellent family-run hotel, which wins accolades from guests year after year
  • Marvel at glaciers and snow-capped mountains from the huge Schlegeis Dam
  • Uncover remote alpine valleys and high ridges
  • Climb to the stately Olpererhutte for a high traverse below the Tux Ridge
  • Visit the historic city of Innsbruck or take the narrow gauge cog railway to Achensee Lake on your free day
  • Use the network of cable-cars and chairlifts to provide easy access to high meadows and mountains
  • Stay for two weeks enjoying both walking itineraries or combine with Weidach on the Seefeld Plateau or Neustift in the Stubai Alps


What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 14 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Transport between the two destinations
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Welcome to Hotel Kristall. Unpack and settle in.

Today both walks explore the hamlets of the Leutasch valley.

Option 1 - Weidachsee and Leutasch villages

Distance: 6.5 miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 280 feet (90m)

In summary: We walk from the hotel into the village before crossing the wide Leutasch Valley with its beautiful green pastures and the magnificent Wetterstein Mountains looking down on us. We explore the many pretty hamlets, pine forests and finally the Weidachsee, a fishing lake, with plenty of time left to enjoy refreshments and the leisure facilities at our hotel. 

Highlight: Enjoy the initial view of the surrounding Wetterstein mountains.

Option 2 - Weidachsee and the Ober-Leutasch

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: We begin by following the riverside path, then following around Weidachsee and on through woodland. From here we emerge into the wide open valley and beautiful, flat green pastures around Moos with the Hohe Munde looking down on us. On the north side of the river we acquaint ourselves with some of the pretty hamlets that make up the Leutasch. All too soon we re-cross the river to Weidach

Highlight: A pleasant introduction to this peaceful area.

Today we head to the German border through the Unter-Leutasch Valley and into Mittenwald.

Option 1 - The spirit gorge and Mittenwald

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: minimal

In summary: From the hamlet of Reindlau, we follow paths in open woodland meandering our way down the Unter Leutasch, looking across the valley to the magnificent mountain scenery. We cross flower-filled meadows and eventually we reach the highlight of the walk, the gorge. After the gorge we continue to descend to the foot of the falls and walk into Mittenwald, with time to explore this very attractive town.

Highlight: Walking down the spirit gorge.

Option 2 - Weidach, the spirit gorge and Mittenwald

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: minimal

In summary: Our walk quickly reaches a riverside path; there are wonderful views of the Wetterstein mountains and the lush green meadows as we descend. After we have enjoyed a coffee at the Hubertushof hotel we continue down the valley to the gorge, with its

amazing metal walkways. We take the slightly steeper, alternative path as we continue to the foot of the falls.

Highlight: Walking on the metal walkways through the gorge.

Mosern is one of the five villages that make up the Olympia region Seefeld. It is known as the swallows nest and lies 600 metres above the Inn Valley, offering many wonderful viewpoints.

Option 1 - Möserersee and the peace bell

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (230m)

In summary: Our day starts in Seefeld. We gradually ascend the partially wooded slopes with lovely views to the east of the flat plateau, which is a winter haven for cross country skiing, and further afield the Karwendel ridge. Möserersee (lake) nestles in a sheltered, idyllic spot above Mösern, ideal for swimming. Here we can have a leisurely lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A short, steep descent brings us into the centre of Mösern.

Highlight: Explore Seefeld and wander to the church and ‘Parish Hill’.

Option 2 - Seefeld, Wildsee and Möserersee

Distance: 10 miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: This is a circular walk starting with Wildsee. After ascending Pfarrhügel, crossing meadows and woods with excellent views of surrounding mountains, we arrive at pretty Möserersee for lunch before returning to Seefeld on a high level contouring path with wonderful views of the Plateau and Karwendel mountains.

Highlight: Tremendous views on the panorama path across Seefeld and the Karwendel Mountains.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Hotel: You can book yourself a relaxing massage or use the excellent pool and spa facilities available in the hotel

Seefeld: Take time to wander the many restaurants, bars and shops, an ideal place to buy souvenirs and gifts. Here you can take the funicular ride up the mountain to Rosshutte or a horse drawn carriage ride to local attractions. 

Leisure facilities: If you are feeling energetic, in Seefeld there is the large indoor and open-air (heated) pool and leisure complex, tennis courts and the Wildmoos Plateau golf course. In Weidach the Alpenbad is a short walk away with its modern leisure pool facilities. You can use the free mountain bikes from the hotel or have a free Nordic Walking lesson from the qualified instructor at the hotel.

Mittenwald: Known for house paintings and its violin museum, this is an excellent place to visit, with shops, cafés and a cable car/chair lift to the mountain top. You can get a direct bus from Weidach at an additional cost.

Innsbruck: This is an attractive, compact city with its famous Golden Roof and beautiful, historic buildings and museums. It offers excellent shopping and a wide selection of restaurants. It is possible to have a two-hour guided tour of the city, visit the Swarovski displays or travel on the funicular/cable car up the mountain. Travel to the city requires a 35 minute railway journey from Seefeld with breathtaking views.

The Leutascher Ache (river) flows through this wild, quiet valley, with the sharp, rocky peaks of the Wetterstein mountains on one side and the Mieminger mountains to the South.

Option 1 - Gaistal and Gaistalalm

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Our walk heads west from the end of the road, never straying far from the Leutascher river, which flows alongside the track. The steep, rocky hillsides are covered in coniferous forests and open pasture land. Our goal is the lovely Gaistalalm Hut, where we can relax, enjoy refreshments and take in our beautiful surroundings before returning to our starting point, along the old riding trails.

Highlight: Lunch at a small, typical alpine hut and beautiful mountain scenery.

Option 2 - Hammermoosalm, Gaistalalm and Tillfussalm

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: The harder walk follows the old riding trails before ascending through meadows to the Hammermoosalm. This is high up on the hillside with wonderful views and a fantastic mountain backdrop. We soon return to the old riding trail, heading west, meandering up through the trees and open pastures. We visit the Gaistalalm Hut and the Tillfussalm Hut before returning along the riverside track to Klamm.

Highlight: Enjoy magnificent scenery throughout the day.

Our final walks of the week explore the high plateau of Wildmoos, with the beautiful lakes of Lotten-see and Wildmoos-see taking centre stage, a tranquil, peaceful setting, and a popular outing for many visitors to the Seefeld region.

Option 1 - Buchen to Wildmoosalm

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Our walk starts in Buchen, and a short walk takes us to Ropferstub’m. Here we visit the farming museum and admire the wonderful views along the Inn Valley. We have a steady ascent, crossing the golf course and descend to the Lottenseehutte (a small hut selling Tyrolean specialities). We continue along the edge of the golf course, through woods to arrive at the Wildmoosalm. Here, we can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the hospitality of a typical Tyrolean hut before we have the short walk to catch a direct bus back to Weidach.

Highlight: Visit the farming museum in Ropferstub’m and admire the wonderful views of the Inn Valley below.

Option 2 - Ropferstub’m, Wildmoosalm and the Fludertal

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In summary: Today’s walk begins in Klamm. We head south, through pastures with extensive views before starting a steady ascent through woodland and grassy paths with short steep sections. We continue along the edge of the golf course to arrive at the Wildmoosalm and meet the easier group for strudel and drinks. We complete our walk through pine woods and open meadows to the hotel.

Highlight: Enjoy the peaceful boardwalk path and the magnificent Inn Valley views.

There will be a direct coach transfer between the Hotel Kristall and the Hotel Waldheim.

Welcome to Hotel Waldheim. Unpack and settle in.

The Penken area is popular with skiers in winter and walkers in summer who come to enjoy the high pastures. Both walks offer views back to Mayrhofen and further into the Zillertal Alps, and are a good opportunity to get your bearings for the rest of the week.

Option 1 - Penken Summer Pastures

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: After taking a cable car up onto the Penken, the walk follows a circuit through open pastures, abundant with wild flowers in spring and summer and with magnificent views of the valley floor and the surrounding mountains.

Highlight: Reach the summit of the Penkenjoch (2,095m) with it's welcoming huts.

Option 2 - The High Summer Pastures of Penken

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: The harder group takes the same cable car to Penken and walks the same area but goes further along the ridge to ascend to the Wanglalm, and then drop down to pick up the same traversing path used by the easier walkers.

Highlight: Ascend to the Wangalm (2,128m) with wonderful views over the mountains.

Our walks today are in different areas with the option to explore either to the north or east of Mayrhofen.

Option 1 - Brandberg and the Ziller Valley

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

Total descent: 2,100 feet (660m)

In summary: This group takes a short bus ride to the picturesque village of Brandberg, surrounded by spectacular peaks, and climbs up through the woods to a mountain restaurant with superb views. It then descends back to Brandberg by a different route then continues down the Ziller valley following a pleasant riverside trail back to Mayrhofen.

Highlight: Steinerkogelhaus, a mountain restaurant located in a superb cliff top position. 

Option 2 - Kasseler Hütte: a High Hut, and the Stillup Valley

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (780m)

In summary: The harder walk travels on a minibus to the end of the road in the Stillup Valley, and we then walk up to a high mountain hut with spectacular views in the wild terrain.

Highlight: In the area around Kasseler hut, you may see marmots and ibex.

Today travel to the head of the Tux valley to explore high ridges and remote Alpine valleys, with snow-capped peaks close at hand. Both groups use a cable car to gain height.

Option 1 - Tuxer-Joch-Haus and the Weitental

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total descent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: We climb to a mountain hut before descending into a beautiful and remote valley passing dramatic waterfall on the return journey to the main valley floor.

Highlight: Views across the valley, and the dramatic waterfall.

Option 2 - Frauenwand and the Weitental

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: This walk heads cross-country from the cable car station to climb a ridge to a small summit, before descending to follow the same route as the easier group.

Highlight: If we are lucky we should see some marmots and possibly edelweiss. 

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Mayrhofen: Enjoy a leisurely day visiting the shops with lunch in one of the pavement cafés. For a more active day there is an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts are near the hotel and Mountain bikes can be hired.

Innsbruck: The capital of the Tyrol offers a variety of places to visit, which include the Imperial Palace, Royal Gardens, cathedral and various churches.

Achensee: A popular excursion is to take the narrow-gauge railway to Jenbach and then the steam-operated rack and pinion railway to Achensee, an attractive lake with boat trips and easy walking options.

Today's walks offer the choice of an enjoyable circular walk to the nearby village of Finkenberg or a more challenging high level route in the mountains northeast of Mayrhofen.

Option 1 - Finkenberg by Gorge & Woodland

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: This route follows a circular path from the hotel, taking in the dramatic Finkenberg Gorge and a lovely path back through the forest.

Highlight: A pleasant walk with lovely views of the surrounding mountains.

Option 2 - Heimjoch and Brandenberger Kolmhaus

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Total ascent: 2,180 feet (660m)

In summary: The harder walkers take a cable car and then follow a path which rises over Heimjoch, through remote terrain to cross a spectacular pass, before descending into Brandberg.

Highlight: Reach two high cols. Excellent views of the Ziller valley.

Both groups take the spectacular journey up to the high Schlegeis Dam at the head of the Zamserbach Valley. The reservoir here is surrounded by dramatic glaciers and high snow-capped mountains.

Option 1 - Down the Zamserbach from Schlegeis Dam

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: minimal

Total descent: 1,840 feet (560m)

In summary: We will explore the lakeside path and then descend below the dam to the valley floor, from where we take a quiet path down the valley alongside the river.

Highlight: Explore the magnificent reservoir at the start of the walk.


Option 2 - Berlinger Hohenweg: Friesenberghaus & Olperer-Hütte

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: The harder walk climbs up from the dam to the historic Friesenberghaus mountain hut, and then follows a high level route to the Olpererhütte, another high mountain hut, before taking a steep zigzag path back down to the lake.

Highlight: Reach the Friesenberghaus hut (2,477m) with extensive views down the Zamserbach valley.


We hope to see you again soon.

Hotel Kristall - Seefeld Plateau

The superb recently refurbished 4-star Hotel Kristall is run by the Pfeffel family who have been welcoming HF Holidays' guests for over 10 years.  Set in the small hamlet of Weidach in the Leutasch valley the hotel boasts beautiful mountain views on every side.  The bedrooms are decorated in a contemporary style but still maintain a traditional alpine charm.  Many rooms offer balconies.  The recently renovated and extended wellness centre offers two swimming pools, sauna, tepidarium and steam bath, infrared cabin, roof-top infinity pool, panorama sauna and sun terrace.  Winner of Best Food 2018 in the HF Holidays Hotel Awards, the 5 course evening meals are of an exceptional standard. 

Hotel Waldheim - Zillertal Alps

Year after year the 4-star Hotel Waldheim has won accolades from our guests for its beautifully maintained accommodation, helpful service and wonderful meals. Monika Emberger and her family pride themselves on the quality of their hotel where they have been welcoming HF Holidays for more than 30 years. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a spa area with sauna, steam bath and infrared cabin.  

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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14 nights
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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