Austrian Mountains Discovery Tour
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From our base in the peaceful hamlet of Weidach we enjoy marvellous Alpine scenery, flower filled meadows and pretty hamlets on this Austrian Mountain Discovery Tour.
- Mountain railway to Innsbruck
- Seefeld and the Mosern Peace Bell
- Garmisch Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze
- Leutasch Gorge
Great Reasons to Join Us:
- Great value: all prices include en-suite Half Board accommodation, plus five full days sightseeing with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 2½ miles
- Expert leader: explore the beautiful alpine meadows and mountain lakes with our knowledgeable leader
- Accommodation: enjoy superb 4 star accommodation at the family-run Hotel Kristall
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays - explore together, eat together, relax together
The superb 4-star Hotel Kristall is run by the Pfeffel family who are proud to share its special Tirolean ambience with our guests.
This accommodation is branded 'Character and Comfort' as the hotel is considered to offer a warm welcome at the small friendly family-run hotel which offers a more personal and friendly service.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Gold Award for Overall Hotel, Great Hotel Staff and Breakfast.
Silver Award for Dining.
|Hotel Kristall has 40 comfortable bedrooms, most of which have balconies. As is usual in Austria, twin beds may be arranged in one large frame with separate mattresses and bedding.
All bedroom have en-suite bathrooms with bath or shower, telephone, satellite TV, safe, refrigerator and internet access.
The balconies offer a lovely view across the village and mountains.
The public rooms include an attractive lounge with open fire, sun terrace, public bar, games room, free internet access and ski/boot room.
There is also a large luxurious wellness centre, two indoor swimming pools, spa pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, tepidarium, adventure and wellness showers and infrared sauna.
Our holidays at Hotel Kristall are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
The buffet-style breakfast has an extensive selection of breads and jams, fresh fruit, cheese, cold meats, cereals, pastries and cakes, smoked salmon and champagne (on sundays). Tea and coffee are also available.
Lunch (payable locally)
Ingredients for a picnic lunch can be bought from local shops or you may choose to eat at a mountain hut - your leaders will advise you of the options.
Complimentary homemade cakes are served every afternoon.
The hotel has a bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
Hotel Kristall provides either a five course meal or a theme evening buffet. Particularly popular is the Tirolean feast, prepared with traditional recipes. All ingredients are sourced locally and are free range and organic where possible. Vegetarians and special diets can usually be catered for if requested in advance of the holiday. The hotel also offers an aperitif evening once a week in front of the open fire.
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. The focus of your evening will be a leisurely meal.
Your leader will also be checking out for any local events going on nearby or you may like to relax in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.
During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. this is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.
Seefeld & the Mosern Peace Bell
Today we discover the beauty of the Seefeld plateau, with a walk around the Wildsee and a visit to the Mosern Peace Bell.
We take the scenic mountain railway, with breathtaking views, to Innsbruck. Here we will visit the charming Old Town with its famous Golden Roof and have plenty of time for strolling around its labyrith of alleyways.
Garmisch Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze
A short train journey from Seefeld takes us across the border into Germany to Garmisch Partenkirchen. If weather permits we’ll take an optional cable car ride to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.
An unforgettable day trip starting off on a steam-operated rack and pinion railway to the Achensee lake followed by a lake cruise.
A gentle walk along the Leutasch valley following the river to view the impressive Leutasch Gorge. We’ll also visit the small Bavarian town of Mittenwald.
All essential transport is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances, or optional cable car rides (allow €45-50 per person).
Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.
Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.
Set in verdant and gentle countryside, Weidach is a typical Tirolean village and one of the 24 hamlets in the 16km long Leutasch Valley. It is possible to walk straight from the hotel and along the walking trails that explore the plateau.
There are 150km of well-groomed walking trails criss-crossing the plateau. With its many restaurants and leisure faculties, you are ensured a warm welcome at every turn.
Seefeld - If you would like to stay close to Weidach you may like to head to the village of Seefeld (short bus journey).Take time to wander around the many shops, restaurants and bars. An ideal place to buy souvenirs and gifts.From Seefeld you could take the funicular ride up the mountain to Rosshutte or a horse and carriage ride to local attractions. Also at Seefeld, there is the large indoor and open-air (heated) pool and leisure complex, tennis courts and the Wildmoos Plateau Golf Course.
Weidach - 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 Nordic Walking lesson from the hotel.
Mittenwald – this is an excellent place to visit with shops and cafés and a cable car to the mountain top. Known for house paintings and its violin museum. You can get a direct bus from Weidach with an additional €1.90 to the bus pass.
Innsbruck - A little further afield, Innsbruck is an attractive, compact city with its famous ‘Golden Roof’ and beautiful, historic buildings. It offers excellent shopping and a wide selection of restaurants. The excellent railway service from Seefeld provides a cheap and efficient means to visit the Innsbruck, the ‘Capital of the Alps’ and the historic capital of Tirol. The views from the train are breath-taking. Places to visit include the Imperial Palace, the Royal Gardens, the cathedral and various churches of particular interest. Guided coach tours are available, whilst the old town is an attractive area for strolling and sightseeing.
Shops & Facilities:
Weidach is situated on the main bus route that links the five villages of the Seefeld Plateau and the hotel is within minutes of one of the chair lifts we will use during the week. The village has a good range of facilities for its size including a tourist office, a bank with ATM, souvenir shops, sport shops, a mini-market, bars and cafés, all within walking distance of the hotel.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Munich airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 30 minutes to the Hotel Kristall.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Munich airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £35.00.
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. She leads HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
John has led City Breaks, Discovery Tours, Walking holidays, long distance trails, skiing, and sightseeing holidays in the UK and overseas for HF Holidays since 1997. John’s other interests include art, literature and history and he enjoys visiting new places.
John has been a frequent visitor to Austria, where he has also led many holidays for HF Holidays. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for the lovely Austrian Mountains with you.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Single room: no supplement
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person