Scheffau

Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, Scheffau has managed to maintain its picturesque charm and traditional village character.

Finds dating back to the 9th century indicate that the first settlers in the region around Scheffau probably came from neighbouring Bavaria. Later, Scheffau would go on to become one of several villages near Kufstein which swapped time and again between Bavarian and Habsburg control.

These days, guests – both from Bavaria and elsewhere – come in peace to this village at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser mountains to enjoy the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities on offer. The village has managed to maintain its original character and is the ideal base for exploring the south-west peaks of the Wilder Kaiser that, together with the Zahmer Kaiser, forms the Naturschutzgebiet Kaisergebirge nature park.

Even today it is still unclear how the Kaisergebirge (literally “Emperor’s Massif”) got its name. Documents from the 13th century mention that the mountains in this region were referred to in Middle High German as “Chaiser”. And, after all, who would dare suggest that these peaks and craggy rock faces glistening in the sun are anything but imperial?

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The turquoise-green water in this mountain lake dates back to the last ice age. After a walk around the shore lasting around one and a half hours, visitors can cool off with a dip in the refreshing water., © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Lake Hintersteiner See

The turquoise-green water in this mountain lake dates back to the last ice age. After a walk around the shore lasting around one and a half hours, visitors can cool off with a dip in the refreshing water.



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With its gentle and rhythmic movements, cross-country skiing is one of the most beautiful winter sports to do and watch and an especially exhilarating experience after dark., © Wilder Kaiser
Cross-country skiing after dark

With its gentle and rhythmic movements, cross-country skiing is one of the most beautiful winter sports to do and watch and an especially exhilarating experience after dark.

Children looking for fun and action should head to the KinderKaiserwelt, an adventure play area between the lower station of the Scheffau-Brandstadl cable car and the Bergrestaurant Brandstadl., © Wilder Kaiser
KinderKaiserwelt

Children looking for fun and action should head to the KinderKaiserwelt, an adventure play area between the lower station of the Scheffau-Brandstadl cable car and the Bergrestaurant Brandstadl.



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People with disabilities often don’t have the chance to experience the high mountains. However, that is certainly not the case in the Wilder Kaiser-Brixental region, where wheelchair users and handbike enthusiasts can look forward to a warm welcome., © Martin Raffeiner
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People with disabilities often don’t have the chance to experience the high mountains. However, that is certainly not the case in the Wilder Kaiser-Brixental region, where wheelchair users and handbike enthusiasts can look forward to a warm welcome.

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