Located on a plateau to the north-west of Innsbruck, the village of Seefeld takes its name from the words “See” (lake) and “Feld” (field) and is first mentioned as “Sevelt” in a document dating back to the year 1022. Today this attractive holiday hotspot between the Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountains attracts tourists all year round and has even had the honour of hosting several events during the Winter Olympics on two separate occasions.
The lake in the name Seefeld is the Wildsee, a charming body of water covered by forests on its western shore and large swathes of moorland with reeds and sedges on its eastern shore where many aquatic birds live and breed. To the south of the lake is the Naturschutzgebiet Reither Moor, a nature reserve with large populations of mugo pines, bog rosemary, sundew and wild cranberries. In 1926 the Wildsee was declared a protected place of outstanding natural beauty. Today it is a haven of peace and quiet with many walking paths wide enough for buggies and a rich variety of natural flora and fauna, including squirrels almost tame enough to stroke.
On hot summer days the Wildsee is popular with swimmers. Although the water temperature rarely climbs above a relatively cool 20°C, there is also a heated outdoor pool where the water is significantly warmer. Other activities and attractions include an excellent restaurant and bar, a children’s pool, a large playground, a beach volleyball court, changing cabins and kayaks for hire. The heated outdoor pool has a terrace, sunbathing lawn, café, play area, leisure equipment and changing cabins. Accommodation is available at the campsite nearby.