The Leutascher Ache river, © Tirol Werbung/Mario Webhofer
The Leutascher Ache river, © Tirol Werbung/Mario Webhofer

Leutasch: Follow the Flow of the River

There are few more beautiful experiences in Tirol than strolling along the banks of the Leutascher Ache river in the warm spring sunshine, following its meanders in a high alpine valley full of meadows until the rushing water enters the Geisterklamm gorge and cascades down through the jagged rocks.

To the left the mighty peaks of the Wetterstein Mountains, to the right the summits of the Arnspitz Massif, on your back the warm spring sun – welcome to Leutasch! This long high-alpine valley north of Seefeld is located at around 1,000 metres in altitude and is one of the valleys in Tirol where gantians and crocuses blossom in early spring. They can be seen in the lush green meadows around the Leutascher Ache river, accompanying hikers as they make their way along the banks out of the valley. At the start of the valley the water cascades into the mighty Leutascher Geisterklamm gorge, where hikers can continue to follow the flow as soon as the walking trail through the gorge opens in spring.

Experience

Open to hikers from early May, the Leutasch Ghost Gorge at the entrance to the Leutasch Valley is a wonderful day out for families with children. There are three hiking trails in the gorge, including sections leading along wooden walkways. The longest trail is three kilometres from start to finish. Information boards along the way tell visitors all about the history and geology of the gorge as well as the awesome power of water.

Food

Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of delicious options in the restautant of the  Yoga Hotels in Gasse, a small village in Leutasch. Highlights include homemade fruit juices, special beer varities and wines from Austria (bookings: +43 (0)5214 6803; closed from mid-March until the end of April). Another popular eatery in the area is the Restaurant Weidachstube, which serves stone-baked pizzas fresh from the oven every day from 17:00. Those in search of typical Tirolean food should try the Gasthof Kühtaierhof, famous for its "Kaiserschmarren" (thick pancakes with raisins and icing sugar, served with apple sauce) said to have been subject to high praise from none other than the regional governor of Tirol.

Accommodation

The "aufatmen" (literally: "breathe out") in Leutasch is not only a yoga hotel but also a hiking hotel. It has spacious and cosy rooms decorated with pinewood and larchwood as well as a large spa for relaxing. The hotel is closed from mid-March until the end of April. The Quellenhof Leutasch (4*S) is listed in the Relax Guide as one of the best spa hotels in Tirol. Last but certainly not least, the pretty Bio-Landpension Monika in Weidach is an organic farm ideal for families with children.

 

The Leutascher Ache river, © Tirol Werbung/Mario Webhofer
The Leutascher Ache river
Spring hike along the Leutascher Ache river, © Tirol Werbung/Mario Webhofer
Spring hike along the Leutascher Ache river
Crocuses, © Tirol Werbung/Mario Webhofer
Crocuses

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