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Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

Scheffau, as it’s name ‘leaning meadows’ suggests, nestles at the foot of the mighty Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) mountain range, 752m above sea level, and is a typically Tirolean village with church, fountain and traditional houses.  This small village with huge opportunities for outdoor activities lies in the middle of the Wilden Kaiser nature reserve and, as such, it’s a great place to get back to nature.  As one of the smaller villages in the area Scheffau retains its appeal as the farming village it still is.  Tourism is a major industry but careful management means you can enjoy the local lifestyle as well as all the things you’d expect from a holiday in the Austrian Tirol.

Scheffau lies on a sunny plateau in a central position between Kitzbuhel and Kufstein, at the base of the Wilden Kaiser Mountains and opposite the Kitzbuheler Alps.  The scenery is quite diverse, depending on from which side of the valley you’re viewing it.  Fresh mountain air, a village where tradition is still very strong, sensational scenery and welcoming hosts combine to make you feel relaxed and away from it all.  The village population is approximately 1,300 with over 2,000 beds for guests in accommodation ranging from 4* hotels to self-catering apartments.

Scheffau is a popular summer locale for people roundabouts with its’  breathtaking Hintersteinersee lake, wooded walks, marked footpaths and mountain bike tracks all leading from the village into the hills.  It is also the first Kneipp village in the Tirol and various stations, like the bare foot way or the paddling pool, are dotted around the village and in the woods.  The 110km of marked paths are only the start of the 700km system in the area and are only the start of the activities Scheffau has to offer in the summer and autumn months.  Gondolas, mountain playgrounds, lake and fun park swimming are available throughout the summer months and very close by.  A free tourist bus service operates in summer to help you get around.

In winter Scheffau is a well-known ski resort and a perfect gateway to Austria’s largest inter-connected ski arena SkiWelt (Ski World).  Two ski schools offering diverse lessons are well-established in the village and a floodlit toboggan run and a floodlit cross-country track are also part of the winter sports facilities here.  Snowboarding is also popular and with excellent lifts and pistes Scheffau offers the winter visitor a range of outdoor activities.  Winter walking is also popular and the local lift pass covers the whole of SkiWelt and includes VIP entrance at the gondola, so the first challenge is where to start.

Neighbouring villages include Soll and Ellmau, better known to holidaymakers from the UK, and the excellent transport system in the area means you can easily get to Scheffau’s neighbours or go farther afield to St. Johann, Going, Kitzbuhel or Kufstein.  Day trips to Innsbruck, Salzburg or some of the natural wonders of the region are also easily arranged.

Scheffau is an ideal place for anyone – singles, couples, families and groups – to come and unwind whilst getting active in the Alps.  There are lots to do for all ages at any time of the year in this natural paradise and if you just want to relax and enjoy the mountains it’s perfect for a non-active holiday too.  Special activities for children can be combined into family weeks that everyone can take part in.  The villagers themselves enjoy welcoming guests from all over and sharing the peace and tranquility of life as it’s lived in this part of the world.