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Hotel Kristall, Weidach

Tyrol - explore beneath majestic peaks 
 
This convivial 4-star hotel with two pools provides easy access to fantastic walking and cross-country trails for all levels. Framed by forested slopes, the Leutasch Valley is ideal for those looking to spend plenty of time outdoors, and a trail and bus pass are included.
Hotel Kristall, Weidach. 7 nights
Hotel Kristall, Weidach. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Weidach, Tyrol,

for skiers and non-skiers
Framed by the forested slopes of western Austria’s Zugspitze Mountains, the peaceful Leutasch Valley stretches towards the German border and is peppered with hamlets of frescoed houses and onion-domed churches.

At the valley’s midpoint lies the quiet village of Weidach. From here, cross-country ski trails and winter walking paths meander in either direction through meadows and woods, making it an ideal choice if you are looking to spend plenty of time outdoors exploring on skis or on foot. There are many other winter experiences to enjoy, too – immerse yourself in the stillness and timeless surroundings on a snowshoe hike or horse-drawn sleigh ride; try tobogganing, ice-skating and curling; or pay a visit to nearby Innsbruck – a beautiful city brimming with historic interest.
Yet another reason to choose Weidach is the convivial Hotel Kristall, which earns consistently high praise for its excellent restaurant, for its well-equipped wellness area – there are two indoor pools, a sauna and a whirlpool – and especially for the attentive service of the Pfeffel family.
 

Our expert says

"This holiday will suit you perfectly if you want to spend all day, every day cross-country skiing or winter walking. Being at the midpoint of the valley, you can explore in either direction, with a good local bus service to extend your range."
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 

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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • 297km in the Olympiaregion Seefeld; suited to all levels
    The picturesque Leutasch Valley, where a string of pretty villages runs alongside the river, and the lower slopes are thickly forested, is a cross-country skier’s paradise. The trails accessible from Weidach itself begin a mere 90 metres from the hotel, with many more options a short bus ride away. Local bus travel is free of charge with your visitor’s card, and we also include a trail pass in your stay.

    As the village is situated in the heart of the Seefeld Plateau, the trails nearest the hotel are relatively flat and are best suited to beginners and intermediates. The fact that the region is a regular host of international competitions is testament to the variety of trails, however, and those seeking more challenging routes need only travel a short distance to find them. The following options are two of our personal favourites:

    Leutasch Alpenbad circuit: 5.5km
    This wonderfully scenic circuit begins just outside Weidach and meanders alongside the river, passing through the charming hamlets of Kirchplatzl and Ostbach. In fine weather, the route is often bathed in sunshine and offers exceptional views over the Wetterstein mountain range.

    Gasse circuit: 4.5km
    Heading in the opposite direction, this undemanding trail traces the course of the Leutascher Ache stream before looping back to Weidach via the pretty village of Gasse.
    Excellent cross-country trails ©Olympiaregion Seefeld
  • 142km in the Olympiaregion Seefeld
    Marrying picture-book winter scenery with a tempting selection of mountain inns and restaurants, this corner of Austria is particularly well suited to exploration on foot. The valley has an impressively large network of prepared trails, and the regular local bus service (free with your visitor’s card) makes it easy to extend your range.

    All trails are well signed, and the snow specially flattened to facilitate walking. In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our favourite options, including the following four routes:

    Gaistal: 8.5km
    This out-and-back route to the Gaistalalm mountain inn – where friendly staff serve warming regional dishes – explores the peaceful and traffic-free Gaistal, one of Austria’s least-visited valleys.

    Wettersteinhütte: 11km
    A steady climb up to the Wetterstein mountain hut at 1,717 metres, this route offers stunning views as you ascend and even more spectacular panoramas from the top – on a clear day, you can see as far as the Stubai Alps on the other side of the Inn Valley. There is even the option to toboggan back down if you wish!

    Burggraben to Weidach: 13km
    After taking the bus almost to the Austro-German border, you walk back along the valley, following the Leutascher Ache stream through a series of small villages and hamlets. The pretty village of Gasse deserves special mention – this is the location of Poli’s Hütte, a very sweet wooden chalet that serves homemade cakes and a speciality hot apricot drink. From here, the route continues on forest trails alongside the river, making a loop around Lake Weidach before arriving back at the hotel.

    Moos-Katzenloch-Buchen circuit: 8.5km
    Take the bus from Weidach to the nearby village of Moos to begin this pretty circuit, which traverses landscapes once roamed by wolves, bears, lynx and wild cats. We recommend visiting Buchen’s Bergbauen Museum en route for an interesting insight into life in the mountains, and it’s also well worth stopping by the Ropferstub’m inn for a delicious blueberry pancake – the house speciality.
    Winter walking ©Olympiaregion Seefeld
    Peaceful routes ©Olympiaregion Seefeld Johannes Geyer
  • Snowshoeing & more

    Snowshoeing
    If you’ve always wanted to explore silent, snow-laden landscapes, then snowshoeing is the activity for you. There are number of marked trails in the area – including some torch-lit options that can be enjoyed when the light fades – but of course the beauty of snowshoeing is that you can explore wherever takes your fancy: the shoes’ firm grip gives you access to landscapes that are off-limits to walkers, skiers and vehicles.

    Horse-drawn sleigh rides
    A lovely way to experience the peaceful wintry scenery of the Leutaschtal is by taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride, which can be organised locally via your hotel.

    Tobogganing
    If you fancy some tobogganing, you could borrow one of the hotel’s sledges and head to nearby Hochmoos, where a wonderful run winds down through a Narnia-like forest. Another local run begins from the Wettersteinhütte, which can also be visited on one of our suggested winter walking routes (see above).

    Ice-skating and curling
    There is an outdoor ice rink in the neighbouring village of Aue, where warm drinks and snacks are served for most of the day. You will also find a larger rink in Seefeld, beautifully situated by the pretty Seekirchl church. This rink offers once-weekly curling lessons – these are free with your visitor’s card but need to be booked up to 24 hours in advance; your hotel will be able to assist with this.
    Explore on snowshoes
    Try tobogganing ©Olympiaregion Seefeld Johannes Geyer
  • Innsbruck & more

    Innsbruck
    Take the bus and train (pay locally for the latter) to Innsbruck, where we provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour. With the Dolomites to the south and the Tyrolean peaks to the north and west, this fairy-tale city boasts a splendid mountain panorama. Admire the Baroque façades of the houses lining Herzog Friedrich Strasse, and do not miss the Imperial Palace and the beautiful Goldenes Dachl ('Golden Roof'), an extraordinary Gothic bay window with 2,657 gilded copper tiles dating from the rule of Emperor Maximilian I.

    Rosshütte
    A favourite day out of ours is to head to Rosshütte. Sitting just below the Seefelder Joch peak, the views on a clear day are quite spectacular. Access is from Seefeld by the Standseilbahn, a funicular railway which whisks you from 1,230 to 1,760 metres. At the top, there is a self-service panoramic restaurant – choose to sit inside or, later in the season, enjoy the sunshine out on the terrace.
    Visit Innsbruck ©Innsbruck Tourismus
  • Special events
    Christmas celebrations begin on 23 December with mulled wine in the hotel's 'Mulled Wine Hut', followed by an 8-course gala dinner on 24 December, and a recital by a harpist on Christmas Day. On New Year's Eve, an 8-course gala dinner is followed by live music and dancing, plus fireworks at midnight.
 

Where you stay

Weidach (altitude: 1106m) is a good-sized but quiet village with a handful of eateries and shops – including a supermarket and bakery – as well as a tourist office and a bank. There is a wider choice of shops and restaurants in chic, bustling Seefeld, a 15-minute bus ride away.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Hotel Kristall

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021, 02 January 2021 - 12 February 2021, 13 February 2021 - 26 February 2021 & 27 February 2021 - 20 March 2021

    Start set days* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 20 Dec 2020 £1595
    26 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1845
    02 Jan - 12 Jan 2021 £1270
    13 Jan - 19 Jan 2021 £1320
    20 Jan - 02 Feb 2021 £1395
    03 Feb - 07 Feb 2021 £1435
    13 Feb - 14 Feb 2021 # £1545
    20 Feb - 21 Feb 2021 £1435
    27 Feb - 02 Mar 2021 £1395
    03 Mar - 13 Mar 2021 £1230
    Single traveller supplement £65

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    * Start days: 19-27 Dec & 13-21 Feb Saturday/Sunday; all other dates Friday-Sunday & Wednesday

    # Supplements apply on 14 Feb; please contact us for details
     

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow or Gatwick to Innsbruck (2h05) (times vary, please contact us for details; hold luggage included) or Inghams charter Gatwick-Innsbruck (2h) (Sat only, out dep 0605, home arr 1105; hold luggage included), connecting transfer (0h50)

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A supplement is also payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Kristall, Ober Weidach
    Single room: 19 Dec - 20 Mar 2021 £6
    Superior with balcony: 19 Dec - 20 Mar 2021 £20
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Innsbruck (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck Charter (contact us) 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

  • Choose a leisurely route on Austria’s NightJet sleeper train. Enjoy dinner in Cologne by the Rhine before boarding the sleeper, then wake up refreshed in Austria for a final short leg by local train, followed by a transfer to the hotel. 
    > Travelling by train to Austria: what to expect

    We recommend the route outlined below, but our rail specialists will be happy to tailor the arrangements to suit you. As an alternative, you could take high-speed trains to Zürich and stay overnight. The following morning, watch spectacular mountain scenery unfold as you travel through the Arlberg Pass into Austria. Or you could perhaps take the sleeper route to Austria, and return via Zürich.

    Please call for prices, which are based on two people sharing a cabin.

    Recommended route

    Outward journey Departure time
    from London
    Recommended cabin
    St Pancras–Brussels–Cologne (Eurostar & Thalys, 4h), Cologne–Innsbruck (NightJet sleeper, 12h), Innsbruck–Seefeld in Tirol (regional rail, 0h30), transfer to hotel (0h15) 1230; arrive at hotel approx 1030 next day Private 2-berth sleeper cabin with 2 bunk beds and washbasin. Continental breakfast is included
    Homeward journey Departure time
    from hotel
    Recommended cabin
    Transfer to Seefeld in Tirol (0h15), Seefeld in Tirol–Innsbruck (regional rail, 0h30), Innsbruck–Cologne (NightJet sleeper, 12h), Cologne– Brussels–St Pancras (ICE & Eurostar, 4h) 1700 (this allows time for dinner in Innsbruck before boarding the sleeper); arrive in London approx 1600 next day Private 2-berth sleeper cabin with 2 bunk beds and washbasin. Continental breakfast is included
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
    7 light lunches
  • afternoon cake
  • detailed documentation
  • local area cross-country trail & bus pass
  • flights from London (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Innsbruck airport
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • Yes. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • They are two mattresses (each with separate bedding) on one large base. They are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). If still entitled to one when the EU withdrawal transition period ends on 31 December 2020, UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (a scheme allowing reciprocal health care) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • If you are planning to take a holiday after 1 January 2021, visit https://www.gov.uk/transition.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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