dasMAX, Seefeld, Austria: Taking sports to new heights
Many an adventure await visitors to Seefeld in Tirol, a town that benefits from plentiful hours of sunshine thanks to its location on an alpine plateau 1,200 metres above sea level. The perfect base for countless activities in the great outdoors? dasMAX, the only lifestyle hotel in Seefeld.
Today’s schedule includes hiking the three lakes. But before that, breakfast – I don’t recommend climbing mountains on an empty stomach. I opt for the Max & Jack, warm porridge with banana, cinnamon and maple syrup, plus an espresso and herbal tea, but I also can’t resist tucking into the other delights from the breakfast buffet. My rucksack for the trip is already packed and after a relaxed breakfast in the hotel bistro – which, by the way, boasts incredible design and furnishings from BoConcept – it’s time to head off.
The starting point for this hike is the championship indoor tennis hall in Seefeld (I make a mental note not to risk a game of tennis during this holiday), from which the path leads across the Möserer Mähder meadows and slightly uphill towards Mösern.
Citius, altius, fortius
Embracing the spirit of the Olympic motto “faster, higher, stronger” (no, it’s not “it’s the taking part that counts”), there are plenty of other sporting activities on offer in the Seefeld Olympic region besides long hikes. Depending on your level of enthusiasm and ability, you can choose from mountain bike tours, stand up paddleboarding on the Wildsee, climbing, rafting and paragliding, as well as the less strenuous carriage rides and walking with alpacas.
The benefits of a place like Seefeld are clear for all to see in the sheer number of options available. Walking out of dasMAX, you’ll find yourself right in the pedestrian zone with its many restaurants, cafés and bars, so you’ll be spoilt for choice for dinner and drinks. Stylish gourmet cuisine can be savoured in the brand new Le Treize, while the Seefelder Stube serves up sophisticated home-style cooking, and luckily, both eateries are only a short walk away from dasMAX. You’ll enjoy a spectacular view from a historic setting at the Lärchenstüberl, a 300-year-old farmhouse that has been converted into a quaint guesthouse. High-quality purchases are a given in the many boutiques and shops in Seefeld, and anyone in the mood for a game of chance can put on their poker face and spend the evening at the elegant casino.
Chilling on the rooftop
But let’s get back to my hike. After circling the Möserersee, the path follows the Pirschsteig trail in the direction of the Lottensee and continues until you finally reach the Wildmoossee and the Wildmoosalm. There you can say hello to the cows and stop for a bite to eat at one of the rustic huts. After a hike, there’s nothing better than sitting comfortably and squinting into the sun.
So back at dasMAX, the quickest way to get to the rooftop wellness area is via the lift – then you can rest your weary legs in the sauna. In the spa, I chill out on a lounger and while away the time. The rooftop affords visitors a unique 360-degree view of the mountain landscape that surrounds Seefeld, and there’s no doubt that it’ll take your breath away.
The Nordic-design rooms are extremely appealing and feature little added conveniences like a day bed, a kettle and an espresso machine as standard.
With contemporary individuality and good deals, dasMAX demonstrates that it’s possible to enjoy a smart and urban holiday even in the mountains.