Guidebook

Half a Dozen Beautiful Rides from Seefeld & Scharnitz

6 wild but non-technical mountain bike routes from 2 of Tirol's most legendary mountain towns.

Description

Sitting on a high plateau on the western edge of the vast Karwendel National Park, Seefeld and Scharnitz have long been mountain sport meccas, popular amongst adventurous tourists from across Europe. The 2 towns are quite different - Seefeld is quite gentrified and touristy whereas Scharnitz is much more "rough and ready" - a real mountain town! It's only a 10 minute drive between the 2 places but they feel much further apart than that and most people generally prefer to base themselves in one or the other.

The riding accessible from the 2 towns is remarkably diverse, with many of Seefeld's best trips being cruisy journeys through forests whereas Scharnitz's best known adventures are wild affairs into high mountains. As such, a week spent based around the 2 towns will provide an exceptionally diverse trip, with both the terrain and difficulty of the rides being so varied. The 6 routes we've suggested here all have their own character and they cover all lengths, from short half-day hits to a huge, high mountain missions. The 4 rides from Scharnitz all lead you into the Karwendel mountains - these are amongst the wildest peaks in the Alps and offer a complete contrast to the nice forest journeys which begin in Seefeld.

The best way to work through this list is to pick off the easier routes (the 2 from the Seefeld and the journey up to the Kastenalm) on days with poorer weather, and save the 3 bigger rides for the sunniest parts of your trip. The journey to Achensee - the toughest ride in here - is a great way to finish and will take you over to one of Austria's best known lakes, where yet another load of adventures await!

Seefeld to Weidach Forest Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Seefeld to Weidach Forest Loop

26.8 km
793 m
793 m
A gorgeous circuit through peaceful forests
Moderate
Private
Seefeld - Lehenwal - Wildmoos - Mösern Loop
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Seefeld - Lehenwal - Wildmoos - Mösern Loop

28.4 km
960 m
960 m
A cruisy loop through quiet and atmospheric forests
Moderate
Private
Around the Zäunkopf to the Oberbrunnalm.
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Around the Zäunkopf to the Oberbrunnalm.

17.7 km
663 m
663 m
A short but physically challenging ride through some of the most rugged scenery in Austria.
Moderate
Private
Scharnitz to Roßloch via the Kastenalm
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Scharnitz to Roßloch via the Kastenalm

36.1 km
713 m
713 m
A long and scenic ride into one of the most remote valleys in Austria
Moderate
Private
Karwendel Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Karwendel Loop

68.5 km
2,009 m
2,010 m
An über classic loop through one of Europe's wildest mountain ranges
Moderate
Private
Scharnitz to Jenbach via the Achensee
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Scharnitz to Jenbach via the Achensee

69.1 km
2,028 m
2,454 m
A huge ride traversing one of Europe's wildest National Parks.
Difficult
Private