Introduction of a Resort
Westendorf has its own very special attractions and perhaps a little more of what it takes to make a mountain village something special. That’s what the jury of the " Entente Florale" decided when they voted Westendorf as the most beautiful village in Europe in 1998.
A beautiful church, a picture book village centre, a lively farming economy, intact natural landscape and opportunities for sport and relaxation were the basic requirements for participation in the contest.
The "Entente" Committee stated that Westendorf is a village that is proud of its tradition's, values its precious natural landscape and yet is open to the challenges of the future.
These values still have the same meaning today as then, and Westendorf does indeed strive to remain true to these principles.
For instance a good example would be: the protective, responsible attitude towards nature is impressively demonstrated by the mountain lake at Kreuzjöchl. It was created as a storage reservoir by the lift company for the snow making machines in winter, but has in the meantime become a highly praised "manmade natural lake" and a popular destination for tranquillity-seeking hikers in summer.
S U M M E R - green, flowering,
Well being Westendorf
Away from traffic, on a contrasting sunny plateau in the Wilder Kaiser - Brixental Region and the Kitzbüheler Alps, lies the picturesque village of Westendorf (800m) - which offers peace and relaxation as well as everything for those looking for an extensive sport holiday.
Not only can you enjoy mountain biking, hiking, tracking, nordic walking, paragliding, tennis and cycling but why not just take a relaxing stroll along one of Westendorf's many kilometres of walking paths in pure beauty, taking you past traditional old farm houses where the fields are so green, up to mountain pastures and huts and between the shady forests you will find the ideal resting place. To cut it short Westendorf offers ideal landscape pictures that are becoming a rarity. The impressive mountain world up to 2400m along with the wonderful "Windau Valley", which is a jewel of nature, is a completely endless walkers paradise.
Just like a scene out of a TV ad, the keen cyclist and mountain biker will also appreciate the breathtaking scenery of this region. Whether on the flat or straight up a mountain – 'Biking' in Westendorf and its surroundings is complete pleasure even with a large group of children, thanks to a network of car free cyclist roads. A jump in the cooling water of the heated swimming pool will revitalise you. Westendorf is also one of the top addresses for paragliders - beginners have the opportunity how to learn to be the perfect 'flyer' in Westendorf's Flying School.
Either on horseback or in a horse drawn cart – pure romance, riding or driving through lush green rambling fields or just through the forests. Should it be raining then you may of course take the other alternative – our riding hall. The well chosen bad weather programme will comfort you when the sun hides away and will shorten the time until the next rays appear.
Some of the worlds best athletes know where training is at its best – training in the mountains works wonders. This is acknowledged and is succeeding in the range of Wellness. Under the name of "Alpine Wellness Westendorf " from next year onwards Health, Fitness and Well Being in the mountains will be offered. Westendorf is one of the first Tourist Villages in the Alps, in offering a complete programme put together especially for this new form of active relaxation, where one is looked after by specially trained personnel. Being aware of your bodies needs, nutrition, and light training have their place just as enjoyment and relaxation – a programme for those who really want to look after their mind and body.
W I N T E R - glittery, clear, exciting... Welcome back Westendorf
Cosmopolitan but at the same time an original old cosy Alpine Village – Westendorf shows how to mix the old with the new. Skiers, Snowboarders and Cross Country Skiers can find here, between the Kitzbüheler Alps and the Ski Welt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, which is the largest connected ski area in Austria, with 93 lifts and 250km of pistes, a winter sports paradise with endless opportunities. That means carefree ski and boarder pleasure.
The Alpenrosenbahn lift in Westendorf will take you up into a wide popular area for skiers and snowboarders – with the highest pistes of the Ski Welt. Just as high was the praise from Toni Sailer and Willy Bogner amongst many others that have been skiing in Westendorf. There is skiing here for everyone, with a network of blue and red runs on beautiful wide slopes. For the experts a black run and deep snow terrain are waiting to be tried. Families and cruisers feel really at home in Westendorf there are lots of suitable runs and they are just right for the beginners too. Snowboarders can have a super time in the 'Fun Park', it's demanding as well as being great fun.
Children are the kings here in Westendorf - there is an exemplary offer for them, some of the best ski schools with daily care and a selection of children friendly runs.
In this colourful mixture there is something for everyone, also for those whose sporty ambitions confine to tobogganing, ice skating, curling, snow shoe running, riding, walking or taking a comfortable ride in a horse drawn sleigh through the winter wonderland - just like pictures in a book.
A wide cross country track network branches out from Westendorf through the valley, joining tracks from neighbouring villages forming a never ending cross country circuit - pleasure guaranteed. Why not enjoy the fascination of the mountains from the air! Seeing things from a different angle. A Paraglider – Tandem flight with an instructor will help you to enjoy the mountain world in a completely different way. Experience this flying sensation with the guidance of a trained pilot from the Flying School in Westendorf. The paragliders have turned the Alpenrose in summer as well as in winter into a Mecca for this sport. Hot Air Ballooning is also a well enjoyed event in the entertainments programme along with the spectacular Night Ski Show performed by the Ski Instructors.
The international guests appreciate not only the charm of the village with its snow covered mountains, together with its offer of sporting activities but also the lively après-ski in Westendorf. A get together in Mountain Huts, or enjoying the night life in a bar. Gourmets can really spoil themselves in some of the many Restaurants and Guesthouses.
Some of the most trendiest events of the region take place in Westendorf every year, these have made international media headlines and they are for instance "The Marathon Challenge" - a new world record race in non-stop skiing and "Jump and Freeze" - probably the maddest and "coolest" event in the alps.
To get a impression about Westendorf with their surrounding klick on panorama-pictures.
Also for the children is a walk on the Chor Alpe mounting surprising and exciting made, look ALPINOLINO for more informationen and the walk will be a discovery journey. Klick sommeractivity for more experiences.
For more informatione about lifts, klick on Bergbahnen.
The weather in Westendorf is in the summer warmer then Danmark or England besides there is much less wind. The winter is colder and of course there lies more snow. Westendorf lies in a so called "Snow-hole", if somewhere else is raining then will it be snowing in Westendorf.
Short default information about Westendorf: height 800 m, 3470 residents, established in 1236, 3800 bed's for guests.
Traveling by car, train or plane, 990 km distance from Kiel (D), 1350 km distance from Göteborg (S), 892 km from Antwerpen, 16 km from motorway in 20 minutes driving, own trainstationskibus inside village more times a day, between Westendorf and Brixen every 20 minutes, free for guests.