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Leutasch in Tyrol

A natural paradise

Leutasch in Leutaschtal Valley is one of five villages in the Seefeld region. Leutasch is situated along a sunny and picturesque high-alpine valley beneath the Wetterstein mountain chain at an altitude of 1,136m above sea level, surrounded by magnificent peaks and ridges. Nestled perfectly between Wetterstein and Gaistal, in winter Leutaschtal has one of the most reliable guarantees of snow anywhere in Austria; and in the summertime the stunning alpine landscapes are blessed with a wonderfully mild climate.


Leutaschtal Valley in Austria

Today, this high-alpine region is home to 24 hamlets spread over 16 km, but a few centuries ago the high-altitude valley was uninhabited. The first settlers arrived in the idyllic Leutaschtal valley in the 12th century. In 1178 a Bavarian free noble gifted a part of the forest to the Upper Bavarian Augustinian monastery in Polling bei Weilheim; precisely the part the Luitaske river now flows through – Leutasch.

The end of the 12th century marked the beginning of an intensive period of deforestation. Even today there is evidence that this process was done with great care and respect for the natural environment and cultural landscape. The special scenery and topology still thrill visitors and locals in this idyllic area – still so close to nature – with its hills and mountains, broad-ranging areas of forest and winding mountain roads linking up the various villages and the Seefelder region.

High-alpine Leutasch

Further back in history the people of Leutasch mostly lived on what the fields and forests provided, and for a long time Leutasch was a rich source of timber for Innsbruck and Hall. Hunting was a major activity that also lived from the abundance of forestry in the region. In the 19th century these prestigious hunting grounds attracted several celebrity hunters of the day, such as the author Ludwig Ganghofer, who catapulted the fame of the area far beyond the provincial and national borders. Works such as ‘Silence in the Forest’ and ‘The Edelweiss King’ reflect strongly on Ganghofer’s experiences in Leutasch. In German, his stories are still a source of inspiration and provide exceedingly realistic impressions of the magnificence of Leutaschtal Valley.

Traditions live alongside a modern Zeitgeist and the intergenerational awareness of the importance of nature. This extraordinary blend of convictions and knowledge distinguishes the identity of Leutasch and its breath-takingly and naturally beautiful countryside to this day. Experience Tyrol in its most original and wonderful form!

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