This is a small family hotel towards the back of the village in a really quiet place. We didn't stay here but it looked lovely and I spent several minutes admiring the various pictures painted on its façade.
The Hintersteinersee covers an area of 56 hectacers and is 36 meters deep it is situated 900 meters above sea level. The lake is owned by the Tirolean Water Authority and is fed by underground springs creating crystal clear pure water. Walking around the lake takes around one hour but we stayed beside this natural wonder for considerably longer. We did notice a lot of signs indicating 'Private Ground' but there were no worries of finding a quiet place to sit and enjoy the sunshine and have a swim in the lovely cool water. We watched mountain chuffs swiftly fly along the lake before disappearing into the trees, people came with their dogs, changed into swimming gear, (no modesty required) had a quick cool swim then move off but still we stayed. The ever changing colours, the great mountain views, tree clad hills and best of all for me the summer grasses in full bloom. A perfect place to be at one with all of natures blessings.
If you like to be with other people or have children with you this part of the lake would appeal. The sign outside said the water temperature was 22 the land temperature was around 34 so we were tempted, but no we wanted to see the lake in a more natural setting so we went for a lake side walk instead. Admission prices for a day ticket is 3.50 euros for Adults 2.50 euros for children. Afternoon tickets from 12.00- 15.00 are 3.00 euros Adult 2.00 euros child Evening tickets are also available at 2.50 euros for adults and 1.50 euros per child from 17.00 - 19.00. Open summer only. There are toilets and changing facilities here as well as a small kiosk. I had to laugh at the sign on the fence which translated something like - you are not allowed to cross the fence I don't know what would happen if you did - the very word 'verboten' would put me off!
We went into the tourist office to get tickets for the Hintersteinersee bus only to be told we were too late. We were a bit disappointed but the young lad was very helpful telling us he could get us a taxi for 15 euros. The bus price is 3.90 euros per person for a return journey so we thought this was not a bad deal. He then asked if we had a Guest Card, my husband told him we did, although our card was for Ellmau they all look the same and it is only on the inside you see which village it is for. We ended up with a free ride to the lake, there was no intention on our part to cheat, this was all innocent, a simply question met with a simple answer. Please note tickets for the bus both free and fee must be obtained from here.
The Tourist Office is open Monday to Friday 8.30 to 18.00 Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9.00 - 15.00.
The Hintersteiner See was THE place to see and be seen. All of Scheffau society was out there most afternoons sporting the latest swim wear... not!
Actually a beautiful green coloured lake, surprisingly quiet, despite being next to a small road. The water was cool, deep, and green, and almost warm. On cool days it was warmer in than out!
A lovely place to stop after marching up the hill from the village. Or on your way down on a nice bike ride..
White water rafting! There's plenty of fast moving mountain rivers in the Tirol area. And many rafting companies!
I was lucky to have a free day out with the company I worked for. Secretly I think they were trying to drown us ;)
Loads of rock climbing round here!
It's limestone galore.
Get a local guidebook and head out there.
I forget the name of the colossal waterfall climbing area in the pic. unfortunately. That was crazy - I didn't do that!
Get a bike, ride up and up and up.
Have a funny sign language conversation with a guy carrying a big gun and wearing traditional hunting dress.
Ride down again as fast as you like.
Shout 'Weeeeeeeeeeee' as you come down..
Optional extra: Go up, watch sunset, come down in the dark (use lights though).
This is just one of the many facade paintings seen on the Gasthof Weberbauer - one othe little chapels near to the Hintersteinersee - the lake which is a some 3km up the road from the village. Check out its own VT page for more views of the lake and the 10 hour hike we did in that area.
You can't help but be bowled over by the view of the Wilder Kaiser range from Scheffau. A fresh sprinkling of snow from the night before made it even more lovelier. Scheffau literally means "leaning meadows" and walking up to them is a popular sport in this typical tyrolean town.
The village centre has a most scenic bus stop where the local service comes up the hill from the main road and can turn around to go back down and on to Soell or Ellmau.
Its under shelter too and we had a quick picnic here enjoying the view. The fountain in front of here was a decorative wrought iron work too.
The village itself is only small - a handful of hotels around the local church with its distinctive green spire. Its a bit of a pull up from the main road and another good hour up to the Hintersteiner See the main attraction in this area and which deservedly has its own page.
Lie down in the sunlight, but be sure to use Sun Protection!
Alternatively, if your skin is really pale (like mine) just reflect the rays straight back up.
Like many austrain cemetries the graves are imaculately kept and honoured with decorative wrought iron crosses and fresh flowers in abundance - such a pretty sight.