Seefeld was a village where I found many a sculpture situated through-out.
I first visited St. Oswald Church, and it was here I found the face carved into the rock and two other sculptures [photo's 1&2], both I believe are about St. Oswald.
Walking further, on the side of a building, was one I couldn't make out. [photo 3]. Was it a Dragon?
Perhaps somebody may have an idea?
Further along, sculptures were located in flower beds and parks, so if you have fine weather, take a walk around Seefeld and see the sculptures and the beaut flower beds.
If you are wandering around the village like I was, then you will be sure to see the Parish Church St. Oswald. It is located right in the centre of Seefeld, on a small rise overlooking some of the village. All I could do, was wander around the outside of the Church, as a Service was being held.
The Church dates back to 1263, and is dedicated to St. Oswald.
It became well known after a "miracle" during Mass in 1384, resulting in a lot of Pilgrims visiting the Church. It soon became too small, and was extended in 1425 on the orders of Duke Friedrich.
What was the miracle that has brought so many people to this church?
It all came about on Holy Thursday in 1384, when a knight well known for his arrogance, attended mass. His name was "Oswald Milser."
.............To read the full story about the 'miracle,' click on the link below
The late Gothic doorway has scenes depicting the miracle and the martyrdom of St. Oswald, and if you are able to visit the inside of the Church, then you will find frescoes depicting the life of St. Oswald, sculptures, a gothic font and more.
Is the face carved into the boulder located by the entrance "Oswald Milser?" As I couldn't read German I don't know, but I am guessing it is.
It was Spring and quite cold, only 8°. A walk around this pretty town found many garden beds full of Tulips, Daffodils, Pansies and many other varieties of flowers, so pretty and a nice addition to the streets. The flowers were in beds and in flower boxes sitting on window sills.
At the back or front of the Casino, which ever way you look at it, I found a really nice Park. Located with-in the Park were some sculptures and an open air stage. Included in the park, was a water feature, which was a fountain with a Unicorn in the centre, this was surrounded by flowers.
The Unicorn plays an important part in the history in Seefeld, as it was this mythical beast that was once led by Oswald Milsner [see church tip], that has led to a large pilrimage to Seefeld. The Unicorn is also on the Seefeld Coat of arms
This Park is a very pleasant area for people to take a rest from walking.
A Casino in the small village of Seefeld in Tirol, came as quite a surprise to me! I guess a Ski Resort often has quite rich and famous people visiting, that would come here for evening entertainment. I read you can play Roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat and gaming machines.
Many events are held, including fashion shows, live shows, game tournaments, gala evenings and “lucky day” events. Important events like the Baccarat World Championship, many High Roller weeks, Poker masters and much more are held here..........
The bar overlooks the park which has the Unicorn fountain. [another tip]
The casino is open daily from 1.00 pm all year round.
Admission is free.
The Olympis sports and Congress centre, has a Cinema, Restaurant, Congress centre & sports facilities and Swimming pool for indoor and outdoor swimming.
These sound great....Underwater massage loungers, I would like to try them! You can experience the Sauna, or perhaps have a massage or take an Aqua-fitness lesson. In Winter, ice-skating is popular on the ice-rink..
A short walk from the town centre.
Opening hours: daily from 9.30 am - 10 pm, sauna from 1 pm
Day pass (adults): from Euro 18.50 (swimming pool)
Full price list http://www.seefeld-sports.at/de/sport-kongresszentrum/erlebnisbad/preise
This is the name on an old Tower I found at the entry to a shopping centre carpark in Seefeld in Tirol. I have tried to find information, but can't. What I can tell you, is to walk all sides of the tower to see a mural, a sundial with an inscription underneath in German, and the coat of arms.
The ones in my photo's are two I found in Seefeld. I really liked the ball.
The ball is floating on water, and the movement of the water was causing it to roll, quite interesting to watch for a few minutes. It was located in the Dorfplatz.
The rock wasn't anything spectacular, just another piece of artwork!
Lüftlmalerei is a form of mural painting that includes trompe-l’oeil and illustrative motifs, often of biblical scenes, or sometimes highlighting what the residence does. Eg. I saw cows and farmer painted on a Dairy.
Seefeld has buildings decorated in this form of artwork, one I really enjoy viewing. The village isn't large, so not a long way to walk to find them.
The Heiligdreuzkirche is a gorgeous small Church located on the outskirts of Seefeld. You can walk to it, I didn't as it was on the road we were taking out of the Village.
The Church was built by Archduke Leopold V in 1629 and completed in 1666, and is the symbol of Seefeld. It's also known as the Seekirchl, [Little Church in the lake]. There wasn't a Lake insight, so I wondered why this name? Well, there used to be an artificial lake there at that time, and the Church was located in the middle of it, however, the Lake was drained in 1807.
The building is built to the floorplan of a Rotunda, and is different to most Churches you see in Tirol. I loved the Tower with the Onion dome, it looked so pretty set against a mountain backdrop.
I didn't think I would be able to go inside, but I could, the old, heavy door opened and inside I went to find a rather lovely inside.
So, if your in Seefeld, come and have a look at this lovely small Church.
My absolute best place for the afternoon-early evening was the Olympia, Sport und Kongresszentrum. I got there by chance, after I hurt one of my feet and my skiing instructor suggested to go to a sauna. The places has a stunning pool (with huge boulders and real plants in the middle of it), and most important 3 dry saunas (at 90, 90, and 100 degree Celsius – all of them able to fit at least 15 people), a wet sauna (my favorite), a false sauna (at 50 degrees Celsius), the “Blue Grote” with a waterfall at 18 degree Celsius, the Jacuzzi (which had in fact the a size of a college pool!), and the solarium. The complex also included restaurants and bars, tanning beds, and a theatre (I don’t think many people care about the theatre, but I though to mention it anyways).
The place is just amazing. I always liked spas, but this place is huge compared to anything I have seen, and perfect for relaxing after a day of skiing. The entrance fee was about 15 euros (with the guest card discount!) plus 2 euros for towels (I’ve seen many people who brought theirs, but I didn’t think the savings were worth the trouble).
There is lake in the city, and it lies in the outskirts of the forest. A path goes all the way around the lake, and it's really beautiful to go walking around it. There are lot's of ducks there so remember to bring something to feed them with... :)
It is also possible to go swimming here. Allthough it might be a bit cold, if you don't go in the middle of summer. There are a few facilites around the lake too, so you can sit down and have something to eat and drink if you like.
Many of the houses in Seefeld are beautifully decorated. They are very tastefully painted around the windows and the doors. Sometimes they also have other motifs on the walls, like a banner with the name of the house or something.
Under many of the windows they have the very traditional flowers which I don't remember the name of (please tell me if you know... ;). Every year there is a competition to determine which of the houses that have the best flowers and flowerdecorations.
On this postcard you can see the city, and it's not so big. But it's definetly a place worth visiting!
It has a big golfplace, the lake, a forest and of course lots of hills and mountains. You can take a nice and easy walk in the hills, go hiking more different paths or climbing if you prefer that.
There are also lots of other activities like: hunting, horseback riding, curling, skating, cycling, paragliding, mountain biking, rafting, rowing and so on.
But the thing that Seefeld is most famous for is the skiing in wintertime. The city is a famous winterresort and it has also hosted several competitions in the Olympic Winter Games(1964 and 1976).
Since we are no skiers, we just went hiking a little - and there are so many places to go to - and you always have a place to sit down, warm up and have a 'Jagertee' on the way!
Skiing (alpine and cross country) is possible, too, since Seefeld is 1200 meters above sealevel!
Taking a cable car and hiking on high mountains – this is the comfortable way of mountaineering!
There are different hiking routes. All of them I walked as a teenager...