Free Regional Rail & Bus Travel Big Hit

As a guest in one of our apartments you will receive a free bus and rail-pass for all the family as part of the Westendorf tourist office’s „Guest Card“. This is valid throughout your stay and can be presented for free travel on buses and trains : Buses running from Wörgl in the Inn valley, via Westendorf to Kitzbühel and return. Rail travel is available on local trains on the 66 km (41 mile) line from Wörgl via Hopfgarten, Westendorf, Brixen, Kirchberg, Schwarzsee, Kitzbühel, St. Johann and Hochfilzen. All excellent starting points for summer walking, swimming (open air and indoor), mountain lifts, shopping, cycling, fishing, golf and and and. Guest Cards are issued by your hosts upon arrival and also include reductions on may of the local facilities such as swimming pool, entertainment and mountain lifts.   KITZBÜHELER ALPEN MOBIL   The bus and rail travel bonus is a fantastic way to explore the towns, villages and mountains in the region – for free. Richard and family from London staying with us in July 2017 said; „Travelling around without a car felt good, we saw lots more than usual and knew it was doing the environment good. This is a big bonus for holidaymakers in Westendorf. Can’t understand how we didn’t hear about it earlier“! The best kept secret is that this offer includes free rail transport of cycles so that guests can easily explore the mountains and valleys around the region. If you are planning to arrive by rail, Wörgl is a 1hr 15 minute ride from Munich, for example. Simply cross over the platform at Wörgl and join the frequent connections to Westendorf. These run frequently on week-days, less at weekends. This „Tourist Board“ offer is available on local trains : not available on intercity express or RailJet services. See the Westendorf tourist board website or call in to their office for further details. During your stay the Westendorf, tourist office staff will be pleased to help you plan your Cycle, Walking, Rail or Bus tours. Westendorf Tourist InformationIf you need a rail/bus-pass for your inward journey please let us know beforehand.

Sport Ruetz Westendorf, Tirol

If you’re skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing, visit us in the centre of the village at Sport 2000 Ruetz. Let us advise you and make your holiday in Westendorf an unforgettable, sporting experience. Our extensive range of classic skis, snowboards and other equipment is available for purchase and hire. In addition, our team of professionals are here to advise on all sports equipment for your individual needs.

Winter 2022/23 Top Fashion

Call into our shop in the centre of Westendorf and talk to the experts (opposite the Tourist Information office)

Ask our expert, English-speaking staff about all your sports equipment and sport fashion requirements

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A 6363 Westendorf, Tirol, Austria

+43 699 1989 6321


A charming village, ancient traditions, dreamlike mountains and really hospitable people

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Traditions old and new thrive in Westendorf and the Brixen valley. One such special event is the over 360 year old Antlassritt that takes place on Corpus Christi. This is a religious procession by farmers from the towns of Kirchberg in Tirol, Brixen im Thale and Westendorf.

Year after year locals and guests take pleasure in viewing the imposing spectacle of 100 or so beautifully decorated horses being ridden through the valley. Starting in the main square in Westendorf, they are joined by local bands and processions of villagers in traditional costume along the Brixen valley.
The Antlassrit took place on June 20th 2019.
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The origins of the celebrations are unclear but tradition has it that the Antlassritt commemorates the 30 Years‘ War in the 17th century, when the villagers of the three communities beat back Swedish troops on the Klausenbach river. Every year, on the religious festival of „Fronleichnam“ – Corpus Christi – the farmers (exclusively men) ride to the „Schwedenkapelle“ chapel in Klausen near Kitzbühel in Tirol to commemorate their victory.

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A Family Holiday in Summer

Westendorf is an ideal spot for young and old alike writes Heidi Harrison

summer images of Westendorf & region

I discovered Westendorf in Austria when I was still at school. Now married with two young children, I decided to take a summer holiday in Westendorf in the summer of 2017. Arriving with my brother and my children, we were welcomed into the Ruetz accommodation immediately and collected the weekly sheet of events from the tourist information office which is next door. We soon decided together which events and activities we would like to take part in. Top of the list was pony trekking.
We stayed in the Ruetz apartment self catering. We found this great value for money, everything fresh clean and modern. It is ideally situated in the middle of the alpine village, easily accessible to all the amenities especially the ice creams! The hardest decision was which flavour to try next.

If yours is an active family…

We spent a lot of time at the local swimming pool complex. That is so much fun for the children. Seeing them order „Pommes“ in German from the snack-bar is fantastic. That’s the way to learn another language.
With mountain lakes also close by you have a lot of choices for swimming. If yours is an active family (which we are) Westendorf was voted the best holiday.

We then decided to come back 3 weeks later as a family to let Daddy join in the fun We drove over from South East England bringing our bikes.
The best holiday that the children have ever had apparently.
We went on lots of the bike rides that are all signposted including down to the next village, Hopfgarten, to go to their swimming pool and lake, the Aquarena. Mini golf and cars.

Buy liftpasses for the region

The mountains in this part of the Tirolean Alps are just breathtaking to look at but also to walk up and down. Or, as we did, bought lift passes for the region. Each of the local mountains included in the lift passes has fun family activities to take part in, the children that can’t walk any further as they are insisting legs are dropping off, suddenly start running onto the next activity to either a marble run or the next witches water activity.  Westendorf Alpinolino Fun Trail
Each mountain experience has been well thought through to make the excursion for both children and adults the best it can be.
My own childrens‘ top times were the marble run at the top of the Westendorf Choralpe mountain, the Hexenwasser at Söll and the Hoch Brixen Filzalmsee (lake) all with play areas.

Westendorf captures your heart

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Westendorf Christmas Market

Saturday 15th December 2018, 15:00 – 20:30 h

The 2018 Christmas Market was small, cosy but above all a family occasion. The Westendorf Christmas Market presents itself every year and is held at the open air music pavillion.
Numerous street-stalls offerd not only tasty wares and hot drinks like any Christmas Market but also Tirolean handicrafts and seasonal decorations etc.
Music and entertainment traditional and with a modern flair for all the family were also in abundance.
The first „heavy“ snow of the winter had fallen 5 days earlier; it was crisp and cold out.
Children were gathered around an open fire toasting tasty morsels on sticks and the village was alive with final preparations for what was looking to become a seriously good skiing winter season 2019.
Weihnachtsmarkt Westendorf
Starting at 3pm through to 8:30pm.

One of the Best Winter Seasons Ever

Westendorf, Tirol 2018

„This has to be one of the best skiing seasons ever“, commented Andi Ruetz when we visited him in Sport Ruetz on the penultimate day of the 2018 season. The snow management in Westendorf  is superb with piste teams maintaining top conditions throughout the winter.

Westendorf sits on a plateau in the sunny tirolean Brixen valley and is a very popular resort. It is an ideal starting point for winter-sports fans being an important link between the huge SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental (one of the world’s largest and modern ski areas) and the famous Kitzbühel / Kirchberg region. The village of Westendorf has much to offer and our modern, luxuary apartments at Sport Ruetz are right in the centre.

Boarders Playground

Snowboarders and freestylers can find one of the best funparks in Austria here – the boarders playground. Ski and snowbaoard fun knows no limits in Westendorf from the start of the winter season right through to Easter and the start of spring.

Highlights alongside the pistes are the excellently prepared cross country ski routes and the well prepared and maintained winter walking paths through beathtaking, peaceful, winter landscapes.

Westendorf – Top Class

Our superbly equipped apartments make for an easy to manage, trouble-free winter holiday. The village of Westendorf offers top-class restaurants and abundant night life with transport links to nearby facilities.

Breakfast in Westendorf, put on your skiis just outside the apartment and you’re off. Morning coffee and Torte at the top of Talkaser. Wienerschnitzel for lunch with friends above Kitzbühel. Stop off for refreshments in the afternoon in Hoch Söll, Après-Ski at the Bruchstadl back in Westendorf. Park your boards and skiis overnight in our free heated ski-depot. Check how many km you have clocked up on the website. Enjoy.

„English speaking guests have been greeted in Westendorf since George Ager opended the first ski-lift in 1948“ said ski teacher Richard D. from London. „The resort welcomes back many return winter sports enthusiasts from Ireland and the UK, families as well as skiers in their 60s, 70’s and 80’s.“

Family Skiing in Westendorf, Austria.

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Winter 2017-18 Super Season Start

It’s been snowing in the mountains and in the village – lots – and piste preparations are reported in the local press to be better than in any previous season. Westendorf and the SkiWelt region openened for the weekend of 2nd – 3rd December and runs continuously from Saturday 08/12/2017 through to 08/04/2018. And that’s 1,000 km of slopes.

The early planning, going back to last season’s policy of stockpiling huge amounts of snow in insulated stores, has enabled long runs to be established earlier than ever before. The well below freezing spell of cold weather has seen the snow cannons in action and now the new snow has arrived. A final inspection of the Apartments Ruetz luxury self catering accommodation demonstrated exactly how best standards have been achieved. Warm and welcoming, from the quality of the finish, the superb facilities and the greetings by the staff (in English) upon arrival. We think nothing has been overlooked. This accommodation is hugely popular in Winter and summer alike.  To find out more fill out the enquiry form on our main Sport Ruetz website or have a chat on the ‚phone with a member of our staff. +43 699 1989 6321 Contact details are at the foot of this page.

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Top Accommodation for Sport in Westendorf

golfSummer 2019

Contact Sport Ruetz (details at the foot of this page) to book some of the best apportioned apartments available in town – a few minutes walk from the superb Westendorf Golf-course. The „Golfplatz Kitzbüheler Alpen Westendorf“ lies in the middle of a sunny high-plateau at the heart of the Austrian Tirol.
The 18 hole, championship course opened in 2014. The Driving Range and Practice Area have been in use since the beginning of 2013.

The unique mountain panorama, the unspoiled environment, the fresh air, the water meadows, natural habitats, intact flora and fauna are enticing. Situated in the middle of the Golf region of the Kitzbühel Alps, Westendorf is only a 15 minute drive from the Inn valley motorway (Autobahn exit Wörgl-Ost) and 14km (8 3/4 Miles) from pulsating Kitzbühel.

Golf Unterkunft Westendorf

The alpine village of Westendorf is a top favourite with English-speaking guests from around the globe. It is easilly accessible by plane, rail and car. Westendorf has much to offer for families – not just golfers.

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For luxury Golf accommodation contact us here at Apartments Ruetz Westendorf Brixen Valley- details below. If you care to telephone, ask to speak to one of the owners and keen golfer Andi Ruetz for up to the minute offers and advice.


Der Golfplatz Kitzbüheler Alpen Westendorf liegt inmitten eines Sonnen-Hochplateaus im Herzen Tirols.

Das einzigartige Panorama, die unberührte Natur, die herrliche Luft, die Auen, Biotope, die intakte Fauna und Flora laden zum Verweilen ein. Mitten in der Golfregion Kitzbühel gelegen, ist er jeweils nur ca. 15 Minuten von der Inntal-Autobahn (Abfahrt Wörgl) und von Kitzbühel entfernt.

Free Bus for Guests

schibusKirchberg – The Tourist Office for Westendorf and the whole of the Brixen Valley has today launched a new bus service for guests. From the 1st December 2016 tourists in the region will be able to travel with no further charge on the public buses in the valley on production of a „Guest-Card“ issued by their hotel or guest house.

This service is not just available between villages in the valley but will also allow guests to travel from Westendorf to Kitzbühel or Wörgl and back. Technically the service is not free but „paid for“ through charges levied by the „Tourismusverband Brixental“ as announced by Max Salcher, business-manager of the association TVB.

Unbelievably Early Winter Start

winterstartOfficial season starts on 26th of November 2016
Here we go! Earlier than expected and with the energetic support of the snow fairies and more than 1,700 snow-making machines, all SkiWelt fans are looking forward to the new winter season. On the weekend of 26th and 27th of November the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental will start the 2016-17 season – initially just for the weekend.

Then from 3rd December the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental region will commence continuous ski operations until 02/04/2017. Which lifts, slopes and huts will open? All information about the open lifts, slopes and huts can always be found on the Skiwelt-Brixental pages which continually update.

The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is Austria’s largest connected ski resort. 280 km (174 miles) of pistes, 90 modern lifts and 77 cosy huts and restaurants with après-ski venues in the middle of the unique natural scenery of the Kitzbüheler Alps and the Wilder Kaiser. Westendorf, with its superb connectivity, snow security and active night-life, is renowned for being the ideal base-camp for this vast region.

And if that’s not enough, you can go down the Ki-West-descent and a short bus transfer to the neighbouring Kitzbühel ski area and enjoy some 160 km of fantastic pistes (with a SuperSkiCard ticket).

Book your luxury apartments now with Family Ruetz.

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Westendorf Webcams

Westendorf Mountain Webcam : Choralpe