Friday Night Music Pavilion Concerts

westendorf concertFriday evening concerts are part of a long musical tradition in the Tirolean holiday resort of Westendorf. Traditional, classical and modern brass-band music as well as soothing overtures from the acclaimed Westendorf band. The concerts take place every Friday in the music pavilion (next to Ruetz sport shop)  from July 16 to September 17 at 20:00h (8 pm). By inclement weather, the concerts take place in the music hall – Alpenrosensaal, behind the village dairy.



Summer and Winter Sports Specialists

Top Names – 2021 – Quality

Visit our store, Schulgasse 1, in the centre of Westendorf. +43 699 1989 6321

We have an extensive range of boots, shoes and sport fashion in our showrooms

Sport Ruetz Westendorf Austria


 

Westendorf is a Magnificent Starting Point for Austrian Days Out

Family holidays in the mountains, Sports‘ activities, free bus and rail transport in our region? Find out more below and be tempted to request free brochures featuring attractions for everyone.

Being active in the outdoors, finding peace of mind in nature, going on a cultural adventure, tracking down exciting culinary innovations in Austria: Dream of the future with these reports.

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COVID-19

Safety measures are in place. The package: government controls, distancing, masks, rigorous testing and contact tracing, (tested, immunised or recovered entry to restaurants) and comprehensive testing (industry-wide) of all hospitality staff, has paid off. Since summer season re-opening of tourism in the region, the number of cases of any covid-19 variant has remained at zero. (25/06/2021)

Link to Tirol-wide Covid Cases Dashboard (in German).

Summer Season 2021 in Westendorf

The mountains are open, pretty-well everything open too. Quarantine restrictions lifted. From May 19, 2021, holidays in Austria and the Brixental are possible again! Hotels, restaurants, mountain lifts and leisure facilities are open. We look forward to seeing you in Westendorf, Tirol again soon!

Coronavirus tests will be made free for foreigners in order to boost tourism, the Austrian Tourism Minister has confirmed.

Authenticated negative Corona-19 tests are your 24hr passport to indoor areas in hotels, restaurants and bars. The „3 Gs“ entry permit scheme is working like finest-clockwork : Geimpft (Vaccinated), Getestet (Tested) or Genesen (Recovered).

Home testing kits, known in German as Wohnzimmertests, are available at local chemists and are authenticated online by QR codes that provide you with a unique, scannable quick response code (QR) direct to your mobile. Walk in testing by appointment.

 

Of course we have taken precautions and promise to do everything possible to guarantee you a safe, relaxed and carefree holiday. All hospitality staff will continue to be subject to mandatory Covid testing as has been the standard throughout 2020-21. Here you can find out which conditions currently apply, what the current situation is on site and what you can expect from us!

As of 07/05/2021 :

  • Accommodation and restaurants reopen on 19.05.2021 in compliance with clear safety concepts.
  • Basic requirement for entry into restaurants/hotels will be proof of being vaccinated, tested or recovered. Controlled self-tests will also be permitted as entry tests.
  • As of May 19, 2021, the current quarantine regulations will fall. Persons who are tested, vaccinated or recovered may enter Austria without quarantine. However, please observe the re-entry regulations of your home country.
  • Cultural and sports events should be possible again under high security conditions. Maximum number of people: 1500 for indoor events, 3000 for outdoor events. Admission test as a prerequisite.
  • Based on further vaccination progress, additional relief will follow beginning July 1, 2021.

UK only prospective guests : As the UK has left the European Union, freedom of movement no longer applies. Austrian doors are open but please check the UK travel restrictions advice pages here… 

It’s a rapidly improving scenario for EU states. Tourism has reopened. But sadly the UK’s opt out of international travel agreements have placed added restrictions for UK citizens only. 1st June 2021 start of flight ban from UK.

Winter 2021 Opening in Westendorf

Give us a bell.We are fully up and running!


With carefully managed Covid-19 safety measures, Westendorf and the ski region are open to greet guests safely.

Westendorf sits on a plateau in the sunny Tirolean Brixen valley and is a very popular resort. It’s 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, luxury apartments at Sport Ruetz are right in the centre.

Boarders Playground

Snowboarders and freestylers can find one of the best fun parks in Austria here – the boarders playground. Ski and snowboard 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 breathtaking, 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 skis just outside the apartment and you’re off. Morning coffee and Torte at the top of Talkaser. Wiener schnitzel 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 skis 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 opened 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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Westendorf Golf Course Re-opens

Summer 2020

A holiday in Westendorf will be possible from 29th May 2020.  The Kitzbühel Alps region will open its doors. The border with Germany will once again be open from 15th June 2020. Contact us (details at foot of page) for latest luxury accommodation in Haus Ruetz Westendorf.

The Westendorf Golf Club „Golfplatz Kitzbüheler Alpen Westendorf“ is pleased to announce that from Friday 1st May 2020 its 18-Hole golf course and the entire practice area are open for members and guests.

Contact us at Ruetz Apartments Westendorf (details at the foot of this page) to book some of best apportioned apartments just a short walk from the superb Westendorf Golfcourse. 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 Kitzbühel. Golf Unterkunft Westendorf

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

ruetz apartments westendorf tradition

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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Westendorf Almabtrieb 21st September 2019

The crowning glory of a beautiful summer in Westendorf is the traditional return of the cattle to the village from the high, mountain pastures.
The „Almabtrieb“ takes place on Saturday 21st September 2019 from 10:00h. There has already been a sprinkling of snow on the peaks above 2000 metres (6562 ft) but the weather forecast for „Altweibersommertage“ (Indian summer days) looks set to add extra enjoyment to the autumnal homecoming of the cattle along with their new calves born up the mountains during the summer.

This annual tradition is an important regional celebration that goes right to the heart of the Tirolean traditional way of life. Farmers and their wives will spend hours preparing adornments of flowers and colourful hadmade decorations ready to festoon the cattle along with each animal’s individual cow-bell. The sight and sounds of this ancient festival draw visitors to Westendorf from many countries. „The tradition goes back many centuries“ says Silvia Holaus, owner of the popular hotel and restaurant „Reiterstüberl“ in the Bichlinger Straße. „When a farming family has suffered a bereavement whilst the cattle have been away for the summer months, their herd will be decked out in black, out of respect.“

The festival also provides cullinary delights at the „Hoamfahrerfestl“ organised by farming families and clubs including the young farmers in the meadow next to the Klausnerhof.

Reiterstüberl Restaurant…

 

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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.

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.

Summer and Winter Sports Specialists

Top Names – 2021 – Quality

Visit our store, Schulgasse 1, in the centre of Westendorf. +43 699 1989 6321

We have an extensive range of boots, shoes and sport fashion in our showrooms

Sport Ruetz Westendorf Austria