Winter 2021 Opening in Westendorf

Give us a bell.Call and Collect

For all guests in the village during 2021 Covid-19 restrictions, we are offering call and collect hire and ski services at the shop. Please call to chat (number below – we speak English and are pleased to help). We also have a huge range of winter sports products and latest ski fashion and safety equipment.

Westendorf and the inter-connected SkiWelt region started skiing on 25th December 2020. With carefully managed Covid-19 safety measures (which were tested extensively throughout the Summer) Westendorf is open to greet guests as safely as possible.

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.

Sport Ruetz Westendorf

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

Ask our English speaking staff about all your sports equipment requirements from our extensive range

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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.

Westendorf Webcams

Westendorf Mountain Webcam : Choralpe