Westendorf Almabtrieb

Westendorf Almabtrieb 2022 : Took place – Saturday 17th September.

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 every year from 10:00h. There has already been a dusting of snow on the peaks above 2000 metres (6562 ft). The cows are accompanied by their new calves, born on the high mountain pastures 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, their wives and families will spend hours preparing adornments of flowers and colourful handmade decorations ready to festoon the cattle along with each animal’s individual cow-bell. The sight and moving 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 village restaurant „Reiterstüberl“ in the Bichlinger Straße. „If, sadly, 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 head-dresses, out of respect.“

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

Reiterstüberl Restaurant…

 

CD 2022

Friday Night Music Pavilion Concerts

 

Summer 2022

  • Final performance of the 2022 season took place Friday 16.09.2022
  • We look forward to 2023

Friday 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 to mid-September 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 – 2022 – Quality

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

We have an extensive range of boots, shoes and summer 2022 sport fashion

Sport Ruetz Westendorf Austria


 


Tourist Office

Everything you need to know about the region. From restaurant opening times to events. The staff are exceedingly helpful and, of course, are multilingual.

Tourist Information Westendorf in Tirol

Schulgasse 2, 6363 Westendorf – Tirol – Austria

Tel: 0043 57507 2300

Email: westendorf@kitzbuehel-alpen.com


 

 

 

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

Sport 2000 Family Ruetz Fashion

A 6363 Westendorf, Tirol, Austria

+43 699 1989 6321

https://www.ruetz-sport.at/


 

Gustav Klimt at Attersee

For Art Lovers.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was one of Austria’s‘ most vibrant artists, founding the Viennese Secession and spending much of his time being inspired by the lake at Attersee. A comfortable day out by car from Westendorf. Include a visit to the Klimt Museum and the many places he painted in and around the town of  Schörfling in Oberösterreich, just off the A1 Autobahn. Scenic route via Lofer and Salzburg 152km – C. 1hr 45m.
Recommended purchase : Autobahn Vingnette if intending using fastest (less scenic) route.
Gustav Klimt Center (Museum)
Hauptstraße 30
4861 Schörfling
+43 (0)664 828 39 90
info@klimt-am-attersee.at

04/06/2022 – 23/10/2022
Wednesday to Sunday & public holidays:
09:30 – 16:30h
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Reiterstüberl Recommended Restaurant

We are recruiting winter 2022-23 season staff to strengthen our team : Full or part-time.

Re-opening 15th December 2022

Our Restaurant is well-known for its cuisine and consistently high standards. In the stylish ambience of our bar, restaurant and sun-terraces, we serve both well-tried and state-of-the-art culinary creations.

Recommended Restaurant Reiterstüberl Westendorf Tirol

Reiterstüberl Restaurant Westendorf, Tirol
We combine traditional cuisine with fresh ideas and quality for your culinary enjoyment. We use local produce and keep an excellent wine cellar. Visit us in Westendorf and be impressed.
Our menus include full descriptions in English, and our friendly staff are here to make you feel welcome.

As we are one of the most sought-after dining-venues in the whole of the Brixen valley, it is recommended to reserve tables early in peak periods. At 600 m (3/8ths mile) distance from Westendorf centre, in the Bichlinger Straße, it’s worth a short walk to visit us before you dine. Hannes, Sylvia and staff will be pleased to help you.

Restaurant Reiterstüberl
Bichlinger Straße 100
6363 Westendorf, Tirol
Tel: +43 5334 6768 (reservations)
Fax: +43 5334 30374
E-mail: info@reiterstueberl.com


 


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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.

Latest Tourist Information for Austria

If you’re in the Republic of Ireland or UK, you can also call us on 00800 400 200 00*
*toll-free; calls from mobile networks may incur charges. We are pleased to help you with all the latest tourism info.

Order brochures online for the region : sent free to your home address.

COVID-19

Covid restrictions have largely been stood down. Masks should be worn when using public transport and some indoor facilities where signs indicate mandatory use. 15/09/2022 (ed)

Link to Austria-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.

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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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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