If you speak German, the clue’s in the name here – Scheffau is a hillside village (it’s name comes from the phrase for ‘steep meadow’) so you’ll get some good exercise just walking around town. The village centre is lively and the perfect place to stop for a mid-stroll coffee.
There’s a train station in St Johann, 30 minutes away by bus, which offers trains to excellent locations like Kitzbühel (10 minutes) and Worgl (50 minutes), and even Salzburg (2 hours 20 minutes), Innsbruck (1 hour 30 minutes) and Munich (2 hours 30 minutes).
With your Wilder Kaiser Guest Card, you’ll get free use of the Kaiserjet bus service, which links Scheffau to the neighbouring villages of Ellmau, Going and Soll – and stops at the village centre, summer lift stations and leisure spots. The Post Bus will cost a bit extra, but it’s usual for getting to St Johann, Westendorf, Kitzbühel and Worgl.
There are 13 lifts in the SkiWelt area, which are free to use if you purchase a Hiker’s Experience Pass – well worth it if you plan on doing a lot of walking or just want to get up high to see the views.
|Festival ||Month |
|Tyrolean-Knöpferl-Harmonica Meeting ||Early to mid June |
|Solstice Bonfire ||Mid June |
|Summernight Festival ||Late June to mid September |
|Scheffauer Kaiserfestival ||Mid July |
The tiny town of Scheffau has a charming village centre with a few cafes, bars and restaurants serving Austrian and Italian fare. Though if you want greater choice, you may have to venture to Ellmau and Soll for a bit more variety.
In the lower part of the village is Gastof, serving traditional Austrian cuisine at pretty reasonable prices. This restaurant is great for families as it has a good-sized play area.
With views of the lifts, Aualm, is ideal for a quick lunch at the bottom of the mountain. Whether you choose a burger, dumplings or Currywurst, you’re bound to have a hearty midday meal with great views from the outdoor sun terrace.
Whether you want take-away or a sit-down meal, Donatello Ristorante Pizzeria creates scrummy pizzas for reasonable prices. Everything is freshly made-to-order and there’s a great selection of both pizza and pasta to choose from.
There are over 700km of trails, so it’s easy to get out and explore this extensive and truly beautiful region. The distinctive Wilder Kaiser Mountains are a rocky maze of scenic fields and lush mountain pines. On the other side, the Kitzbüheler Alps offer panoramic paths and spectacular views, easily reachable with summer lifts. A good place to start is by strolling to the neighbouring towns of Söll and Ellmau, and you simply must take a walk to the stunning Hintersteinersee lake. A Hiker’s Experience Pass will give you access to all the lifts and walkers’ buses.
A day on the largest lake in the Wilder Kaiser valley is a must for anyone visiting this region. From Scheffau the walk takes around 1.5-2 hours and, though it’s uphill, it’s paved so it’s not too difficult. Spend the day lazing in the sun or splashing in the crystal-clear waters. You could even bring a picnic and have lunch on the shore. Taxis also go to the lake and are free with your guest card.
Follow the Blaikner Weg to the Blaiken guesthouse and then cross the bridge and carry on towards Seebach. Along the way, you’ll come to the Rosemarie Café, one of the best cafés in Scheffau. Enjoy drinks and scrummy homemade cakes here. To get home, follow route 56, cross the Seebach bridge and take the path bath to the village via the Niederscheffau farm.
A more challenging hike to a nearby waterfall, with incredible views down the valley towards St Johann. Catch the bus to Going Dorf and then follow route 818, which winds past farmhouses and the Badasee lake. Stay on route 818 as it winds up through the forest. After around 2 and a half hours you’ll reach the waterfall. Route 817 will take you back towards Going – and there’s great hut to stop at along the way.
Wilder Kaiser Guest Card
See more of the local area with free and reduced rates on lifts, guided walks and bus networks.
· Bus service to the Hintersteinersee swimming lake mid-June to early October (book at tourist office)
· Kaiserjet and KaiserExpress bus service
· Guided walks with the tourist office
· Nature-based family programme
· Internet access at various WiFi hotspots across the region
Available free to all customers staying in Scheffau.
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Local area Holiday Advisor
Your Holiday Advisor won’t be based in your resort, but will be close by. Before you travel, you'll receive their contact details via email. Then, if you need them during your holiday, you can reach them by phone, 24 hours a day. Alternatively, you can send them a text, email them or even tweet them – whatever works for you.
Why not try a twin centre combining a stay at the lovely Hotel Kaiser in Tyrol in Scheffau with 7 nights at the Hotel Lebzelter in stunning Zell am See? Or opt for a city add-on of 3 or 4 days in Salzburg.
Transfer to your second centre is usually by coach or minibus and may be via the airport. Call us to book.