As mentioned in our post about Füssen (check it out here), when we planned this winter trip, we also wanted to have a nice ski day in order to make the most out of the European winter. However, as it got closer to the trip date, the snow forecasts were not very promising for the Tegelberg ski station located nearby Füssen at the foothills of the Alps. Therefore, we started to think about a plan B in case the snow condition was not good.
When consulting the very helpful information center of Füssen, we got to know there were some other options of ski stations around. And better still, that we could reach them for free with the Füssen card we were entitled to by staying in a hostel in the city. One of them being in Austria! More precisely the Reuttener Seilbahnen ski resort in the Austrian city of Reutte.
Enchanted by the opportunity of skiing surrounded by the Alps and plus get to set our foots in a different country, we searched online for webcams showing the snow conditions of the ski station and we could see that it was way better than in Tegelberg. So, it was decided! We were going to Austria!
Reutte is located in the Austrian Tyrol and offers a natural park with activities both for summer and winter: bike tours, trails through the forest, snow sports and water activities in its lakes of crystalline mountains water (including fishing and scuba diving).
HOW TO GET TO REUTTE?
From Füssen, you can get to Reutte by a 20-minute car ride or a 30-minute bus (line 74) from the Füssen Train station. The trip itself is already nice since you feel you are getting inside the Alps region with the mountains getting bigger on every turn you take.
THE REUTTENER SEILBAHNEN SKI RESORT
HOW TO GET THERE?
We got to the city center at around 9.45 a.m on a Saturday and we could not find information about which bus to take from the city center to the ski resort. The tourist center would open only at 10 a.m so we decided to wait a bit to see if there was a bus we could catch to get there.
The staff advised us to take line 4268 but they were not really sure about the hours during weekends, which we found weird since the ski station is one of the main attractions of the city during winter. Thus, we looked online for cab companies to get from the city center to the ski resort (the ride was 15 EUR).
Beforehand, just for the records, we would like to say we are not great skiers (or better saying, sporty people at all). We have taken some ski classes in the past, but skiing is not exactly like riding a bike, especially for someone from the tropical city of Rio. Therefore, our analysis won’t be very professional.
Reuttener Seilbahnen is a medium-sized ski resort best suited for intermediate skiers, which we could realize on our first try to ski down the easiest slopes. For someone who is used to American ski resorts, I must say that Reuttener Seilbahnen can be very challenging, be prepared for some falls.
What we thought interesting about this ski resort is that not only they offer day and half day passes but also hourly tickets (check information here). As we had time restriction to catch the bus back to Füssen, we decided to get the 4-hour ticket for 29 EUR per person. In addition to this, there is a 2 EUR deposit for the wireless pass card that you'll get back at the end of the day. We rented the ski equipment (boots, skies, helmet, etc.) in a store located at the bottom of the mountains for 26 EUR per person (check prices here). In this store, which is also a ski school, they offer ski and snowboard classes (check here). We have to say it was a very fun day though, due to lack of beginner trails, we had to keep going up and down (and falling a few times along the way).
Later on, we discovered that there was another beginner trails (Schollen-wiesen lifte) and was not told to us by the lady at the tickets office that maybe could have spared us some falls. However, it did not provide the same views as the top of the mountain did: the gondola lift leaves you close by a restaurant Panorama restaurant Hahnen-kamm where you can take a break while admiring the surrounding mountains (highly recommended)
As the trail going until the bottom of the mountains was intermediate and we were kind of scared to take it, we descended with the gondola lift. After returning all the equipment, we were just in time to get the bus back to Reutte, which we were able to take for free by showing our Füssen card (though maybe we should have paid but the bus driver didn't seem to mind about it).
On the way back to Füssen, we asked the driver to drop us nearby the Lechfall (check it out here in our Füssen post) which is just after crossing the Austrian-German border so we could check this attraction.
OTHER MAIN ATTRACTION: HIGHLINE 179
At the tourist center, we got tips for other attractions around but unfortunately we didn't have enough time to check them out, though they seem very appealing. The one most worth mentioning is the Highline 179 – a suspension bridge hanging from an altitude of 114 meters that connects the Ehrenburg Castle ruins with Fort Claudia. This bridge offers amazing views and a floating sensation that apparently defies even those who are not very afraid of height. Such a structure won a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the "Longest Tibet-style footbridge". We would definitely visit such a wonder in a future opportunity (more information here).
Opening hours - daily from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Admission - 8 EUR
And now it's your turn to let us know your impressions, thoughts and also tips to visit the Tyrol region in Austria or any other ski resort. Have you already been to Tyrol? Which other attractions would you recommend? We look forward reading your comments in the section below.