Leutasch consists of 11 hamlets and villages which stretch along the base of the Wetterstein range of mountains which form the border between Austria and Germany.

It has a real "country" feel, with the small village churches and fields of hay dotted amidst original alpine forest.

The Leutasch stream and the banks on either side are a favourite destination for bikers and walkers as the area is one of the most open and flat areas on the plateau. The stream winds its way down from the ridge between the Wetterstein range and the Mieminger range above the town of Telfs.

The Gais valley to the west is known for its alms and the spectacular walking and climbing areas, as well as being the home of the turn-of-the-century German-language author Ludwig Ganghofer. To the south of the Leutasch valley the higher area of Neuleutasch separates the valley from Seefeld, Giessenbach and Mösern.

The upper Leutasch valley in the Austrian Tyrol

The Leutasch area was used in the Middle Ages as an area for grazing, for hunting and, above all, as a source of timber for the mining and construction in the Inn valley. Tourism really started to develop in the last century.

It is still a popular area for hunting and this part of the plateau has remained relatively open and undeveloped - which accounts for its popularity with walkers, cyclists and climbers.

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One of the most beautiful walks in the Leutasch area is the hike up past the Wetterstein and Wangalm huts and into the Puitalm: Puitalm Walk

For mountainbikers, the bike trail along the river to Mittenwald is a favourite: Mountainbike Leutasch - Mittenwald

Leutasch has a pretty wide selection of accommodation - ranging from top-quality wellness hotels through to self-catering apartments.

And in the winter it is a top spot for cross-country skiing.