Lake Achensee

Set on the Tyrol's largest and prettiest lake

Known as the ‘Fjord of the Alps’, Lake Achensee is nearly 10 km in length and 1 km wide whilst 133m at its deepest point. Known for it's stunning emerald-green colours and drinking water quality, a variety of water sports and boat trips are able to take advantage of the vastness of the water. This is an ideal summer destination due to the spectacular scenery, including the Rofan Range to the east and the Karwendel mountain range to the west (the largest protected area in Europe). Pretty villages and towns are dotted along the lake shore and include Achenkirch, Maurach and Pertisau.

Our relaxed resort of Pertisau on the western shores of Lake Achensee enjoys super views and is a great base for exploring the area.

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Pertisau - View of Achensee from Alpengasthaus Karwendel © Achensee Tourismus

Beautifully situated on the scenic western shores of Lake Achensee, the largest and deepest lake in the Tyrol, Pertisau is known for its striking emerald waters, framed by the picturesque Karwendel and majestic Rofan mountain ranges.

Great for: easy, moderate and challenging walks; families with kids

  • Steam boat excursions
  • Steam train rides on the cog railway
  • Twilight lake cruises
  • Cycling, mountain biking and E-Bike hire
  • Segway hire
  • Lakeside lido
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Horse-riding
  • Rowing boats for hire
  • Windsurfing, sailing & diving
  • Para-gliding
  • 18 hole golf course
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Langlaufstuberl brewery visits
  • Several local museums
  • Regular live music at hotels and local alms
  • Traditional Tyrolean evenings in high season

In And Around Pertisau


Lake Achensee offers excellent walking opportunities, with over 450 km of marked hiking trails above Pertisau and into the local valleys of Gerntal, Falzhurntal and the Tristenautal. Terrain ranges from flat walks to steeper trails up to the highest peaks accessed by 2 cable-cars. From most paths there are wonderful views of the lake and a great number of mountain alms for refreshment stops.


Lake Walk Easy 6 hrs
23 km walk around the lake with many lovely places to stop along the route (some steep/uneven sections)

Feilkopf Easy/Moderate 3 hrs
A relatively easy walk starting in the Gerntal valley and walking up through the trees to the Feilalm hut, stopping to enjoy great views over the lake. Walk up to the cross at the top of the mountain and back down the track to the Pletzachalm.

Zwölferkopf Easy/Moderate 2-4 hrs
There are various routes up to this mountain peak, most easily reached by the Karwendel cable-car. From the top there is a selection of routes, all accessing some lovely mountain alms on the way down. A favourite is the Weissenbachhütte and down to Maurach (3 hours) or up to the Bärenkopf for amazing views (2 hours).

Local walking map
Plan your walking in advance, purchase a map of the area for just £6.95. Must be ordered at time of booking.

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