With a lake, mountains and the entrance to two lush green valleys on its doorstep, Pertisau is a walker’s paradise. We provide you with route notes for six different walks – all of them accessible to walkers of average fitness – while your visitor’s card entitles you to free travel on the local buses. Pay locally for boat trips.
• Bärenbad Alm (16km, 4.5hrs): this walk explores the woods and alpine meadows south of Pertisau, with wonderful views. Paths initially wind through a forest before rising round the mountainside to the pastures of Bärenbad Alm and Weissenbach Alm. From here, a forest track leads down the valley to Seespitze to join a path along the lake’s shore back to Pertisau.
• Around the Lake (up to 23km, 5.5hrs): enjoy splendid views over Lake Achensee as you walk around it. You can shorten the walk by taking a boat part of the way.
• The Notburgaweg from Maurach (8km, 3hrs): after a short bus ride to Maurach, easy trails lead through forests and alpine pastures, passing a chapel dedicated to the local saint, Notburga. For a slightly longer day, detour to Kanzelkehre from where you can gaze along the Inn Valley.
• Feilalm (11km, 3hrs): this is another relatively gentle route through forests and alpine meadows, with the option of an extension up to the Feilkopf.
• To Achenkirch via the Pasillsattel (16km, 5hrs): walk to Achenkirch at the northern end of the lake through classic Alpine scenery. A steep ascent to the Pasillsattel is rewarded with fantastic mountain views, after which you contour round the flank of the Seebergspitze before descending to Achenkirch, from where you take the boat back to Pertisau.
• The Dalfaz Waterfall (6km, 2.5hrs): starting and finishing with a bus journey, this short but scenic route leads to the beautiful Dalfaz Waterfall.
For a change from walking, local guide Christoph Leithner can arrange mountain-bike hire or an introduction to Nordic walking (pay locally), an activity which has become very popular in the Alps in recent years due to its great health benefits. It is best described as cross-country skiing without the skis (or the snow!).