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Lake Achensee & its Mountains

Tyrol - a week's walking by Lake Achensee
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, single-centre walk
  • varied choice of walks and activities
  • gain different perspectives of this splendid lake
  • high-quality hotel with outstanding spa, pool and first-rate cuisine
  • free bus travel

Visitors have long been drawn to Lake Achensee, whose glittering waters reflect the imposing Karwendel Mountains which shelter it. On its western shores lies the pleasant, typically Tyrolean village of Pertisau, which in turn guards the entrance to two valleys leading deeper into the mountains. This is perfect walking country, where inviting paths lead around the lake, through the valleys and along panoramic ridges in the mountains high above.

We walked on a mountain track to another viewpoint, enjoying the dazzling contrast of colours in the landscape – the white of the snow high up, the fresh green of the meadows, and the deep blue of the lake down below us.
     
Travel diary by Beccy Cooper, Inntravel

Lake Achensee is one of those places where it is tempting simply to admire the grandeur of the surrounding mountains and soak up the restful atmosphere – it can certainly be difficult to tear yourself away from the 4-star Superior Hotel Wiesenhof with its state-of-the-art spa, large pool and excellent restaurant, where, in addition to a generous breakfast and delicious dinner, a light lunch and an afternoon snack buffet are included every day.

To not venture further afield, however, would be to miss out on some fantastic walking. There are paths both close to the water and in the mountains above, thus giving you different perspectives of this Tyrolean jewel. For a change, local guide Christoph Leithner can arrange mountain-bike hire or an introduction to Nordic walking (pay locally), or you can take the bus and train to Innsbruck, a fairy-tale city blending Gothic and Baroque architecture and boasting a delightful Old Town and fascinating sights such as the Imperial Palace and Golden Roof.

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The best time for alpine flowers is June and early July. At lower levels the flowers bloom slightly earlier.