Heart of the Tyrol

Idyllic Lake Achensee 
 
From your magnificent base at a high-quality hotel with outstanding spa, set out on a varied choice of walks and activities, gaining different perspectives of splendid Lake Achensee… This self-guided, single-centre walking break also includes free bus travel.
Heart of the Tyrol. 3 nights
Heart of the Tyrol. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A centre-based walking break in the Tyrol

It is no wonder that visitors have been coming to Lake Achensee for decades – with its glittering waters and striking mountain backdrop, the scenery is magnificent. Indeed, a couple of days in the typically Tyrolean village of Pertisau is sure to leave you feeling fully rested and invigorated – not only can you enjoy the fresh mountain air on our scenic walks, but you can also indulge yourself in the Hotel Wiesenhof's state-of-the-art spa. The icing on the cake is that all this is under an hour's drive from the airport, making Pertisau ideal for a short break.
Nestling on the western shores of Lake Achensee, Pertisau guards the entrance to two valleys leading into the Karwendel Mountains which frame this Tyrolean jewel. This is perfect walking country, where inviting paths lead along the water's edge, through the valleys and along panoramic ridges in the mountains high above, thus giving you different perspectives of the lake.
 
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Walking & More

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for alpine flowers is June and early July. At lower levels the flowers bloom slightly earlier.
     
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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  • An introduction
    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 four 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 other transport.
  • Choice of routes: 5.5km to 13km

    Zwölferkopf to Pertisau: 5.5km, 2hrs; 25m ascent / 560m descent
    An easy way to enjoy gentle but panoramic walking is to take the cable car up Zwölferkopf, follow a circular route from the cable-car station, and then descend to Pertisau. For an even easier walk of just 3km, you can descend by cable car instead of on foot.

    Gernalm & the Pletzach Valley: 13km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 255m
    Starting from the hotel door, this out-and-back walk to the popular mountain hut of Gernalm (6.5km each way) is delightfully varied, leading along quiet wooded paths, stream-side tracks and open meadows, and offering grand views of the surrounding mountains. If you would prefer a shorter day, you can take the Hüttenexpress (land train) to or from Gernalm.
    Zwölferkopf to Pertisau: 5.5km
    Gernalm & the Pletzach Valley: 13km
  • Along the lake to Achenkirch: 9.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent 195m / descent 230m
    Enjoy fabulous views across the lake as you walk from Pertisau, along the western shores of Achensee, to the villages of Gaisalm and Achenkirch at the head of the lake, before returning by boat from Achenkirch.
    Looking down on Gaisalm
    To Achenkirch: 9.5km
  • To Rofanspitze: 9km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 540m
    Take a bus to Maurach (20mins), then take the cable car into the mountains. From the top station, this rewarding, out-and-back walk takes you through high Alpine meadows to reach the peak of Rofanspitze, from where there are some superb views across the peaks which surround the lake. You return to Pertisau the way you came: by cable car and bus.
    Heading towards Rofanspitze
    To Rofanspitze: 9km
  • By train & boat

    Achensee lake cruises
    Boat trips have been operating on the lake since 1887. Use them to enjoy walks along the shores, hopping back onboard to sail back to Pertisau.

    Cog railway
    Take a ride on the steam cog railway, which dates from 1889, from the end of the lake down to the town of Jenbach and back again. 
 

Accommodation

Small but bustling Pertisau has a few shops, a post office, a bank, and a handful of eateries.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Hotel Wiesenhof
  • 4-star superior

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 3 nights: 13 May 2024 - 31 October 2024 & 13 May 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 May - 13 Jun 2024 £815 £77
    14 - 19 Jun 2024 £890 £77
    20 Jun - 15 Aug 2024 £890 £77
    16 - 21 Aug 2024 £890 £77
    22 - 31 Aug 2024 £855 £77
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £815 £77
    1 - 28 Oct 2024 £795 £77
    13 May - 13 Jun 2025 £850 £80
    14 - 19 Jun 2025 £930 £80
    20 Jun - 15 Aug 2025 £930 £80
    16 - 21 Aug 2025 £930 £80
    22 - 31 Aug 2025 £890 £80
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £850 £80
    1 - 28 Oct 2025 £830 £80
    3rd & 4th person discount -£140 to -£145
    Single traveller supplement £145 to £155

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: return taxi from Innsbruck Airport
    Other options (no additional charge): return rail/taxi from Munich or return rail/taxi from Salzburg, but please note the 3rd & 4th person holiday discount does not apply if flying via Munich or Salzburg.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau
    X-Large with balcony: 13 May - 31 Oct 2024 £11
    X-Large with balcony: 13 May - 31 Oct 2025 £11
    XX-large with balcony: 13 May - 31 Oct 2024 £20
    XX-large with balcony: 13 May - 31 Oct 2025 £21

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau (with dinner) Double room Single room
    13 May - 19 Jun 2024 £210 £232
    20 Jun - 21 Aug 2024 £220 £244
    22 Aug - 31 Oct 2024 £210 £232
    13 May - 19 Jun 2025 £220 £243
    20 Jun - 21 Aug 2025 £230 £255
    22 Aug - 31 Oct 2025 £220 £243
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Innsbruck, Salzburg or Munich
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Innsbruck jet2,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck jet2 
    Bristol - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Bristol - Salzburg jet2 
    Bristol - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Salzburg TUI 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck TUI 
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Innsbruck TUI 
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Stansted - Salzburg jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Salzburg TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Teesside International - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Teesside International - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Innsbruck

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Innsbruck airport to hotel (0h50) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Innsbruck airport (0h50) included flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Jenbach (2h10-2h45), transfer Jenbach to hotel (0h10) included 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Jenbach (0h10), rail Jenbach to Munich airport (2h10-2h45) included 1230

    Connecting travel options - flying via Salzburg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Salzburg Hbf to Jenbach (1h30-1h55), transfer Jenbach to hotel (0h10) included 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Jenbach (0h10), rail Jenbach to Salzburg Hbf (1h30-1h55) included 1330
What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 dinners
    3 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • visitor's card giving free bus travel
  • return travel from Innsbruck or Munich as detailed
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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