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Lake Achensee & its Mountains

Tyrol - a week's walking by Lake Achensee
 
Staying at a high-quality hotel with an outstanding pool and spa, as well as first-rate cuisine, on this self-guided, single-centre walking holiday you can enjoy a varied choice of walks and activities to gain different perspectives of this splendid lake, using the free local buses to get about.
Lake Achensee & its Mountains. 7 nights
Lake Achensee & its Mountains. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A centre-based walking holiday in the Tyrol

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.
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.
 
Gallery
 

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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    °C 0 2 6 10 14 18 20 19 17 12 5 1
    mm 46 45 52 66 100 120 133 124 82 57 59 49
  • 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 seven different walks – all of them accessible to walkers of average fitness and most offering the option to shorten or extend routes. Your visitor’s card entitles you to free travel on the local buses – or you may choose to upgrade locally to a 'local area holiday card' which gives free travel on the various cable cars and boats, certainly worthwhile for accessing a number of our suggested walks.
  • Choice of routes: 11km to 18km

    Along the lake to Achenkirch: 11km, 2.5hrs
    Enjoy fabulous views across the lake as you walk 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.

    Into the Karwendel Mountains: 11.5km, 4hrs
    Using the Karwendel cable car from Pertisau, this linear walk heads through pastures, then descends through forest to Maurach.

    Along the Falzthurn Valley: 18km, 5hrs
    From the door of the hotel enjoy a long, but leisurely, linear walk through the meadows and woodland of the pretty Karwendal Valley. Early summer is the perfect time to see the wildflowers and for a spot of bird-watching. As this is a linear walk, you can turn back at any point, though it is well worth going all the way to Gamailalm for refreshments before returning.
    Looking down on Gaisalm on the route to Achenkirch
  • Choice of routes: 7.5km to 14km
    The village of Maurach is an hour's walk or a 20-minute bus ride from Pertisau.

    To Rofanspitze: 10.5km, 4hrs
    Starting and ending by cable car, this rewarding, out-and-back walk takes you though high Alpine meadows to reach the peak of Rofanspitze, from where there are some superb views across the peaks which surround the lake. 

    St Notburga's Way: 10km, 4hrs
    Saint Notburga is the Austrian patron saint of servants and peasants and is buried in Eben. Enjoy a circular walk that takes in the beautiful St Notburga's church before visiting an interesting museum dedicated to the saint.

    Dalfaz Waterfall: 7.5km, 3hrs
    Starting from the lakeside on the opposite shore from Pertisau, the path climbs steadily up through woodland to reach the dramatic Dalfaz Waterfall. Beyond here, the route continues across Alpine pastures to the Dalfazalm, where you can stop for lunch, before contouring to the top of the cable car and returning to Maurach, from where you catch the bus back to Pertisau.

    Through Steinernes Tor: 14km, 4hrs
    This is a delightful and varied linear walk offering you four very different aspects of the surrounding mountains. From the top of the Rofan cable car, the path ascends steeply through woodland, passing the dramatic rock face at Steinernes Tor. From here you descend on a steep woodland trail to a waterfall and then follow the mountain stream down to the lakeside. Return to Pertisau by boat. 
    Heading towards Rofanspitze on the route from Maurach
  • Innsbruck & more
    There are plenty of ways to explore, on foot, on two wheels or by taking full advantage of the excellent local transport:

    Nordic walking
    For a change from walking, local guide Christoph Leithner can arrange 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!

    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 the village.

    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. 

    Air Rofan Skyflier
    For those seeking a real thrill, take the Rofanseilbahn cable-car to the top of the Gschollkopf and 'fly' down the mountain at 85km/h!

    Innsbruck
    Take the bus and train (pay locally for the latter) to Innsbruck. With the Dolomites to the south and the Tyrolean peaks to the north and west, this fairy-tale city boasts a splendid mountain panorama. Admire the Baroque façades of the houses lining Herzog Friedrich Strasse, and do not miss the Imperial Palace and the beautiful Goldenes Dachl ('Golden Roof'), an extraordinary Gothic bay window with 2,657 gilded copper tiles dating from the rule of Emperor Maximilian I.

    Distillery tour
    If you are interested in learning more about that most famous of Austrian exports, schnapps, then you can join a guided tour around the distillery in nearby Maurach, before perhaps buying some to take home.
 

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

 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 16 May 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    16 May - 13 Jun 2020 £1160 £135
    14 - 19 Jun 2020 £1230 £140
    20 Jun - 15 Aug 2020 £1260 £145
    16 - 21 Aug 2020 £1230 £140
    22 - 31 Aug 2020 £1195 £135
    1 - 30 Sep 2020 £1160 £135
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £1145 £130
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    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.

    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.

    7 nights: 16 May 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    16 May - 13 Jun 2020 £1225 £135
    14 - 19 Jun 2020 £1295 £140
    20 Jun - 15 Aug 2020 £1335 £145
    16 - 21 Aug 2020 £1295 £140
    22 - 31 Aug 2020 £1255 £135
    1 - 30 Sep 2020 £1225 £135
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £1210 £130
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    A supplement of approximately £35 per car per single journey applies on certain dates over the Easter holidays. A supplement of approximately £47 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays in late May/early June and during the school summer holidays. Please contact us for more details.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau
    X-Large: 16 May - 31 Oct 2020 £7
    XX-Large: 16 May - 31 Oct 2020 £14

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

    Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau (with dinner) Double room Single room
    16 May - 19 Jun 2020 £150 £168
    20 Jun - 21 Aug 2020 £160 £179
    22 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £150 £168
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich

    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 Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Munich Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck Charter (contact us) 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  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 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Stansted - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  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 (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Munich Flybe 
    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. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Innsbruck

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Innsbruck airport to hotel (0h50) £55 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi Innsbruck airport to hotel (0h50) £55 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Salzburg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Salzburg HB to Jenbach (1h30-1h55), hotel transfer Jenbach to hotel (0h15) £52 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Jenbach (0h15), rail Jenbach to Salzburg HB (1h30-1h55) £52 1330

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Jenbach (2h-2h55), hotel transfer Jenbach to hotel (0h15) £50 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Jenbach (0h15), rail Jenbach to Munich airport (2h-2h55) £50 1300
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 lunches
    7 breakfasts
    afternoon tea & cake
  • route notes and maps
  • visitor's card
 
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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 hotel to hotel, 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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