Lake Achensee & its Mountains

Tyrol - a week's walking by Lake Achensee

Holiday Highlights

Dramatic waterfalls | From the lake shore, a path climbs up through woodland to Dalfaz Waterfall.
Pertisau | A great setting combining the lake, mountains and the entrance to two lush green valleys.
Hotel views | The spacious bedrooms have sweeping views over the lake and/or surrounding mountains.
Nordic walking | Local guide Christoph Leithner introduces Nordic walking, now very popular in the Alps.
Lake Achensee & its Mountains. 7 nights
Lake Achensee & its Mountains. 7 nights

Holiday information


A centre-based walking holiday in the Tyrol

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.
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 a generous breakfast and delicious dinner 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.


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.
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    The best time for alpine flowers is June and early July. At lower levels the flowers bloom slightly earlier.
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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 nine 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: 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 and the Pletzach Valley: 13km
  • Choice of routes: 9.5km to 17km

    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.

    Along the Falzthurn Valley: 17km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 330m
    From the door of the hotel enjoy a long, but leisurely, linear walk through the meadows and woodland of the pretty Falzthurn 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 Gramaialm for refreshments before returning.

    Pletzachalm & Feilalm: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 445m
    After a gentle walk along the valley to Pletzachalm (or you could catch the land train for a shorter day), you wind gradually uphill across the lower slopes of Feilkopf, to reach Feilalm which overlooks Pertisau and Achensee. It is then a steady descent on tracks and woodland paths back to the valley floor and Pertisau.
    Looking down on Gaisalm
    To Achenkirch: 9.5km
    Faltzthurn Valley: 17km
    Pletzachalm and Feilalm: 14km
  • Choice of routes: 9km to 11km

    The first two of these routes start in the village of Maurach, which is an hour's walk or a 20-minute bus ride from Pertisau. The third starts from Gernalm, accessible by land train.

    To Rofanspitze: 9km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 540m
    Starting and ending by cable car, 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.

    Through Steinernes Tor: 11km, 4.5hrs; ascent 340m / descent 1235m
    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.

    Gernalm to Pertisau: 10km, 4hrs; ascent 500m / descent 720m
    Taking advantage of the Hüttenexpress (land train), you start this walk from Gernalm at the head of the Pletzach valley. After a stiff initial climb to the saddle underneath Gütenbergkopf, a gentler section takes you up to Feilkopf for views down over Achensee and across to the mountains beyond. You then descend across wooded slopes to the valley floor.
    Heading towards Rofanspitze
    Rofanspitze: 9km
    Steinernes Tor: 11km
    Gernalm to Pertisau: 10km
  • Dalfaz Waterfall: 6.5km, 4hrs; ascent 960m / descent 65m
    This is the most challenging route in our selection, and perhaps one to leave until nearer the end of the week when you've built up your mountain legs! Starting from Buchau on the opposite shore of the lake 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.
    Woodland paths to Dalfaz Waterfall
    Dalfaz Waterfall: 6.5km
  • 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
    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!

    Take the bus and train (pay locally for the latter) to Innsbruck, where we provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour. 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.


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
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  • 7 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 - 31 May 2024 £1495 £255
    1 Jun - 30 Jul 2024 £1580 £255
    31 Jul - 24 Aug 2024 £1465 £255
    25 Aug - 13 Sep 2024 £1570 £255
    14 Sep - 1 Oct 2024 £1480 £240
    2 - 24 Oct 2024 £1380 £240
    13 - 31 May 2025 £1555 £270
    1 Jun - 30 Jul 2025 £1645 £270
    31 Jul - 24 Aug 2025 £1525 £270
    25 Aug - 13 Sep 2025 £1635 £270
    14 Sep - 1 Oct 2025 £1540 £250
    2 - 24 Oct 2025 £1440 £250
    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: 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 - 31 May 2024 £1575 £255
    1 Jun - 30 Jul 2024 £1705 £255
    31 Jul - 24 Aug 2024 £1590 £255
    25 Aug - 13 Sep 2024 £1695 £255
    14 Sep - 1 Oct 2024 £1605 £240
    2 - 24 Oct 2024 £1505 £240
    13 - 31 May 2025 £1685 £270
    1 Jun - 30 Jul 2025 £1775 £270
    31 Jul - 24 Aug 2025 £1655 £270
    25 Aug - 13 Sep 2025 £1765 £270
    14 Sep - 1 Oct 2025 £1670 £250
    2 - 24 Oct 2025 £1565 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£77 to -£80
    Single traveller supplement £77 to £80

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return Channel crossing between Folkestone and Calais with LeShuttle for your party and one car.

    A supplement of approximately £65 per car per single journey applies for travel at key dates over Easter, while from May onwards a supplement of approximately £42 per car per single journey applies for travel over public holidays and at weekends during school holidays. See the self-drive page or contact us for more details.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau
    X Large (Kirsche Mittel) with balcony: 13 May - 31 Oct 2024 £11
    X Large (Kirsche Mittel) with balcony: 13 May - 31 Oct 2025 £11
    XX Large (Kirsche Gross/Rotkehlchen) with balcony: 13 May - 31 Oct 2024 £20
    XX Large (Kirsche Gross/Rotkehlchen) 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 £195 £217
    20 Jun - 21 Aug 2024 £205 £229
    22 Aug - 31 Oct 2024 £195 £217
    13 May - 19 Jun 2025 £205 £228
    20 Jun - 21 Aug 2025 £215 £240
    22 Aug - 31 Oct 2025 £205 £228
    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 
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    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
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    Birmingham - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  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 
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    Liverpool - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    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,  Charter (contact us),  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 Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  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) £70-£73 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Innsbruck airport (0h50) £70-£73 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Jenbach (2h-2h55), transfer Jenbach to hotel (0h15) £66-£69 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Jenbach (0h15), rail Jenbach to Munich airport (2h-2h55) £66-£69 1300

    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 (0h15) £68-£71 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Jenbach (0h15), rail Jenbach to Salzburg Hbf (1h30-1h55) £68-£71 1330
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • visitor's card

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  • 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.

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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.
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    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.
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  • 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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