Running and Nordic Walking at Lake Achensee

An ideal topography featuring lakeshores, mountains and the Karwendel valleys provides plenty of variety for runners. The Achensee region is one of the most beautiful running destinations in the Alps thanks to the perfect conditions, excellent infrastructure and fantastic international events.


All 183km of marked running routes in the region are both suitable for running enthusiasts and for Nordic walkers. Short circuits on flat terrain make things easy for beginners, while expert runners tackle the longer, moderately difficult and also partly steeper sections. The loop around the lake is especially popular and is also the superb setting for the Achensee Run.

Exceptional running events

The region has long become famous internationally with two events. For running enthusiasts various training camps are available.

The Karwendelmarsch, which takes place every year on the last weekend in August, also offers a king of the mountains classification for mountain runners. The route takes ambitious runners over 52 kilometres right through the entire Karwendel Alpine Park.
Runners have to tackle a challenging climb of 2281 metres of elevation. Every year the Karwendelmarsch attracts hundreds of keen runners and hikers to Lake Achensee.
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The Achensee Run is rightly described by participants and spectators as Austria’s most beautiful panoramic run. Every year on the first weekend in September, thousands of enthusiastic runners tackle the 23.2 kilometres around Tirol’s largest lake, while enthusiastic spectators take in the impressive sights on the route. The spectacular mass start attracts lots of curious onlookers.
The route proceeds through Pertisau towards Maurach, along the lakeside road to Achenkirch and back to Pertisau, with a final section across the Gaisalm, which demands a lot of the runners’ fitness levels.
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