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.
trail running in the Nature Park Karwendel

All 183km of marked running routes in the region are not just suitable for keen runners, but also 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 training camps are offered.

If you want to warm up for the event you can sign up for the Achensee running camp from 7 to 10 May 2020, which includes health checks and expert coaching for ideal preparation. The package which includes three nights’ accommodation, half board, training and other extras can be booked for EUR 499 at

The Karwendelmarsch training camp, which is held from 25 to 28 June 2020, is the perfect way to prepare. In addition to tips from the 2012 winner of the Karwendelmarsch, the programme also includes workouts on the actual course. The package which includes three nights’ accommodation and other extras costs EUR 499 and can be booked at

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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