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.

Natur pur in Mitten des Naturpark Karwendel
Natur pur in Mitten des Naturpark Karwendel
Laufen an der Seepromenade
Laufen an der Seepromenade
Vitalurlaub am Achensee - stretching am Steg beim Badestrand Buchau
Vitalurlaub am Achensee - stretching am Steg beim Badestrand Buchau
Teilnehmer des Achensee Trailrunnincamps - unterwegs von Scharnitz nach Pertisau
Teilnehmer des Achensee Trailrunnincamps - unterwegs von Scharnitz nach Pertisau
Trailrunning am Bärenkopf in Pertisau zu Sonnenaufgang
Trailrunning am Bärenkopf in Pertisau zu Sonnenaufgang

 

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.

  • Training Camps 2020

    If you want to warm up for the event you can sign up for the Achensee running camp from 2 to 5 July 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 www.sportalpen.com

    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 www.sportalpen.com.

  • The Karwendelmarsch

    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.
    Further information available at www.karwendelmarsch.info

  • Achensee Run

    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.
    Further information available at www.achenseelauf.at