The magic of winter at Lake Achensee

Those who are looking for a gentle winter experience will find numerous options to explore the snow-covered mountain landscape off the ski slopes. Ballooning, snowshoeing, tobogganing or ice stock sports – Lake Achensee is a romantic winter wonderland.

Floating in a hot-air balloon over Lake Achensee through the clear, cold air. Exploring the Nature Park Karwendel on snowshoes or on foot. Or maybe you fancy an exhilarating toboggan ride? Lake Achensee, Tirol’s Sports & Vitality Park, offers visitors a multitude of options to enjoy the cold season, for example going for a leisurely spin on the ice rink or trying out ice stock sports. After a day’s adventures, the Panorama-BAD and Penthouse-SPA at the Atoll Achensee leisure centre are wonderful for warming up.

Hiking through the winter landscape

The Achensee region boasts 150 kilometres of cleared winter hiking trails. Among the favourite routes of many pleasure hikers are the trails into the snow-covered Karwendel valleys starting in Pertisau. Gently undulating paths wind through the winter wonderland where quaint mountain huts invite to stop by. The mountain inns Pletzachalm and Alpengasthof Falzturn are within an hour’s walk from Pertisau. A two-hour excursion takes you to the Gramai Alm where you can warm up by the fireplace enjoying Tirolean delicacies. In addition, the paths along the lakeshore from Pertisau to Maurach and in Achenkirch provide a beautiful setting for leisurely strolls. If you want to experience a storybook winter idyll, a visit to Steinberg am Rofan is a must. Located at an elevation of 1,000 metres above sea level, the small secluded village offers a one-hour circular hiking trail which is illuminated after dark.

Visitors who enjoy hiking in groups can participate in the region’s winter hiking programme from 21 December 2020 to 19 March 2021. The Achensee region offers ranger-guided tours where visitors learn interesting facts about animal tracking, snow conditions, and the flora and fauna of the region. Tours occur daily from Monday to Friday on foot or on snowshoes, price per person is EUR 15 including snowshoeing equipment.

Fun on the ice

The Achensee holiday region also offers a skating rink where children and adults can go for a leisurely spin or try ice stock sports.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides

Horse-drawn sleigh rides are a classically romantic way to enjoy the winter wonderland of the Karwendel valleys. Cuddled up beneath a fur blanket, visitors enjoy the breathtaking mountain panorama. The Posthotel Achenkirch offers sleigh rides drawn by Lipizzaner horses for those who are looking for a classy experience.

Tobogganing at Lake Achensee

Family-friendly or fast-paced and demanding? At Lake Achensee, there are six natural toboggan runs between 0.8 to 4.8 kilometres long to choose from, providing downhill fun for all ages. There are several options for those who want to avoid the climb. The toboggan run in Achenkirch has lift access. In Pertisau, the “Rodlexpress” tractor takes visitors to the Rodlhütte from where a traffic light ensures a safe descent. The cable car provides easy access to the toboggan run on the Zwölferkopf, which is almost 5 kilometres long. Sporty visitors can hike uphill in about 2 hours; the climb over 650 metres of elevation will be rewarded with stunning views of the lake.

Atoll Achensee: The pleasant warmth of water meets winter magic

Located directly on the lakeshore in Maurach, the top modern leisure facility Atoll Achensee comprises over 6,500 square metres. Visitors can relax in the light-flooded Panorama-BAD, the spacious Penthouse-SPA and in the fun and outdoor pools. Those looking for sporting activities can work out in the Lakeside-GYM with unique vistas of the lake or test their climbing skills in the BOULDER-Halle.