From the oldest steam cog railway in Europe direct to an Achensee boat cruise
With the era of the Achensee Steam Cog Railway and the Achensee boat cruise, tourism on Achensee began, and that was quite some time ago.
For over 120 years, since 1889 to be exact, the train has hauled itself, huffing and puffing, up the mountain. From Jenbach in the Inntal valley to Achensee, it tackles some seven kilometres and 440 metres altitude. Achensee Steam Cog Railway is the oldest of its kind in Europe and is still in constant use. When it gets to the top and has a break at the lake, puffing away, a steam boat from Achensee Ferry Company awaits, on which guests are able to continue their eventful panoramic journey straight away. The timetables are co-ordinated.
Timetable for Achensee boat cruise & the Steam Cog Railway
A success story spanning more than 100 years
Due to its wealth of fishing and hunting opportunities Achensee has always been of interest to sovereign rulers, like Emperor Maximilian I and Archduke Ferdinand II., who had luxuriant boats made. When around the middle of the 19th century tourism discovered Achensee, Fiecht monastery was, as owner of the lake, successful in endeavours to get a shipping franchise. Eventually they put in an order for a steam boat with a Linz dockyard.The individual components were transported from Jenbach to Achensee by horses and the boat was assembled in Pertisau. In the middle of June 1887 it was named St. Josef.
When two years later the cog railway from Jenbach to Achensee was opened, the need arose to put a second steam ship, the “St. Benedikt” into operation. With the “Stella Maris”, purchased in 1911, which was later renamed “Stadt Innsbruck”, a diesel-powered vessel sailed on European inland waters for the first time.
Centuries ago the easy accessibility and the mesmerizing beauty of Achensee, whose banks are bordered by the Karwendel and Rofan mountain ranges, attracted sovereign rulers from Tirol and their many court members. Later, famous scholars and artists chose the area time and again for their summer holidays.