Railway & boat trips
The era of the Achensee steam cog railway and the Achenseeschiffahrt shipping company laid the foundation of tourism at Lake Achensee.
The train has been whistling and steaming its way up the mountain for over 130 years. From Jenbach in the Inntal Valley to Lake Achensee it covers a distance of approximately 7 kilometres climbing over an elevation of 440 metres. The Achensee Steam Cog Railway is the oldest of its kind in Europe and will start running again in May 2022.
A success story spanning more than 100 years
Due to its wealth of fishing and hunting opportunities, Lake Achensee has always been of interest to sovereign rulers, like Emperor Maximilian I and Archduke Ferdinand II., who had luxurious boats made. When in the middle of the 19th century tourists discovered Lake Achensee, the owner of the lake, the Fiecht monastery, managed to get a shipping concession. Eventually they ordered a steam boat with a dockyard in Linz. The individual components were transported from Jenbach to Lake Achensee by horses, and the boat was assembled in Pertisau. In mid-June of 1887 the ship was christened St. Joseph.
When two years later the steam cog railway from Jenbach to Achensee opened, a second steam ship, the “”St. Benedikt”, was launched. The “Stella Maris”, purchased in 1911 and later renamed to “Stadt Innsbruck”, was the first diesel-powered vessel to sail on European inland waters.
Centuries ago the easy accessibility and the outstanding beauty of Lake Achensee, whose shores 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.