Railway & boat excursion
The era of the Achensee steam cog railway and the Achenseeschiffahrt shipping company laid the foundation of tourism at Lake Achensee.
For over 130 years, the train had hauled itself, huffing and puffing, up the mountain. From Jenbach in the Inntal valley to Lake Achensee, it tackled some seven kilometres and 440 metres of elevation. The Achensee Steam Cog Railway is the oldest of its kind in Europe and will be used hopefully in summer 2022 again.
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 luxuriant boats made. When around the middle of the 19th century tourists discovered Lake Achensee, the 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 mid-June of 1887 the ship was baptized in the name of St. Joseph.
When two years later the steam 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.