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Hiking in the Karwendel & Rofan mountains

Lake Achensee is surrounded by two mountain ranges: The Rofan and the Karwendel mountains are best explored on foot. Those who want to go up the mountains without enduring the climb can enjoy a scenic gondola ride and savour the views all the way up. 

The Rofan mountains to the east of Lake Achensee are rugged and gentle at the same time. On the high plateau, gentle paths climb over lush meadows to the peaks whose rock faces fall away precipitously on the other side. The Karwendel mountains, which lie to the west, are home to the region's most splendid flora and fauna and boast the highest population of golden eagles in the Alps. Comprising over 727km² the Nature Park Karwendel is the largest nature reserve in Austria. Follow this link to read our safety tips!

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Achenkirch - entrance to Unterautal - Achenkirch

Starting Point: Achenkirch, parish church

From the Achenkirch parish church, walk left past the Annakircherl chapel and follow the sign…

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01:00 h
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4.3 km
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40 hm
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Bergstation Rofanseilbahn - Sagzahn - Vorderes Sonnwendjoch - Bergstation Rofanseilbahn

Starting Point: Maurach, top station Rofan cable car

From the top station of the Rofan cable car, follow the trail to the Grubascharte and continue to…

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05:30 h
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11.8 km
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830 hm
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The Rofan and Karwendel cable cars

The region boasts 500 kilometres of well-maintained and signposted hiking trails, ranging from family jaunts and easy strolls into the Nature Park Karwendel to challenging summit victories. And when the mountains are calling but you are unsure about your fitness level, or your legs need a rest? Let the Rofan and Karwendel cable cars whisk you to the top where scenic walks await. 

The Rofan cable car transports visitors directly from Maurach up the mountain. On the top, the AIRROFAN zipline is an attraction for thrill-seekers.
Rofan cable car
The Karwendel cable car starts in Pertisau and gives access to the Zwölferkopf area.
Karwendel cable car

Achensee hiking programme

A variety of guided hikes occur every week from Monday to Friday, giving visitors the opportunity to connect with nature and explore the local flora and fauna.

The hiking tour to the Feilkopf in the Karwendel mountains affords beautiful views of the Ebner Joch and is a wonderful shared experience.
This trail explores a varied landscape as it travels along Lake Achensee from Achenkirch to the Gaisalm and to Pertisau.
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