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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.

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Steinberg - Schneidalm - Raetischen Inschriften – Stubachalm - Steinberg

Starting Point: Steinberg am Rofan, Parkplatz Waldfrieden

From the car park “Waldfrieden”, follow the main road for ca. 500 metres in the direction of…

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walking time
07:45 h
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distance
15.1 km
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altitude meters uphill
965 hm
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Middle
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Maurach - Buchauer Alm - Hubersteig - Ebner Joch - Astenau Alpe

Starting Point: Maurach, Talstation der Rofanseilbahn

From the valley station of the Rofan cable car follow the forest road to the “Buchauer Alm” mountain…

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06:00 h
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9.5 km
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altitude meters uphill
970 hm
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Take the easy way up in 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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