Tobogganing at Lake Achensee
Limitless winter fun for the young and young at heart: Tobogganing is a fantastic outdoor winter pursuit for all ages, and the Achensee holiday region boasts the requisite natural toboggan runs. What could be more exhilarating on a crisp winter day than a good old-fashioned tobogganing adventure, letting you relive beautiful childhood memories? Tobogganing is the quintessential winter experience and has long become trendy again for adults. Which is no surprise: Enjoying a chat while walking uphill and whizzing down the hillside with the wind on your face is a great shared experience. Or maybe you want to try snowtubing, a fun winter activity where you lift your feet and ride an inflatable inner tube downhill.
Family-friendly or fast-paced and challenging? The Achensee region has several natural toboggan runs, ranging from 0.8 to almost 4.8 kilometres long. How about a night-time toboggan ride under the stars? Almost all toboggan runs are floodlit, some even until midnight. The toboggan run in Steinberg is illuminated by a light bulb chain which gives out a warm, romantic glow. And of course, no tobogganing adventure is complete without a stopover at a mountain hut where you can warm up and refuel with Tirolean delicacies.
The toboggan run on the Zwölferkopf winds its way down to Pertisau over almost 5 kilometres, affording beautiful views of Lake Achensee. The Karwendel cable car transports visitors effortlessly up the mountain to the start of the toboggan run. Toboggans are available to hire at the sports shops in the valley station.
Length: 4.8 km | no floodlight | maps.achensee.com
How about a tobogga ride in Maurach? The toboggan run winds its way down over many bends, descending steadily through the forest to the valley.
Length: 1.5 km | floodlit | maps.achensee.com
The toboggan run in Achenkirch starts at the middle station of the Hochalmlifte Christlum. You can reach the start of the toboggan run on foot or by chairlift. Tip: Every Wednesday from the start of the season, the Hochalmlifte Christlum offer night-time tobogganing. Great fun for all ages!
Length: 3.5 km | no floodlight | maps.achensee.com
At 800 metres long, the natural toboggan run in Steinberg am Rofan is quite short. The only thing that can happen is landing in a snowbank when you miss a turn. Parents can relax while the children sled down the mountain as often as they like. The easy-going ride allows plenty of time to enjoy the idyllic landscape.
Length: 0.8 km | floodlit | maps.achensee.com
The toboggan run starts near the St. Notburga church/Gasthaus Kirchenwirt in Maurach and leads down the forest over some bends to Wiesing. The descent is easy and most suitable for families.
Length: 3 km | floodlit | maps.achensee.com
Snow tubing at Lake Achensee
From the bottom, it looks quite easy. The slope of the ski lifts Planberg and Wiesenlifte where the tiny tots make their first turns is not steep. From the top, people in colourful snowsuits ride downhill and seem to manage the tubes quite well. Far from it! Snow tubes are inherently hard to control and have no brakes. Although you’re in a comfortable sitting position and try to steer the tube, you bounce and spin with every bump on the slope. Once you reach the bottom, you want to repeat the jolly ride, so you take the lift uphill again. And the second time, it gets easier: Lift your feet, don’t think about steering, and let gravity do its thing by whirling you downhill.