A mule track once ran along the route of today's Lake Achensee Road, where a customs house was built in 1495 to control the salt trade between Hall in Tirol and Munich. Here lies the origin of the Achenkirchner district which goes by the unusual name of Scholastika. The toll station slowly developed into an inn which, under the management of the landlady Scholastika Hochmayr, became a summer retreat for Innsbruck intellectuals around 1850. Many writers spent their summer at Lake Achensee and created a literary monument to Scholastika.
In 1880, Hochmayr's widower Johannes Messner had the inn converted into a noble Grand Hotel in neo-Gothic style, complete with adjoining chapel. Messner advertised his luxury accommodation as a first-class hotel with 150 rooms, …dining parlour with patio, good Viennese cuisine, pure Tirolean wines, a swimming bath and the main shipping pier of the steamboat.
The Grand Hotel burned down in 1913. A part of the ruin has been restored and is in use until today. Scholastika still has its own shipping pier with a promenade, café, and kiosk.
The bathing beach north is located in an idyllic area at the northern end of Lake Achensee. An enclosed swimming lagoon with a jetty and sunbathing lawn, an adventurous children's playground, and sanitary facilities ensure carefree bathing fun. Admission is free.
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