Water sports at Lake Achensee
Lake Achensee, at over 9 kilometres long, is the largest lake in Tirol. Due to its unique topography the lake provides excellent water and wind conditions for all water sports enthusiasts.
Sailing, surfing and kiting
At Lake Achensee perfect wind conditions often prevail, yet at times they also provide a challenge for surfers, sailors and kite surfers. The light southern wind (1-2 Beaufort scale) in the morning and the strong northern wind (3-5 Beaufort scale) in the afternoon often tests your power, coordination and gumption while manoeuvring your boats and ‘boards’ across the lake. The infrastructure at Lake Achensee provides water sports enthusiasts of all abilities with everything they need to get to know the wind and the water better.
Achensee is also the stage for new trendy sports. SUP, or standup paddle boarding, has also found its way across the Atlantic to Achensee. On a special board – similar to a large surfboard – you paddle while standing up, so your whole body is getting a workout. In all villages around the lake boards and paddles can are available to hire. The kite school learn2kite offers SUP courses.
There are sailing, surfing and kiting schools in all holiday villages at Lake Achensee offering water sports equipment to hire and courses for all ability levels. Take this opportunity to learn how to kite, surf and sail on Tirol’s largest lake.
View the sailing, surfing and kite schools in the region.
Current water and wind reports for Achensee
Lake Achensee is Tirol’s largest lake. It is 133 metres deep, has drinking water quality and on some days underwater visibility is up to ten metres. In summer, the water reaches a maximum temperature of 22° C. One of Austria’s best lakes for water sports, Lake Achensee offers excellent wind conditions which reach up to force 5 on some days due to strong gusts of wind coming from Bavaria.
Click here to view the current water and wind report.
Beach fun along the lakeshore
In the summer months Lake Achensee is not only a popular place of excursion, it is also a popular holiday destination for holidaymakers who enjoy swimming. The bathing beaches in the holiday villages provide the requisite infrastructure to enjoy a long day under the sun.
Lake Achensee’s entire lakeshore is freely accessible, and visitors get to enjoy watching the surfers and kite surfers having fun on the water.
Diving in Tirol’s largest lake
Lake Achensee is also enormously popular with divers. The water quality is excellent.
The three most popular diving spots at Achensee can be found directly via this link.
Where to obtain diving permits.
Diving schools & Diving Equipment Rentals
Canyoning, tubing and wild water swimming
For anyone craving an adrenaline rush there’s an abundance of activities such as canyoning, rafting and white water swimming tours available in and around the region of Lake Achensee.