Summit victories with views of the lake

Hiking makes us happy, boosts our energy and brings a sense of calm – according to a study by the Austrian Alpine Association. What better place to experience the great outdoors than Lake Achensee? The region boasts 500 kilometres of well-marked and maintained trails in all ability levels and for many years has held the Tirolean Seal of Quality for the high standard of trails. Rustic mountain huts invite to stop by along the way, and quite often it’s only a hike of one or two hours from hut to hut. Visitors enjoy the fantastic views of the lake which is a popular meeting point for sailors and surfers in the summer. The bright limestone rock causes the surface of the water to shimmer in hues of Caribbean turquoise and aquamarine.

With near-unlimited options for hiking in the Achensee region, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. We have rounded up a choice of unique tours with gorgeous vistas of the lake. All route details are available online at maps.achensee.com. Guided tours can be booked with local sports shops and experience providers, click here for details.

Let’s start in Achenkirch: The Unnutz (2078m), the Hochplatte (1813m) and the Seekar (2053m) afford beautiful views of the lake. In Pertisau, there is the Seeberg (2085m), the Feilkopf (1562m) and the Bärenkopf (1991m) – climbing these mountains is also rewarded with views of the Tirolean Sea. And in Maurach, the Ebner Joch (1957m), the Haidachstellwand (2192m) and the Rotspitz (2067m) also offer great views of the lake.

The region’s highlight
One of the most dominant peaks is the Bärenkopf – the rugged mountain landscape with its sparse rock vegetation and mountain pine fields in the southeastern part of the Karwendel mountains affords beautiful panoramic vistas. The tour to the Bärenkopf is one of the region’s highlights overlooking the valley and the deep blue Lake Achensee which lies like a fjord between the mountains. The Bärenkopf has rightly been recognized as an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1989 and was placed under protection to preserve the special characteristics and beauty of the landscape and its recreational value. Click here for the panoramic view.