Embedded between the peaks of the Karwendel and Rofan mountains, seeming like a fjord, lies Tyrol's biggest lake. More than 500 kilometers of hiking trails lead you into the landscapes around the deep blue Achen Lake. As the whim takes you, you can enjoy the nature on a moderate walk in the flat valley or start a mighty peak ascent. The mountain experience doesn't always have to be paid with your sweat. The Rofan cable car in Maurach and also the Karwendel cable way in Pertisau enable a comfortable way up. From the upper terminus you can reach beautiful huts and shielings within two hours.
The national park Karwendel starts at the Achen Lake western waterfront. It's the biggest combined preservation area in the northern Chalk Alps, which is 920 square-kilometers wide and spreads all the way to Bavaria. Here hikers have the possibilities to enjoy the mountains off the beaten paths with all their sequestered beauty.
This special via ferrata leads over five central peaks of the Rofan. It offers the visitors the opportunity to commit each of the summits individually or even break off early. Beginners and climbing starters thus do not necessarily have the two-kilometer tour behind them. The total crossing is reserved for experienced climbing climbers and all via ferrata are only possible with via ferrata set and helmet! Depending on fitness and experience, a walking time of 6 to 8 hours is to be expected. More information on via ferrata's here: achensee.com/aktivurlaub/sommerurlaub/kletterurlaub/klettersteigeYou can find the topographical map of the five via ferratas at achensee.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/achensee_5_gipfel_klettersteig_topo.pdf
The route leads along one of the most beautiful paths in Tyrol along the western shore of the Achensee. From Achenkirch you always walk in easy up and down on a partly well-developed with steps and handrails trail to Gaisalm, the only Alm of Tyrol, which can be reached only on foot or by boat. It expects a magnificent landscape with small waterfalls, mixed forests and alluvial cones that reach into the "Tyrolean fjord". In many places there are bathing possibilities. Along the riverside path you reach Pertisau and later on the way next to the Achensee steam cog railway the village Maurach.At the station Seespitz, which is at the same time the boat landing stage and final stop of the Achensee steam cog railway, it is possible to take a ship back to the starting point to Achenkirch. To the timetable: tirol-schiffahrt.atIncidentally, this tour section is part of the long-distance trail "The Alpine Crossing". All information can be found here: die-alpenueberquerung.com
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On this beautiful round trip you start from the valley station of the Rofanseilbahn. You walk past the Naturhotel Alpenblick to the wooden bridge. After the bridge, turn left onto the forest trail (signpost) and after about 300 m, a narrower trail leads off to the right (signpost). On serpentines leads to Durraalm (not managed). Along the Durrawand over a rocky path, you reach the Dalfazalm. From the Dalfazalm you hike on the way to Erfurter Hütte to the lookout bank. From here, turn off to the right (signpost). First over a mountain meadow and then through the forest to reach the Schiitzensteig to the ski slope. Follow this road until you reach the Buchauer Alm. From there you have the option of descending via the forest road or the narrow hiking trail to Maurach.
The Bärenkopf offers great views of the Achensee and the surrounding peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountains. A really nice and varied day mountain hike leads up to the summit at 1,991 meters. From the Gasthof St. Hubertus (parking about 200 m), the slightly ascending path leads to a few of the 17 stations of the Reflection path to the fork Rodlhütte-Bärenbadalm. Once there, choose the path to Bärenbadalm. From the managed Bärenbadalm follow the path towards Bärenkopf. The path leads always uphill through the forest in lighter terrain and further up through pines on a large plateau. From there, the path leads to the promising summit (1 x cable insurance). Back either the same way or at the turn towards Weissenbachalm choose this path and then at the next fork in the road always bear direction Bärenbadalm, stop there and take the same way as the climb back to the valley.
From the tollbooth at the entrance to the Karwendel valleys you walk on the toll road in the direction of Pletzachalm to the foot of the Feilkopf, where a small parking lot is on the left. Here, the trail ascends first through Jungwald, then clear to the forest trail, where you turn right to the farmed Feilalm. Follow the path from the pasture to the summit.The way back does not necessarily have to be the same again. The forest road leads back into the valley, past the Pletzachalm (another stopover) and the scenic Seebergsteig back to Pertisau to the starting point.