Embedded between the peaks of the Karwendel and Rofan mountains lies Tyrol's biggest lake. More than 500 kilometers (300 miles) of hiking trails lead you into the fjord-like landscapes around the deep blue Lake Aachen. Depending on what you want to experience, you can enjoy the nature on a moderate walk in the flat valley or start a mighty peak ascent, although you don't always have to pay with sweat to reach the top. The Rofan and the Karwendel cable cars offer much more comfortable ways up the mountain, from whose endpoint you can easily reach beautiful huts and shielings within two hours.
The national park Karwendel starts at Lake Aachen's western waterfront. It's the biggest combined preservation area in the northern Chalk Alps, which is 920 square-kilometers (570 square-miles) wide and spreads all the way to Bavaria. Here, you have the possibility to experience the wild side of the surrounding mountains and to really enjoy life off the beaten path.
The Juifen is a beautiful view summit between Achental and the Karwendelgebirge. A well-developed hiking trail leads you up to the 1,988 meter high Grasberg. From the Achenkirchen district Achental you first wander through a mountain forest and then across wide mountain meadows to the Juifen. Above you can enjoy a fantastic view of the rugged peaks of the Karwendel and the Rofan mountains.Due to the easily accessible hiking trails, the tour in Tirol is considered a moderately difficult hike. Nevertheless, you need good condition and stable hiking boots. Since there are no pastures or mountain huts along the way, you should pack enough water and food.You begin your summit tour on the trail parking lot in the district Achental. First, you walk past some fields and then follow the wide gravel road into a forest. As you trek through the sparse forest, the trail climbs steadily. Above the forest you pass the uncultivated Falkenmoosalm. On the alpine meadows you already have a wonderful panorama. The trail leads through some woodland and into a wide meadow valley. On the slopes of the Marbichlerspitze it goes in wide bends further uphill. You wander past the likewise uncultivated Lämpereralm and reach over the wide summit ridge the Juifen. Here you have earned a break. If you have a great view, you will strengthen yourself with your brought snack. With fresh energy it goes on the same way back to the valley.
The Dalfazer waterfall is the largest waterfall at Achensee with a drop of 60 meters. Hikers enjoy the view of the water masses from a wooden platform, but experienced climbers can get a lot closer to the waterfall. On the almost vertical rock wall next to the falling water leads the via ferrata Dalfazer waterfall 150 meters in height. On iron stairs, you climb here in difficulty D and enjoy the unique view. The via ferrata is only suitable for experienced and especially strong climbers. After you have conquered the via ferrata, it is still worth a detour to the Dalfazer Alm, before you start the return journey.At Hotel Buchau there is a paid hiking parking lot. From there, the signposted hiking trail leads you through a sparse mountain forest to the Dalfazer waterfall. The approach on the wide gravel road takes about 30 minutes. Below the waterfall begins the adventurous ascent. Arrived at the top there are only a few meters to the trail towards Dalfazalm. The trail leads in some serpentines steadily uphill and directly to the alpine hut. After a comfortable stop, it goes down the same way. At the waterfall, you now take the trail through the forest and reach again the starting point of your tour.The Achensee climbing map can be found at achensee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/kletterkarte-achensee.pdf.If you would like to visit the Dalfaz Alm, but the tour over the via ferrata is too adventurous, then take a look at this hike: komoot.de/tour/14389740
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This special via ferrata leads over five central peaks of the Rofan. You have 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 exceedance is reserved for experienced climbers. Depending on fitness and experience, a walking time of six to eight hours is to be expected. All via ferrata are only possible with via ferrata set and helmet! More information on the via ferrata's here: achensee.com/aktivurlaub/sommerurlaub/kletterurlaub/klettersteige/sommerurlaub/kletterurlaub/klettersteige.You can find the topographical map of the five via ferratas at achensee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/kletterkarte-achensee.pdf.
The route leads along one of the most beautiful trails in Tyrol along the western shore of the Achensee. From Achenkirch you always wander 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. You can expect 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 landing stage and the last 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
On this beautiful circular walk you start from the valley station of the Rofanseilbahn. You walk past the Naturhotel Alpenblick to the wooden bridge. After the bridge, branch off to the left-hand forest road (signpost) and after about 300 meters, a narrower trail leads off to the right (signpost). On serpentines you reach the Durraalm (not managed). Along the Durrawand over a stony path you reach the farmed Dalfazalm. From the Dalfazalm you hike on the way to Erfurter hut to the lookout bank. From here, turn off to the right (signpost). First over a mountain meadow and then through the forest you reach the ski slope via the Schützensteig. This you follow to the managed Buchauer Alm. From there you have the choice of the forest road or the narrow trail to Maurach descend.
The Bärenkopf offers a great view 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 Gasthof St. Hubertus (parking about 200 meters away), the slightly ascending path leads past a few of the 18 stations of the Reflection Path to the Rodlhütte-Bärenbadalm junction. Once there, you choose the path direction Bärenbadalm. From the managed Bärenbadalm you follow the path towards Bärenkopf. The path leads always ascending first through the forest in brighter terrain and further up through pines on a spacious plateau. From there the path leads you to the promising summit (1 x cable insurance).Back you take either the same way or at the junction direction Weissenbachalm this path and then keep at the next fork in the direction always Bärenbadalm. There you can stop and take the same way back up to the valley.
For experienced hikers, this tour is easy to commit. From the tollbooth at the entrance of the Karwendeltäler 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 road, where you come right to the managed Feilalm. From the pasture you follow the path 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.