Amazing views all around — via ferrata & hiking trails around Tyrol’s Lake Aachen

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Achensee

In this Collection, we show you the ten most beautiful Tours on exciting via ferratas and picturesque hiking trails on the Tyrolean Achensee. The best part: You'll be able to enjoy magnificent views on all of them.

The Achensee, surrounded by the two mountain ranges Rofan and Karwendel, is well-known amongst outdoor lovers as an excellent hiking area with rustic Alpine pastures and paths, from which you can enjoy the view of the deep blue "Tyrolean Sea" and the impressive summits.

310 miles (500 kilometers) of marked and well-maintained hiking trails of all levels of difficulty offer the best conditions for everyone to find their own personal summit happiness and a unique natural experience. The Rofan Mountains in the east of the Achensee are both rugged and gentle. The Karwendel Nature Park in the west, on the other hand, is the largest protected area in the Northern Alps and home to a wide variety of flora and fauna - here you'll find more golden eagles than in any other corner of the Alps.

No matter which route you'll choose—you'll be sure to go on a fun adventure.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:23
    5.37 mi
    1.0 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    03:49
    4.24 mi
    1.1 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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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  • Difficult
    07:18
    13.2 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    8.38 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    05:26
    7.51 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    8.85 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,300 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    06:04
    6.73 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,675 ft
    3,675 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    From the Alpengenusshof Gramaialm you walk to the Gramai Hochleger. From there, the trail leads right over the Almböden, then through a pine belt over the rising ridge and the steep flank to the summit ridge of the Sonnjoch.

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  • Difficult
    04:30
    8.21 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    06:56
    8.63 mi
    1.2 mph
    3,925 ft
    3,950 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A great tightrope walk over two peaks with breathtaking views all along the route. From Pertisau back to Achenkirch you take the ship best - a real treat after the long and demanding day hike.

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  • Easy
    01:21
    2.46 mi
    1.8 mph
    725 ft
    600 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the shore of the Achensee, we start. From there you go straight to the path of contemplation. The two-kilometer-long path is dedicated to the serving and courageous saint Notburga and has 18 stops to contemplate.St. Notburga is the only holy Tyrol. Her skeleton is placed on the high altar of the pilgrimage church St. Notburga in the district Eben in Maurach.Along the path, many benches invite you to linger, to reflect and to reflect. The path leads mostly through the forest and always provides beautiful views of the Achensee. On the way there is a long break on the cozy Rodlhütte (sportwoell.at/achensee/rodlhuette). With a wonderful view of the Achensee and Pertisau, you can treat yourself to delicious food.Freshly strengthened, you will hike down into the valley to Pertisau. Here ends the leisurely hike. From here you can either hike back to the starting point on the shores of the lake or you can take the bus 9550 back.Info: The Dien-Mut-Weg has its own brochure, which you can get at the tourist information offices in the region. You can also find the brochure here: achensee.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/besinnungsweg-achensee.pdf.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    73.6 mi
  • Duration
    50:28 h
  • Elevation
    24,350 ft

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