Bordered by sweet little villages and endless mountain views, holidays to Lake Achensee are the definition of a peaceful escape.

Turquoise heaven

Majestic views of the Austrian Alps are at the heart of trips to Achensee, the largest lake resort in the Austria's western state of Tyrol. Crystal-clear water and natural wonders make it a popular spot for holidaymakers seeking a tranquil retreat. Breathe in that alpine air and unwind.

Local brews and mountain views

With mountains as well as a beautiful beach, Lake Achensee's the host with the most. Pop down to Maurach on the south bank for summer bathing – or a chilly plunge if you're brave. For something more active, hit the scenic hiking trails of Naturpark Karwendel, a 40-minute drive away.

Watersports and wellness

Cosily nestled between the lake and mountains is Pertisau, known for its Tyrolean hospitality. A wellness centre and plenty of local spas are on hand for a post-hike massage with alpine views to boot. Watersports and rock climbing are favourites in Lake Achensee's summer months – adrenaline lovers, be ready.

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Achensee:

• Lake bathing
• Boat trips
• Cycle routes
• Waterfalls
• Indoor and outdoor pools
• Tennis courts
• Museum
• Fishing
• Wildlife spotting
• Paragliding

At a Glance

  • Sail by steamboat up mountain streams
  • Make a splash in a clear-water lake
  • Practise your wildlife photography at Naturpark Karwendel

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