At a glance
Sail by steamboat up mountain streams
Make a splash in a clear-water lake
Practise your wildlife photography at Naturpark Karwendel
Top things to See and Do in Achensee
Sea of Tyrol
Affectionately known to locals as the Sea of Tyrol, Lake Achensee is one of the best and largest swimming lakes in the region. Spanning 6.8km and up to 133m deep, the multi-tonal, jewel-coloured water sits between vibrant green mountains,and has mostly pebbly or sandy patches of beach along the shoreline.
Attracting families, watersports fans and sun worshippers, Lake Achensee offers something for the wide range of visitors flocking to its shores during the warmer months. The water is incredibly clear, perfect for diving, and can reach a mildly pleasant 20°C during peak season.
Bathing in Pertisau
The best way to see the lake and its beaches is by hiring an electric boat, pedalo or row boat, or boarding one of the big sightseeing vessels to tour the different bathing areas. There’s a popular grassy spot in Pertisau which hosts a diving platform, water inflatables, a jetty and a little café.
Lake Achensee scoops the prize for peaceful holiday evenings taken at a slower pace. Enjoy a cold beer or spritz at your hotel bar before steadily making your way down the waterfront pathways, watching the lights of boats and other villages twinkle over the lake as the sun sinks behind the mountains.
The cuisine on offer in Achensee is exceptionally varied. You’ll find inns and restaurants - including four award-winning eateries - offering everything from local specialities like kaiserschmarrn to pizza and pasta dishes. Most restaurants are on the lakefront and some are dotted around near the golf club. And because the resort it relatively small, you won’t have to walk too far to find your favourites.
Views at the Alpengasthaus Karwendel
Take the Karwendel cable car up the mountain and you’ll find the Alpengasthaus Karwendel, a small café with incredible views of the hills. You can simply relax with a cold drink or choose something from their extensive menu – the meat and cheese platter is a good lunchtime option.
Fine dining at Essbar
Located in the Hotel Sonnenhof is Essbar, a fine-dining restaurant with modern and stylish décor. The portions are good sizes and you’re even offered a small complimentary pre-starter as well as tastings of homemade dressings and olive oils between courses.
Via Pasto for a taste of Italy
A short walk from the lakefront is Via Pasto offering a taste of Italy in the Austrian Alps. The cosmopolitan café-style eatery serves up a good range of typical Italian dishes - like delicious stonebaked pizzas - and the prices are pretty decent for the area.