Posthotel Achenkirch

Between the Rofan and Karwendel mountains

Experiences unforgettable hiking holidays in Tyrol

Impressive peaks, deep green forests, and the shimmering Lake Achensee: There’s nowhere better to enjoy your walking holidays in Austria than at our hotel in Tyrol. A network of 450 kilometres of signposted and perfectly maintained hiking trails create the best conditions for your all-round relaxed walking holiday in the Alps. Leisure hikers and ambitious Alpinists get their money’s worth on a walking holiday in Austria. Enjoy the untouched nature and the breath-taking panorama of the Tyrolean Alps combined with wellness and high-class gourmet cuisine at our 5-star resort at the Lake Achensee.

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Your walking holidays in Austria in the Karwendel Alpine Park

As Austria’s largest nature reserve with over 700 km², the Karwendel Alpine Park is an ideal place for your walking holidays in Austria. It doesn't take much for you to find happiness on your walking holidays in the Alps. Get in your hiking boots and out of the house – that’s our motto. Directly in front of the hotel, you can go on extensive walks through nature. You can walk along Lake Achensee at your own pace, through shady forests, across blooming Alpine meadows, and past rushing torrents up to lofty heights where the sky seems close enough to touch. Keep your eyes peeled! Perhaps you’ll encounter some skilled Alpine ibexes, whistling marmots, or nimble chamois on your walking holidays in Austria.

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Walking holidays in the Alps: discover the Rofan mountains

In the ruggedly picturesque Rofan mountains high above Maurach am Achensee, you will also find a well-developed network of paths with numerous panoramic hikes: On easy hikes and challenging mountain tours, the view of the emerald green Lake Achensee reveals itself to you time and time again.

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5-Sterne-Service für Ihren Wanderurlaub in Tirol

Mit leichtem Gepäck reist es sich leichter! Für Ihren Wanderurlaub in Tirol stellen wir Ihnen im Posthotel Achenkirch gerne Wanderstöcke und Rucksäcke zur Verfügung. Erfahrene Bergführer geben Ihnen auf Wunsch individuelle Tourentipps und zeigen Ihnen auf den geführten Wanderungen im Rahmen unseres facettenreichen Wochenprogramms die reizvollsten Plätze im Karwendel- und Rofangebirge. Lassen Sie sich verführen!

The most beautiful tours for your walking holidays in the Alps

Feel accomplished, feel relaxed, feel thrilled. As a source of inspiration for your walking holidays in Austria, we have compiled the most beautiful hikes and walks around Lake Achensee and in the Rofan and Karwendel mountains, especially for you.

Circular hike to the Zöhreralm hut (1,334 m) and the Adlerhorst (1,230 m)

Walking time: approx. 2.5 hours (there and back)

Route length: approx. 7.3 km

Difficulty: easy

Terrain: asphalt, gravel, and forest path

 

From the Sonnberg car park, walk along the trail to the Adlerhorst (eagle’s nest), an observation platform. From here, a beautiful path leads up to the hotel’s Zöhreralm hut. A forest road switchback trail leads back to the Posthotel.

The Zöhreralm hut is open daily from mid-May to early November from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except Thursdays). There is also a self-service bar in the well with a cash box for honest, thirsty hikers who pass by the hut outside of its opening hours.

To the Zöhreralm hut (alternate route)

Walking time: approx. 1.5 hours

Route length: approx. 5.1 km

Difficulty: easy/hiking trail

Terrain: asphalt, gravel, and forest path

 

Take the left exit of the Posthotel Achenkirch and walk to the yellow building (Österreichische Bundesforste AG) on the left side of Dorfstraße street (behind the bakery). After the yellow house, a narrow road (left) leads through the underpass below the federal road and on to the car park of the former Sonnberg lift.

Here, the forest road branches off to the left, which takes you to the Zöhreralm hut. Alternatively, after 200 metres on the forest road, the path to the Zöhreralm hut branches off to the right.

To complete the round trip, you can start the descent via Adlerhorst (see alternative above).

From the Posthotel Achenkirch via the Karwendel trail to Lake Achensee

Walking time: approx. 1 hour

Route length: approx. 4.5 km

Difficulty: easy

Terrain: asphalt, gravel, and forest path

 

At the Posthotel Achenkirch, turn left and then head straight up the road towards Annakirchl (a small church). Shortly before Annakirchl, turn left along the road. The path partly leads through the forest. After about 30 minutes, you will reach the Christlum ski area. From there, walk right along Dorfstraße street to Lake Achensee. You will also find some places to stop for refreshment there.

Karwendel panorama trail at Lake Achensee

Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours

Route length: approx. 11.1 km

Difficulty: intermediate

Terrain: asphalt, gravel, and forest path

 

Leave the Posthotel Achenkirch via the left exit. After the bakery, you will reach a yellow building (Österreichische Bundesforste AG) on the left side of Dorfstraße street. After this building, a narrow road leads left through an underpass. This way will take you to the car park of the former Sonnberg lift. Here, you find a signpost to the panorama trail (Panoramaweg). After a short ascent, you can follow the path straight to Lake Achensee.

From there, cross the main road and walk through the village to the Christlum lifts (Hochalmlifte Christlum). From here, walk to the entrance of the Unterautal valley and then head north for around 100 metres until you reach the start of the Karwendelweg path. This path takes you across a high plateau to the golf course that crosses over the Blasenbach stream and finally leads to the Falkenmoos forest path.

Follow this path down towards the village. Pass the Kalvarienkirche church, and you will reach the bus stop “Achenkirch Abzweigung Steinberg”. From there, take the underpass and walk left along the asphalt road towards “Alter Steinbergweg” and then back towards the Posthotel Achenkirch.

Achensee circular hike

Walking time from Lake Achensee: approx. 5.5 hours

Route length: approx. 21.8 km

Difficulty: intermediate

Terrain: asphalt, gravel, and forest path (only for sure-footed guests, without fear of heights)

 

Start your circular lake walk from Achenkirch heading towards Buchau. Anyone wanting to linger a while will find a beach bar and Buchau beach. The walk then continues in the direction of Maurach. The path here is all tarmacked or paved. Then, continue around the lake towards Pertisau. This is where the more difficult part of the circular walk begins. The asphalt path ends as you embark on a forest trail with steep slopes. The Gaisalmsteig and Mariensteig steep paths are situated right in the rocks. After tackling a short climb, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the lake before taking the path right back to Lake Achenkirch.

If you would prefer to tackle the more difficult sections first, you can, of course, take the circular route in the direction of Pertisau, via Maurach towards Buchau, and then back to Achenkirch.

Hike to the Gufferthütte hut (1,465 m)

Walking time: approx. 2 hours

Route length: 10.4 km

Difficulty: intermediate (red mountain trail)

Terrain: gravel and forest path

 

By car or with the Achensee Regiobus, travel towards Steinberg. After around 7 kilometres, you will find a car park on the right-hand side at Kögelboden. Turn left and you will reach a gently sloping path along the Ampelsbach stream. This path takes you through Zweisel straight to the Gufferthütte hut.

It is also well worth hiking to Tyrol’s earliest Etruscan inscriptions, situated in a partially-open cave at the foot of the Schneidjoch mountain – walking time approx. 1 hour from the Gufferthütte hut.

Starting from Köglboden, you can also take the path through Upper Ampelsbach/Filzmoosbach gorge. The exciting history of the Alps can be discovered on 11 info boards along this so-called geo path. The walk to the Gufferthütte hut via this path is 6.9 km and takes approx. 3 hours.

 

The Gufferthütte hut is open from mid-May to the end of October.

Hike to the Seekarspitze mountain (2,016 m)

Walking time: approx. 4 hours

Route length: 6.8 km

Difficulty: difficult (black mountain path)

Terrain: asphalt, gravel, and forest path

 

Starting from the Sixenhof Local Heritage Museum, this path gently winds its way along the Seebauer Hinterwinkel to the Koglalm mountain hut, and then on to the Seekaralm mountain hut. From there, the trail climbs steeply up the ridge to the Seekarspitze mountain at over 2,000 m above sea level.

For an alternative return route, you can take the path via the Pasillalm mountain hut (1,557 m) and Seekaralm hut (1,500 m). The crossing from the Seekarspitze mountain (2,053 m) to the Seebergspitze mountain (2,085 m) across the Pasillsattel saddle is only recommended for experienced mountaineers.

Hike via the Köglalm hut to the Schönjochalm hut (1,287 m)

Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours

Route length: 7.1 km

Difficulty: intermediate (red mountain path)

Terrain: gravel and forest path

 

About 50 metres north of the Achensee Resort (formerly the Hotel Cordial) in Achenkirch, a wide forest path leads to the Kaiser-Maximilian-Rast viewing platform. Here, the path continues to the Köglalm, where you have to keep right. You reach the Kögljochsattel saddle, from where a path leads you to the Schönjochalm mountain hut. After another hour, you reach the village Steinberg am Rofan.

Hike to the Blaubergalm hut (1,540 m)

Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours

Length of track: 9.3 km

Difficulty: medium (red mountain path)

Terrain: gravel and forest path

 

The starting point of this hike is the old fire station in Achenwald. From here, a forest road leads to the Klammbachalm hut. A beautiful forest path takes you up to the Blaubergalm hut at 1,540 m above sea level.

Hike to the Hochplatte mountain (1,589 m)

Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours

Route length: 5.8 km

Difficulty: medium (red mountain path)

Terrain: asphalt, gravel and forest path

 

This walking route starts from the car park at the Christlum lifts. From here, walk to the entrance of the Unterautal valley, cross the bridge and then continue towards the intersection on the forest border. There is an initial steep ascent here. Then a wide path takes you past the Bründlalm and Jochalm huts towards the Seewaldhütte hut. From here, you can ascend to your destination, the Hochplatt mountain.

Hike to the entrance of the Unterautal valley

Walking time: approx. 0.5 hours

Route length: 1.9 km

Difficulty: easy

Terrain: asphalt, gravel, and forest path

 

The path starts from the church in Achenkirch and bears left past the Annakircherl church. From here, walk along the upper road of the Fiechtersiedlung village and continue on the Karwendelweg trail towards Lake Achensee. After around 40 metres, you will see the entrance to the Unterautal valley on the left.

Ascent to the Juifen mountain (1,946 m)

Walking time: approx. 4 hours

Route length: 10.5 km

Difficulty: intermediate (red mountain path)

Terrain: gravel and forest path

 

From the car park, 50 metres north of the entrance to the federal road Achenkirch Nord (near the restaurant Tirolerland), a wide path leads first through a shady forest and then across Alpine pastures. The first stop is the Falkenmoosalm hut at 1,328 m. From here, continue to the Groß-Zemm-Alm hut at 1,566 m, and then head north to Juifen mountain.

Alternate route: You can also climb the Juifen mountain from Achenwald (church near Hagen) via the Rotwandalm hut (1,528 m).

Would you like even more tips for your walking holidays in Austria?

Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to advise you on the planning of your hiking holidays in Austria and give you personal tips for hiking and walking trails in the region.

 

Want to discover Lake Achensee on your own? Here you can put together your own personal hike. The Lake Achensee region also impresses with a variety of destinations.

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