Itinerary

7 Day Tour

Day 1 

Arrive at Munich or Innsbruck airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Achenkirch.

Day 2 

Achenkirch. You have a full day to explore the spectacular area around Achenkirch. We suggest taking a boat trip out onto beautiful Lake Achen, the largest in the Tyrol region. The lake is similar to a fjord, sandwiched between the dramatic Karwendel and Rofan mountains. You can enjoy a two-hour round trip, or stop off at one of the landing points to explore nearby villages, relax on the lakeside beaches and swim. Another option is a walk to the Posthotel Achenkirch’s Zöhreralm. The route takes you through forests and fields to a picturesque cabin, high on the mountainside. The outlook from here is superb, and there’s a large outdoor terrace where you can soak up the views of Achenkirch, the Achensee and the surrounding mountains. The food is top quality, too, prepared with fresh produce from the hotel’s own farm.

Day 3

Achenkirch to Pertisau: 8 miles (13km). Today you’ll head south, tracing an easy route along the western shore of the Achensee, with stunning views across the lake to the tree-coated Rofan Mountains. We suggest stopping for lunch about half way up, at The Gaisalm, an idyllic wooden cabin right on the water. The menu here features delicious homemade meals, from succulent roast pork to traditional Austrian pastries. The restaurant is surrounded by grassy fields - ideal for a spot of post-lunch sunbathing. Once in Pertisau, you’ll make our way to the Bergland, a chalet-style hotel, for the next two nights. It has an enviable setting, and your room will have a balcony with beautiful views of the water or mountains. The centre of town is only a few minutes’ walk away, too. It’s an idyllic place, once a favourite with Austria’s artists and aristocrats.

Day 4

Pertisau. You’ve got the whole day to enjoy Pertisau. We suggest a trip on the Pertisau or Maurach cable cars. Both offer fantastic views across the forests, mountains and lake, and there are some excellent walks once you’re up there. You’ll find a number of traditional mountain huts, where you can stop for lunch or a cold drink on the way. From Maurach, you can head for the Eagle’s Nest on Gschöllopf, which offers magnificent 360-degree views - don’t forget your camera. If you choose Maurach, we recommend walking there and catching the boat back up the lake to Pertisau.Another option is to visit the ‘capital of the Alps’ - Innsbruck. This historical town has plenty to keep sightseers busy. Visit the Goldenes Dachl Museum, with its famous roof covered in more than 2,500 guilded copper tiles, tour the opulent Imperial Palace, or ascend the Stadtturm - a Medieval tower with views right across the town. The 18th century cathedral is also worth a look. Even just strolling through the streets of the old town, you’ll pass beautiful Baroque and Regency buildings. The journey from Pertisau is an attraction in itself. For part of the way, you’ll travel on one of the oldest steam trains in Austria - the Achensee Steam Cog Railway.

Day 5 

Pertisau to Eng: 11 miles (18km). Time to head to Eng, to the west of Pertisau. The route goes over the Plumssattel, where you can take in fantastic scenery of grassy slopes, thick forests and snow-capped mountains. As you approach the lower slopes about five kilometres from Pertisau, you can stop for a bite to eat at Gernalm, an excellent Gasthof. The kitchen here specialises in hearty Austrian dishes, with ingredients including freshly caught mountain trout and Tyrolean bacon. Save room for dessert - the homemade pastries and apple strudel are a real treat. There’s also a cosy mountain hut close to the top of the pass where you can enjoy delicious home-cooked Tyrolean cuisine. In Eng, you’ll be staying in a traditional-style inn, which offers fabulous mountain views. There’s a spa with a sauna and whirlpool bath - an ideal place to relax after our walk - and a cosy restaurant that serves dishes made with fresh, local produce.

Day 6

Eng. You’ll have the day to explore Eng, set at the head of a maple tree-studded valley. We suggest a visit to the next-door village of Eng Alm. It’s one of Europe’s oldest mountain villages, and has retained much of its traditional Alpine charm. There’s even a little petting zoo where children can help to feed goats and rabbits. During the summer months, cows graze on the grassy meadows around the town and produce milk, from which butter and a delicious mountain cheese are made - available from the village farm shop if you fancy taking some with you. For lunch, we recommend a walk to the nearby Binsalm - it’ll take around an hour to get there. This lovely Gasthof serves up hearty meals with outstanding views of alpine meadows and maple trees, and a superb backdrop of rocky, snow-dusted peaks.

Day 7

We say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you direct from Eng to Munich or Innsbruck airport by train or minibus.

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