Weekly hiking programme

From 30th April until 26th October 2018 the Achensee region organises a free hiking programme for its guests. With the AchenseeCard you get to take part in guided hikes from Monday to Friday.

Sonnenuntergangn im Rofan im Hintergrund der Hochiss

Programme overview

The weekly hiking programme of the Achensee region has been devised to provide significant recreational value for hiking enthusiasts. These tours offer visitors a chance to learn about the local flora and fauna, and the knowledgeable guides will share lots of interesting information about your holiday destination, its history and its special features, such as the Tiroler Steinöl® (shale oil).

  • MONDAY: Herb Walk & Exclusive ranger-guided nature hike

    Guided herb walks
    Every Monday from 30th of April to 25th of June 2018 you have the opportunity to join our free guided herb walks in the Nature Park Karwendel. The guide will explain the various plants which can be found along the way, and there will also be tasty samples for the participants. Tours will be in German.

    • Date: 30th April until 25th June 2018
    • Meeting point: 9.30 a.m. at the car park in front of the “Langlaufstüberl” in Pertisau (bus stop “Karwendeltäler”)
    • Duration: approx. 2h
    • Distance: approx. 2km

    Exclusive ranger-guided nature hike
    From 2nd July to 22nd October we will explore the area surrounding the “Gramai Alm” mountain hut. The ranger will take us on a 3.5 hour tour and explain the history and geology of the Nature Park Karwendel and the daily work of the rangers. We will learn interesting facts about animal tracking and watch chamois with a spotting scope. This hike is a great opportunity to discover the Karwendel mountains.

    • Date: 2nd July until 22nd October 2018
    • Meeting point: 10.30 a.m. at the “Kasalm” at the “Gramai” in Pertisau
    • Duration: approx. 3.5h
    • Distance: approx. 3km
  • TUESDAY: Panorama hike in Achenkirch

    From 1st May to 23rd October we walk from the meeting point to the biomass cogeneration plant. We follow the forest path (natural toboggan run) to the “Adlerhorst” (1,230 m). After a short ascent we will reach the panorama trail leading to the “Zöhreralm” mountain hut (1,334 m). We will stop for refreshments at the “Gourmet-Alm” mountain hut and enjoy the splendid view over the valley and the lake. The driveway takes us down the valley back to the starting point.

    • Date: 1st May until 23rd October 2018
    • Meeting point: 9.45 a.m. at the bus-stop outside the Information Office in Achenkirch (bus-stop Achenkirch “Gemeindeamt”)
    • Duration: approx. 4h
    • Distance: approx. 9km
  • WEDNESDAY: Nature Watch Tour to the Feilkopf

    From 2nd May to 24th October the Karwendel Nature Park rangers will take us on a discovery tour to the Feilkopf mountain (1,562 m). Equipped with Swarovski binoculars we will explore the alpine flora and fauna. The lowest panoramic mountain in the Achensee region offers spectacular views over the lake and the surrounding peaks and is ideal for a well-deserved rest at the summit. Depending on the weather conditions the rangers may take us to the “Gernalm” mountain hut (1,169 m) where we can stop for refreshments. The return route leads via the “Pletzachalm” mountain hut (1,040 m) and the “Seebergsteig” trail back to the starting point.

    • Date: 3nd May until 24th October 2018
    • Meeting point: 9.30 a.m. at the car park in front of the “Langlaufstüberl”
      in Pertisau (bus stop “Karwendeltäler”)
    • Duration: approx. 5h
    • Distance: approx. 10km
  • THURSDAY: Nature Watch Tour to Moosenalm or Tiroler Steinöl® hike

    Nature Watch Tour to the Moosenalm
    From 3rd May until the beginning of July and in October the Karwendel Nature Park rangers will take us to the romantic “Unterautal” valley and to the “Moosenalm” (1,495 m). Equipped with Swarovski binoculars we will watch marmots, and with a little luck we will catch a glimpse of chamois and ibexes at the foot of the “Schreckenspitze” mountain. The return hike takes us over mountain pastures with superb views of the Rofan mountains and lake Achensee. We will stop for refreshments at the “Gföllalm” mountain hut.

    • Date: 3rd May until the beginning of July and in October
    • Meeting point: 9.45 a.m. at the bus-stop in the Christlum parking area (bus stop “Christlum”)
    • Duration: approx. 5h
    • Distance: approx. 10km

    Excursion to the Tiroler Steinöl® (shale oil) distillery
    The exclusive hike to the shale oil distillery in the “Bächental” valley is offered from the beginning of July to the beginning of October. From the car park at the Christlum lifts we hike through the “Unterautal” valley and up to the “Gröbner Hals” (1,650 m) where we enjoy the splendid view of the Karwendel mountains. We descend to the shale oil distillery where we can have refreshments before we start our exclusive tour through the distillery. After the tour a bus will pick us up and we will travel back to our starting point past the “Sylvenstein” reservoir. The trail difficulty is easy to moderate, however some endurance is required (700 metres elevation gain during the ascent). Limited number of participants! The fee for the bus transfer from the “Bächental” valley is EUR 10.00 per person.

    • Date: Starting with beginning of July until beginning of October
    • Meeting point: 9.00 a.m. at the bus stop in the Christlum parking area (bus stop “Christlum”)
    • Return: approx. 4.30 p.m. to the Christlum parking area (bus stop Christlum – Achenkirch). The bus continues to the Information offices in Achenkirch, Maurach and Pertisau.
    • Duration: approx. 6.5h
    • Distance: approx. 8km
    • Charge: The fee for the bus transfer from the “Bächental” valley is EUR 10.00 per person.
  • FRIDAY: Summit tours in the Rofan or Karwendel mountains

    From 4th May to 26th October the guide will take us on a challenging full-day hike to a summit in the Rofan or Karwendel mountains. Tours will start at the mountain station of the Rofan or Karwendel cable car. We will select our destination depending on weather and trail conditions. Tour suggestions are welcome.

    • Meeting point in May, July and September: 9.30 a.m. at the valley station of the Rofan cable car in Maurach (just 2 minutes from the school bus stop – “Rofanseilbahn”)
    • Duration: approx. 6h
    • Distance: approx. 7km
    • Meeting point in June, August and October: 9.40 a.m. at the valley station of the Karwendel cable car in Pertisau (bus stop “Pertisau Karwendellift”)
    • Duration: approx. 6h
    • Distance: approx. 7km
    • For all tours taking place between Monday and Friday pre-booking is required at the Tourist Office to be able to participate in the tour of your choice. 
    • For all tours, please register on the previous day at the Tourist Office at telephone number tel:+435953000 until 6.00 p.m. at the latest, at any of the village Information Offices until 5.00 p.m. or by an e-mail at wanderprogramm@achensee.com by 8.00 p.m.
    • The Achensee hiking programme is offered daily from Monday to Friday and is free of charge for all visitors with a valid AchenseeCard. Participants
      without AchenseeCard pay EUR 29.00 per hike. Additional costs such as cable car tickets, toll or parking fees are not included.


For all hikes sturdy walking/hiking shoes/boots are absolutely required. Please bring waterproof clothing and sun protection (depending on the weather), a drinking bottle and a small snack. Telescopic hiking poles are recommended. It is important that you are fit and sure-footed. In case of accidents we assume no liability. Please note that the daily programmes can be changed at short notice due to the current weather situation. Programme is subject to change!

Golden Eagle Nature Watch Tours & Sunrise Tours

In addition to the weekly programme the Nature Park Karwendel offers ranger-guided golden eagle nature watch tours from May to July.

Another highlight is the sunrise tours to the Astenau Alpe with mountain breakfast. After hiking up the mountain and marveling at the sunrise the participants enjoy much-deserved refreshments at the Astenau mountain hut.