Known locally as the ‘Sea of Tyrol’, the beautiful Lake Achensee is one of the biggest and most beautiful water bodies in the region.
During the summer months, the shores attract families and watersports enthusiasts for the chance to go kite-surfing, rafting and sailing. The lake’s water is also extremely clear and maintains pleasant temperatures during the hottest months when diving and swimming are popular.
One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is by hiring a row boat or pedalo. You can also hop on-board one of the sightseeing ships for a leisurely tour of the lakeside villages and beaches.
If you prefer exploring on two feet, there’s a gentle 9 kilometre path that winds around the lake with plenty of scenic viewpoints to stop and take pictures. Pertisau is also home to a popular sunbathing area with its own diving platform, jetty, water inflatables and cafe.
Directly behind Pertisau, there are several green valleys that ascend into the Karwendel Mountains. As the largest conservation area in the Northern Alps, the postcard-worthy Karwendel Nature Park is home to extensive hiking and mountain biking tracks, from gentle valley trials to more challenging mountain terrain.
To access the lofty alpine paths during your holiday to Austria, you can take the Rofan or Karwendel cable car lifts. Whether you’re exploring on foot or on a bike, take the time to admire the local flora, fauna and wildlife while enjoying the fresh mountain air and spectacular views across the valleys. There’s also a handful of cosy mountain huts where you can stop off for mid-route refreshments.
Thrill-seekers can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the mountains at the paragliding school at Gschollkopf Peak. Or for something less adrenalin-inducing, head to to the Adlerhorst Viewing Platform for an incredible panorama across the Rofan and Karwendel ranges.
A ride on the century-old Achensee Cog Railway is a must for anyone staying in Pertisau. Steeped in history and nostalgia, this steam-operated train departs from Railroad Station at Jenbach and transports passengers past Lake Achensee, where you depart and enjoy a boat ride or continue up into the mountains.
The Steinol Museum in Pertisau is a great choice for a rainy day, where you can learn all about the history of the local oil mining industry and treat yourself to a unique souvenir in the gift shop.
For more culture, the Notburga Museum – located just outside Maurach – is Austria’s only museum to celebrate a woman saint and is well worth the trip to see the ancient artefacts, paintings and exhibits.
Evenings in Pertisau are relaxed and slow-paced, with most visitors choosing to enjoy a casual stroll along the promenade and watch the sun set behind the valleys. Alternatively, the alfresco bar area at the The Steinol Museum is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail with magnificent views of the lake.
Expect foods from rustic Austrian taverns to fine-dining eateries, with both local specialities and international options available. There are also a handful of cafes that stay open late where you can grab an after-dinner coffee or ice cream. Throughout the summer, the village also hosts regular live music and folklore evenings at local bars and hotels.