It is well known that the Austrian Tyrol is a popular destination for many nature-loving travelers and sports enthusiasts, not only in winter as you might think, but also in summer.
At the same time, in this region it is possible to opt for a weekend or a longer holiday dedicated to wellness. A place not to be missed while visiting Tyrol in summer: the lake Achensee.
The largest Austrian lake
Among the places not to be missed there is, without a doubt, the so-called "Sea of the Tyroleans"; this appellation characterizes the largest lake inAustria and one of the deepest in Europe: Lake Achensee.
It is thanks to his own 133 meters of depth it's a surface of 6,8 km squares that has achieved consistent fame all over the world.
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Lake Achensee is loved by tourists and especially by the inhabitants of Tyrol, who jealously guard it, also thanks to the wealth of flora and fauna that surround it and to theclear and crystalline water, of an emerald green color.
You can choose to do some long walks around its perimeter, starting from here the excursion, which will then continue passing through the wooded surfaces.
Lake Achensee is an excellent destination for lone travelers who want to disconnect from everyday life and hectic life in the city, but also for the families even with very little children who wish to indulge in a pleasant relaxing break.
What to do
The lake is located between the Brandenberg Alps and the Karwendel mountain range; this makes it an optimal destination for sports lovers.
The mountain group located near the Achensee lake is Rofan, which offers the possibility of practicing mountaineering, in particular the climbing, excursions challenging in steep paths, but also on the flat along the lake shore for family travelers or for those less practical in this type of activity. Furthermore, it is possible to travel the marked routes with your own mountain bike.
In the summer months the temperatures of the waters of the lake increase; this allows, therefore, to carry out activities and sports that the winter climate would make more difficult.
An example is swimming: the clarity and quality of the lake water means that the quality of diving is so high that you have a clear view up to a depth of 10 meters.
For Austrians, a family swim is a must, thanks to the good quality of the water even children can swim and have fun, always with the utmost attention from parents and respecting the main swimming safety rules that a mountain lake requires.
Whereas the Achensee it is located at 900 meters above sea level, the best months for diving are July and August. This is because, although the sunny days continue until the end of September, the water temperature is pleasant to most only in the central months.
Among the water sports most loved by tourists who visit this place, one cannot fail to mention surfing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing. In addition, you can rent a pedal boat and see the Achensee from another point of view. In fact, its waters are also passable by ferries, especially suitable for those who want to fully experience the lake but love comfort.
Finally, the sharpness of the lake also allows for fishing.
A wellness holiday the main reason that pushes tourists to the Austrian lake Achensee; a destination chosen for the possibility of spending a quiet holiday alternative to the chaos of the sea.
If once it was a destination only for mountain enthusiasts, today it has become a real alternative to seaside areas now full of chaos. The size of the lake, the modern facilities and above all the clear and clean water offer a relaxing holiday in contact with nature.
The accommodation facilities are many and for all budgets, there are also holiday solutions in typical Tyrolean huts or campsites with all comforts.
There are many refuges near the Achensee lake that are ready to welcome guests. For a vintage touch on your journey, you can choose to arrive near the lake aboard a vintage steam train. This will make your holiday even more suggestive and memorable.
Once you arrive, in addition to the overnight stay in spas, wellness centers, treatments and breathtaking views of the lake and mountains, the journey can be enriched by long walks hand in hand in the Karwendel Nature Park, near the lake.
Here it will be possible to breathe deeply theclean Air and refreshing and admire the beauty of nature. The long green meadows covered by the very high number of maples, which amounts to about 2000, will make the traveler feel in a real corner of paradise.
For a visit to the mountains, one does not necessarily have to be familiar with climbing; just take the funivia, which will take the traveler directly to the top where a network of paths winds.
For the evening or for an aperitif break, you can stop in refreshment points that surround the lake and enjoy the peace of the quieter hours in the absence of the tourist crowds.
Other points of interest near the Achensee lake
At 940 meters above sea level, in the southern part of Lake Achensee, is Pertisau, a small village that offers visitors the opportunity to broaden their cultural and historical knowledge.
It is possible to visit museums and churches, including the very particular Dreifaltigkeitskirche Church, also called the Church of the Holy Trinity. It is almost impossible not to stop in this small cathedral surrounded by nature, which in all its simplicity and beauty gives a sense of peace and bliss.
Among the museums not to be missed is the Vitalberg-Steinol Museum. Here you can learn about the history of Tyrolean mineral oil and its extraction from a specific rock in the Karwendel mountains, about 1.500 meters above sea level.
From this we can deduce how much the mineral oil of this area can be precious for the inhabitants, not only for its history, but also for the curative power it possesses; indeed, the extract contains a large amount of sulfur and other beneficial substances.
Finally, in the vicinity of Pertisau you can hike up to Dalfazer Wasserfall. The path to the waterfall it lasts about an hour and is quite steep, but the final view will be worth it.
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