With its towering spires, atmospheric wine taverns and dramatic lake side setting, the town of Achenkirch is an idyllic picture of rural Austrian life. The magnificent surrounding mountains impose a sense of picturesque peace upon the exhilarating hiking trails and gentle curve of the village’s languid lanes. The rich palette of vibrant green woodland and calming blue water provides a beautiful backdrop to the exhilarating and enticing activities offered here.
Whether you arrive to the glittering surface of Lake Achensee at the height of the healing summer sun or in the hold of winter’s icy grip, Achenkirch still offers an incredible array of attractions. During the summer, guided hikes lead adventurers into the depths of the nearby Karwendel Nature Park in order to discover the healing herbs that flourish there and observe the flora and fauna that thrives in the region. Pristine beaches offer visitors a chance to rest and relax, which those seeking adrenaline can soar over the settled snow on over 27km of exhilarating ski slopes during the winter to enjoy panoramic mountain vistas, or take a remarkably romantic horse drawn sleigh ride across the frozen peaks.
In order to discover the rich cultural heritage of this natural wonderland, venture to the Sixenhof Farm in order to lose yourself in the Museum of Local History. Within, exhibitions give insight into the local traditions and lifestyle of former times, some of which are maintained in modern day. The 15th century Wine Tavern in the heart of the village also gives an opportunity to transport yourself to the past and enjoy some fine Austrian wine.
Warm up or refresh in the comfortable and cosy surroundings of SeeEck restaurant, where hearty soups, freshly baked bread and local specialties await. Sample the rich flavours of locally sourced game and organic vegetables before settling down before the fire to sip one of Austria’s world renowned beverages. (Achenkirch 41a, 6215 Achenkirch, Austria, +43 5246 6688)