We are just back from a holiday in the Austrian Tyrol. We stayed at Pertisau on the shore of Lake Achensee. Lake Achensee was formed by glacial erosion and is the largest of the Tyrolean lakes – 9 kilometres in length and 1.3 kilometres in breadth and 133 metres deep at its deepest point.
We arrived late evening but from my balcony I could see the peaks of the Karwendel mountain range. The next morning when I looked out of the window I could see – nothing. The cloud base was down to about 2 metres. The weather forecast promised worse to come. Monday would be increasing cloud with a 60% chance of rain. Tuesday would have rain and storms, maximum temperature 16 degrees.
We had better make the most of today.
We had been given a guest card which gave us free travel on the regional busses but we purchased the Achensee Card which gave us unlimited use of the boats, the steam cog railway and the cable cars. It appeared quite expensive at 59 euros but we should manage to get our monies worth.
Down at lakeside a boat was just about to depart. Which way was it heading? it didn’t matter, we hopped on. We headed for the top deck and the fresh air but we soon retreated to the lounge where it was warm and dry. The boat headed across the lake to Buchau and then down to Seespitz. Here we saw the steam cog railway coming in. It is the oldest steam cog railway in Europe and something that we definitely wanted to have a ride on later in the week.
The boat headed back up towards Pertisau and then continued on the Achenkirch. It called in at Gaisalm and I was able to look at the footpath than ran alongside the lake. The section from Pertisau to Gaisalm looked fine and was one of the walks that I intended to do. The section from Gaisalm through to Achenkirch looked more difficult.
By the time we arrived back in Pertisau the sky was beginning to clear and we could even see a couple of patches of blue sky. After a quick bite to eat we walked through the village and headed for the Karwendel Cable car.
A 10 minute ride took us to the top at 1500 metres from where there were marvellous views looking down on Achensee.
We had not got our walking gear with us but we still walked for about half an hour as far as the Barenbadalm at 1457 m. The path then became a bit steep so we decided to save it for another day.
I also saw lots of wild flowers and a blue flower that I think may be gentian.
Back at the almhouse close to the cable cat station we stopped for coffee and apple strudel – superb.
Today had been a bit of a reccee to give us an idea of our surroundings and the things to do.
All we need is the sun to shine.