Walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol

“A week of centre based hiking in the Austrian Tyrol, fully guided choosing between moderate and advanced walks. Depending on your energy. And knees.”

Highlights

Rofan & Karwendel mountain ranges | Base in Achenkirch village | Walk to Seewaldhütte | Karwendel cable car | Bärenkopf (1,991m) | Pertisau | Kögljoch mountain pass | Enzianweg path

Description of Walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol

A week long walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol, staying in a three star hotel in village of Achenkirch from where we can take on different mountain trails every day. Surrounded by summits and peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountain ranges, this village and hotel are also located by the region’s largest lake, Achensee and three of our hikes take us up into the mountains and then descend to different points along the lake where we take a boat trip back along the lake to base.

There is great flexibility built into this trip, allowing you to choose between a moderate or more advance walk every day, with two mountain leaders available to take each group on their trek. Walking between 13-20 kms every day for five full days of walking, we aim for some impressive heights including Bärenkopf (1991m), although we do take the Karwendel cable car up part of the way. Or the col at Steineres Tor (1978m) which we reach following the well Enzianweg or Gentian Path, which takes us up through stupendous mountain pastures.

Like all elevated walking holidays, the itinerary on this holiday may need to be altered depending on weather conditions and this will be up to the judgement of your mountain leaders. Even as late as June, if snow has not melted, we may need to alter our course; however, wild flowers are abundant at lower levels during this time. The hotel is a very traditional mountain hotel, dating back to 1875, and has glorious views of Achensee Lake or the mountains, with double and twin rooms having balconies to enjoy these sights.

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Walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

General
One of the strengths of this centre is the use of the Achensee Holiday Card. This enables us to use all the local transport services: buses, steam boats on the lake, a steam train and the two lift systems. This is not only very convenient for us, but provides support for local facilities and employment for local people. The card also provides free or discounted access to many of the local museums and cultural sites.
By supporting the local community we are demonstrating how responsible tourism can still make a difference in a ‘developed’ area of Western Europe. The bonus for our clients is that they can see how they are supporting directly the local economy and the warm welcome they receive from the local inhabitants.

Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation for the week is in the family run Hotel Fischerwirt in the Tyrolean village of Achenkirch. The Fischerwirt is a traditional Tyrolean inn and as such is a member of the "Tiroler Wirtshaus". This association exists to ensure that members maintain authentic Tyrolean cuisine with local influences. The focus is on local ingredients with proof of origin (AMA seal of approval), the diverse native culinary delights as well as down to earth Tyrolean ambience, coupled with good hospitality. For over 20 years, the initiative focuses on values such as seasonality and regionality.
The most basic elements of the initiative are the:
• love of Tyrolean cooking
• freshness of the produce sourced from local farms, rivers and forests
• particular emphasis on authentic atmosphere and architecture.
The atmosphere of a traditional Tyrolean inn can probably be best summed up by the expression "Tyrolean hospitality". The dishes prepared in every inn are based on traditional Tyrolean recipes.
Transfers
We use the services of a local family run bus/taxi company based in Maurach for our airport transfers. Where clients are not able to make use of our transfers arrangements, we are able to recommend a family run company from Innsbruck, which provides a convenient and reasonably priced service.

Local Craft and Culture
Clients are encouraged to stop at mountain huts and restaurants and other local businesses, where our visit makes a valuable contribution to their trade.
When there is a village event, such as a band concert, we make every effort to attend, especially as the tourist board provides a convenient bus service!
Our Achensee Holiday Card, gives free access to a number of local museums, including Sixenhof Heimatmuseum (opposite our hotel); the Achenseer Museumwelt in Maurach and the Tiroler Steinöl Vitalberg in Pertisau.
On the free day, it is possible visit the nearby city of Innsbruck, where there are many interesting cultural sites, but the Tyrolean Folk Museum is one of the most popular.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Getting to the top of the mountains and having amazing views as ever day was sunny

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you are fit enough and have done at least two days every week at home going up steep slopes and walking up to 5hrs on these days so you are really ready to enjoy the mountains

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes used tap water no plastic bottles stayed in family run hotel kept on paths.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Had a great time, 19 of us, guides were brilliant had best walking , food was great and loads of fun.

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Summiting Rofanspitze

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack your swimming costume as you can swim in the nearby lake! Be sure to take poles, and try both levels of walking trips.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we used public transport, ate in local restaurants and split into small groups of around ten people each. We re-used our water bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was amazing; the guides were excellent. The only negative was the hotel as there was no vegan food, the internet was slow & charged for, the rooms were
not cleaned or replenished well and I had to walk 3 km to an ATM because they would not accept my debit card (denomination in Euros)

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part of the holiday was everyone waving me off as I left before the rest of the group. We all got on well and shared many enjoyable moments. The stunning scenery around Trins was absolutely breathtaking, and climbing up to the mountain huts for elderflower water and delicious soup was a truly memorable experience! We all had such a good laugh and really enjoyed each others company, particularly during the evening meals where we shared many a
banter and good laugh!!

Chris and Bob really went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable from day 1 and throughout the trip. I cannot thank them enough for their kindness and taking care of us all so well. They really couldn't do enough
for us. I was particularly grateful to Bob who helped me organise my onward journey from Trins to Zurich early in the holiday, so my mind was at ease to enjoy the trip. I cannot speak highly enough of our two knowledgable and caring
tour guides.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring walking poles and clothing for all seasons as the tour involves alot of climbing. Good walking boots are essential.

Be prepared to join in with the group as the good social interaction we had on this trip made the holiday more enjoyable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We used local buses as transport links and were strongly encouraged to purchase our lunch from the local shop and mountain huts. Chris and Bob both spoke German and obviously had built good relationships with local people in the
community. We respected the environment and surroundings with guidance from our tour guides.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Top marks! 10/10! Had a fabulous time, mainly down to Bob and Chris' commitment to make sure everyone was happy and having a good time. They really looked after us well and ensured we felt comfortable and at ease from day 1. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wishing to go to Austria.

THANK YOU CHRIS AND BOB AND THE OPERATOR

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