Ausblick auf den Achensee View of Lake Achensee
Ausblick auf den Achensee View of Lake Achensee

Lake Achensee

The emerald-green to ultramarine Lake Achensee, also called “Fjord of the Alps”, is located in Jenbach and is the largest lake in Tyrol

Lake Achensee is not only called "Fjord of the Alps", but also the "Tyrolean Sea", as the lake offers perfect wind conditions for sailers and surfers. Due to its extraordinary water quality the range of underwater vision amounts to up to 10 metres. However, the water temperature of the lake is rather low and hardly amounts to 20 degrees, only at the southern bank the lake reaches about 22 degrees. Here you can find the Atoll Achensee with its private beach and lake access.

In Achenkirch at the north lakeside, cold mountain streams join the lake. Here, a headland has been constructed to make bathing more pleasant. Further localities are Pertisau at the west lakeside, as well as Maurach at the south east lakeside. Also its position is unique, as it is located in the heart of the Karwendel mountain chain, the largest protected area in Europe.

Due to various texts and illustrations in the hunting and fishing manuscripts of Emperor Maximilian, Lake Achensee was famous already at the beginning of the 15th century. Moreover, the Emperor Maximilian I. and Archduke Ferdinand II. had majestic ships built for Lake Achensee. The history in terms of tourism started in 1887 AD, when the first ship for guest called "St. Josef" was introduced. Since 1927 the water of the lake has been used for generating electricity.

Altitude: 950 m a.s.l.
Surface: 680 hectares
Length: 9.4 km
Width: 1 km
Maximum depth: 133 m

Bathing: yes
Water sports: sailing, surfing

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