Strasse der Lieder
Strasse der Lieder

Walk from Seespitz to Scholastika

This hike proceeds about 10 km directly on the eastern bank of the beautiful Lake Achensee.

Starting point of our hike is the village of Maurach am Achensee, which is located only few hundred metres away from the lake. Past picturesque farms we follow the foot path and arrive at the shipping pier Seespitz, where the real path around the lake starts. Seespitz is well-known, the Lake Achensee Railway - the oldest steam cog railway of Europe (1889) - and the steamboats of the Lake Achensee Ferry and Cruise Company pass by here. Also the path "Road of Songs" (Strasse der Lieder) which we follow first starts here. It is a comfortable path directly at the lake, also suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. 12 stations in total we will pass on this 2 km long way. Suddenly we hear a whistling and hissing afar. It is the Lake Achensee Railway. We carry on along this path until we pass the shipping pier Buchau. Here the theme path ends, the first section of our hike.

The route proceeds now along the lakeside promenade, which later becomes also accessible for cars (toll). But today nobody makes use of it and so we walk further undisturbed, admiring the sailors, surfers and divers. The path proceeds through a camp site and past the sailing school, finally we also have to walk next to the busy road for a short section until we reach the shipping pier Achenseehof (with lighthouse) and afterwards our final destination: Scholastika. Here also the Local Museum Achental at the Sixenhof is located. We decide to try the famous Achensee Shipping to come back to our starting point again. Who wants to hike the entire route round Lake Achensee - additional 13 km - has to take the small path until the farmed Gaisalm mountain hut directly at the lake (sure footedness and head for heights required). The path proceeds further to Pertisau and along the lakeside road to Maurach.

Author: MS

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Maurach am Achensee, shipping pier Seespitz
Route: Seespitz - shores of Lake Achensee - Scholastika
Signpost: Strasse der Lieder, Seepromenade
Walking time: approx. 3 hours (each direction)
Altitude: always at approx. 1,000 m asl
Suitable for families? Yes, the path proceeds without any considerable ascents directly along the lake. Along the "Road of Songs" also a playground exists. Moreover there are plenty of possibilities to rest and play also directly on the beach.
Experienced in: May 2010

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