Located at the western shore of Lake Achensee, Pertisau borders on the Karwendel Alpine Park, the largest nature park of Austria
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Altitude: 940 m a.s.l.
Pertisau, a component locality of Eben am Achensee, together with Maurach represents the main touristic centre of Lake Achensee. From the 15th century to 1918, the Habsburgs used its waters for fishing and the forests round Pertisau for hunting. Especially Maximilian I was enthusiastic about this area. In the 19th century tourism started booming at the largest lake of Tyrol.
Behind the village, there are three forested valleys ascending and changing into the Karwendel Mountains and its 2,000 m high peaks such as Mt. Sonnjoch and Mt. Lamsenspitze. So right behind the village limits the Karwendel Alpine Park begins, offering great trails, fixed rope routes and intact nature. In winter, the Zwölferkopf Skiing Area (1,491 m a.s.l.) is reachable by the Karwendel Cable Car, and in summer this area is seat of a paragliding school. Moreover Pertisau is a popular starting and arrival point for shipping at Lake Achensee, which has been existing since 1887.
In the Bächental valley, since 1908 fossil oil has been extracted out of oil shale, and for this reason an entire facility in the village is dedicated to the production of cosmetics and health products. At the Tyrolean Shale Oil Museum you can learn more about the extraction of rock oil and the family enterprise "Tiroler Steinölwerke Albrecht GmbH & Co. KG", not at least thanks to a cinema hall and the Martin Gallery. Also a coffee bar and a shop placed in a glass pyramid are part of it.