The village of Achenkirch lies at the head of Lake Achensee and is a good base for beginners. There are around 20 kilometres of track in the immediate area, with longer tracks connecting up to Steinberg am Rofan. Additional routes are available a short bus ride away.

Getting to Achenkirch – By Air

It’s good location means that Achenkirch is close to Innsbruck airport (45km, 45min away), Salzburg airport (150km, 1h 30min away) and Munich airport (175km, 2h away). Flights to Innsbruck are through British Airways, Easyjet and TUI flights, and also with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and KLM.

Transfer to Achenkirch – from Innsbruck

Achenkirch is a 45 minute drive by road from Innsbruck and a taxi will cost around £100-£130, but cheaper if you rent a car.

Transfer to Achenkirch – Taxi – from (Innsbruck, Salzburg or Munich)

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Transfer to Achenkirch – Bus/Train

The transfer by Train/Bus is around 2 hours by Train/Bus. The transport site Rome2Rio has full transport options.

Ski bus information/timetable

There is a very good network of buses which link Archenkirk with Steinberg, Maurach, Wiesing and Pertisau, some meaning a change of bus at Maurach.

Start of the Season

The opening of the cross country ski season is on the 16th December 2018. Near to the Alpen Caravan Park in Achenkirch you can participate in technical courses and workshops for beginners and advanced skiers, and you can learn how to wax your own skis under professional supervision.

Cross Country Ski Map

Cross Country Ski Tracks/Routes

Unterautal Ski Track – 3.5K Blue – Start at the car park behind the Restaurant Seealm. This easy rated track has lots of ups and downs and beautiful scenery. From gentle downs to demanding ascents, the 4.2 kilometer long loop has it all and can be skied in either classical or skating techniques. For a longer Nordic ski adventure, start at the trailhead and follow the village track.

Achenkirch Village Track – 10K Blue –  This trail features easy loops for beginners and advanced wanting to classic-style or skate-ski on flat, wide trails that wind gently in and out of forested areas across the Achensee Lake Region and offers a good place to learn how to cross country ski.

Oberautal Ski Track – 7K Blue – Glide in and out of forested areas and along wide open meadows, past frozen lakes on the groomed trails of Oberautal Valley. It features various loops; the short option is great for novice skiers looking for somewhere to hone their skills. Skiers seeking greater challenge will appreciate the longer loop trail.

Guffert Ski Track – 18K Red – A 9K track which leads from Achenkirch to Steinberg am Rofan. (see separate loipe map on that page). Passing through wooded areas and wide-open meadows, this intermediate track is a peaceful escape for nature lovers. Catch a bus from Achenkirch to Achental for the trail start, or take the Achenkirch Village trail to Achental and a short hop across the road to join the Guffert track.

Where to Stay

Achenkirch main town is fairly busy and caters well for downhillers who are one the slopes. Head for the bottom end of town by Lake Achensee and it is a much quieter location with easy access to the cross country tracks, and bus route.

Hotel Fisherwirt in Achenkirch is a a good choice and location for a stay. Their Facebook page is here.