Sights around Lake Achen

Swarovski Kristallwelten, Wattens, AustriaMost visitors to the Achensee come for the lovely natural surroundings and the outdoor possibilities.

The lakeside villages have plenty to cater for most holiday durations. But the nearby Lower Inn valley has many attractions for a day with tired legs or weak will.

A day on the lake ferry or a steam train outing to Jenbach detailed on other pages of the site are good choices for local excursions.

Those who want to head a little bit further away will find a selection of recommended day trips below:

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Tratzberg Castle

Just outside Jenbach, Tratzberg Castle is the most impressive of several fortified buildings which guarded nearby provincial borders in the Middle Ages. The present Renaissance castle dates from the 16th century. A castle tour is available from April until October.

The Ziller Valley

The broad and flat Ziller valley stretches 30km in a southerly direction to the popular village of Mayrhofen, rising only 100m in altitude. The daily morning steam train on the narrow gauge line from Jenbach to Mayrhofen is a popular method of exploring the valley. The return steam service leaves time for a few hours in the resort. (Diesel locomotives run on the remaining services.)

Schwaz

Schwaz is a bustling commercial centre in the lower Inn valley. Visitors can take a trip into the narrow tunnels of the medieval silver mines on the edge of town. Schwaz was once the site of the largest silver mine in Europe. The nearby Zeiss planetarium offers virtual trips into space, while on the other side of the valley, the Franciscan monastery is the home of the former owners of the Achensee.

Swarovski Crystal Worlds

The famous crystal glass manufacturers moved to the Tyrol at the end of the 19th century. The Kristallwelten ('crystal worlds') exhibition centre celebrated the company centenary and has become one of the Tyrol's most popular attractions. The Crystal Worlds are not a company museum displaying the factory history, more a series of exhibitions and art installations developed around the idea of 'crystal'.

Hall in Tirol

This town near Innsbruck has a beautiful pedestrianised medieval centre. It was originally the site of the Tyrolean mint and the museum in the old mint tower explains how the first 'dollar' ('taler') came into existence.

Map of Sights

The map below marks the some of the sights around Lake Achen which are worthy of a trip.

Use the controls on the right to zoom in and out. Left-click on the map and drag the mouse to move to different parts of the map. Click on the symbol to see more information about it.