Pertisau Walks and Hikes

Bärenbadalm in PertisauWalkers staying in the stunning mountain setting of Pertisau are spoilt for choice.

The Karwendel Park boasts three valleys leading into different parts of the nature reserve. Those who are looking for something a bit special can use the village as a starting point for a multi-day hiking trip to mountain huts in the park.

But the options don't all involve serious trekking across mountain passes.

There are easier walks around the lake to Achenkirch and Maurach. The excellent public transport links by road or water, as well as the tourist office walking programme, make the small hamlet a top choice for anyone who is looking for a specialist hiking break.

Walking around the lake

The walk to Achenkirch is a visitors’ favourite. The scenic route along the lakeshore takes about three hours, the easier stages along the gravel interspersed with some steep steps and trails cut into the rock face. A shorter variation stops at the Gaisalm where the ferry connects to Achenkirch or Pertisau.

The walk around the shoreline to the Seespitz train station and Maurach is a scenic stroll rather than a hike. Using this anticlockwise direction to walk onwards to Achenkirch takes a similar time to the more difficult trail above.

The Weissenbachsattel trail is an interesting day’s walk between Pertisau and Maurach. The route starts under the Karwendel gondola, winding up to a spectacular wide path cut out of the cliff-face. After some breathtaking views of the Karwendel valleys, the path crosses the ski trail before climbing to the Bärenbadalm hut.

The route climbs steadily from the hut before reaching the open saddle below the Bärenkopf. The Weissenbachalm hut is a short way below the saddle. Some sharp bends precede the long and gradual descent into Maurach.

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Walking in the Karwendel

The Karwendel Alpine Park is the largest protected area in the eastern Alps. Three valleys behind Pertisau lead into the park.

The short Dristenau valley is the closest to Pertisau. A walk from the top of the Karwendel gondola heads down the ski trail to the valley floor returning to Pertisau.

More interesting is the Falzturn valley. The popular Gramai guest house is near the end of the valley under the imposing limestone peaks. A trail climbs to the Lamsenjoch hut at nearly 2000m. The trail over the Lamsenjoch pass descends to the Engalm pastures with alternative routes to the Lamsenspitze and Sonnjoch.

The third valley, the Gerntal, heads to the Plumsjoch pass and hut. This pass accesses the Eng valley. Between the Gern and Falzturn valley is a small peak popular for day hikes.

The Feilkopf has stunning views back to Pertisau and Lake Achen. The return journey drops into the Gerntal and returns to the village by way of the Pletzachalm restaurant and a pleasant shaded walk through the wooded flanks of the Seebergspitze.