Man and woman frolicking in the snow

Your winter holiday at Lake Achensee, Tyrol

Experience Pertisau in winter

The 4* Hotel Pfandler in Pertisau is your retreat for a winter holiday at Lake Achensee in Tyrol. Whether you want to whizz down the slopes of the Zwölferkopf, whizz down the natural toboggan run, cross-country ski through the snow-covered Karwendel valleys or take a leisurely winter hike - we offer a variety of options to make your stay unforgettable. Even in the high season, our hotel in Pertisau is an oasis of peace, while Pfandler's umbrella bar or the Laterndl disco offer you the opportunity to enjoy the nightlife in Pertisau to the full.

Winter family holiday with ski & snowboard or toboggan 

The Karwendel mountain railway takes you effortlessly up to the Zwölferkopf, where you can spend a day skiing in the sun with breathtaking lake views. Alternatively, you can explore the panoramic circular hiking trail and possibly encounter some Alpine wildlife along the way. The Zwölferkopf is not only an ideal ski area for families and beginners, but also impresses with perfectly groomed pistes and a varied landscape. The 5 km long natural toboggan run is a great experience for the whole family. Nestled between the Karwendel and Rofan mountains, high above Lake Achensee, this area offers views that are unique in the Alps.

Relaxed skiing with the ski bus

A special tip is a trip on the free ski bus to the nearby ski areas of Rofan in Maurach or Christlum in Achenkirchen. For those who like it a little more challenging, a day trip to one of the large ski areas in the Zillertal is a great option. After an eventful day, you can relax perfectly in the evening at the Pfandler, your cosy hotel in Pertisau.

Do you already know the snowbike?

Try out the trend sport of snow biking! Sitting on a bike with skis instead of wheels, you will experience a completely new way of skiing. With short skis on your feet, you'll quickly get the hang of it after a few wobbly turns and discover a fascinating alternative to traditional skiing. Experience the magic of winter at Lake Achensee in our Hotel Pfandler - your perfect starting point for unforgettable holiday experiences.

Where lies Lake Achensee?

Lake Achensee lies in north Tyrol, only about 13 kilometres from the Austrian-German border. Located between the Karwendel mountains and the Brandenberger Alps, the crystal-clear lake is the largest lake of Tyrol. Lake Achensee is immediately surrounded by five villages, namely Achenkirch, Maurach, Steinberg am Rofan, Wiesing and Pertisau, the latter of which is home to the Hotel Pfandler.

What activities are possible in winter in Pertisau at Lake Achensee?

Starting directly in the village, the Karwendel mountain cable car leads to the popular ski region at the Zwölferkopf, and also cross-country skiers will get their money’s worth. Further popular pastimes are tobogganing, winter hiking and ski tours. Unfortunately, ice skating on Lake Achensee is not possible as the lake does not freeze over due to its great depth.

How high lies Lake Achensee?

Lake Achensee lies on 929 metres above sea level.

When is snow at Lake Achensee?

The region around Lake Achensee is a build-up for clouds and thus blessed with snow in winter. The ski season usually runs from mid-December to the end of March. Beside natural snow, there are also modern snow machines to help out.

Why does the Lake Achensee not freeze over?

Although Lake Achensee lies on over 900 metres, it does not form a sufficiently thick ice cover in winter. Due to its very great depth of up to 133 metres Lake Achensee does not freeze over even in harsh winters and can therefore not be stepped on.

Experience variety on a winter holiday in Pertisau

Your winter holiday at the Hotel Pfandler promises more than just skiing. Discover the beauty of Nordic endurance sports! The cross-country skiing centre at the end of the village in the direction of the Karwendel valleys is the starting point for all cross-country skiing enthusiasts. The exemplary signposting and an introductory circuit for personal fitness help every cross-country skier to find the right level of difficulty. The serviced mountain huts Falzturn, Gramai, Pletzach and Gernalm are located directly next to the classic and skating trails.

These alpine pastures are not only easily accessible on cross-country skis, but also on foot, ideal for relaxed winter hikes. The entire village and the area surrounding Lake Achensee offer well-maintained winter hiking trails. In the neighbouring Triestenau Valley you will find a cross-country ski trail and a picturesque hiking trail. This secluded valley without huts is particularly quiet and offers the opportunity to observe wild animals or at least discover their tracks in the snow.

A special tip for cross-country skiers and hiking enthusiasts: The authentic Achensee beer is brewed in the Langlaufstüberl inn, right next to the cross-country skiing centre - a taste experience that you will only find on a winter holiday in Pertisau. Try this local speciality, because with exercise comes thirst!


Of course, a toboggan run is also part of a successful winter holiday. Pertisau offers 2 wonderful natural toboggan runs, one can be reached with the Karwendel mountain railway and takes you 5 km back to the valley station with great views, the other toboggan run is approx. 1.5 km long and can be easily reached during the day with the Rodelexpress and shines in atmospheric light at night.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Hotel Pfandler for your winter holiday! Send us an enquiry now to plan your stay.