The Achensee ferries

For a hundred years, the easiest way to explore the largest lake in Tyrol has been by boat. In the summer months, you can enjoy a round-trip on the Achensee at hourly intervals from Pertisau on the modern steamers of the Achensee fleet – the MS Tirol and the MS Stadt Innsbruck – or go ashore at one of the six calling points around the lake. If you alight at Seespitz you can connect with the steam trains of the Achensee railway. A stop at Gaisalm is always worthwhile, because the Alpine meadow beneath the cliffs of the Seeberg can only be reached on foot or by boat.

In nice weather you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh mountain air on the upper deck, but the spacious areas inside may be more appealing for some refreshments when the weather is bad.

Numerous special events are held on the Achensee boats in addition to the ferry service:

  • Evening Cruise

The round-trip of roughly two hours on the MS Tirol is available every Friday from the start of June to the start of October (departure 8.30pm from Pertisau and 8.45pm from Seespitz). Experience the Achensee at night with music, dancing, service and entertainment on the boat and gaze at the romantically illuminated cliffs in the Gaisalm gorge. Reservations required!

  • Murder Mystery Dinner

The MS Tirol becomes an interactive theatre for a whole evening! Become part of the exclusive dinner society of Captain William Johnson and experience how master detective Hercules Püree attempts to solve a mysterious case of murder on board the ship. Click here for event dates and more information! Reservations are essential due to high demand!

  • Christmas on the Achensee

The Achensee ferries become floating Christkindl markets on Advent weekends (Friday to Sunday). The round-trip of roughly two hours offers pre-Christmas contemplation of a very special kind. Reservations are essential due to high demand!

  • The Achensee Attack - Battle of Pirates

Every year at the start of August, the St. Benedikt is transformed into the “Black Benedikt” and is the venue of a funny and lively “Battle of Pirates”, in which the different clans fight to be taken on as new crew on the ship of Captain Jack Lago. Tears of laughter are guaranteed when you watch the Battle of Pirates from the bathing beach at Buchau, alongside an array of supporting events with music, refreshments and children's party!

The Achensee ferries also regularly host concerts – find out more locally or on the homepage!


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Blick auf das Rißtal und den Großen Ahornboden (Quelle: G. Haslwanter, Alpenpark Karwendel)
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  • G. Haslwanter, Alpenpark Karwendel
  • P. Steinmüller, Alpenpark Karwendel
  • O. Leiner, Alpenpark Karwendel

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