The Achensee railway

125 years – and still has all its teeth!

The venerable steam cog railway has been covering the 400-metre difference in altitude from Jenbach station to the Achensee since 1889, making it the oldest steam-operated cog railway still in operation anywhere in the world. While the Achensee railway was an important mode of transport for people and goods in its early years, nowadays it mainly brings joy to children and train-loving adults, as 7 times a day in the summer months it puffs up the 16-percent incline of the mountain track from the Inn Valley, sometimes appearing to be using its last ounce of strength. The old engines and original cars convey pure nostalgia and a ride on the Achensee railway is an unforgettable experience.

Tip: With a combi-ticket you can combine a ride on the Achensee railway with a round-trip on an Achensee ferry and with a ride on either the Rofan or Karwendel cable car!  

Historische Aufnahme der Dampfzahnradbahn auf dem Weg zum Achensee
Achenseebahn und Achenseeschiff an der Station Seespitz
Großaufnahme einer Dampflok der Achenseebahn (Quelle: Nicola Abbiuso [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons))
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  • Nicola Abbiuso [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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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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