Lake Achensee the “Fjord of the Alps”

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Emerald green and nestled between the Karwendel and Rofan mountain ranges is Austria’s largest mountain lake: the Achensee. I spent my day off at Lake Achensee with three other girls from school, I only knew one girl who invited me to join her and her friends, but we all connected quickly and enjoyed our time getting to know each other. To get to the lake we drove (on a beautiful scenic drive) about 45 minutes out of Innsbruck.

Photo: Tourism Austria

The crystal clear blue waters reminded me of Peyto Lake in Banff or other lakes in the Canadian Rockies, where the water is also an emerald green that is overwhelmingly beautiful to look at. The area around the lake is called the Achental valley. The wonderful thing about the lake is that it’s really accessible from any side.

Not only was the lake perfect conditions for swimming in, there were many sailors, wind surfers, and divers. The area is even home to the world’s oldest cog railway (railways that are able to operate on steeper grounds because of the mechanisms of the wheel and rail). There was so much you could do! I wanted to spend more time and camp here.

Public Beach

I dream of summer days just like this one.

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Oh how I welcome the warmth of the summer sun, the glow of the trees and mountains and everything that blooms around and on the grounds. It feels like everything living sings in summer! Joy, joy, joy! 

Blue, blue, blue!At the end of the day we walked around this very cute and very very tiny town. We sat down, had a coffee and watched the sun set on a beautiful day. Lake, swim, mountains, hike, coffee… the ways to win my heart!

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