Monday, September 12, 2011

Achenkirch, Austria

Achenkirch is ravishingly situated at the foot of Rofan Mountains and near the shores of Lake Achensee. The small holiday resort lies near the Karwendel nature reserve, which, with surface of 730 square kilometers, is the largest one in Europe. This beautiful resort with population of about 2100 people offers 3500 tourist beds. Also here is situated the famous Lipizzan stud farm, which is the biggest one in Austria. Everyone can enjoy a ride either in the riding hall or during some guided trips through the Achental valley. Plus, there is huge variety of sports starting with hiking, cycling winter sports and horse riding. Actually Achenkirch is a superb place for not-experts who want to ski or board rather than just sit around in bars.

At the northern lakeside of Lake Achensee, there is Achenkirch and its component localities Achenkirch, Achensee, Achental and Achenwald, Scholastika and the terrain of the former Achenseehof farm. In other words, the municipal territory extends from Lake Achensee to the Bavarian border. Already in 1313 AD the village was known as “Achental”, while only in 1971 its name was changed to Achenkirch. Around the turn of the last century, Achenkirch was a popular destination for summer vacationists, including famous personalities such as the authors Peter Rosegger and Ludwig Ganghofer. And Felix Mitterer, famous Austrian actor and playwright, was born here. 
In the village and its surroundings, there are several places of cultural interest, e.g. 15 chapels dating back to the 18th, 19th and 20th century. The parish church and its bulbous spire, built in 1748, is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Further buildings that are worth noticing are a wine tavern that has already been mentioned in the 15th century, and which maintained its original form up to present times. It has recently been renovated, serving as tavern today. The “Salzstadel” building, however, has once upon a time been meeting point for salt merchants between the salines Hall and Munich, and today it is in private hands.

 The nearest airports to Achenkirch are Munich airport (100 kilometers), Innsbruck airport (about 55 kilometers) and Salzburg airport (150 kilometers). 
Also there are various options to get there by car. On can take the toll-free journey from Germany via Achenpass or Bad Tölz. Also from Munich to the motorway exit Holzkirchen, Tegernsee lake, Achenpass or Bad Tölz - border, Achenkirch and on to the other villages.  One can use and a train to Jenbach train station. Then continue by public bus or a taxi to Maurach (4 kilometers). 
The journey by bus from Jenbach to Maurach, Achenkirch, Steinberg and Pertisau is free for those of the guests who have already booked their holidays in one of these towns. The booking confirmation counts also as a ticket and the travels by bus between the mentioned towns are free during the time of your stay.

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