Maurach at lake Achensee
Located on the southern banks is the town of Maurach, which stands out thanks to the unique natural experiences it provides.
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The magic of the wintery lake contrasts with the broad snowfields and the deeply snow-covered summits of the Rofan mountains. This family-based ski area doesn’t just provide inspiration for skiers, carvers and snowboarders, there is also convenient access to what is probably one of the loveliest ski touring areas in Tyrol via the Rofanseilbahn, Rofan cable car. While the impressive AirRofan sky glider means you get to experience this unique landscape from an ‘eagles-eye perspective’, even in winter.
Cross-country skiing and winter hikes – with or without snow shoes – ice-skating, curling, romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, winter rides or convivial toboggan rides make a winter holiday in Maurach an unforgettable experience. There is an extra benefit for families – the littlest ski munchkins get to make their first attempts at hiking, without any long access routes, right in the centre of the town.
One of the most popular bathing areas, for families in particular, is Buchau bathing beach, which provides pleasant water temperatures (around 22 °C) and which stands out due to its gently sloping banks.
This extensive village, which is also a centre for the region‘s schools, has for over 120 years been the final stop and the destination for the Achensee Steam Cog Railway. From Jenbach in Inntal to Achensee the oldest train of its kind in Europe tackles some seven kilometres and 400 metres altitude.
The Rofan Mountains also invite you to enjoy some hiking and climbing in summer too. With the Rofan cable car this natural gem can be accessed by anyone in just a few minutes. Achensee 5-Peak Via Ferrata, which proceeds across the five main peaks in the Rofan mountains, is an absolute highlight.
St. Notburga Pilgrimage Church in Maurach is worth a visit. In the 13th century, probably the most popular Tyrolean patron saint, a simple maid Notburga, was not dissuaded by her hard-hearted employers from her beliefs and her dedication to help the poor and the weak. The Notburga-Museum in Eben/Maurach exhibits a great deal of interesting features about her life and her significance as a patron saint of farmers and maidservants, the poor and traditional costume wearers.
Interesting information about fine distillates, their production and much more is on offer at the distillery Edelbrennerei Franz Kostenzer. Around 70 schnapps and liqueurs are on offer and you can learn all about them during guided tours or during seminars.
In Achensee’s Museum World, a ‘museum village’ covering an area of around 8 hectares, the focus is on local traditions, such as the working and living conditions around Achensee, which were often not that easy in earlier times. Lots of interesting information about local associations, institutions and entertainment, such as a doll’s house, round off the museum experience. Since the Museum World is being continually expanded there is always something new to discover.