Austria Destinations

Achensee – Lake. Mountains. Good happens. (+Giveaway)

May 7, 2017
mountain lake hiking Austria

[In friendly collaboration with Tranquini and Achensee Tourism]

How do you relax? I’d like to know! I’m happy to announce a giveaway at the end of this post – so please stay tuned 😉 While traveling is my favourite thing to do on the planet, it’s not always very relaxing. But a little getaway in your home country is a different story: There’s no language barrier and the travel time is usually short – perfect preconditions for being positively relaxed, isn’t it? Spring has sparkled my motivation to do more things outdoors and I was looking forward to go hiking in the mountains, to breathe the fresh air, to feel the sunshine in my face… I found my perfect destination that fulfilled all my wishes at Achensee (Lake Achen), the biggest lake of the province of Tyrol. Getting there already was part of the mini-vacation as the historic steam locomotive (Achenseebahn) took me to through fantastic mountain panoramas to my final destination! It looks harmless here but I’m telling you it was quite a ride 😉

Excited to see more of this gorgeous scenery, I followed a narrow path that led me to the spectacular Dalfazer Waterfall. A great companion during all my hikes: A can of refreshing Tranquini – a completely natural, less sweet relaxation drink based on herbs and fruits. I wouldn’t promote it here if I wouldn’t like it 100% 🙂

Yes you saw right, there was snow! Officially last weekend was summer-season opening. And despite the nice and sunny weather, summer has still a far way to go in the mountains. It snowed quite strongly the day before I arrived, so at the top of the Rofanseilbahn I found myself in the middle of winter wonderland! I honestly didn’t expect any of that but I enjoyed it nevertheless!

Of course the hiking trails up there weren’t open yet, but there’s no lack of pretty trails near the lake. The walk from Pertisau to Gaisalm shouldn’t be missed and definitely was a highlight of the trip!

mountain lake hiking Austria

For a moment I forgot that I was by a alpine lake because the crystal-clear water reminded me of the Mediterranean… Just the snow-capped mountains and the fact that the water was only 6°C cold took me back to reality! More waterfalls, forest, desert-like boulder screes – this place has everything!

And don’t forget: Relax. Be positive. Good happens.

Whether you’re not so ambitious with hiking or running out of time – there’s always the option to hop on a boat! That’s not only convenient but also gives you some different views to the shores. The Achensee boats serve several stops across the lake and run frequently (especially during summer).

Fresh air makes me hungry and there are plenty of cabins that offer local specialties like this Tyrolean speck bread 🙂

Mountains and lakes – an irresistible combination and ingredients for an unforgettable weekend trip ❤️


In cooperation with Tranquini I’m hosting a giveaway for your next picnic: You can win a large cooling backpack, a beach towel and of course some Tranquini samples 😉 The rules: 1) Like my Facebook page, 2) leave a comment below and tell me where or how you relax the best way! The winner will be chosen by lot and gets notified via e-mail. The contest is open until May 21st. Good luck!

*(Sorry, due to high shipping costs I’ll have to limit the giveaway to European addresses only)

Btw, May 12th is international Positively Relaxed-Day (it really is!), so you’re invited to share your moments with #mypositivelyrelaxedmoment #positivelyrelaxed #tranquini #positivelyrelaxed

Tyrol's biggest lake is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and boasts incredible sceneries from mountain peaks to shades of blue!

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  • Reply Nat Worldwild May 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    So tolle Fotos, ich würde am liebsten gleich los in die Berge! Wandern, die Ruhe in der Natur mit tollen Aussichten genießen und in einer Alm oder Berghütte einen Germknödel oder Kaiserschmarrn futtern – das wäre gerade die perfekte Entspannung für mich! 🙂 LG!

    • Reply sileas May 9, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Das klingt wundervoll! Diesmal hatte ich leider weder Kaiserschmarrn noch Germknödel, obwohl das eigentlich ein Muss auf jeder Hütte ist 😛

  • Reply The Wayfarer May 7, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Was this last weekend? I was in Switzerland, and it snowed on Thursday but was quite sunny and warm on Saturday and Sunday! This spring has been downright bizarre.

    • Reply sileas May 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Yes, that was last weekend. Crazy right? I do like snow but I think I’m done with it for the year 😛

  • Reply jewels May 8, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I miss views like these…! I am seriously in need of some mountain scenery in my life. Gorgeous!!

    • Reply sileas May 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I know, it’s so different from tropical beaches but I like both!!

  • Reply Paleica May 8, 2017 at 7:11 am

    deine facebook-seite hab ich schon längst geliked (nicht gut um ein give-away zu gewinnen ^.^) mein bester entspannungsort ist definitiv italien! immer, wenn ich über die grenze fahre, bleiben meine stress-anteile in Ö zurück und ich bin ein anderer mensch 😀

    urschön die achensee bilder. eigentlich will ich da ja schon seit ewigkeiten hin, immerhin habe ich dank chris’ und danis praktikum ungefähr eine quadrilliarde achensee-geschichten gehört 😀

    • Reply sileas May 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Dorthin hats ja einige aus unserer Klasse verschlagen 😉 Bei Italien bin ich voll und ganz bei dir! In meinen Augen ist es DAS Land der Genießer 🙂

      • Reply Paleica May 15, 2017 at 6:41 am

        stimmt – war wohl ein recht beliebtes ziel 🙂 oh ja, das finde ich auch 🙂

  • Reply May 8, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Oh, der Achensee ist wirklich schön. Vor allem mit den verschneiten Bergen im Hintergrund. Diesen Sommer ziehts mich zum Wandern wieder nach Tirol, vielleicht geht sich ja ein Abstecher aus!

    Liebe Grüße,

    • Reply sileas May 14, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Wenn du in der Nähe bist, lohnt sich ein Abstecher auf jeden Fall! Gerade im Sommer stelle ich es mir toll vor, sich im See abzukühlen 😉

  • Reply barryaday May 8, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    As always I enjoy your photos and words in your blog. My favorite way to relax is to explore the many streets and walkways in Wien. I always find my way to Stadtpark to listen to music, drink coffee, and watch people there. It is a place I go where creative ideas come for my blog. I return to Wien next week and can hardly wait!

    • Reply sileas May 14, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Thanks so much Barry! You’re right, Vienna has some wonderful relaxing places. Enjoy your time!

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 May 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

    What an incredibly beautiful place. Those snow capped mountains are just stunning as is the blue of the lake.

    • Reply sileas May 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Sue, I’m glad I could witness such an amazing scenery!

  • Reply Hanna May 12, 2017 at 5:02 am

    I’m counting days to get back to Europe and relax while gardening!
    Your pics are amazing. Lake Achen surely is a mix of Mediterranean and Alpine!

    Happy Positively Relaxed-Day Julia 🙂

    • Reply sileas May 14, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Oh gardening – that sounds indeed relaxing! Thanks, I hope you had a great one too in Dubai 😉

  • Reply Miyang May 12, 2017 at 6:15 am

    A nice place to relax indeed!

    • Reply sileas May 14, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Yes it was perfect 🙂

  • Reply Christina May 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

    The pictures look great, especially those of the lake and the light reflections on the water 🙂 Looks like a lovely place! 🙂 And I would immediately hop on the steam locomotive too and enjoy the view 🙂

    • Reply sileas May 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure you would love it 😉

  • Reply Tiffany. Yang May 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    omg the snowww and the woods! reading this made me miss skiing so much. And all these sceneries need absolutely no filter at all! Lovely post as always! 🙂

    Tiffany x

    • Reply sileas May 27, 2017 at 9:38 am

      I agree! The scenery was incredible!

  • Reply Tay May 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    As always, these photos are beautiful. I wouldn’t mind those views even with the snow! 🙂

    • Reply sileas May 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Haha yes! I couldn’t complain 😉

  • Reply Mitzie Mee May 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    The water really looks like the Mediterranean Sea. There’s even a beach on the side? Curious about the Tranquini drinks, I hope I win:):)

    • Reply sileas May 27, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Yeah only the temperature wasn’t quite Meditrranean… I’m sorry you didn’t win this time but I’ll bring you a sample 😉

      • Reply Sanne July 11, 2017 at 8:01 pm

        I forgot to tell you about the Tranquini. Really liked it a lot! I had both of them after going to the gym, and they were so refreshing. Like a soda for adult. I could imagine they would be great with vodka too, even though that’s probably not the intention:)

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