human settlement in Austria

Maurach is a town on the southern shore of Achen Lake in Tyrol.

UnderstandEdit

 
Picturesque Maurach in winter

Get inEdit

By trainEdit

 
Achensee Railway locomotive in Maurach station

By far the most picturesque way to get to Maurach is by Achensee Railway (German: Aachenseebahn), the oldest cog railway in Europe that is still in operation. The locomotives are still steam driven, just as they were when the line opened in 1889. The steep railway track is almost 7 km long and climbs an impressive 440 m from 1 Jenbach station to 2 Seespitz over this relative short distance, pushing the steam locomotives to their limits with a maximum inclination of 16%.

The Achensee Railway operates between April and October, a single ticket costs €25 for adults and €12 for children. Dogs and cycles can be taken along on the train but must be registered in advance, for an additional €6. Tickets can be purchased online.

By planeEdit

When travelling from outside Austria, nearby regional capital city Innsbruck has an international airport, 3 Innsbruck Airport   (INN IATA) at a distance of ca. 46 km, from where Maurach can be reached easily by Lower Inn Valley Railway. From the airport, take bus  F  to 4 Innsbruck Hbf   (Main Station), a ticket costs €2.40. Then take the train to 5 Jenbach Station   and transfer to Achensee Railway or bus.

Further airports are

  6 Salzburg Airport  , SZG IATA (ca. 136 km)
  7 Munich Airport, MUC IATA (ca. 104 km)

Get aroundEdit

Maurach is pretty small and getting around on foot is easy and efficient.

SeeEdit

  • 1 Notburga Church (Notburga-Kirche), Eben 1, +43 - 664 - 3914186, . Regarded as one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Tyrol, built in 1718 on the location of its Roman predecessor. The church is named after the Tyrolean saint Notburga, who died in 1313.  
  • 2 Achen Lake Museum World (Achenseer Museumwelt), Museumsweg 3-9, +43 5243 20523, . Technology museum focused on tools and machines used in forestry and agriculture in the Achen Valley. The 8000 m² museum has hosted a large collection of tractors and machinery since 2002, and serves as an educational stronghold to preserve knowledge and heritage as the Achen Valley continues to shift its economic emphasis from traditional sectors towards tourism.  

DoEdit

 
Heated open air swimming pool at Achen Lake Atoll in winter, with Karwendel mountains in the background
  • 1 Achen Lake Atoll (Atoll Achensee), Achenseestraße 63, +43 5243 20320, . 10:00-22:00 daily. A large indoor and outdoor sports facility with pools, spa, sauna, boulder hall, ice skating arena, and a gym. On the southern shore of Achen Lake, with a fantastic panorama over the lake when weather permits!
  • 2 Airrofan Skyglider (Rofanseilbahn). A zip line that can be used by up to 4 adventurers simultaneously. You'll be strapped in a harness with up to 3 friends, winched up, and then race down the line in a 2 minute decent. Note that access requires a Rofan Seilbahn ticket, so if you're traveling up the mountain just for the Skyglider this will be an expensive activity. Recommended only if you already have a day pass for the cable car. Adults €11.50, Children €8.

Winter sportsEdit

Maurach has a relatively small ski resort in the mighty Rofan mountains east of the Achensee Lake. The resort is tailored to experienced skiers, with mostly intermediate and difficult downhill runs. For those who desire variety, there is a bus connection to the larger Achenkirch ski resort (ca. 30 min).

Because of its low altitude, ski conditions in winter are variable, and natural snow is complemented with snow cannons if necessary. When snow conditions allow, there is an intermediate downhill run from the 3 Buchauer Alm (1.385 m) back to the base station of the gondola.

Name Tel. Altitude   /   /     /   /  
Ski resort Rofan +43 5243 5292 985 - 1.840m 4 Lifts: 1 / 2 / 1 11 km Pistes: 1 / 8 / 2

The only access point to the ski area is the 4 Rofanseilbahn cable car, Achenseestrasse 10, +43 5243 5292, . A ski pass costs €39.50 per day for adults and €19.50 for children.

BuyEdit

SouvenirsEdit

  • 1 Edelstein Grotte, Rotkreuzstraße 4. Minerals, fossils, and assorted souvenirs and gifts.
  • 2 Achentaler Glaskunst, Dorfstrasse 38 (Achen Lake Railway station Maurach Mitte). Traditional glass arts.

SupermarketsEdit

All major debit and credit cards are accepted in supermarkets in Maurach.

  • 3 MPREIS, Dorfstraße 24, +43 5 0321 928135. M-Th 07:30 - 19:00, F 07:30 - 19:30, Sa 07:30 - 18:00. The largest supermarket in Maurach, with a good offering of groceries (fresh vegetables, fruits, bread, drinks) and useful goods such as sun cream.
 
Tiroler Steinöl derived products for sale at Spar in Maurach.
  • 4 Spar, Dorfstraße 40 (train station Maurach Mitte), +43 5 243 5120, . M, Th, F 06:30–18:30, Tu 06:00–18:00, Sa 06:30–18:00, Su 08:00–12:00. Smaller than the MPREIS and a bit more expensive. A great place to shop for souvenirs such as Tiroler Speck or post cards (€0.55 per card + €0.90 for a stamp). They also carry most of the locally produced shale oil derived products under the name Tiroler Steinöl (Tyrolean Stone Oil).

EatEdit

BudgetEdit

  • 1 Jodlerwirt, Dorfstrasse 34 (train station Maurach Mitte), +43052435287, . 12:00-21:00. Traditional Tyrolean restaurant (German: Stube) serving authentic food. Great atmosphere and huge portions. Possibly the best price/quality trade-off in Maurach. You won't leave the table hungry in this restaurant! Recommendable is the Grillteller (mixed grilled meat served with fries) for €14.50. They also have a selection of cakes.
  • 2 Peter's Grill, Pertisauer Strasse 27 (bus stop Maurach Seespitz), +43 5243 43426, . Fast food restaurant on the road between Maurach and Pertisau.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 3 Cafe-Restaurant Klingler, Dorfstrasse 41, +43 5243 5495, . Local restaurant with a nice selection of cakes and ice creams.
  • 4 Arthurs Venezia, Dorfstrasse 23, +43 5243 5527, . Italian cuisine, with a good range of pizza, meat, pasta, and fish dishes. The pizzas are baked in a stone oven and good value starting at €9.10 but much of the remaining menu tends to be on the expensive side.
  • 5 Erfurter Hütte, Rofan 3, +43 5243 5517, . Mountain restaurant, at an altitude of 1834 m, with a splendid view over the Achen Valley.
  • 6 Restaurant-Cafe Bergkristall, Achenseestrasse 100 (bus stop Bergkristall), +43 5243 5384. Decent restaurant on the eastern shore of Achen Lake, with a view over Pertisau on the other side of the lake. Indoor and outdoor seating.
  • 7 Felderer Stadl, Maurach 83c, +43 5243 6110. Traditional Tyrolean restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

SplurgeEdit

DrinkEdit

  • 1 Edelbrennerei Kostenzer, Achenseestrasse 22, +43 5243 5795, fax: +43 5243 5795, . M-F 08:30-12:30, 14:00-18:00, Sa 08:30-12:30. A distillery and adjacent shop producing and selling over 70 varieties of gin, whisky, and liquors based on locally sourced ingredients such as apples, plums, apricots and forest berries.

SleepEdit

CampingEdit

HotelsEdit

Go nextEdit

In the Achen Valley:

  • 1 Pertisau — posh resort town a few km north-east of Maurach
  • 2 Achenkirch — the largest town and ski resort in the Achen Valley
  • 3 Steinberg am Rofan   — tiny village tucked away in the Rofan mountain range

In the Lower Inn Valley:

  • 4 Jenbach   — economic centre between the Achen Valley and the Ziller Valley
  • 5 Schwaz — historic silver mining town
  • 6 Innsbruck — state capital city of Tyrol
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