Winter Walking in Austria part 2 Pertisau

After our fine week in Leutasch we moved onto Pertisau on the banks of Achensee Lake further east across the Karwendel Alps. A quick taxi ride to Seefeld, twenty minute train ride to Innsbruck, change trains, another twenty minute train ride this time to Jenbach and another short taxi ride and we were there. There is a good webcam here if you want to take a look.

Peritsau

Seefeld Station
Seefeld Station

We were staying at the excellent Appartementhaus Tristenau and were greeted on arrival by Maria who to our relief spoke excellent English (Note to self…must learn some German before next trip!).

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The view from our appartment
The view from our apartment

A quick inspection showed that our apartment had everything we could want, including a fine view and free WiFi.You can see what type of apartment we had here. By 1.30 we were settled in so we set off to explore our surroundings, get our bearings and stock up on some provisions.

Achensee
Achensee
Sian's off exploring
Sian’s off exploring
Snowy Pertisau
Snowy Pertisau
Cross Country Skiiing
Cross Country Skiiing

The following day we set off for Gernalm, a superb Alpine Inn, serving delicious large bowls of soup. In fact it was so good we did an extended walk there later in the week. The two walks can be found on Social Hiking here and here.

The first day to Gernalm starts off sunny, the view from our apartment door
The first day to Gernalm starts off sunny, the view from our apartment door

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Or you can take the easy way
Or you can take the easy way
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Coffee stop at Pletzachalm about half way up.
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It starts to cloud over but the scenery is still magnificent
Gernalm comes into view, not a bad spot
Gernalm comes into view, not a bad spot
Meet some of the locals
Meet some of the locals
The boss surveys his territory
The boss surveys his territory

On Monday the forecast was for low cloud all day. So we decided to go into Jenbach and get our train tickets for Saturday for our return to  Munich Airport and also to reserve seats  as the excellent Austrian Trains web site advised. We had used Google Translate to write out what we wanted just in case, but we need not have worried as the man in the ticket office spoke excellent English. Not sure how easily a German speaker would have got on at say Oxenholme Station!. We then took a trip on the Zillertalbahn Railway as far as Zell am Ziller to see what the winter walking was like for a potential future holiday. A quick chat in the tourist office and it was obvious that winter walking opportunities were limited so Zell am Ziller was crossed off the to do list. Still the train was good and in summer some of the time its operated by a steam locomotive.

Zillertalbahn arrives at Zell am Ziller
Zillertalbahn arrives at Zell am Ziller

We woke up on Tuesday to about nine inches of fresh snow and glorious sunshine. We set off to climb up to Feilalm, an alpine hut that overlooks Perisau. However at the bottom on the trail the sign that had said “geöffnet”, open, on Sunday (See I have picked up a little German 🙂 ) now said “geschlossen”, closed! We later learnt that this was due to avalanche risk, and unfortunately it remained closed all week.

So instead we took the trail up to Gramaialm, another superb alpine hut/hotel/restaurant. It has plenty of rooms plus some apartments, you can drive up in summer and it looks a grand staging post for higher level walks and it serves wonderful goulash soup. Enjoy the photos from the day and the route on Social Hiking can be found here

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Click on image to see higher resolution version on Flickr

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Serious isilcles
Serious icicles 
Coffee stop, not a bad view from the gents.
Coffee stop, not a bad view from the gents.
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My favorite photo from Pertisau. Click on it to see higher resolution on Flickr
Can you spot the cross country skier, gives a real sense of scale
Can you spot the cross country skier, gives a real sense of scale
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Gramaialm comes into view
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Looking back from the same spot as the previous photo
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Don’t think we will be eating outside today!
Some large cowbells inside Gramaialm
Some large cowbells inside Gramaialm

On the Wednesday we went to Achenkirck at the other end of Achensee using the free bus service. We decided to walk up to Christlumalm a ski hut/restaurant. The path is on a toboggan slope that crisscrosses the downhill ski slopes so it was “entertaining” at times and whilst the path had been groomed it had not been as well compacted as others we had used, this added to the fairly steep slope made it hard going. When we started off it was cloudy but by the time we reached the top the sun was out. The route on Social Hiking can be found here.

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Crossing the ski slopes can be “entertaining”

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Sian having a rest
Snow on the bird house
Snow on the bird house

On our last day the weather was not too good and I had gone down with a cold so we just had a stroll around Pertisau and the lake.

Avalanche warning
Avalanche warning
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No boat trips until summer

Our favorite place to eat out in Pertisau was LANGLAUFSTÜBERL mainly because it has its own micro brewery brewing Achensee Beir. Its still a continental style larger but it had quite a bit more taste than most. The food was excellent with a good selection of Austrian specialties and free WiFi.

So our two weeks in Austria came to an end, and very enjoyable they were. We will definitely be back but probably in the summer next time.

Everything went to time coming home, Taxi to Jenbach, train to Munich airport with one change on the outskirts of Munich and flight with Lufthansa to Manchester.

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