Eben am Achensee – Natural Beauty and Historic Traditions
Location: On the Shores of Lake Achensee
Eben am Achensee is located north-east from Innsbruck, and is served by the city’s Kranebitten Airport, the largest international airport in Tyrol. There is a good train and bus connection that will get you to Eben.
Business: Tourism and fossil oil
Tourism is the region’s main industry, but there are times when luck and human ingenuity offer chances for extra profit. An entire facility in the village has been dedicated to the production of cosmetics and health products since 1908, when fossil oil was extracted from oil shale in the Bächental valley. Numerous hotels and private establishments ensure accommodation for the thousands of visitors. The ski resorts Rofan and Zwölferkopf are the destinations of snow bunnies and snowboarders in the winter months.
Culture: Tyrol’s unmistakable ambassadors
The region unites the best elements from the cultures of the past: The nobility left behind is obvious in countless castles, aristocratic houses, and fortified country manors. Church buildings and monasteries from all architectural styles bear testimony to the piousness of Tyrol. Still the question often arises: what is German and what is Italian? In Italy’s Northern Province, Alpine congeniality meets the Mediterranean spirit, la dolce vita. However, culture also means strong foundations and down-to earth respective is showcased by carefully planned towns throughout the region. Contemporary art and traditional architecture provide a wonderful counterpart. Finally, Tyrol music, dance, local colour, and festive traditions are world famous as much as they are unique. You can actually taste the landscape in speck, in apple juice, milk and cheese, and Apfelstrudel. The knowledge and skills required in processing foods have been handed down from generation to generation.
Activities: All kinds of sports
With beautiful surroundings and all sorts of mountain terrain, the list of outdoor activities for all seasons is endless. You may want to try something more sentimental as well, such as a ride with Europe’s oldest steam-driven cog railway from Pertinau that will stay in your mind for a long time. The nostalgic Achensee railway takes you along a majestic landscape of meadows covered by wild flowers, the grandeur of the Tyrolean Mountains, and a wonderful view over Lake Achensee are included in the fare.