All aboard! The 128-year-old Achensee Cog Railway, which is still steam operated, continues to provide a sense of adventure and history as it carries passengers from the station at Jenbach up the mountain to pretty Achensee Lake. Locomotives by the name of Hannah, Georg, Hermann and Theodor make a ride on Europe's oldest coal-fired steam engine a true adventure.
The steepest section of the line is just a few minutes from the train station in Jenbach, Inntal Valley. After successfully climbing a short but sharp pitch of 16% the locomotive continues its journey up towards the shores of Lake Achensee, past flower-filled meadows and sections of shady forest. Passengers can smell the coal as it is shovelled into the furnace to power the mighty engine. Though just seven kilometres in length, the line climbs an impressive 440 vertical metres from start to finish. While the locomotives need a break to cool off at Lake Achensee, passengers can continue their personal journey – on one of the sightseeing boats criss-crossing Lake Achensee. The boat and railway timetables are coordinated, making it quick and easy to travel from Jenbach all the way into the middle of Tirol's largest lake.