The Ötztaler Urweg Trail takes you on a circular hike through lush green meadows, along the Ötztaler Ache river, to panoramic peaks towering over 9,842 feet (3,000 m) above sea level. Along the way, you will meet famous mountains such as the Wildspitze.
This Collection guides you along the 111-mile (180-km) loop in twelve stages. The Ötztal is a picturesque alpine valley in Tyrol, Austria. The Ötztaler Urweg Trail leads through wonderful mountains, traditional villages, past thunderous waterfalls, and rustic alpine huts. Your adventure begins from Ötztal-Bahnhof village at the AREA 47 adventure park. From there, you hike along the Ötztaler Ache river. The trail heads over undulating landscapes, visiting many highlights en route such as the Stuibenfall, the largest waterfall in Tyrol. In Längenfeld municipality, you cross an impressive suspension bridge that spans a gorge at 656 feet (200 m), offering unique views.
As you hike, you will have plenty of opportunities to relax and re-energise at the alpine huts and snack stations. Apple strudel and Kaiserschmarrn, traditional pancakes, are excellent fuel for hiking. With a full stomach, you can cool off at one of the glistening lakes such as the popular Piburger See or the dreamy Winkelbergsee.
You should be sure-footed and have good stamina to take on the Ötztal Urweg Trail. Stages 6 and 7 also require alpine experience. The stages differ in length and difficulty and can also be walked individually. There are plenty of parking spaces at the start and endpoints and many of the villages also have good bus connections. It’s also possible to shorten some of the hikes by taking a cable car or hiking bus. You can catch these for free with an Summer Card. The Ötztal Urweg Trail is a picture-perfect hiking destination, no matter what type of hiker you are.
For more information about the advantages of the Summer Card, visit: oetztal.com/summercard
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Last updated: September 25, 2023
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The Ötztaler Urweg starts at the station square in the village of Ötztal-Bahnhof at the beginning of the Ötztal. It goes through the forest to the banks of the Ötztaler Ache and there you will pass the outdoor hotspot "Area 47". You hike along the clear river to Brunau and on to Ambach. There the sometimes…
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Starting from the village of Oetz, you hike on a wonderful high-altitude trail through the forest. You will pass the Ebele viewpoint and from there the route will lead you down to Habichen. After you have crossed the Ötztaler Ache, you come to the turquoise blue Habicher See. In the crystal-clear water…
The third stage starts in Niederthai and leads you south to the rustic Wiesle snack station. After a short break on the beautiful sun terrace you hike uphill through beautiful forest. Via the unmanaged Hemrach Alm it goes down to the banks of the Ötztaler Ache. Once again you follow the course of the…
Right at the beginning of the fourth stage, the path goes steeply up from Längenfeld to the Brandalm. At the idyllic mountain farm, you can treat yourself to a second breakfast and watch the tame animals in the enclosure. The Urweg leads you from the Brandalm through a dense forest to the impressive…
From Sölden you walk parallel to the Ötztaler Ache on a promising hill to the south. At Zwieselstein, turn left and follow the Gurgler Ache, which takes you to the Timmelsbach waterfall. The masses of water plunge down over several rock steps. The cozy cream parlor then invites you to take a break with…
For this stage, you should have good endurance and alpine experience, because you master 1,200 vertical meters. On the outskirts of Obergurgl you cross the babbling Gurgler Ache and then start with the demanding but promising ascent to the Ramoljoch. You hike over lush grass slopes that are crossed by…
Stage 7 also demands good physical condition and sure-footedness from you, but rewards you with dreamy mountain landscapes. From Vent you hike over colorful alpine meadows to the Ötztaler Höhenweg. You cross crystal-clear streams and pass rushing waterfalls. You continue uphill over the slopes of Wei…
Rested it goes from the Gaislachalm over picturesque alpine meadows and past rustic huts slightly uphill. You hike along the slopes that are used as a ski slope in winter. The path leads you under the Gaislachkoglbahn and then you cross the Ötztaler Gletscherstraße. There the cozy Gasthaus Hühnersteign…
From Granstein you hike to Hochwald and past the local snack station down into the valley of the Ötztaler Ache. On the sidewalk parallel to the road, it goes out of the valley to Huben. You can take a break in the small town and then the route takes you across lush meadows to the Ötztal Fun Park. From…
Stage 10 starts like stage 4 in Längenfeld and for the first few kilometers you will be accompanied by the rushing Ötztaler Ache. In Lehn you can make a detour to the interesting Ötztal local history museum and the mighty Lehner waterfall. The path leads you to the dreamy Winkelbergsee, the banks of…
From Umhausen it goes back to the banks of the Ötztaler Ache, which still shows you the way today. Alternately you hike through fragrant forest and across deep green meadows. At Östen, the Ötztaler Urweg rises steeply and takes you over a mountaintop to Tumpen. There you can hike to the impressive waterfall…
The last stage of the Ötztaler Urweg takes you back to the starting point in Ötztal-Bahnhof. You leave Sautens and soon enter the forest. Passing the Kreuzkapelle, you go through the Sautener Forchet, a dreamy pine forest. The route winds through the thick green and takes you to the impressive viewpoint…
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