Summer holidays and hiking - this is the peak for vacationers in Tyrol! All the more in the Ötztal, which offers everything from easy family hikes to glacier tours for fit mountaineers that the alpine altitudes have to offer for hiking and trekking: Alpine hut and alpine pasture tours, theme trails, lake walks, mountain paths and alpine tours - individually or with a mountain guide. In total there are around 1,600 kilometres of hiking and mountain trails, routes, and treks. Have fun and enjoy nature in the highlight of Tyrol!
Experienced mountain hikers explore the Ötztal on the 22 daily stages of the Ötztal Trek and courageous mountaineers climb up to the Ötztal Glaciers on the Obergurgler Hüttenrunde, while pleasure hikers hike from village to village on the Ötztaler Urweg. Families can explore the mountain lakes and torrents on the water runner trails and look up to the icy glaciers. Sölden is particularly family-friendly: On the Almzeit theme trails, hikers of all ages walk from station to station and thus learn more and more about the mountain world of the Ötztal.
In the Ötztal you will find numerous small villages and settlements, but the most beautiful places to spend the night are the hiking villages of Gries and Niederthai or the mountaineering village of Vent. The three villages are particularly idyllically situated and here you can start your extensive hiking tours directly from your accommodation.
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Varied landscape, impressive mountain worlds and gentle alpine pastures: in all its diversity, the Ötztal invites you to discover its culture, its culinary art and, above all, the unique nature. On the twelve-day Ötztal Urweg all three priorities will be linked. You wander from village to village and again and again you meet the Ötztaler Ache, which so decisively shaped the Ötztal.On the twelve daily stages, it goes again and again from the broad valley up to idyllic mountain meadows and promising high altitude. The hike is mostly on good roads, only in the south, it is about mountain trails in close contact with the three thousand meter Ötztal.All daily stages are classified as 'Moderate Difficulties'. You need good condition, surefootedness as well as normal hiking equipment and solid mountaineering boots to master the tour.Stage 1: From Ötztal-Bahnhof to Oetz
3.5 hours - 10.3 kilometersStage 2: From Oetz to the hiking village Niederthai
6.5 hours - 17.2 kilometersStage 3: From Niederthai to the hiking village Gries
5.5 hours - 15.8 kilometersStage 4: From Gries to Sölden
7 hours - 20.6 kilometersStage 5: From Sölden to Obergurgl
5 hours - 14.5 kilometersStage 6: From Obergurgl to the mountaineering village Vent
6.5 hours - 15 kilometersStage 7: From Vent to Zwieselstein
7.5 hours - 19.5 kilometersStage 8: From Zwieselstein to Granstein
6 hours - 17.6 kilometersStage 9: From Granstein to Längenfeld
5.5 hours - 14 kilometersStage 10: From Längenfeld to Umhausen
5 hours - 14.5 kilometersStage 11: From Umhausen to Sautens
6 hours - 17.1 kilometersStage 12: From Sautens to the Ötztal train station
5 hours - 19.1 kilometers
The highlight of this water walk is the Stuibenfall, the largest waterfall in Tyrol. On quiet forest trails you climb from Umhausen uphill towards the waterfall. The Stuibenfall itself you come on a metal staircase very close - the fine spray on the face is guaranteed. Your hiking tour is rounded off with two rest stops: Either you rest in the Waldcafe Stuböbele or in the Gasthof Stuibenfall.Our tip: After your hike, there are two attractions for the whole family in Umhausen. On hot days you refresh yourself in the Umhausen bathing lake and lie comfortably on the beach. History buffs, on the other hand, embark on a journey back in time to the Stone Age in the Ötzi village and observe proud birds at the birds of prey show.The starting point of the tour is the paid hiking parking lot next to the swimming lake Umhausen - definitely the parking ticket, because there is a discount on the entrance to the lake. From the parking lot it goes straight into the forest. Until the forest café, the path is still flat, but then it goes briskly uphill to Stuibenfall. From the individual levels of the metal staircase you can enjoy the view of the water masses and the wide Ötztal. From the waterfall it is only a few steps to the Gasthof Stuibenfall.Back you wander first across meadows and then on beautiful, gently sloping forest trails. Shortly before the bathing lake you come again past the forest café - perhaps still a piece of cake? Only about 30 minutes walk and you reach the starting point of your hike again.
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A family hike through high alpine landscapes - this is exactly what the Rotmoostal waterfall trail promises. Even if pushchairs are out of place up here, the hike, which is classified as "moderately difficult", can be easily created for sporty children. On this hike up to the water of the Rotmoosferner on the trail: The glacier drains namely in the wild and romantic Rotmoostal, where the meltwater snakes as Red Mossache through the valley. The innkeepers in the Hohe Mut-Alm and the Schönwieshütte also provide for their well-being on this hike.At the beginning, you first hover comfortably from Obergurgl with the Hohe-Mut-Bahn on the summit of the same name and you save as many meters in the ascent. Here you are at the proud height of 2,670 meters - and thus at the highest point of the hike. That is, from now on it is almost exclusively downhill. With a wonderful view of the peaks of the Ötztal Alps, you hike on a marked mountain hiking trail to the Rotmoosferner. The path leads below the glacier, but the view of the eternal ice and the frosty wind are very impressive.At this point, the trail turns north and you follow the Rotmoosache through the picturesque valley to the state-of-the-art Schönwieshütte - if you like, you can also take a quick detour to the summit of the Schönwieskopf. From the hut the waterway path leads you finally through the Obergurgl pine forest back to Obergurgl.
Two bodies of water accompany you on this watercourse hike. On the one hand you are looking at the calm waters of the Piburger lake, where the huge peaks of the Ötztal Alps are reflected. On the other hand, you will get to know the roaring Ötztaler Ache, which flows foaming and bubbling in the direction of the valley. And because a hike also includes a hearty retreat, two inns await you on the shores of the lake: the Seehäusl and the Restaurant Piburger See.Your hike on the watercourse path starts in the center of Oetz. First you hike upstream along the Ötztaler Ache. The path climbs gently and leads you to the Wellerbrücke. At this point, the Ötztaler Ache rushes between rocky walls and over huge stone blocks to the valley - an impressive view. On the other bank you leave the river and ascend in some turns to the Piburger lake. Arrived at the shore, the two guesthouses are already enticing.From the shore but it goes first uphill to Seejöchl. The viewpoint offers you the most beautiful view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The path then leads you downhill again to the shore of Lake Piburg. You circle the lake and get out again at the inns - now you've earned your break well. Strengthened, you finally hike down forest trails to Oetz.
This watercourse trail has everything that makes for a perfect family hike in the mountains: a bubbling mountain stream, a retreat on a quaint alpine pasture, a petting zoo and a swinging suspension bridge with fantastic views. In addition, there is a manageable route and good hiking trails - the hike can start with the whole family.Let's go in the center of Längenfeld. From here you can stroll to the Fischbach and along its shore. Soon you cross the rushing brook on a bridge and follow the wide, hardly traveled access road to Brandalm. In some bends you walk uphill through the dense forest. Soon you are standing on the expansive alpine meadows and enjoying a magnificent view of the wide landscape of the Ötztal. A stop on the cozy Brandalm course is mandatory. While the parents enjoy their coffee and their apple strudel, the children can stroke goats, sheep and rabbits or romp about in the playground.Strengthened and refreshed, we continue to the suspension bridge. From the bridge you have a fantastic view of the valley. After crossing the impressive bridge, the hiking trail meanders through the forest back to Längenfeld.
This waterway path leads you from Sölden to the Windache valley. At this point, a Waalweg was modeled. These are narrow, wooden canals on which the valley dwellers once directed the water into the valley. The Waalwege in Windachental are equipped with all sorts of barriers, basins and water wheels - a great experience for children. There are also beautiful viewpoints with great views of the mountains of the Ötztal.Your hike starts right in front of the tourist office in Sölden. From here you walk a bit through the city until the trail branches off. Along meadows and farms along the path leads you into the forest and on into Windachental. It goes briskly uphill and soon you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Ötztal.Above the Windache, it is now pretty flat. Soon the waterway path branches off to the right and leads you directly to the Waalweg. Plan a little time here, so that your children can let off steam. On beautiful forest trails, you finally hike downhill again. On the banks of the Ötztaler Ache, you then stroll comfortably back to Sölden.
At the far end of the Venter Valley, a side valley of the Ötztal, this waterfall hike begins. It takes you from the contemplative mountaineering village of Vent to the scenic summit of the Mutsbühel - easy to reach and yet breathtaking views. On the way, you walk over lonely mountain meadows and through dense forest back to the starting point.Starting point of your hike is the center of the mountaineering village Vent. From here it is only a few steps to the start of the trail. The path leads you first across meadows and then through rustic forests uphill. After a few bends, you will reach the 2,361 meter high Mutsbühel. From the meadow-covered summit you have a picturesque view of the wild and romantic Venter valley and the mountain giants of the Ötztal Alps.Without noteworthy height differences, you hike in the direction of the south over open mountain meadows. Slowly it goes downhill and finally on rustic forest trails back to Vent. Here you will find at the end of the hike also some inns for a cozy stop.
The Zwergerlweg is one of the theme trails of the Söldener Almzeit. Families have a lot to offer along these paths: along the paths and at certain stations you will find information boards, playgrounds, panoramic loungers and cozy mountain huts. So both the big and the small mountain tourists get their money's worth.On this tour you take the Gaislachkogelbahn up to the middle station. Already during the driveway you can enjoy the view of the valley. Once arrived at the station, the Almzeit adventure playground awaits you before continuing on the fabulous Zwergerlweg with its carved wooden figures to the Goldegg Alm.
The Obergurgler hut round is a multi-day high altitude tour. Above the Gurgler Talschluss, several glaciated three-thousand-meter mountains tower into the sky, inviting you to great summit tours. In five days, you will travel over rocky mountain trails, icy glaciers and breathtaking peaks. The tour is perfect for experienced climbers - ambitious mountain hikers are best accompanied by a mountain guide.Stage 1: Take the gondola lift from Obergurgl to Hohe Mut and climb to Zwickauer Hütte
4 hours - 6.5 kilometersStage 2: On the Hinterer Seelenkogel and Weglos over the Seelenferner to Langtalereckhütte
5 hours - 7.1 kilometersStage 3: Over the Langtaler Ferner crossing the Hohe Wilde and descending to the Szczecin hut
7 hours - 13 kilometersStage 4: Via the Gurgler, continue on the Schalfkogel and on to the Ramolhaus
9.5 hours - 15 kilometersStage 5: Over the Ramoljoch to the Anichspitze and descent to Obergurgl
6.5 hours - 12 kilometersSince the Hochwildehaus is currently closed, it really has the fourth stage. If the tour is too long, it hikes directly underneath the Gurgler Fern to the Ramolhaus and plans the ascent to the Schalfkogel rather than an additional day's stage from there.
In six sub-routes and a total of 22 daily stages, you can experience the impressive mountains of the Ötztal Alps on the high-alpine Ötztal Trek. In total, over a distance of around 400 kilometers, you can expect more than 30,000 vertical meters in ascent. You should have enough experience in altitude mountaineering and have complete equipment for several glacier crossings. Almost all routes are classified as 'Black Mountain Trail' and thus as a difficult mountain hike. If you bring the necessary requirements with you, then the Ötztal Trek is an unforgettable experience.Getting started is pretty easy. On the first three daily stages, it goes from the Ötztal train station at the valley entrance slowly east over rustic mountain trails and along mountain lakes up. Only on day four and five are your first glacier crossings on: it goes over the eternal ice of Bachfallenferner, Wädenkarferner and Sulztalferner.Stage 1: Via lonely paths from Ötztal-Bahnhof to Dortmunder Hütte
6.5 hours - 17 kilometersStage 2: Along the Finstertal Reservoir to the Schweinfurt hut
4 hours - 10 kilometersStage 3: Through the Zwieselbachtal to the Winnebachseehütte
4.5 hours - 10 kilometersStage 4: Over the Bachfallenferner to the Amberger hut
5 hours - 10 kilometersStage 5: Across the Rift Valley to Hochstubaihütte
4.5 hours - 8 kilometers
The stages of six to nine lead through picturesque high mountains and along huge glaciers, but still enough here your normal mountain hiking equipment. Therefore, this sub-route is also a true classic among mountain hikers. On old smugglers' paths you will cycle through the rocky landscape, over the Windachscharte to South Tyrol and through the impressive Timmelsjoch back to the Ötztal.This stage is also suitable for ambitious hikers without experience in high altitude mountaineering - only the stages 6 and 9 are classified as black mountain trails - and there are no glacier crossings or trackless passages.After completing the ninth stage, you will descend to the Fiegl's hut in Windachtal in about 2 hours and then take the bus to Sölden and then continue to the starting point of the tenth stage in Obergurgl.Stage 6: Safe over the Windachferner to the Hildesheimer hut
6 hours - 8 kilometersStage 7: Ascent to the Gamsplatzl and on to the Siegerlandhütte
3.5 hours - 5 kilometersStage 8: Via the Windachscharte to the Gasthaus Hochfirst in South Tyrol
4 hours - 5 kilometersStage 9: Over the Timmelsjoch to the Brunnenkogelhaus
7 hours - 9.5 kilometers
The third section of the Ötztal Trek takes you up to the highest peaks of the Ötztal Alps. All three stages are real mountain adventures, but here too, the only glacier crossing can be done without crampons and ice picks. The Gurgler Ferner has meanwhile declined sharply and so you can walk through the tours with almost no ice contact. Despite all this, this section is a hiking trail for high-season mountain hikers due to long stretches and challenging ascents.Stage 10: From Obergurgl to the Ramolhaus
7 hours - 16 kilometersStage 11: Over the rocky Ramoljoch to Martin Busch Hut
6 hours - 11.5 kilometersStage 12: Through glacier valleys to the Similaun hut
2 hours - 4.5 kilometers
On the fourth part of the route you can expect the most exciting, but also most demanding glacier tours of the entire Ötztal Trek. On almost all tours is a crossing of the column-rich Ötztal glacier and the highlight is certainly the night in the Brandenburg House. In inhospitable heights stands the stone house in the midst of a breathtaking glacier landscape. From here it goes on the Fluchtkogel, with almost 3,500 meters altitude, a unique view awaits you at the top of the summit.With glaciers and icy peaks, this section is only for experienced mountaineers or accompanied by a mountain guide.Stage 13: On Ötzi's tracks to the Hochjoch hospice
5 hours - 7.5 kilometersStage 14: Through the Kesselwandferner to the Brandenburg House
3.5 hours - 5.5 kilometersStage 15: Ascent to the Fluchtkogel and on to the Vernagthütte
4.5 hours - 5.5 kilometersStage 16: High above the Rofental to the Breslauer Hütte
2 hours - 7 kilometersStage 17: On the Rettenbachferner to the Brunswick hut
7.5 hours - 15 kilometers
Teilroute Fünf takes you to the Geigenkamm, the northernmost part of the Ötztal Alps. Here are only a few glaciers, but this is the least hikers on the way. In the natural mountain landscape you can enjoy the tranquility of the mountains. For experienced mountain hikers, this section is a particularly fantastic high altitude tour.Stage 18: Three three-thousanders and over glacier fields to Rüsselsheimer hut
10 hours - 9 kilometersStage 19: Ascent to the Luibisscharte and descent to the lonely Hauerseehütte
7 hours - 10.5 kilometersStage 20: Over Felderjöchl to Frischmannhütte
4 hours - 7.5 kilometers
On the sixth part route, it goes back from the violin comb back to civilization. But before that, you will still be wandering your last few kilometers on quiet and lonely mountain paths and spending the night at the romantic Erlanger Hütte. The last stage is divided by most hikers again, otherwise you would have to master about 2,350 feet descent in one day. Along the path of the last stage, you will pass the Forchheimer bivouac box and the Maisalm, where you can spend the night.Stage 21 continues as a black mountain trail over high alpine crags, while on stage 22 you walk over footpaths and finally over paved driveways to your destination. However, the last stage is not to be underestimated due to the length of the route and the altitude to be lowered.Stage 21: Over the Fundusfeiler to the Erlanger hut
6 hours - 10 kilometersStage 22: From the Geigenkamm to the Ötztal train station
9 hours - 19 kilometers