The Ötztal is the place to be if you like traveling on two wheels. Whether you're a roadie, a mountain biker, a singletrack junkie, or someone who prefers a relaxing ride with the family—whether you prefer to move using your own pedal power or prefer an electrical assistant—you're well catered for here. And to make the region even more interesting, let us introduce the next big trend: E-hiking, a mix of e-biking and hiking.
In the entire valley, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to e-biking. The sports shops in the Ötztal offer easy and stress-free e-bike rentals—and as each shop uses the same models, you can swap your battery at any e-bike rental station located anywhere between Ötz and Obergurgl.
If you'd rather go for a hike (but would rather avoid having to take a bus or hut-taxi), take an e-bike to your starting point. Injecting an additional element of outdoor exercise into the start of your day can only be a good thing, while the electronic support will ensure that you don't overdo it before a day on the hiking trails. This new trend—one coined in the Ötztal—is referred to as e-hiking, and thanks to the great infrastructure provided by numerous huts and pastures in the region, you've always got a simple spot to store your bike. Then, once you're done, simply return to your parking spot, grab your bike, and enjoy the relaxed ride back into the valley.
The Ötztal rounds out its epic e-bike program with awesome events throughout the summer. The 'eBike How Workship Ötztal' between June 30 and July 1 is the perfect place to pick up some tips and know-how from professional cyclists—as well as being completely free to visit. Then, between July 5 and July 7, the 'Ötztaler Stromstoß' festival in Sölden is all about relaxation and good eating—the perfect combination.
The bike path starts in the center of Haiming and leads over the hamlets Magerbach and Schlierenzau to Ötztal station. There, the path runs several hundred meters parallel to the railway tracks and turns off to the south at the AREA 47 area. Along the rushing Ötztaler Ache you cycle to Oetz, where you continue next to the Ötztaler Bundesstraße.Just before Tumpen comes a crisp rise to you. In the second corner, the bike path changes from asphalt to gravel and takes you through a small forest section to Tumpen. Here, the bike path changes to the eastern side of the valley and then moves relatively flat rising past the Engelswand until shortly before Umhausen.Once again the road is crossed and the route meanders past the Umhauser football field, west of the Ötztaler Ache. At the turnoff to Köfels you have to avoid the Ötztaler Bundesstraße. The entire path section in the community Längenfeld is more to the west, close to the Ötztal Alps and runs relatively flat and just by small hamlets on asphalt and gravel. After Huben, the cycle path again crosses the main road and runs parallel to the hamlet Bruggen, where the main road is crossed for the last time.At Aschbach the path leads over a wheel bridge, then shortly uphill and finally slightly sloping to the next bridge overpass. Stay at the fork in the road to the east and do NOT drive in the direction of the dog boarding, but down to the valley floor, where a bridge crosses the Ache. The last part of the Ötztal bike path takes you east of the Ötztaler Ache in the municipality Sölden.Tip:
If you are traveling by e-bike, there is a stop in Längenfeld about half way. There you can conveniently exchange or recharge your battery at one of the e-bike stations, provided that you are on a rental bike of the participating companies in Ötztal.
From Oetz / sports field leads the 27-kilometer e-mountain bike round the little-traveled Beerweg after Sautens. Past the Sautner Forchet, the extensive forest area, it goes to Roppen. In Roppen, on the banks of the Inn, you will meet the Innradweg, which you follow downstream to Haiming.From there it goes back over the Wiesrainstraße, past the sports center, to Ötztal station. Once in Ötztal Bahnhof, the route leads along the Ötztal bike path, past the AREA 47 via Brunau and Sautens, back to the starting point in Oetz.Tip: A swimming trip to the idyllic Piburger lake completes the tour day.
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Umhausen is located approximately in the middle of the Ötztal at an altitude of 1,031 meters. Here the valley expands and meadows and fields can spread. The easy round trip connects all sights of the region Umhausen on 20 kilometers. Almost 500 meters in altitude are no problem even for less experienced e-bikers.The first part of the mountain bike route goes north on the Ötztal bike path, which runs through the entire Ötztal. Along the foaming Ötztaler Ache you reach the vertical Engelswand between Platzl and Lehn. Here is one of the best climbing gardens in Tyrol. A beautiful meadow at the foot of the wall invites you to take a break to watch the climbers. Maybe you get the taste?At the southern end of the loop you can learn more about the history of the Ötztal in the open-air museum Ötzi-Dorf. Or make a detour to the Stuibenfall, which is the highest waterfall in Tyrol with a drop of 150 meters. Back in Umhausen is a cozy retreat in one of the richly painted inns duty.In the Ötztal this tour is classified as "easy".
Short, family-friendly e-mountain bike tour on meadows and gravel paths. After the start at the settlement Pill you always follow the Gurgler Ache up the valley to Obergurgl. In Königsrain you cross the river for the first time. Depending on the season, the Ache changes her face drastically. In the spring, the gently rippling water transforms into a raging mountain river during the snowmelt. In the summer chances are good that you can watch kayakers on their wild ride through the milky tides.The Ache springs from the Gurgler Ferner, the third largest glacier in Tyrol. Which is why the white-gray water enriched with rock abrasion is also called glacier milk. Behind the settlement of Poschach, a short, steep climb awaits, before continuing on idyllic paths to Bartbrücke. After crossing the river again, the destination in Obergurgl has already been reached. Obergurgl is the highest church village in Austria, located at 1,900 meters above sea level.
The Amberger Hütte is located at the end of the Sulztal, almost in the middle of the Stubai Alps. From Längenfeld you follow the slightly rolling asphalt road (Grieser Landesstraße) up to Gries. Numerous serpentines at the beginning make the trip entertaining, so that the first 500 meters in altitude pass by in flight.About two kilometers behind the hamlet Gries the asphalt road becomes a gravel road. After crossing the Vögelasbrücke, the path branches off to the Nisslalm. To Amberger hut, however, you follow the ever narrowing valley. At about 1,900 meters, the route leads past the Sulztalalm. The peculiar high valley becomes increasingly meager, then the Amberger Hütte emerges at an altitude of 2,136 meters.The fast descent first follows the access road. Before the bridge over the Vogelas, turn left onto the Nederweg, which leads back to Längenfeld on the left side of the Fischbach.In the Ötztal this tour is classified as "moderate".
The challenging climb of over 1,000 meters is easy to do with the e-bike.
The tour starts in Längenfeld in the hamlet of Winkeln (directly on the Ötztal bike path), which is located approximately in the middle of the Ötztal. In countless hairpin bends, the gravel road screws in the air. Luckily, the forest provides shade.After 8.6 kilometers you reach the Wurzbergalm. If you continue a bit further, you will soon reach the tree line and get a clear view of the Ötztal mountains. Further hairpin bends make for an entertaining ride and let joy on the departure arise.Shortly before the Stabele Alm you cross the highest point of the tour at 2,010 meters. Another short dip and the finish at the Innerbergalm is reached. You take the same way back.In Ötztal this tour is classified as "difficult".
This tour takes you to the Venter valley to the highest courts in Austria, the Rofenhöfen. The tour to the Venter Valley is long with 40 kilometers, but the nearly 1,000 vertical meters spread very evenly. In addition, the asphalt surface ensures that it always rolls well. At the same time, the highest point of the tour is reached at 2,096 meters.You start at the Freizeit Arena in Sölden and follow the Ötztaler Bundesstraße to Zwieselstein. There the road turns right and you follow it to Heiligkreuz. There you do not drive over the bridge, but turn right in front of the church and follow the dirt road to the first avalanche gallery. From there you are back on the main road, which is however weakly traveled.When you arrive in Vent, in the center of the town on the right, there is a road in the direction of Rofen. There are also rest stops. Return you drive on the same route to Bodenegg. There you turn right onto the racetrack Bodenegg (661), cross the Venter Ache and return via Zwieselstein back to Sölden.
Mountain biking and hiking - two sports that combine excellently. In this way, you save yourself after the summit storm the long, arduous downhill.So also on the tour Bärental to Bärentalhütte, which is not managed. You start with your e-bike in Sautens and drive first through the place. After two kilometers the asphalt surface ends. Now begins a forest trail, which winds in countless hairpin bends through the forest in the Bärental. The entertaining cornering already makes you hungry for the downhill. After a short flat section you reach the so-called Bragfleck the bike depot (castle not forget).From there you go the last about 300 meters to the Bärentalhütte. The path would not be passable by bike. Once at the top you can enjoy wonderful views of the Ötztal and Piburger See.Tip: The Piburger See gets warm in the summer up to 24 degrees and thus represents a good opportunity for a cooling off after the e-mountain bike tour dar.
The mountain village Niederthai is located at 1,550 meters and is characterized by its tranquility, seclusion and nature. The easy bike tour leads through the village of Niederthai. Start is at the parking Sennhof (next to the information) in the village hamlet Sennhof. From there, the round trip leads right over the wooden bridge slightly uphill to the first districts Höfle and Bichl.Here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Umhausen. The descent is from the Höfle on a wide gravel road down to the mill, the entrance of the village Niederthai. From there it is only a short section to the Stuibenfall, the largest waterfall in Tyrol. Here you are very close to the spectacular natural spectacle, a small breather is recommended here.Then it goes again slightly uphill towards the church. At the sawmill right side of the road, continue to the plate floor. From there you cycle over the rest of the districts to the starting point at the parking Sennhof.