WALKS WHICH INTRODUCE VISITORS TO ALL THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF WATER IN THE ÖTZTAL VALLEY
Explore the waters of the Ötztal valley and follow the footpaths of the Ötztal water walks. They lead from the icy waters of the Ötztal Glacier past wild waterfalls (e.g. Stuibenfall) to the crashing waters of the Ötztaler Ache river, the slowflowing irrigation channels. Relax in the hot sulfur springs at the Aqua Dome or enjoy the quiet beauty of Lake Piburger See or one of the other countless idyllic mountain lakes in the Ötztal valley.
• The region’s 86 glaciers make this the largest area of glaciation in the Eastern Alps
• Stuibenfall, the biggest waterfall in Tyrol (159 m)
• The Piburger See lake is a natural treasure and the warmest bathing lake in Tyrol
• Still water: there are numerous mountain lakes in the Ötztal valley
• White water: the Ötztaler Ache, the largest tributary in Tyrol
• Healing water: AQUA DOME - Tirol Therme Längenfeld, Umhausen health resort
WaTER IN THE ÖtztaL VALLEY
Water, the element which has shaped the Ötztal valley.
The glaciers are melted by the sunshine, releasing freshwater which feeds into the meadows and the Ötztaler Ache river which winds its way along the 65 km long valley. The Ötztaler Ache catchment area extends over 893 km² with an elevation from 700 to 3,774 m. This glacial meltwater fills the reservoir used by the local population and provides a supply of drinking water.
Glaciers store ¾ of the world’s freshwater reserves and therefore represent the biggest natural water storage in the world.
n 1770, the advancing ice dammed many of the big lakes here which triggered catastrophic flooding across the entire Ötztal and Inntal regions when they burst their banks. Natural hazards and disaster made people want to know more about and better understand nature, which also facilitated glacier research. The many facets of water in the Ötztal is not just of interest for scientists. The Ötztal glaciers are recreational destinations for locals and tourists alike. These ice worlds offer great hiking and skiing in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Crystal clear river waters swollen by icy glacier meltwater make for superb rafting, whitewater canoeing and other action-packed activities.
Some of the family-friendly circular routes have been labelled as premium trails by the German Hiking Institute. The criteria for receiving the German hiking seal are:
• A top quality experience
• Easy walking
• Attractive trails
• Pleasant surface coverings
• Very well marked footpaths
The water walks offer a wide range of fascinating footpaths at the heart of nature.