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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 18

Ötztal Trek Stage 18

Long Distance Hiking · Ötztal
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  • Braunschweiger Hütte
    Braunschweiger Hütte
    Photo: Roland Grüner, Ötztal
Braunschweiger Hütte (2.758 m) –> Mainzer Höhenweg –> Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2.328 m)
Distance 9.5 km
9:30 h
979 m
1,408 m
3,241 m
2,329 m
  • Course: Climbing, Path
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, endurance, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain route black, intersection alpine route
  • Difficulties: extremely long tour, several times glacier passages (columns), assured passages; Stable weather conditions are particularly important; Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment, depending on the conditions Pickel, crampons, rope
  • Huts : Braunschweiger Hut, Rüsselsheimer Hut
    Acess / exit point: from the valley station of the Rettenbachfern over the Rettenbachjoch to the Braunschweiger hut (approx. 1.75 h way, approx. 1.5 h descent); from Plangeross (municipality of St. Leonhard in the Pitztal) to Rüsselsheimer Hütte (about 2 h ascent, approx. 1,5 h descent)
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Roland Grüner 
Update: April 26, 2024
Highest point
3,241 m
Lowest point
2,329 m
Best time of year

Track types

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Rest stops

Brunswick hut
Rüsselsheimer Hütte

Safety information

For experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & surefooted, Very good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary, such as alpine security material, good weather conditions recommended. Please pay attention to the current weather report

Extremely long tour, multiple glacier crossings (crevasses), secured passages; stable weather conditions especially important; mountain guide recommended

Tips and suggestions

Did you know that…

... Mainzer Höhenweg high elevation trail leads across five peaks higher than 3000 meters and three glaciers?


More details about hiking In Ötztal: www.oetztal.com/hiking 


Braunschweiger Hut
46.935232, 10.909381
46°56'06.8"N 10°54'33.8"E
32T 645335 5199736


Rüsselsheimer Hut

Turn-by-turn directions


Three peaks higher than three thousand meters are crossed here on Geigenkamm ridge. Walk uphill from Braunschweiger Hütte and follow the route below Pitztaler Jöchl to the left, then down into Silbergrube basin. The route permanently ascends and descends along the wide ridge. Scenic Wurmsitzkogl (3079 m) and Gschrappkogl (3197 m) are the first three thousand meter high peaks you climb on this tour. Followed by splendid Wassertalkogl (3252 m) on which you can find the orange-colored Rheinland-Pfalz bivouac (free use) for 12 people. When descending from Wassertalkogl, three glacier fields must be crossed. Afterwards a short scramble stage takes you back to a hiking trail.
The path leads down to Weißmaurachjoch saddle and cirque, where you reach Rüsselsheimer Hütte after about 10 challenging hours.

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at



The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps


The following parking facilities are available in Sölden:


- Parking lot

- parking lot Stiegele

- stair parking

- Giggijochbahn + underground garage

- Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage

- Parking Hochsölden

- parking garage Hochsölden 1. parking lot

- parking Zwieselstein

- parking Zwieselstein / sports ground

 All parking is chargeable


Parking for several days (eg hike tour):

- car par Gaislachkoglbahn | Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn


46.935232, 10.909381
46°56'06.8"N 10°54'33.8"E
32T 645335 5199736
Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Hiking Map (available at the Ötztal Tourism information offices)


Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.

Ice axe, crampons, rope | Mountain guide recommended.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ötztal Trek Route 5
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Vent (alternative route)
  • Europäischer Fernwanderweg E5 - Variante - von der Braunschweiger Hütte nach Vernagt am See im Schnalstal
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 19
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9.5 km
9:30 h
979 m
1,408 m
Highest point
3,241 m
Lowest point
2,329 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


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