Leading through five climatic zones, the Ötztal Cycle Trail offers a truly special variety of landscapes: ranging from the sunny and dry climate at the entrance to the valley and the wide open basins of Umhausen and Längenfeld to the end of the route in Sölden, encircled by mighty 3000 m high summits.
Ötztal Cycle Trail
A CYCLE TRAIL THROUGH THE ENTIRE ÖTZTAL
Starting in Haiming at 670 m, the cycle trail travels through the whole Ötztal and ends in Sölden at 1377 m. It branches off from one of Europe's longest cycle routes - the Inn Cycle Path - and leads cycling fans on 50 kilometers straight into the spectacular mountain scenery of the Ötztal Alps.
Ötztal Cycle Trail Stages
The cycle trail starts in the village center of Haiming. Protected by the mountain ranges surrounding the valley entrance, the village offers a wonderfully pleasant climate with little rain and lots of sun. The mild temperatures make it the heart of Tirolean apple cultivation and so the cycle trail also leads past the fabulous Apple Mile before it continues to Ötztal-Bahnhof via the hamlets of Magerbach and Schlierenzau. Continue through a forest on several hundred meters parallel to the rail tracks to AREA 47, the largest outdoor adventure park in all Austria. From here you proceed in a southerly direction, off the main road through the hamlets of Brunau and along the Ötztaler Ache mountain brook to Oetz.
At the end of Oetz you cycle parallel to the Ötztal federal road towards Habichen. Through the underpass in Habichen. A detour to lake Habicher See is strongly recommended. Or you tackle the steeply ascending section to Tumpen's Gstoag directly. In the second bend of the road the trail surface changes from asphalt to gravel, leading through a small forest area (Seestall – Grube) to Tumpen. Here you pass the school in the direction of Ötztal's main road which you cross - as well as the Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. A leisurely trail takes you towards Umhausen, past the Engelswand rock face, the hamlet of Lehn Platzl and the eye-catching Maria Schnee chapel. In Östen, shortly before you reach Umhausen, you cross the main road again and continue west of the Ötztaler Ache brook towards the upper valley.
The cycle trail continues along the mountain brook to the junction of Köfels and on a gravel road - the so-called "Köfler Gerade" - in the direction of Au. On the way to Au you pass the Maurach bicycle bridge newly built in the summer of 2018, followed by an underpass and the impressive 65 m long Ferdinand arched bridge. Then continue past the "Auplatte" climbing garden before another cycle underpass at Längenfeld's sewage treatment plant leads to the other side of the valley. Turn right into the hamlet of Winklen at the next intersection. Immediately after the bridge, the cycle trail leads left to Lehner-Au and after crossing the mountain brook further on to Längenfeld. Pedaling past the campsite of Längenfeld and the famous Aqua Dome Thermal Spa, you always follow the Ötztaler Ache brook. Via the vast and wide open meadows of Astlehn and Runhof you finally reach Huben.
The breathtaking mountains in Upper Ötztal are getting closer and closer. At the village end of Huben you cross the Ötztaler Ache mountain brook again, following the gravel path running parallel to the main road. The underpass takes you safely to the other side of the road, where a gravel trail leads to the houses of Bruggen. Another underpass near Aschbach is followed by a bicycle bridge over the mountain brook. The next stage features a short uphill and a downhill stretch. Soon you reach the next bridge overpass. At the following fork it's easier to keep to the east - so DO NOT follow the signs of the Dog Pension but continue towards the valley floor, where another bridge crosses the mountain brook. The last section of the Ötztal Cycle Trail finally leads east of the Ötztaler Ache brook to the village of Sölden.
By bicycle through five climatic zones
Safely through Ötztal by bicycle
SAFETY is a top priority on the Ötztal Cycle Trail. To ensure that nature explorers can safely cycle through Ötztal, a valley-wide cycle path is under construction, leading from Inntal Valley to Upper Ötztal - away from the busy Ötztal federal road. Ideal for families, e-bikers and mountain bikers!
Excursion Sites & Attractions
Discover the huge variety of activities and excursion destinations along the scenic Ötztal Cycle Trail.
The following expansion works along the Ötztal Cycle Trail are planned or are already being implemented in 2020:
Improvement of "Tumpener Gstoag"
Currently under construction: The section of the cycle trail between Habichen and Tumpen will be flattened from a gradient of 18% to less than 10% and surfaced with asphalt - therefore this passage can be mastered even easier and safer in the future.
New construction of "Bichl Bridge"
At the planning stage: The "Bichl Bridge" can be found in Längenfeld behind the campsite, leading over the Ötztaler Ache brook. This bridge will be completely rebuilt and offers two cycling lanes in the future. At the same time, the new bridge serves as a cross-country ski trail in winter.
At the planning stage: The entire Ötztal Cycle Trail will be equipped with new signs that meet the latest standards. A concept was developed in coordination with the Federal Province of Tirol, based on the motorway signs principle: the long-distance destination is given at the top, details, distances and pictograms can be found below.
In 2019, the “Nößlach” section of the Ötztal Cycle Trail was completed. The new cycle trail passage is about 1.3 kilometers long and 3 meters wide. The route features a maximum gradient of 10% and was entirely surfaced with asphalt. Additionally, safety fences to protect cyclists from falling were installed. From now on you can cycle from Längenfeld towards Umhausen in a very relaxed manner.
In order to further increase the safety for cyclists and mountain bikers, the stage between Sölden's sewage plant and the "Dog Pension" exit at the height of Aschbach's Forest was entirely surfaced with asphalt.
Get on your bicycle and off you go!
BUT: A breather in between also belongs to the activity program. And there is no better place than the lovely rest areas spread along the Ötztal Cycle Trail! And where can I find an e-bike charging station if my electric bicycle needs a breather?
The rest place in Sautens in Lower Ötztal is located between the outdoor playground of AREA 47 and the village of Sautens. It is equipped with drinking water fountain, sitting area, roof, repair service station for bicycles and e-bike charging station. A truly inviting place to while away an hour. Special tip: From the rest area you enjoy magnificent views of majestic Acherkogel peak and the beautiful church of the high-altitude village of Oetzerau.
The rest area in Längenfeld can be found in immediate vicinity to the campsite and makes an ideal place to take a breather thanks to a sitting unit, a roof and an e-bike charging station. The fast charging station for e-bikes guarantees a comfortable and quick charge of your e-bike battery while you can enjoy peaceful moments plus stunning vistas of Längenfeld's mountains. Public toilets are also available in the immediate vicinity.
In addition to rest and stop-off areas that invite you to linger and enjoy a couple of quiet moments, e-bike charging stations are also available free of charge. Several e-bike charging stations allow both convenient and quick charging of your e-bike battery without taking your home charger with you. Simply rent an adapter (XLR plug charging cable) and refuel.
Where the Ötztaler Ache mountain brook flows into the river Inn, the Ötztal Cycle Trail crosses the popular Inn Cycle Path. It leads on a length of 520 km across majestic Alpine peaks and scenic meadow landscapes through the three countries of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Around 230 km run through Tirol, guaranteeing a varied bicycle tour amidst spectacular Alpine landscapes. The Ötztal Cycle Trail branches off from the flat and leisurely Inn Cycle Path in the beautiful and wide open Inntal valley. Just perfect for families and e-bikers!
In the west, the Inn Cycle Path leads directly through the mighty Imst Gorge. A short breather at the Roman Bath in Roppen makes tired legs alive and kicking again, before continuing on the southern side of the river Inn towards Imst/Landeck. In an easterly direction, the route of the Inn Cycle Path leads past Haiming's Apple Mile and Stams Monastery to Telfs or further on to Tirol's capital Innsbruck. In addition to a varied cycling tour, countless sights, attractions and culinary treats await you along the route. Further information about the Inn Cycle Path can be found at www.innradweg.com