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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

STAGE 1: HAIMING - OETZ (approx. 14 KM)

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.

 

STAGE 2: OETZ - UMHAUSEN (approx. 9.5 KM)

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.

STAGE 3: UMHAUSEN - LÄNGENFELD/HUBEN (approx. 14 KM)

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.

 

STAGE 4: HUBEN - SÖLDEN (approx. 11 KM)

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.

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Ötztal Cycle Trail (11)

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The approximately 52 km long bike trail starts in Haiming and ends in Sölden. The route runs through all Ötztal villages and is probably the most varied cycle path the valley has to offer. 

 

 

Open
moderate
Distance 54.9 km
6:00 h
901 m
202 m
1,345 m
660 m
The cycle path starts in the center of Haiming and leads via the hamlets of Magerbach and Schlierenzau to Ötztal Bahnhof where the route runs several hundred meters parallel to the railway tracks and bends southwards at the height of ​​Area 47. Along the rushing Ötztaler Ache brook you cycle to Oetz, where you continue along the Ötztal federal road. Just before Tumpen you conquer a strenuous ascent. The cycle path changes from asphalt to gravel (in the second turn) and takes you through a small forest to Tumpen. Here the cycle path changes to the eastern side of the valley, following a quite easy ascent past Engelswand rock face and towards Umhausen. Here you cross the road again, continuing on the winding route past Umhausen's football field, west of Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. The cycle path continues along the Ache to the Köfels junction and on a gravel path towards Au. At the end of it, an asphalt path leads above the roaring Ötztaler Ache over two newly built and spectacular bike bridges. After the second bridge, turn left into a steep forest. At the end of the forest, an underpass leads to the other side of the street. At the next intersection, turn right to Winklen, from here along the Hamlets Unterried, Lehn and Oberried you finally reach Längenfeld and after that Huben. Leaving behind Huben, the bike trail crosses the federal road again and runs parallel until you reach the hamlet of Bruggen. Here you cross the federal road for the last time. In Aschbach the path leads over a bridge, then uphill and slightly sloping down to the next bridge overpass. Keep to the east at the next fork-off and do NOT ride towards the Dog Pension but downhill to the valley floor where a bridge crosses the river. The last part of the Ötztal Cycle Trail takes you on the eastern shore of Ötztaler Ache to the village of Sölden.

Author’s recommendation

We strongly recommend to follow the route of the Ötztal Cycle Trail, otherwise you have to follow longer stretches on the busy Ötztal federal road.
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Roland Grüner 
Update: June 23, 2024
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1,345 m
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660 m
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Track types

Asphalt 28.10%Dirt road 13.59%Forested/wild trail 48.98%Path 6.50%Road 1.90%Unknown 0.91%
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7.5 km
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26.9 km
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3.6 km
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Safety information

The Ötztal Cycle Trail features some demanding ascents and is suitable for bikers in a good physical shape.

The cycle path crisscrosses the Ötztal federal road several times.

Tips and suggestions

Note: We are still working on a cycle trail leading throughout the valley off the busy Ötztal federal raod. However, the Ötztal Cycle Trail is still passable - just a few passages can differ from the original trail.

 

More details about biking & cycling in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/biken 

Start

Haiming
Coordinates:
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47.256145, 10.882897
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47°15'22.1"N 10°52'58.4"E
UTM
32T 642460 5235348
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Destination

Sölden (1377 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

The cycle path starts in the center of Haiming and leads via the hamlets of Magerbach and Schlierenzau to Ötztal Bahnhof where the route runs several hundred meters parallel to the railway tracks and bends southwards at the height of ​​Area 47. Along the rushing Ötztaler Ache brook you cycle to Oetz, where you continue along the Ötztal federal road. Just before Tumpen you conquer a strenuous ascent. The cycle path changes from asphalt to gravel (in the second turn) and takes you through a small forest to Tumpen. Here the cycle path changes to the eastern side of the valley, following a quite easy ascent past Engelswand rock face and towards Umhausen. Here you cross the road again, continuing on the winding route past Umhausen's football field, west of Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. The cycle path continues along the Ache to the Köfels junction and on a gravel path towards Au. At the end of it, an asphalt path leads above the roaring Ötztaler Ache over two newly built and spectacular bike bridges. After the second bridge, turn left into a steep forest. At the end of the forest, an underpass leads to the other side of the street. At the next intersection, turn right to Winklen, from here along the Hamlets Unterried, Lehn and Oberried you finally reach Längenfeld and after that Huben. Leaving behind Huben, the bike trail crosses the federal road again and runs parallel until you reach the hamlet of Bruggen. Here you cross the federal road for the last time. In Aschbach the path leads over a bridge, then uphill and slightly sloping down to the next bridge overpass. Keep to the east at the next fork-off and do NOT ride towards the Dog Pension but downhill to the valley floor where a bridge crosses the river. The last part of the Ötztal Cycle Trail takes you on the eastern shore of Ötztaler Ache to the village of Sölden.

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

Directions

Haiming is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in the Inn valley. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Haiming:
  •  Haiming Sports center, center forecourt Billa shopping market
  • Haiming forecourt municipal office, Raftingeinsteiningtelle Ortsteil Magerbach, parking area Geierwand Ortsteil Magerbach, Tirolerbundstraße - Restaurant Oiler's
  • Ötztal station: railway station (paying)
  • Ötztaler Höhe - Trading center and terrain Area 47
  • Ambach: Infopoint

Coordinates

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47.256145, 10.882897
DMS
47°15'22.1"N 10°52'58.4"E
UTM
32T 642460 5235348
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

Appropriate Equipment Rules! We strongly recommend to wear protective bike gear on all Cycle & Mountain Bike Routes within Ötztal Valley. Always take enough water with you! This is very important on such long biking routes like the Ötztal Cycle Trail.
Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
54.9 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
901 m
Descent
202 m
Highest point
1,345 m
Lowest point
660 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Linear route

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Bicycle Rides · Ötztal
Ötztal Cycling Path Stage 1: Haiming - Oetz
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1 Open
Distance 14.7 km
Duration 1:30 h
Ascent 178 m
Descent 62 m

The first stage of the Ötztal Cycling Path (52 km) starts in Haiming and ends in Oetz. About 14 km long, this stage is perfect to explore the ...

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Bicycle Rides · Ötztal
Ötztal Cycling Path Stage 2: Oetz - Umhausen
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2 Open
Distance 7.8 km
Duration 1:15 h
Ascent 193 m
Descent 2 m

The second stage of the Ötztal Cycling Path (52 km) starts in Oetz and ends in Umhausen. 10 km long and one, two ascents are waiting for you.

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Bicycle Rides · Ötztal
Ötztal Cycling Path Stage 3: Umhausen - Längenfeld
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3 Open
Distance 13.8 km
Duration 1:20 h
Ascent 304 m
Descent 96 m

The third stage of the Ötztal Cycling Path (52 km) starts in Umhausen and ends in Längenfeld. The 12 km long stage offers several highlights: two ...

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Bicycle Rides · Ötztal
Ötztal Cycling Path Stage 4: Längenfeld - Sölden
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4 Open
Distance 11 km
Duration 1:00 h
Ascent 163 m
Descent 2 m

The forth and last stage of the Ötztal Cycling Path (52 km) starts in Längenfeld and ends in Sölden. This stage is appx. 15 km long and easy to ...

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By bicycle through five climatic zones

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.

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 cycle trail section between Bruggen and Huben near Längenfeld was redeveloped, relocated and asphalted.

Facts and figures: In the 2021 season, almost 150,000 cycling fans on two wheels took advantage of this free offer. On peak days, up to 2000 cyclists and bikers of all ages tackled the entire route or parts of it.

Ötztal Cycle Trail expansion 2021/2022

The following expansion works along the Ötztal Cycle Trail were implemented in 2020:
 

Improvement of "Tumpener Gstoag"

The section of the cycle trail between Habichen and Tumpen has been flattened from a gradient of 18% to less than 10% and surfaced with asphalt - therefore this passage can be mastered even easier and safer from now on.

 

New construction of "Bichl Bridge"

The "Bichl Bridge" can be found in Längenfeld behind the campsite, leading over the Ötztaler Ache brook. This bridge has been completely rebuilt and offers two cycling lanes from now on. At the same time, the new bridge serves as a cross-country ski trail in winter.

 

New signposts

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.

Ötztal Cycle Trail Expansion 2020
Ötztal Cycle Trail Expansion 2020

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.

Ötztal Cycling Track Aschbach Mountainbiking

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.

Ötztal Cycling Track Charging Station

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

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