Hiking & Walking
Perfect Hiking Season in the Ötztal
Leisurely walks on the valley floor or along picture-book Waalweg trails, easy excursions to idyllic pasturelands and mountain huts close to crystal clear Alpine lakes, adventurous hut tours to the area's most scenic vantage points or truly challenging peak conquests for expert hikers – surrounded by mighty summits beyond 3000 meters above sea level: the unique Ötztal Nature Park has a varied choice of trails and tours for all skill levels.
Mountains of holiday fun
250 peaks higher than three thousand meters make a wonderful backdrop for unlimited summer holidays full of superlatives with plenty of adventures and recreation, white waters and mountain lakes. The "Ötztal Premium Card" already includes varied Ötztal highlights throughout the valley. Active holidays for individual travelers are guaranteed!
Mountaineers, watch out: The Alps have a challenging new Haute Route – the scenic Ötztal Trek featuring 22 stages and 15 alternative routes with no less than 30,000 meters altitude gain and a total distance of 400 kilometers. The majestic Ötztal Alps make an outdoor paradise not only for expert alpinists and advanced climbers but also for more leisurely walkers and ambitious mountain bikers: some 1,600 kilometers of perfectly signposted hiking trails and 860 kilometers of breathtaking mountain bike routes are spread all over the valley's summits, slopes and plains.
Quaint huts on Alpine pasturelands
A sunset at Brunnenkogelhaus, towering high above Sölden, creates memories that will stay with you forever. On the opposite side of the valley glacier-topped peaks in the foothills of Wildspitze summit are bathed in red light in the early morning. Experience the very first sunrays of the day and feel their warmth on your face. Maybe breakfast is served on the terrace? One of the undisputed highlights is a splendid hiking tour to Hochstubaihütte at 3174 meters above sea level: a well maintained hiking trail – built in times long past - takes mountain fans from the edge of the forest up to the eternal ice, leading through varied types of Alpine vegetation. Descending on a narrow footpath past huge rock slabs you circle marvelous lake Seekarsee.Less experienced hikers are recommended to head for an easier hike from the village of Gries up to Amberger Hütte. The landscapes surrounding Sulztalferner glacier can be admired during a rest stop at quaint Sulztalalm mountain inn, famous for its legendary "Kaiserschmarrn" shredded pancake or the mouth-watering blueberry omelets.
Ötztal Premium Card
All highlights are already included
Since the 2012 summer season holiday makers can take full advantage of the ultimate Ötztal Premium Card available for everyone staying overnight at one of the partner accommodations spread all over the valley. Among the undisputed highlights of the card: free use of public bus lines and summer mountain lifts, free admission to outdoor pools and museums, AREA 47 and Aqua Dome Spa Center, guided hikes, biking - no less than 40 attractions await you. The Ötztal Premium Card is already included in the room rate of more than 300 partner accommodations and is valid between 2 June and 7 October.
The Ötztal Card is valid between 16 June and 30 September for 3, 7 or 10 days, available from several selling points throughout the valley.
Top modern mountain lifts, effortless E-biking
The scenic tour to Amberger Hütte also makes a perfect example for the latest trend in the Ötztal when it comes to conquering a mountain: why don't you give E-hiking a try! A wonderful blend of electric biking followed by adventurous mountain hiking. You simply rent an E-bike at one of the countless sport shops and enjoy an effortless uphill tour to a mountain hut or pastureland accessible on a well-maintained cart road broad offering enough space for both walkers and bikers. Afterwards you lace up your hiking boots, continuing the peak conquest on foot.
Of course, the Ötztal also has many summer mountain lifts whisking you up to the top stations where avid walkers can choose from a wide range of wonderful hiking routes and dreamlike tours. For example from Obergurgl to Hohe Mut, starting point of pleasant hikes along picture-book mountain ridges and flanks with the glacier scenery as stunning backdrop. Those who prefer four wheels are recommended to use the public bus lines for conquering new heights. The scenic Glacier Road takes walkers up to Tiefenbach Glacier at 2,800 meter above sea level, trailhead of countless unrivaled Ötztal panorama hiking routes.
A slightly descending trail crosses Ötztal's most pristine Alpine slopes, leading down to the mountaineering village of Vent. Real experts should not miss out on conquering nearby Wildes Mannle summit, a rewarding vantage point beyond 3000 meters, located opposite mighty Wildspitze peak": as always, this is only one of varied options and not a must!
Alpine glow on your doorstep
All those who follow the call of the mountains in the morning, can make it in time to witness the awe-inspiring sunset in the upper Ötztal Valley. Glacier fields covered in white during the day are colored in red when the last sunrays touch them. The Ötztal is easily accessible by car via A12 Inntal Autobahn (exit Ötztal) or Garmisch-Mittenwald-Seefeld or Garmisch-Fernpass-Imst. Trains stop in Ötztal Bahnhof. The nearest airport is in Innsbruck from where the convenient Ötztal Shuttle takes you to the hotel's doorstep.
Ötztal Water Strider Trails
Water Strider Trails, Stuiben Falls, Aqua Dome
The best way to follow the tracks of the "white gold" are the marvelous Water Strider Trails, a network of themed walking routes giving an insight into the wet element in all its facets: frozen water of the eternal ice, rushing mountain brooks and waterfalls cascading down hundreds of meters, silent high Alpine lakes or healing spa waters coming from deep inside the earth. The breathtaking Water Strider Trails are perfectly signposted and also suitable for less experienced walkers. 2 out of 6 theme hiking routes have been awarded "Premium Trails" by the German Hiking Institute.
The splendid Stuiben Falls – Tirol's biggest waterfall – feature a total falling height of 159 meters. A wonderful trail along the waterfall takes passionate walkers to the nearby via ferrata towering high above the rushing mountain waters. From five panoramic platforms hikers can watch this nature spectacle close-by. Real dare devils should not miss an exciting river rafting tour on the Ötztaler Ache brook, across the Imster Schlucht gorge or on the river Inn. Trend sports such as rafting, canyoning, kayaking or canoeing are scheduled here!
The mighty and healing power of water can be experienced at the Aqua Dome, Längenfeld's Spa Center offering plenty of water fun and healing spas for the whole family. Passionate swimmers or fishing fans are strongly recommended to head for picturesque Piburger See near Oetz, one of Tirol's warmest swimming lakes and a real natural gem.
White waters, silent lakes
It's easy to be spellbound by Wildspitze peak and the 250 giants made of rock and ice beyond 3000 meters above sea level. But they also make a wonderful backdrop for myriad walks and pleasant hikes at a more leisurely pace. The Ötztal valley boasts unique natural landscapes, ranging from dense forests and colorful Alpine meadows to lush green pasturelands and ancient rockslide areas. What's more, the wet element is omnipresent here – it is not without reason why Ötztal is called the "valley of 1000 springs". Discover water in all its facets: snow, eternal glacier ice, thirst-quenching spring water and rushing Alpine brooks coming down to the valley. In Umhausen you find a range of marvelous "Waalweg" water theme trails and a stunning waterfall. Crystal clear mountain lakes are spread all over the valley's high Alpine areas.
Hikers taking a rest stop at Hauerseehütte, nestling in the foothills of Luibiskogel summit, feast their eyes on picturesque lake Hauersee with its blazing blue water in the summer months, changing the color to turquoise at the beginning of autumn. A perfect place to indulge in the dreamlike Alpine scenery, a real place of energetic power and strength. As soon as you have found your favorite spot of the day you better get ready for the next highlight: exploring the Ötztal mountains means discovering gorgeous landscapes and unique highlights in a row.