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Ötztal is Tirol's longest side valley covering about 65 kilometers and is home to a huge variety of hiking areas, nestling between the valley entrance near Haiming at 670 meters to its rear end in Gurgl at almost 2000 meters above sea level. Fact is: the deeper you head towards the upper valley, the higher the mountains and the more demanding the walking routes, climbs and trails. It doesn't matter if you're hiking together with your family, if you are a leisurely walker or a fully ambitious mountaineer, the valley has the right hiking area for every type of mountain fan. Here we present the single regions by walking our way towards the upper valley.
The municipality of Haiming, geographically located in Inntal valley, forms the gateway to Ötztal. Here you will find enjoyable hiking trails without difficult climbs, which lead along countless fruit orchards. Haiming is Tirol's undisputed "apple metropolis", therefore it also boasts an instructive theme hiking trail suitable for all the family, the "Haiming Apple Route". The hamlet of Ochsengarten nestles already in a side valley of Ötztal (towards Kühtai) and is home to Feldring Alm mountain hut, a popular hiking destination for young and old.
Sautens is the first holiday village in Ötztal, it is quietly located at 810 m above sea level. If you like hiking together with your family, you have come to the right place. The magicFOREST Sautens is a pram-friendly hiking and walking trail featuring 11 activity stations, which playfully bring the kids closer to the habitat of forest animals. Speaking of playful: a large forest playground is the crowning glory of this easy hike. But not every tour in Sautens is child's play. For instance, the summit tour to Bloße - one of the most scenic panorama mountains within the entire valley.
The Oetz holiday region is a varied hiking area: Around lake Piburger See, one of Tirol's warmest natural bathing lakes, you will find easy hiking destinations with impressive viewing platforms with the "9 treasures of Piburger See". On the other flank of the valley, Acherkogelbahn mountain gondola takes you up to the Hochoetz pasturelands at over 2000 m. In addition to the huge WIDIVERSUM adventure playground, there are instructive theme trails, enjoyable high altitude paths as well as demanding mountain tours.
Our journey through the valley continues to Umhausen and Niederthai in the central part of Ötztal. The region's natural jewel are the Stuiben Falls with a falling height of 159 m, Tirol's largest waterfall. A special construction with 700 steps and a breathtaking suspension bridge makes it possible to enjoy a walk in close touch with the Stuiben Falls. Once reached the top, the hiking village of Niederthai offers a varied network of hiking trails on the "sun-kissed balcony of Ötztal". This also leads you to very special places like the "8 favorite places" of the locals.
Längenfeld in the "golden middle" nestles on a spacious valley basin at an altitude of 1200 m. Here you will find over 30 km of flat hiking trails and easy-to-reach excursion destinations. Like "Kraftquell Längenfeld“, 10 special places of energy within the area. It's much less flat in Gries im Sulztal. This hiking village at almost 1600 m, which has been awarded the Austrian hiking quality seal, is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and offers both leisurely hut hikes and challenging high alpine tours.
As you know, everything has two sides. This also applies to hiking amidst the "Heartbeat of the Alps". In Sölden's pulsating part you can discover Ötztal's fascinating glacier world supported by mountain lifts - including awesome viewing platforms and rewarding high altitude trails. Countless rest stop spots for refreshments and theme trails that are close to nature complete the huge range of hiking options. On the opposite part of the valley, Sölden's so-called "Quiet Part", you will experience your private mountain adventure in an untouched alpine landscape.
The "mountaineering village" of Vent lives up to its name. The mountain village at about 1900 m above sea level belongs to the illustrious circle of Austrian mountaineering villages. For ambitious alpinists, Vent is both a place of longing and a perfect base camp. Many (multi-day) hut hiking tours as well as mountain tours to iconic peaks start here - such as the climb to 3768 m high Wildspitze, North Tirol's highest mountain. But as well more leisurely hikers and families get their money's worth thanks to mountain lifts and fabulous theme trails.
The village name Gurgl derives from the word "Gurgall" and means something like "village in the glacier crown". And that's quite obvious as the village at almost 2000 m above sea level is surrounded by glacier-covered peaks higher than three thousand meters. As a hiking area, the region has its all: be it lift assisted leisurely hikes & hut hikes, theme trails & family walking tours or challenging high alpine & summit tours, everyone will find their suitable tour destination here. Special tip: follow in the footsteps of pioneers and cross the awe-inspiring Piccard suspension bridge.