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Walks which introduce all the different aspects of water in the Ötztal valley

Hikers can explore 6 loop hiking routes focusing on one of the basic elements in Ötztal: water! Discover all facets of this important source of life. Depending on the route, you can hike towards the eternal ice, wild waterfalls, thundering streams, leisurely flowing brooklets, quiet mountain lakes and hot sulfur springs. The mainly easy Ötztal Water Strider Loop Trails are characterized by perfect hiking trail conditions and a high level of nature exploration.


From the gently flowing waters of the Waalweg Arzwinkel to the biggest waterfall in all of Tirol.


Lake Piburger See

From the white waters of the Ötztaler Ache to the quiet mountain lake reflecting forests and peaks.



From the source of water in the glacier ice down to the valley, along mountain brooks and Rotmoos Waterfall.


Waalweg Mooserstegle

Along historic Waalwege irrigation ditches and through deep canyons in "Sölden's Silent Part".


Brand - Burgstein

From Gries or Längenfeld to the spectacular suspension bridge with fabulous views of the valley.



Fascinating high Alpine nature and fairytale forests at eye level with the majestic glaciers.


Quality seal

Some of the family-friendly circular routes have been labelled as premium trails by the German Hiking Institute. The criteria for receiving the German hiking seal are:

  • A top quality experience
  • Easy walking
  • Attractive trails
  • Pleasant surface coverings
  • Very well marked footpaths

The water walks offer a wide range of fascinating footpaths at the heart of nature.

Did you know that? Facts about the valley of wet superlatives

  • The 86 glaciers in Ötztal comprise the largest, glacier-covered region in the Eastern Alps.
  • Stuiben Falls are Tirol's biggest waterfall (159 m).
  • The natural jewel of lake Piburger See is Tirol's warmest swimming lake.
  • The Ötztaler Ache white water mountain brook is Tirol's largest tributary.
  • The AQUA DOME - Tirol Therme Längenfeld with its healing water is the first thermal spa in Tirol.