Triumph of Elemental Powers

Natural, mighty, enchanting

At first appearance, Umhausen in the very center of the Ötztal Valley shows its most sleepy side. But in the immediate surroundings at Tauferberg you’ll get in close contact with dramatic, elemental powers and mythical creatures. Mobile and stable, loud and quiet at the same time. One of the most dominating Places of Strength are the Stuiben Falls, Tirol’s biggest waterfall. Of course there are many more. Continue reading about this outstanding match of elementary powers – and you’ll be surprised!

Rushing waterfall against theater thunder: One – nil!

Umhausen has given a very special name to its variety of attractions: “Urkraft” means elemental power. Quite rightly! The “source” of inspiration is a 159-meter high, cascading waterfall – the biggest of its kind in all Tirol. The mighty Stuiben Falls attract visitors from near and far. The thundering mountain waters of Horlachbach brook are rushing down from Niederthai to the valley floor, leaving behind huge clouds of water spray.

There is nothing comparable to that, not even a stage production. What’s best, visitors can experience it at first hand. Much closer than from a seat in the box: a scenic hiking tour takes you to a footpath with no less than 700 steps, several vantage platforms and a 80-meter long suspension bridge over the waterfall –a weekly guided lantern hike to the illuminated waterfall is scheduled as well in the summer season.

A via ferrata featuring about 450 altitude meters promises panoramic climbing fun at the edge of the Stuiben Falls. It is suitable for sporty families with ambitious and highly disciplined children over 10 years. Novice hikers are recommended to take part in one of the guided via ferrata tours – equipment rental included – in Umhausen or the mountain village of Niederthai. Last but not least: the water spray has many positive effects, especially for asthmatics or allergy sufferers. According to research studies of Salzburg’s Private University, one daily hour close to the waterfall can enhance your pulmonary function up to 58 %.

Stuibenfall Umhausen
Umhausen Stuibenfall
Umhausen Stuibenfall
Umhausen Stuibenfall
Umhausen Ötzi Dorf

Stone Age against pressure of time: two – nil!

Everyday stress and routine will for sure vanish during your Ötztal holidays, simply visit the Ötzi Village in Umhausen: an archaeological open-air park that takes you on a travel back in time to some 5000 years ago. Get to know more about Ötzi – The Iceman and his daily life in the Stone Ages.

The fantastic park displays stone-age buildings and handicrafts, ancient ovens, hay barns and granaries. Authentic workshops give an insight into farming, old crafts, fishing, hunting and survival techniques at the times of Ötzi. Additional, ancient domestic animal species can be found in a separate precinct.

Soon you will notice that there are only few essential items in life, which have accompanied us for thousands of years already! Lean back and relax – there is one thing for sure: the elemental power of human beings is a part of us and will always be with us.

Umhausen Ötzi Dorf
Umhausen Ötzi Dorf
Umhausen Ötzi Dorf

Griffon vultures & companions against boredom: three – nil!

A young griffon vulture is the latest attraction of the Birds of Prey Park in Umhausen, situated right next to the Ötzi Village. Although he looks a bit fierce he is a very nice “guy”. What’s more, the vulture griffon is a critically endangered bird of prey species!

The Alpine menagerie is full of majestic birds like the magnificent European eagle, the heraldic animal of Tirol and Austria. Fortunately, the eagle and all endangered birds of the same species have found a perfect habitat in Umhausen’s Bird of Prey Park. If you want to read more about falconers and their feathered friends simply take a closer look at one of the recent blog articles. We warmly invite you to join a marvelous bird show according to Umhausen’s slogan: elemental power gives you wings!

Umhausen Greifvogelpark
Umhausen Greifvogelpark
Umhausen Greifvogelpark
Umhausen Greifvogelpark
Badesee Umhausen

Drinking water against chlorine liquid: four – nil!

In the foothills of the Stuiben Falls, in close vicinity to the Ötzi Village and the Birds of Prey Park, you’ll find another place of elemental power: the swimming lake is waiting for families and children in Umhausen. Water fun of a very different kind is absolutely guaranteed as you swim in pure drinking water which has soothing effects on your skin (water hardness: 0). Its temperature reaches up to 24 degree Celsius.

A large sunbathing lawn offers rest and relaxation in abundance while activity fans can play beach volleyball or tennis. Children get together on the diving platform and the playground. A pizzeria caters to hungry water fans. On top of that, Umhausen’s newly designed Kneipp area at Bischoffsplatz features basins for feet and arms, a drinking fountain and a herb snail invigorating all senses: elemental power fed by ice-cold, clear mountain spring water.

Badesee Umhausen
Badesee Umhausen
Badesee Umhausen

Guest Author Isolde von Mersi

Isolde von Mersi

Isolde von Mersi comes from South Tyrol’s Pustertal Valley / Val Pusteria and lives in Vienna now. As a popular reporter and book writer for Austrian and German magazines and publishing houses, she explores a huge variety of cultural, culinary and naturalistic treasures of the Alpine countries and its people.

She has been feeling at home in the Ötztal for many years already as she contributes to the ÖTZTAL MAGAZINE on a regular basis. And she has found many friends in the valley.

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