Ötztaler Urweg E5 Sölden - Obergurgl
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The original route of stage 5 is currently not accessible due to a mudslide between Sahnestüberl and Obergurgl.
There is a local detour through the Timmelstal to the Top Mountain Crosspoint in Hochgurgl. The stage destination Obergurgl can be easily reached from Hochgurgl by bus (attention: downhill 8x daily) or by foot (via the hiking trail in the direction of Pillersee, walking time approx. 2 hours).
As an alternative, you can ride the bus from the bus stop across the Sahnestüberl to the bus stop at the Hochgurglbahn and get back on the Ötztaler Urweg towards Obergurgl above the valley station.
The current bus timetable is available at www.vvt.at
SÖLDEN –> Adventure Mile –> Windach Ache –> Mooserstegle –> Moos Alm –> Kühtrainschlucht –> Zwieselstein –> Sahnestüberl –> OBERGURGL
TWO BLOOMING TOP-CLASS SKI RESORTS IN SUMMER
The both quiet and lively village of Sölden, not to forget the pioneering achievements in terms of skiing. Action-packed James Bond film shooting location, meeting place of the ski sports elite or the glacier spectacle "Hannibal" - only to mention a few highlights that attract young and old alike. But there is also Sölden's quiet side, authentic landscapes in Windachtal where all those in search of energy and strength will find their favorite place all year round. In addition to the unique Alpine landscape, there is another element omnipresent throughout the valley: water! A walk along the Mooserstegle Water Trail promises a glimpse into times past, when precious mountain water was channeled through the so-called "Waale" (irrigation ditches) into the valley's dry regions for watering the fields and meadows.
In the upper part where the valley forks off, you pass a small village whose name already tells the geological characteristics. Two rushing mountain rivers meet in Zwieselstein: the Venter and the Gurgler Ache brooks flow together here, joining the Ötztaler Ache. The route leads further into Gurgler Tal valley up to 1930 m altitude and towards the glacier and ski resort of Obergurgl.
Surefootedness, a good physical shape, stamina
No major difficulties
Tips and hints
Did you know that…
… Obergurgl at 1930 m above sea level is Austria's highest parish village?
More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern
From the Sölden Information office the trail leads past the social center where it ascends steeply. On the panoramic hill you follow scenic Sonnenwinklweg which becomes a much narrower footpath. There you hike down to the hamlet of Windau, cross the street and walk southwards along the brook shore of Ötztaler Ache.
At the next fork keep to the left and turn right behind the houses. Follow the trail leading into the forest, later it joins a section of Waalweg Mooserstegle. Continue walking above the hamlet of Platte until you get to Moosalm.
From there the route continues through Kühtrainschlucht ravine to Zwieselstein where a steeper, broad gravel trail takes you in serpentines uphill. Then you continue hiking on a slightly rising and later sloping trail through sparse forest, past the waterfall to Sahnestüberl snack station. Follow the Ache mountain book, cross the bridge and climb up to the main road where the route leads along the gallery in the direction of Obergurgl for about 200 m. After a short stretch the path continues through the forest down to the Ache brook and further on past lake Piller See to the base station of Hochgurgl mountain gondola. Cross the main road and follow the route from Untergurgl always along Gurgler Ache mountain brook to the village center of Obergurgl.
Public transportEnjoy 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
By roadSölden is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. 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
ParkingThe following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
- Parking lot
- parking lot Stiegele
- stair parking
- Giggijochbahn + underground garage
- Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage
- Parking Hochsölden
- parking garage Hochsölden 1. parking lot
- parking Zwieselstein
- parking Zwieselstein / sports ground
All parking is free during the day.
Parking for several days (eg hike tour):
- Postplatz, Parkticket available at the information Sölden Parkgarage Gaislachkoglbahn
- Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn
EquipmentStandard hiking equipment, sturdy hiking boots
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