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6 places that you absolutely have to visit during your winter holiday in Ötztal

Sights & insider tips for a 6-day holiday in Ötztal.

It is nearly time. It's time for winter holidays again. A thrill of anticipation is in the air while many of you are probably asking yourself the question "Where do we absolutely have to go in Ötztal" or "What should we not miss out on".

Of course, the local people who can explore beautiful Ötztal 365 days a year know the best places and therefore I have summarized exactly all these insider tips especially for you.


Lake Piburger See, Oetz

Scenic lake Piburger See is one of the most beautiful spots in Ötztal. The special feature is, above all, the idyllic and quiet atmosphere as well as the magical flair that can be found around the lake.

A scenic winter walk in the snow-covered landscape along the lakeshore is true balm for soul and mind.

Our special tip: a truly outstanding family experience is the natural ice skating rink on lake Piburger See, where sports enthusiasts can enjoy some rounds on ice skates.


Stuiben Falls, Umhausen

You can feel fresh air in your lungs and an icy pinch on your cheeks when you get closer to the Stuiben Falls in Umhausen. Tirol's largest waterfall makes a beautiful natural spectacle that you should definitely experience.

From December to April, you can even enjoy a guided lantern hike to the illuminated Stuiben Falls every Wednesday evening. It is a special kind of adventure.


Suspension Bridge, Längenfeld

"Open your eyes and get ready!" is the motto on the panoramic suspension bridge that connects the hamlets of Burgstein and Brand. But it's worth it - the view is simply unbeatable!

If you dare to look down to the valley floor, the snow-covered village of Längenfeld lies at your feet while floating at eye level with the mountain peaks!


Fischbach Weg Path, Längenfeld

A real insider tip is splendid Fischbachweg walking path in Längenfeld. Especially when it snows, the forest turns into a picture-book winter paradise.

The path is ideal for a short walk with all the family. With a bit of luck you can even spot a forest animal every now and then.


Snowshoe Trail, Vent

With every step you can hear the crackling of fresh snow under the snowshoes. Vent not only has fascinating mountains but also makes a perfect starting point for picturesque hikes with the whole family.

Please note: Inform yourself about the avalanche danger level before you start your hike so that nothing stands in the way of the perfect day.


Snow Village, Hochoetz

What looks like a normal snow hill from the outside turns out to be an incredible world of ice and snow inside. A unique experience of adventure, romance and nature.

Be it a candlelight dinner or an adventurous night for all the family - the snow village is an exceptionally cool experience that you and your beloved ones will remember forever

This article was first published in January 2017.
Vanessa Gstrein

Author: Vanessa Gstrein

… lives in the Ötztal Valley and knows a lot of insider tips. Whether on a hiking trip or ski day – the camera is always with her to capture the beautiful moments and share it with the community.