Calm and powerful - the natural worlds of the Ötztal valley
You can hear him in the silence. The call. The urge to return to this amazing place and at the same time to yourself. Standing over the elements again. The purest water, the purest air. A natural wealth that quietly turns into the currency of life over time. On the Ötztaler Urweg!
What a trail! The new Ötztal Urweg winds its way along almost 200 km of the longest and probably most famous side valley in Tyrol: From the sun-yellow meadow flowers at the entrance to the valley to wildly romantic mountain villages, through shady forests of motionless giants, through lush green alpine pastures, past turquoise mountain lakes to Austria's highest church village, in close contact with the glacier-crowned kings of the Ötztal Alps, the Wildspitze and the Similaun.
The Ötztaler Urweg surprises! With its ingenious route guidance. Mostly high above the wildly foaming Ötztaler Ache river. With breathtaking panoramic locations and the never-ending wealth of the Ötz Valley's natural worlds: Sometimes wild and fiery, like a thundering Stuibenfall cascade. Or again quite calmly, originally and full of silence, like on the Gurgler Seenplatte.
The freedom to hike: 12 daily stages - laid out as a practical circular trail - await you on the Ötztaler Urweg. Whereby you can hike the trail in one piece or in completely freely selectable sections. With the service of your choice, from the desired accommodation category to the luggage transport. But always close to the life of the Ötztal valley, combined with inspiring encounters and its famous hospitality. Therefore we are sure: See you at the Ötztaler Urweg!
The best season for a trail trip along the Ötztaler Urweg in the famous Tyrolean valley of the same name is from mid-June to early October.
Spring (March, April, May): In the months of March and April the trails are still under snow, so the trail is not yet accessible. Also in May and partly still at the beginning of June, the trails in the higher regions - the Ötztaler Urweg leads up to an altitude of 2.800 m - are partly still covered with snow, so that the trail can often not be recommended this month.
Summer (June, July, August): The second half of June, July and August are all highly recommended hiking months for the Ötztal Urweg: In June, nature becomes ever greener and blossoms. In July and August the Ötztaler Urweg is ideal for avoiding the hot temperatures in the lowlands due to its altitude, which is often between 1.000 m and 2.800 m above sea level.
Autumn (September, October, November): crystal clear air, discoloring forests and pleasant temperatures. Hiking in September is an insider tip on the Ötztaler Urweg - it is not for nothing that many beautiful photos are often taken this month. Later in autumn (possibly already at the beginning of October), the arrival of winter can make an ascent difficult or even impossible.
Winter (December, January, February): The stages of the Ötztal Urweg cannot be accessed in winter because the trails are covered with snow.
From a technical point of view, the Ötztal Urweg has moderate difficulties, which are no problem for the sure-footed and experienced alpine hiker. On the trail there are no sections and dangerous passages which are secured with steel cables, even if some parts of the trail are narrow and often steep. The stages run on mountain paths with a red dot, so according to the classification of the Austrian Alpine Club they are classified as moderately difficult hiking paths. Few passages like the spectacular suspension bridge on stage 4 from Längenfeld to Sölden are very well secured, but require a certain degree of fearlessness at heights. Even if the terrain does not show any technical difficulties, you will still move in an alpine region partly above the tree line with altitudes up to 2.800 m. You should therefore have an alpine hiking experience for the Ötztal Urweg.
The Ötztaler Urweg has moderate fitness requirements and somewhat higher demands on 3 stages: pure walking times of up to 6 hours and 30 minutes must be planned: in constant up and down, individual stages have a path length of up to 19 km or ascent performance of up to 1.250 m, while on other stages equally long descents have to be mastered. It is therefore recommended that you prepare yourself accordingly.
The Ötztaler Urweg is suitable for children aged 12 and over with very good physical condition.
Due to their requirements, long-distance hiking trails and trekking routes are not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. In order to clarify the individual possibilities with the degree of disability, it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.
More information about the classification of the mountain trails and the technical and physical preparation of the tour can be found here.
For the Ötztaler Urweg a "standard" equipment for alpine hikes on unpaved paths is completely sufficient. We recommend in any case sturdy footwear and the use of telescopic poles to relieve the knees during the sometimes longer descents. It is also advisable to take warm clothing with you, even in midsummer: While in the valley the temperatures are warm, it can be very cold at 2.800 m above sea level. On many stages you can't refill any water - so take liquid with you for the whole day. Click here for a detailed equipment list of your Trail trip.
Tip: With our luggage service you can keep the daypack light, while the heavy luggage (up to 20 kg) is taken to the next accommodation you booked. We recommend that you purchase a luggage insurance policy.
For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.show Stages
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There are three categories of accommodation available (regional rating):
Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn, guesthouse
Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2* or 3* B&B or hotel, partly with smal spa area
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4* or 4*S hotel, often with spa area
Children (ages 6 to 14) staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults pay full price).
The charge for the dog (without food) is between € 5,00 and € 20,00 and will be collected on the spot. On the Ötztaler Urweg it is obligatory to keep your dog on a leash.
Two different types of catering are available for you in the partner establishments:
Breakfast: Rich breakfast buffet or hearty breakfast served at your table
Half board: breakfast plus dinner (usually three-course menu)
Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.
For an especially carefree Trail journey, consider our comprehensive transport service:
Luggage service: Cycling with a light-weight day backpack, while your main luggage (max. 20kg) is transported from one accommodation to the next. For peace of mind, we recommend taking out luggage insurance.
Return transfer: A collective transport service takes you from your Trail destination back to your departure point.
Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required to carry out the trail journey are included in the overall mobility package. Further individually requested shuttle services, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., are gladly organized by the Trail Info & Booking Center. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.
During your Trail journey you can make use of the special service in the Trail Info & Booking Center, which turns your Trail journey into a particularly safe, well looked after and thus unforgettable experience:
Trail Hotline, Angel´s Service: This is available daily during your Trail journey, also outside the office opening times, from 08:00 to 20:00 clock with advice and action.
Guide: Our authorized and certified Tyrolean mountain guides (or UIMLA International Mountain Leader) are well trained and have excellent knowledge of the area. In addition, they have a great knowledge of the nature and culture of the Ötztal Valley, which makes a hike with our guides a varied and safe Trail journey. All costs incurred (guide, accommodation, meals and travel) for the mountain guide are included under "Guiding".
Extended Trail travel documents, Angel´s Service: Professionally prepared, detailed and ideal for the preparation of your Trail journey. Will be sent by e-mail (PDF, print@home) in good time before the start of the trip.
There are three ways to get there for this trail trip (not included in the price):
With your own car: Parking is available at the starting points of the trail trip. Detailed information is included in the booking documents. The parking lots are predominantly charged and not supervised! The return transport will bring you back to your car.
By train: The following IC/EC station is at your disposal - depending on the starting point of your trail journey: Ötztal train station. The station is the ideal starting point, as the Ötztal Urweg begins and ends here. Not all national trains stop at the station "Ötztal Bahnhof" - but between the national stations Landeck and Innsbruck there are many additional regional trains and suburban trains that stop at "Ötztal Bahnhof". This makes it very easy to get there by train.
By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for arriving by plane: Innsbruck (INN) and Munich (MUC).
Arrival shuttle service - not included in the price: Brings you to the starting point of your trail journey and at the end of the tour back to the ideal train station or airport. The Trail Info & Booking Center will be happy to organize this shuttle service for you.
Trail travellers are very welcome here! From the 4* Wellness Hotel to the functional B&B: The partner companies, hand-picked according to our criteria, are actively involved in the further development of the Trail.show partners
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Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093