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Ötztaler Urweg

Hiking from one village to the next

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Overview

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!

Highlights

  • The Stuibenfall - Tyrol's highest waterfall
  • Numerous mountain lakes - the jewels of the Ötztal Alps
  • The spectacular suspension bridge between Brand and Burgstein near Längenfeld
  • Stunning variety: from the orchards to the glacier
  • Close to the origin: irrigation channels, ice cellars, mountain villages
  • Opposites attract: natural worlds and modern infrastructure

Highlights

  • The Stuibenfall - Tyrol's highest waterfall
  • Numerous mountain lakes - the jewels of the Ötztal Alps
  • The spectacular suspension bridge between Brand and Burgstein near Längenfeld
  • Stunning variety: from the orchards to the glacier
  • Close to the origin: irrigation channels, ice cellars, mountain villages
  • Opposites attract: natural worlds and modern infrastructure

Your advantages

  • Official Ötztal Urweg Trail Info- & Booking Center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent employees
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with the Online Travel Planner
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, shuttle services etc.
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online chat and trail hotline: daily from 08:00-20:00

Your advantages

  • Official Ötztal Urweg Trail Info- & Booking Center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent employees
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with the Online Travel Planner
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, shuttle services etc.
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online chat and trail hotline: daily from 08:00-20:00
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Information

Best time to travel

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.

Requirements

You hike along the Ötztaler Urweg as an individual hiker (without the guidance of a mountain guide) on marked mountain paths, partly in high alpine mountain regions with altitudes of up to 2.800m (alternative route summer 2020 to 3.000m above sea level). For the Ötztaler Urweg you need alpine hiking experience, which includes the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements for the points listed below as well as experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographical maps) and in how to behave in the case of bad weather.
With us on the Ötztaler Urweg, you are well looked after and supported by our organization. However, you are still travelling as an independent hiker (unless you book an optional mountain guide). We would like to point out that despite our tour organization you are on your own responsibility on the Ötztal Urweg.

Technical requirements: Moderate
From a technical point of view, the Ötztaler Urweg shows moderate difficulties: The stages on moderately difficult mountain paths with red dot (Classification Austrian Alpine Club)).
This means:

  • Difficult parts of the trail are mostly narrow and often steep.
  • Short rope-secured passages may occur.
  • Due to erosion or short-term extreme weather events, hiking trails may be in a worse condition (e.g. slippery) or less visible due to fog.

In order to be able to manage this as a mountain hiker without problems you need to be:
  • surefooted
  • free from giddiness


Conditional requirements: Increased
The Ötztaler Urweg has more demanding requirements in terms of fitness:
  • Depending on the stage, up to 1.250 meters of altitude difference
  • Descents depending on the stage up to 1.100 meters of altitude difference
  • Distance depending on the stage up to 18 km

Even if all three maximum values never come together at a stage, this means pure walking times between 3 hrs 30 min and 6 hrs 30 min.
  • The calculation of the hiking times is based on the Outdooractive formula (Outdooractive is one of the world's largest suppliers of tour documents and market leader in the German-speaking countries). This implies fast walking times, which correspond approximately to the average speed of a well-trained mountain hiker.
  • Important: All data are pure walking times, i.e. breaks must be added.


Appropriate conditional preparation is strongly recommended. Our tip: As you are on a multi-day tour here, you should have already hiked a day tour with similar fitness requirements. You can also plan a rest day in between, on which you can relax.

Further information:
  • The Ötztaler Urweg is suitable for children from 12 years of age with very good physical condition.
  • Long-distance hiking trails and trekking routes are little or not suitable for people with disabilities. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), we recommend contacting the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.

It is often difficult to personally assess whether a trail is suitable for you. If you are unsure about this or if you want to know which stages are best for you, just contact us. We will gladly advise you. However, this does not release you from the responsibility of your own self-assessment.

Equipment

For the Ötztaler Urweg you need alpine hiking equipment.

  • The equipment list, which you can find under this link, lists the minimum equipment needed for this trip.
  • Of course, you can and should add the items that you personally need for the trip or with which you have had good experience (e.g. medication, special sun protection, larger drinking bottle, etc.).

Further preliminary information about the equipment on the Ötztal Urweg:
  • trekking poles are recommended because of the sometimes longer descents.
  • On your hike through the Ötztal valley you will pass through various climatic altitudes between 700 m and 2.800 m above sea level, depending on the stage. This should be considered when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothes), but will increase their total weight.
  • Make sure you have enough food and drink bottles, as there are not always places to stop for refreshments and wells on all stages.

Tip: With our luggage service you can easily carry your daypack while your heavy luggage (up to 20 kg) is taken to the next booked accommodation. We recommend that you take out a luggage protection insurance - please contact us regarding this.

Stages

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.

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Service

Category

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 extra costs for a dog range between € 5,00 and € 20,00 (without food; per night) and will be paid directly on site in the accommodation. On the Ötztaler Urweg it is obligatory to keep your dog on a leash.


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

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.


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Mobility Service

For the realization of your trouble-free Trail journey a comprehensive mobility service is offered:

Luggage service: Hiking with a light daypack; while your luggage (max. 20 kg) is taken from accommodation to accommodation. How?
It's very simple: In the morning you drop off your luggage at the reception and at the end of the hiking day it will be waiting for you in your next accommodation. We recommend that you purchase luggage protection insurance.

Return transport: As essential as convenient. Our mobility service (collective transport) takes you from the destination of your trail journey comfortably back to your starting point.

Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required for the trail journey are included in the overall mobility package.
Our Mobility partners reserve the right to transport your dog in the luggage compartment.

In addition, we can also book recommended shuttle services such as the train station shuttle. If extra shuttle services are required during the trail trip, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., we will be happy to organize them. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

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.

Arrival

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.

Partners along the trail

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.

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Information about your destination

Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

Terms of service

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