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Holiday in the Ötztal

The most prominent side valley of the Inn Valley, the Ötztal, attracts holidaymakers year after year with its renowned tourist resorts. With a length of 65km, the Ötztal is also the longest side valley of the Inn Valley and consequently also the longest transverse valley in the Eastern Alps. At the southern end, at the high main Alpine ridge with its numerous three-thousanders, winter sports enthusiasts enjoy fabulous conditions for skiing and snowboarding in the glacier ski area. The scenic and varied valley is located in the Imst district, amidst a magnificent mountain landscape. You will discover the valley entrance 50km west of the Tyrolean state capital Innsbruck, from where you can easily reach it in a 30-minute drive via the A12.

Extremely interesting hiking, mountain and climbing tours crisscross the entire scenic region. The levels of difficulty range from very easy to highly challenging. The dense network of snack stations and managed alpine huts, the many shelters of the Alpine Club, and the consistently well-marked hiking trails make the area a true hiking paradise. In the Ötztal Alps lies the second highest mountain in Austria, the Wildspitze at 3,774m, whose conquest is a "must" for mountain sports enthusiasts.

Miners' trail Ötztal
Miners‘ trail Ötztal - © Ötztal Tourismus - Bernd Ritschel
Area 47 - Outdoor Playground at Ötztal Station
Area 47 - Outdoor Playground at Ötztal Station - © AREA 47 - Rudi Wyhlidal
Gamskogel (2,813 m)
Gamskogel (2,813 m) - © Ötztal Tourismus - Bernd Ritschel
Biking in the Ötztal high mountains
Biking in the Ötztal high mountains - © Ötztal Tourismus - Markus Greber
Miners' trail
Miners‘ trail - © Ötztal Tourismus - Bernd Ritschel
Children in the hay
Children in the hay - © Ötztal Tourismus - G.E.
Mountain tour on Rofenkarferner
Mountain tour on Rofenkarferner - © Ötztal Tourismus - Bernd Ritschel
Wannenkarse - © Ötztal Tourismus - Matthias Burtscher
Top Mountain Star (3,080 m)
Top Mountain Star (3,080 m) - © Ötztal Tourismus - Uwe Fischer
Sledding in Vent
Sledding in Vent - © Ötztal Tourismus - Bernd Ritschel
Gurgl ski resort in the farthest Ötztal
Gurgl ski resort in the farthest Ötztal - © Ötztal Tourismus - Alexander Lohmann
Ski touring in the Ötztal
Ski touring in the Ötztal - © Ötztal Tourismus - Bernd Ritschel
Tiefenbach footbridge
Tiefenbach footbridge - © Ötztal Tourismus - Bernd Ritschel
Skiing fun in Hochsölden
Skiing fun in Hochsölden - © Ötztal Tourismus - Ernst Lorenzi
Cross-country skiing in the Ötztal
Cross-country skiing in the Ötztal - © Ötztal Tourismus - Ernst Lorenzi
Snowboarder - © Bergbahnen Sölden - Rudi Wyhlidal

Fun and Action in Summer

Motorcyclists rave about special highlights that should not be missed when planning the next motorcycle tour in the region: the winding Hantenjoch and the continuation over the 2,500m high Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road towards Merano.

Adventurers and those who prefer exciting holidays experience dramatic canyoning tours in the Auerklamm at the entrance to the Ötztal region. Fans of whitewater sports also rave about the Inn section between Imst and Haiming or Silz. For those who still want more, a whitewater rafting trip on the Ötztaler Ache is an option, but only if you have strong nerves! Those interested in paragliding can find particularly favorable take-off spots in the rear Ötztal on the Giggijoch (Sölden), at the mountain station / Vent, and on the Hohen Mut (Obergurgl).

Further tips:
For relaxation and unwinding, we recommend a visit to the Längelfeld "Aquadome" thermal baths in the middle of the Ötztal. The three thermal basins, which literally float in the air, give visitors a special feeling of weightlessness.

The Ötzi Village in Umhausen in the Ötztal is an archaeological open-air park that aims to demonstrate to visitors "life, living, and economy in the Neolithic period," Ötzi's time.

Skiing and Snowboarding in the Ötztal

Several top ski areas, often with mountain stations well above the 3,000m mark, make the Ötztal a snow-sure paradise for skiers and snowboarders. At the entrance to the valley, the family ski area Hochötz scores with 34 kilometers of slopes and snow guarantee until mid-April. In the rear valley, you will find the world-famous ski area Sölden/Hochsölden with the two glacier ski areas Rettenbachferner and Tiefenbachferner. In winter, Sölden is one of the best that the Alpine region currently has to offer in terms of winter sports. Further into the valley are the ski areas Obergurgl/Hochgurgl for skiing at the highest level and of course Vent, a tip for insiders.

A well-known cross-country skiing area is Niederthai in the Ötztal, among others not mentioned here.

A wellness hotel in the Ötztal is a guarantee for a charming holiday. Culinary highlights, charming hospitality, impeccable customer service, dreamy beds, and a variety of wellness offerings meet even the highest demands.

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Hotel Jägerhof ★★★


The Jägerhof*** is a traditional, family-run hotel at the entrance of the magnificent Ötztal. Comfortable rooms and hospitality that comes from the heart await guests on an active summer and winter holiday. Perfectly suited for nature lovers, connoisseurs, and families, the hotel offers numerous amenities that make a stay special.

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Naturhotel Waldklause ★★★★★


Austria‘s first superior hotel made entirely of wood Simply feel good, live close to nature and enjoy in the Tyrolean mountains – that is the motto in the innovative Ötztal design wood hotel. The hotel is a successful symbiosis of Tyrolean wood, glass and stone with fresh Tyrolean hospitality.

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Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl ★★★★


One of the leading four-star hotels in Obergurgl The history of Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl dates back to 1889 when great-grandfather Martin Scheiber, a true pioneer, built a small, but sturdy inn.

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Hotel Liebe Sonne ★★★★


The 4-star Hotel Liebe Sonne in Sölden is located right next to the Giggijochbahn cable car, which is open all year round.

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Hotel Tauferberg ★★★


The family-run Hotel Tauferberg in Ötztal awaits you in a beautiful location at 1,550 m above sea level. A vacation at the Hotel Tauferberg promises wonderful nature experiences at any time of year, culinary delights and relaxation far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Are you a fan of alpinism and want to reach new heights? Then this offer is just perfect for you. Together, we will go on exciting hikes and ascend the Schwarzkögele (3 079m) as well as the Mittlere Hintereisspitze (3 450m). Higher, faster, further!

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The location is situated in a basin of the front Ötztal amidst the picturesque mountain landscape of the Ötztal and Stubai Alps. The special attraction is the Piburger See, whose beauty captivates visitors to Oetz at any time of the year.

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In the heart of the Ötztal valley lies the holiday region of Umhausen-Niederthai, whose main town, Umhausen, is located in an idyllic valley plain. On a dreamy sunny plateau, you will also find the picturesque villages of Köfels and Niederthai, nestled in a picturesque mountain world. About 20 years ago, radon deposits were discovered in Umhausen, and today guests can take advantage of ...


The village is located on the wide valley floor, from which the slopes of the Ötztal and Stubai Alps rise steeply to the west and east. The largest town in the Ötztal valley captivates its visitors with its picturesque location and also attracts with optimal offers for lovers of mountain and outdoor sports. Winter holiday Especially for cross-country skiers, Längenfeld offers ...

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Located at 1,368 meters above sea level, Sölden is the third largest tourism community in Austria after Vienna and Salzburg. The town has primarily made a name for itself as a ski and winter sports center. In addition to modern infrastructure and a wide range of leisure activities, the fusion of traditional way of life and architecture with modern lifestyle and comfort is particularly ...

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At the end of the Ötztal valley are Obergurgl - the highest church village in Austria at 1,930m above sea level - and Hochgurgl (2,150m above sea level). Alpine tourism has a long tradition here, with roots dating back to the mid-19th century when the first paths and shelters were built. Today, Obergurgl/Hochgurgl is a top winter sports center, but still a fantastic hiking and summer holiday ...

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At an altitude of 1,900 meters, the mountain village is located in the Venter Valley, a side valley of the rear Ötztal. The picturesque little village is the perfect holiday destination for families and those seeking relaxation.

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