Magnificent walking country in the Ötztal beckons you.
Leisurely walks on the valley floor or along picture-book Waalweg trails, easy excursions to idyllic pasturelands and mountain huts close to crystal clear Alpine lakes, adventurous hut tours to the area's most scenic vantage points or truly challenging peak conquests for expert hikers – surrounded by mighty summits beyond 3000 meters above sea level: the unique Ötztal Nature Park has a varied choice of trails and tours for all skill levels.
The state-of-the-art Acherkogel gondola takes you right to the heart of Hochoetz's breathtaking pasturelands, whisking you up from 820m to 2020m within only 8 minutes. There, at well over 2,000 metres and a long, long way from the cares of everyday life, the impressive majestic peaks of the Stubai and Ötztal Alps, breathtaking panoramic views, peaceful meadows and cosy restful mountain retreats await you ... tranquility as far as the eye can see. Easy forest trails lead you to the Acherberg, Balbach or Kühtaile Alps, or you can embark on a testing mountain walk with the whole family.
Of course, the Ötztal also has many more summer mountain lifts whisking you up to the top stations, starting point of pleasant hikes along picture-book mountain ridges and flanks with the glacier scenery as stunning backdrop. Those who prefer four wheels are recommended to use the public bus lines for conquering new heights. The scenic Glacier Road takes walkers up to Tiefenbach Glacier at 2,800 meter above sea level, trailhead of countless unrivaled Ötztal panorama hiking routes.
It's easy to be spellbound by Wildspitze peak and the 250 giants made of rock and ice beyond 3000 meters above sea level. But they also make a wonderful backdrop for myriad walks and pleasant hikes at a more leisurely pace. The Ötztal valley boasts unique natural landscapes, ranging from dense forests and colorful Alpine meadows to lush green pasturelands and ancient rockslide areas. What's more, the wet element is omnipresent here – it is not without reason why Ötztal is called the "valley of 1000 springs". Discover water in all its facets: snow, eternal glacier ice, thirst-quenching spring water and rushing Alpine brooks coming down to the valley. In Umhausen you find a range of marvelous "Waalweg" water theme trails and a stunning waterfall. Crystal clear mountain lakes are spread all over the valley's high Alpine areas.