The Ötztal valley in Tyrol has something to offer every visitor in summer. If you take a hiking holiday in the Ötztal, you will find endless hiking trails and mountain meadows with huts where you can take a break. Hiking in the Ötztal in Tyrol is something very special, if only because of the high Alpine location and the beautiful natural surroundings. In recent times, climbing has become a real sports trend. Climbing centres and climbing routes in the Ötztal are cared for and maintained by the tourist association. The countless routes offer choices both for beginners and experienced climbers; the variety of the routes is world-famous.
A special highlight for holidaymakers looking for relaxation and for wellness fans is the AQUA DOME thermal spa in Längenfeld. Those who love outdoor activities will find all they need in Area 47. Giant slides, climbing towers and much more all ensure fun for all the family. Outdoor and adventure fans love the ravines and wild water in the Ötztal: it's a paradise for all those who love rafting, canyoning and kayaking. 860 kilometres of mountain bike trails are waiting for those who like to explore the landscape by pedal power. On the level or sporty and steep: in the Ötztal everyone can find the right mountain bike route.
Hiking in the Ötztal
Around 300 km of marked hiking trails invite you to discover the mountain landscape in all its aspects. According to your condition and personal taste, you can choose from sporty ascents to over 3000 metres or comfortable walks along airy heights that you can easily reach by cable railway.
Mountain lakes and snow-covered peaks, wildlife and the most beautiful flowers of the Alps will reward your efforts. 16 mountain shelters and 30 mountain meadow huts and refreshment stops invite you to come in, rest and strengthen yourself and enjoy Tyrolean hospitality.
Sölden is the starting point for numerous tours to the peaks and the heights. Alpine hut hikes and tours offer even less experienced mountaineers the opportunity for an unforgettable mountain experience.
Bike Republic Sölden
E-bike routes, mountain bike trails and downhill tracks have turned the „Bike Republic Sölden“ into what is probably the favourite spot for cyclists. The upper Öztal is a true bikers' paradise with mainly challenging trails, leading up to 2,850 m above sea level to the edge of the eternal ice. Experience the single trails in Sölden and over 860 km of mountain bike routes at all levels of difficulty throughout the Ötztal.
Discover a republic in which all cyclists will feel at home: Tour cyclists on the multitude of routes, flow fans following the surf-like lines, endurance riders working off energy on the innumerable trails.
Tip: Mountain bike transport, bike hire & service is available for you in the town of Sölden.
65,000 m2 of outdoor adventure and pure adrenalin
Europe's biggest playground is waiting for you: Boundless water-based fun, climbing delights, thrills, top events, rafting, canyoning and much more.
In this ultimate leisure park in Tyrol you will experience action and adrenalin in a way you never have before. The name of this spectacular location for your adventure holiday in Tyrol is taken from the 47th degree of latitude – and to be honest: you really need to visit it at least 47 times in order to experience what AREA 47 and the Ötztal have to offer!
Activities in AREA 47 from the beginning of May to the beginning of October
OUTDOOR AREA - For real action and adrenalin junkies!
The biggest high-rope park in the world
WATER AREA - 20,000 m² of mega water fun
7,000 m² swimming lake
Play area for beach soccer & beach volleyball
with KTM MX Freeride E Bikes and Polaris Cross Buggies
LIVING AREA - in the AREA 47 grounds for one or several overnight stays with breakfast
River House Bar
Swimming lake: May to September 09.00 a.m. -7.00 p.m.
The Ötztal is also an ideal starting point for many trips and excursions, with or without your own car. There are many sights worth seeing in the surrounding countryside.
It is worth driving over the 2,509m high Timmelsjoch through the Ötztal glacier world down to the South Tyrol vineyards and on to Merano to the market. You should also definitely make a trip to the Alpine mountain village of Vent, to the glaciers above Sölden, to the Alpine Coaster in Imst or to the beautiful old city of Innsbruck.
We have put together a few tips for excursions in the Ötztal for you.
Längenfeld Suspension Bridge
A breath of adventure
Brand and Burgstein. Two sun-kissed Alpine plateaus clinging like nests 200 m above the valley floor! Each with a traditional refreshment stop in front of a magnificent mountain backdrop. Linked by a spectacular mountain bridge. A circular walk of contrasts and fresh perspectives – an easy walk.
Children will also have fun on the suspension bridge. Afterwards, they can admire the pot-bellied pigs at the Brandalm. Even your four-legged friends will walk without fear on a special dog-walking track.
Starting point: Information Längenfeld; walk time: outwards and return, about 3 hours; difficulty level: easy; difference in altitude: 280 m
Ötztal Bird of Prey Park
A special experience
In Umhausen, on the 5000 m² area of grounds at the bottom of the Stuibenfall, the tallest waterfall in Tyrol, and directly next to the Ötzi Village, around 30 specimens from 15 different species of birds of prey such as vultures, eagles, red kites, owls, falcons, buzzards etc. have found a new home.
Spectacular flight displays are held in the arena with its 300 seats. The educational trail on falconry and the falconry shop complete the information on offer in the barrier-free, accessible bird of prey park.
End of July / beginning of August to end of October
At a fall height of 159 m, this is the tallest waterfall in Tyrol
The Horlachbach stream cascades down 159 metres into the valley over two steep cliffs, with spray splashing skywards for a height of many metres. These clouds of fine water particles are also responsible for the name of this magnificent natural feature: "Stuibenfall" (Dust Falls). The fine dust-like clouds of spray enchant the visitors with their natural, refreshing effect, and are also good for your health.
A unique Alpine flora adds a serious atmosphere to the Stuibenfall and on sunny days a large rainbow often adds a bright highlight of colours.
Particularly well worth seeing: the natural stone bridge over the rushing mountain stream.
An adventure for the whole family.
Immerse yourself in a different world of the past and take a trip back in time to the people of the Neolithic age.
An archaeological leisure park with prehistoric buildings intended to offer insights into the lives, homes and work of an ancient people and bring them closer to you.
See, feel, join in ... experience the long-ago past as if it were today..
Since the highest motorcycle museum in Europe opened in April 2016, the Ötztal has a new year-round attraction to offer. At the foot of the Timmelsjoch high Alpine road, at a height of 2,175 m above sea level, the top quality exhibits cover a a surface area of 3,000 m2 , delighting motorcycle and automobile fans. The defining exhibits of the museum are more than 200 historic motorcycles from a wide range of periods, as well as sports cars with histories.
Exhibits on show
The treasures on show in the museum include for example models by A.J.S., BMW, DKW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Henderson, Honda, Indian, Matchless, Megola, Military, Motoguzzi, Münch, Norton, NSU, Sunbeam, Triumph, Vincent and Zündapp. Fans of exclusive cars will also find rare treasures in Hochgurgl.
The "Tower" is one of the oldest buildings in Oetz. The interesting history extends from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of modern times.
The major exhibits of the museum are the paintings! Founded on tradition, the early paintings are on religious themes. Because Alpine landscape painting is only about 200 years old, and these paintings are the main special feature of the museum. Many artists with famous names were involved with the discovery of the Ötztal Alps and have left treasured traces. Photography is also given space here and there, not only as an artistic expression but also as topographical evidence.
A variety of special exhibitions complete what the museum has to offer.
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Lots of fun for children
WIDIs KIDS PARK
In the KIDS PARK, located right next to the local swimming pool, the "little miners" can let off steam at the "Iron and Mallet Swing" or "Gold Scales See-Saw" or go on a journey of discovery at the "Gold Prospectors Site".
There is also plenty to discover in the climbing labyrinth. Somewhat braver miners can cross the "Miners' Bridge" to reach an area where there are a few surprises waiting even for some young-at-heart adults: After the brave explorers have used the high tube slide to get down at speed from the old shaft tower, the winding wheel swing will really turn things round.
There are also spectacular wobbly walks, balancing beams, a cable ride and a hand-over-hand rope to discover, before the adventurers retire to the cosy fireplace to gather strength for more exciting new adventures.
Its many opportunities for sports and games for children make the Funpark an ideal destination for a family trip out. Skate park, trampoline, giant swing, cable ride, tube slides, climbing towers and many other items will inspire your children to devise active play during the summer months.
Right next door to the Funpark is the Geo Playground "Water and Stone". Here children can build as many dams as they like and let their imaginations run riot with mud, water, sand and stones.
The cafeteria in the Funpark with its comfortable terrace has also become a popular destination. While the children let off steam on the many items of equipment, their parents can relax with coffee, ice cream and cake.
Children are also offered a series of special programmes, including farm visits, tracking forest animals, body painting, crafts and much more.
22,000 m² of thermal spa & pure recuperation
This special bathing landscape and sauna world will let you put your everyday worries right out of your mind and relax from head to foot. Float in the 12 indoor and outdoor pools with warm water at 34 – 36°C. Find peace and quiet for yourself in the specially designed lounge oases. Where cuisine is concerned, we offer delicious treats for every taste, whether healthy or hearty. Immerse yourself and enjoy the incredible backdrop of the mountains in the thermal spa of Austria. Open all the year round.
- 12 indoor and outdoor pools
- 7 saunas
- 4 restaurants and bars