Health for body and mind
Summer in Obergurgl
An alpine holiday brings plenty of positive health effects! Hiking in the high alpine setting strengthens the cardiovascular system, lower blood pressure and much more. In addition, those allergic to pollen can recover from their annoying symptoms here.
Obergurgl is located by the southern Ötztal alpine ridge. The climate here is heavily influenced by the Meran basin, making for mainly moderate temperatures. The high mountain chains to the north and south offer protection from rainfall.
For this reason, only about half the amount of rain falls here compared to the Bavarian mountains and the amount of sunshine is even 100 % higher than in Bolzano. Thanks to the mild temperatures, the treeline in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl reaches up to 2,400 metres.
A paradise for allergy sufferers
Those allergic to pollen will have fewer symptoms thanks to the irritant-free mountain air in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and can thus enjoy nature all summer long. In addition, there are no house dust mites here as the air is too thin for their liking.
The Institute for Botany has been studying the pollen count in the are for years and it is analysed at Innsbruck University. The results show that Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is highly suitable as a holiday destination for those allergic to pollen who urgently need a break from their burdensome symptoms – the perfect healthy climate in other words.
A healthy holiday destination
The Austrian Moderate Altitude Study shows that active mountain holidays have a highly positive effect on physical recovery. Scientists have proven that extended hiking holidays at medium altitude (1,500 – 2,500 metres) are effective against typical diseases of civilisation, including high blood pressure, overweight and cardiovascular problems. In addition, the uniquely scenic landscape also soothes the mind and soul.
Medical research in Obergurgl
Obergurgl is an important location for medical research work. The institute for sports science at Innsbruck University uses the location to study the resilience of the human organism and the aerobic performance at increasing altitudes. The new alpine-medical station provides a high-grade facility where athletes and sports clubs can conduct their altitude training in a medically controlled environment in Obergurgl .