Hiking & cycling in Ötztal

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and the Ötztal Alps are a genuine paradise for mountain hikers and keen mountain bike riders. Motorbike fans are very well catered for too here. The cycling and hiking area starts right outside the Hotel Wiesental and offers visitors an unforgettable holiday in natural surroundings.

The 'Land of a thousand springs', as Obergurgl is often called in scientific circles, lets you immerse yourself in a completely different world. The unique landscape, with its rugged, high Alpine mountains, glaciers, plateaus and ancient woodlands makes this little corner of the earth something very special indeed.

New hiking highlights here with us in Ötztal include the suspension bridge high above Längenfeld and the spectacular Piccard bridge at the end of Gurglertal. For the long-distance hiker our tip is the Ötztaler Urweg trail.

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The journey is the destination! Obergurgl-Hochgurgl provides a large selection of award-winning hiking routes for every ability level. From an easy altitude hike, to a sporty, challenging high mountain tour - you will find it all here.

Stroll along the fairy-tale woodland paths. Gaze in wonder at the picturesque backdrop of deep blue lakes encircled by impressive mountains, or hike up an idyllic Alpine pasture. The fascinatong old paths into neighbouriing South Tyrol are especially worth mentioning.

Sports fans get to experience exciting mountain tours, with refreshment stops in Alpine inns and superb views at every point. For expert mountaineers who want to head higher up, there are twenty-two 3000 metre mountains in the surrounding area.

Whatever route you choose, guests staying in the Hotel Wiesental will discover a unique Alpine hhiking paradise right on their doorstep. In the middle of the breath-taking Obergurgl mountains, visitors get to experience an intensely nature-packed hiking holiday, that inviogrates the senses and promotes health. Clean air, the fresh aroma of mountain herbs, babbling waterfalls and natural Alpine pastures creates a bretah-taking atmosphere that helps you forget about the daily grind and find yourself.

Anyone who wants to explore the best routes should head out on a guided hike with Obergurgl mountain guides. The Ötztal Premium Card enables you to participate free of charge in the varied hiking programme offers. A taster day on the via ferrata course is just the ticket. The wide and varied range of different hiking routes has something for everyone - dreamy excursions, courses and tours in the rocks and ice set the hearts of all nature-fans racing. Anyone who would like to head out on a vigorous summit tour spanning several days, will also find the Obergurgl mountain guides their right point of contact. Fully qualified mountain guides accompany you safely through the wonderful mountain realm.

Mountain biking & Road riding fans

Mountain bikers will find the perfect route for their ability level here. The mountain bike area spans all of Ötztal – find your favourite route! Penetrate deep into the Ötztal glacier realm, tackle the steep summits and cross impressive mountain passes. In Sölden, Bike-republic was set up especially for downhill fans.

Yet it is not just mountain bikers who are very well catered for in Ötztal, for anyone who prefers to ride on the road, there is the Ötztal Cycle Trail, which is set up away from the main road.

Anyone who takes on the challenge and who might even want to surpass themselves, will experience an unforgettavle panorama by way of a worthy reward. Then you get to enjoy a speedy descent after a breather, with that fresh wind blowing in your face. Downhill enthusiasts will come across the best downhill routes in neighbouring Sölden!

A free, lockable cycle storage area is available in the hotel of course.

Southern roots in Ötztal

The Timmelsjoch is very close to Obergurgl and is the highest Alpine pass in the East Alps, connecting Austria and Italy. Early settlers advanced through this pass from Passeiertal in the south (South Tyrol, Italy today) into Ötztal. So the people in Ötztal still have strong southern roots today.

The valley has been settled from both sides, with a unique dialect emerging that is spoken today as it was in the past. The Ötztal dialect is regarded as an intangible cultural asset, that takes on a key significance for the people who live here.

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