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A holiday in the mountains has so many positive effects for your health! Hikes in a high Alpine location strengthen your cardiovasular system, lower your blood pressure and much more. Those who have an allergy to pollen also get the chance to recuperate from their allergy here.
Obergurgl is situated on the southern Ötztal Alpine ridge. The climate here is heavily influenced by the Meran Basin, which means that you can count on having mostly moderate temperatures. The high mountain chains in the north and the south offer protection from Niederschlag. For this reason throughout the year around half as much rain falls as in the Bavarian mountains, while the amount of sunshine is some 10% higher then in Bolzano. Thanks to the mild temperatures, the tree limit in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl extends up to 2400 metres.
Those who have an allergy to pollen experience fewer problems in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl thanks to the low-allergen altitude air, which means they are able to enjoy all of nature throughout the summer. There are also no house dust mites, since the air high up here is too thin.
The Institute of Botanics has for years been researching pollen count in the surrounding area and this is assessed at the University of Innsbruck. The results show that Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is very well-suited as a holiday destination for people who have an allergy to pollen and who urgently require a break from this health burden - you might say it is the perfect health climate.
Trends in Austrian altitude studies have shown that an active holiday in the mountains has a very positive effect on the body's ability to recuperate. Scientists have proven that a longer hiking holiday at a moderate altitude location (1500 – 2500 metres) has a role to play in countering the effects of typical modern-day illnesses, such as high blood pressure, metabolic disturbances, excess weight and cardiovascular problems. The lovely landscape is also exceptionally calming for mind and soul.
Obergurgl is an important location in terms of medical research. The Institute for Sports Science at the University of Innsbruck uses the town to research the ability of the human body to withstand stress and aerobic capacity at higher altitude locations. The new Alpine medical station is a high-quality facility where athletes and sports clubs can carry out their altitude training in a medically-controlled environment in Obergurgl.
The area around Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is perfect for motorbike tours. The landscape in the Austria-Italy-Switzerland border triangle provides breath-taking panoramic views that every motorbike fan has to see at least once in their lifetime. The Timmelsjoch is a real highlight; at 2500 metres it is one of the highest Alpine passes. In the Hotel Wiesental a garage area is provided free of charge for your motorbike.