The Ötztaler Urweg Calm and powerful – the Ötztal world of nature

20. May. 2020

Hiking in the Ötztal valley! The Ötztal Urweg is a Trail that reveals new perspectives for long-distance hikers, impresses with surprising contrasts and provides great services and opportunities.

The quiet and untouched sides of the Ötztal: On the primeval path in the Ötztal Nature Park © Ötztal Tourismus

When I think of the Ötztal valley
What comes to your mind when you think of Ötztal? Of course, you think of Sölden with its glacier skiing area, the unique 007Elements high up on Gaislachkogl and about the Ötztal bike marathon, which challenges even the most trained athletes to the limit. You also think of the AREA 47 at the entrance to the valley and the AQUA DOME thermal baths in the middle of the valley in Längenfeld and of course also of the chic town Obergurgl and Hochgurgl at the end of the valley.
Oetztaler Urweg Therme
Ötztaler Urweg: Hiking along the Ötztaler Urweg is a game of contrasts between untouched natural gems and sophisticated tourist infrastructure – here the AQUA DOME in front of the steep mountains of the Ötz valley © AQUA DOME Tirol Therme Längenfeld
If you can think of so many things, one thing is clear: the Ötztal is without a doubt one of the strongholds of alpine tourism. But for us Trail Angels as long-distance hiking professionals, when we think of the Ötztal, another question comes to mind: Are there, then, besides these famous and lively sides of the Ötztal, also the quiet, untouched and therefore not so famous places? The answer is easy: “You bet there are!” Because the 65 km long valley, framed by the glacier-crowned Stubai and Ötztal Alps, is home to countless natural gems, power spots and dreamy mountain hamlets. From the wildly foaming Ötztaler Ache in the valley floor, up to the 3,768m high Wildspitze.
Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau
Ötztaler Urweg: In the silence lies the power: Hiking in the Ötztal on the Ötztaler Urweg brings you to many places of tranquility. One such gem is the famous little mountaineering village of Vent at the foot of the 3,768m high Wildspitze © Ötztal Tourismus
The quiet sides of the Ötztal

Like a string of pearls, the new Ötztaler Urweg connects these quiet and powerful sides of the Ötztal on 12 fantastic stages. And thus turns hiking in the Ötztal into a true dream journey. Like, for example, the jade-green Winklerbergsee in the middle of a mystical fairytale forest. The breathtakingly situated mountain village of Farst, enthroned above the legendary Engelswand. The wildly roaring Stuibenfall, with 159m drop height the highest waterfall in Tyrol. Or the mountaineering village of Vent, overlooked by the glacier-staring giants of the Ötztal Alps. This string of pearls could be continued almost indefinitely, so diverse and surprisingly untouched the Ötztal presents itself to you along the Urweg.

Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau
Ötztaler Urweg: Wild power: the Stuibenfall is the highest waterfall in Tyrol with a drop height of 159 m – the Ötztaler Urweg leads you to get up close to it via the spectacular but very well developed and secured climb © Ötztal Tourismus
Hiking in the Ötztal is now bookable online!
The Ötztaler Urweg has all the ingredients to become a real classic for hiking in the Ötztal and even in the whole Alps. All the more so as the original Trail has been made bookable for long-distance hiking, which gives you a maximum of individual freedom with a flexible and comprehensive service. For example, quality-tested hiking accommodations in various categories, a convenient luggage service and the always helpful Trail Hotline in the dedicated Trail Info & Booking Center. You can also choose from carefully arranged packages. Now there are no limits to hiking in the Ötztal anymore! We are sure to see you soon at the Ötztal Urweg!
Booking portal for the Ötztaler Urweg
Ötztaler Urweg (

Ötztaler Urweg Info- und Buchungscenter
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach
Tel.:+43 4782 93093


Günter Mussnig

The graduate geographer is one of the founders and managing directors of Trail Angels, which is responsible for the web platform As a trekking & outdoor freak, he is one of the fathers of the Alpe-Adria Trail and has been exploring the Nepalese Himalayas for more than 25 years.

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