Ötztal

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Ötztal

The Ötztal Alps, together with the Hohe Tauern, is one of the best known mountain destinations in Austria. The reason is this: the Ötztal is a spectacular high alpine region. This vast area of snow, ice and rock counts many trails. Many of them can be done by the average mountain hiker. Even many of the glacier crossings are not too difficult, although they obviously require the correct use of rope, ice ax and crampons.

The area forms the border between Italy and Austria. The Italian side is called Val Venoste. The weather is often fair, because the area is on the southern side of the Alps.

The center of this mountain region is the Ötztal proper. The main towns here, the best places to start your expedition, are Sölden and Vent. The valley to the west is called the Pitztal. This is as good a starting point for longer or shorter hikes. Here, Mittelberg and Imst and the places to search for. Mountain huts abound.

Among the many high mountains, the highest is the Wildspitze, 3774 m, the second highest mountain in Austria.

In 1991 two hikers found a body of a man, half buried into the ice. This man, it turned out, died 5300 years ago. The body had miraculously been preserved over the millennia. A great find, from which we can learn a lot about the earliest inhabitants of the continent. Ötzi, the iceman, is now on display in Bolzano, in his own museum.

Opinions

Rate 7.5 | 2 votes | No 2. in Austria
  • Henk Nouws July 1990
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Easy to make a glacier tour and stay high up in the mountains.
  • Joke ter Weele July 1990
  • Rate 7
  • Positive Impressive snow fields and glaciers
  • Negative Huts can be quite busy in July and August
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Map

Map Ötztal

Trails in this region

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2007
  • Across the Eastern Alps: E5
  • From Lake Constance in Germany, this guidebook describes walking the E5 trek that runs 600km through a remarkable kaleidoscope of landscapes and culture in Switzerland, Austria and Italy, to its destination at Verona. It traverses the Allgauer, Lechtaler and Ötztaler Alps. There is a good network of alpine refuges and guesthouses on the route. Read more
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United Kingdom
2007
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2011
  • Otztal Wanderatlas 2010
  • Goede handzame wandelgids met duidelijke kaarten en informatieve tekst. / Gedetailleerde wandelgidsen met ingetekende lange afstandsroute. Goede omschrijving van de route met tevens praktische informatie voor onderweg. Länge, Höhenmeter und Anforderungen Die fünfzig Touren dieses Buches decken eine große Bandbreite von kurzen Spaziergängen über... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mariazell - Ötscher - Josefsberg - Annaberg - Erlaufsee F&B WK5031
  • Mariazell - Ötscher - Josefsberg - Annaberg - Erlaufsee area of eastern Austria presented at 1:35,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. Cartography is an enlargement of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Wanderkarte Inneres Ötztal und Pitztal, Gurgler Tal, Venter Tal
  • Die 3in1 Wanderkarte ist jetzt noch übersichtlicher und besser lesbar. Der Aktiv Guide informiert Sie rund um das Thema Outdoor und die kostenlose App für unterwegs gibt es auch noch dazu. Das bildet die perfekte Grundlage für die Planung einer Wandertour. Die präzise Kartografie zeigt alle begehbaren Wanderwege inklusive Klassifizierung.... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • WF5640 Mariazeller Land und Mostviertel Kompass
  • zahlr. Touren mit Top-Routenkarten und HöhenprofilenDe Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken • naast de bekende bestemmingen,... Read more
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Belgium
  • WF5640 Mariazeller Land und Mostviertel Kompass
  • zahlr. Touren mit Top-Routenkarten und HöhenprofilenDe Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken • naast de bekende bestemmingen,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Un Jubilado En Los Alpes
  • Se aproximaba el verano y era necesario decidirse. Entre unos pocos proyectos previstos hasta esos dias, que habian ido surgiendo en mi imaginacion durante el invierno, se fueron concretando a mitad de la primavera la posibilidad de caminar por el Himalaya, en Cachemira, recorrer algunos valles del Caucaso al norte de Georgia o atravesar los... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Un Jubilado En Los Alpes
  • Se aproximaba el verano y era necesario decidirse. Entre unos pocos proyectos previstos hasta esos dias, que habian ido surgiendo en mi imaginacion durante el invierno, se fueron concretando a mitad de la primavera la posibilidad de caminar por el Himalaya, en Cachemira, recorrer algunos valles del Caucaso al norte de Georgia o atravesar los... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Großes Wanderbuch Niederösterreich
  • Die schönsten Seiten des Wanderns!- 100 Erlebnistouren in jedem Wanderbuch- Ausgewogene Tourenauswahl für jede Kondition- Gemütliche Familienwanderungen- Übersichtliche Tourenkartenausschnitte- Extra Guide ´´Der Nord-Süd-Weg´´ zum Herausnehmen Destination:- Österreichs größtes Bundesland erstreckt sich rund um die Bundeshauptstadt Wien – von... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Großes Wanderbuch Tirol
  • -Drittgrößtes Bundesland Österreichs, rund 12600 km2 Fläche, Hauptstadt ist Innsbruck, der höchste Berg ist der Großglockner in Osttirol (3798 m), in Nordtirol ist es die Wildspitze (3786 m).-Fünf Naturparks sind in Tirol zu finden: Naturpark Zillertaler Alpen, Alpenpark Karwendel, Naturpark Ötztal, Naturpark Kaunergrat, Naturpark Tiroler Lech;... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • WF5630 Ötztal, Pitztal mit Karte Kompass
  • De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken; naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld; openbaar... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • WF5630 Ötztal, Pitztal mit Karte Kompass
  • De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken; naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld; openbaar... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Ötztal, Pitztal
  • Destination:Das Ötztal, erstreckt sich über 65 km zwischen Haiming und Obergurgl. Seine Seitentäler – Horlachtal, Griestal, Windachtal und Venter Tal – sind herrliche Ausgangspunkte für Wanderungen in allen Schwierigkeitsgraden. Der Geigenkamm trennt das Ötztal vom Pitztal, das mit 40 km nicht ganz so lang ist wie das Ötztal. Es wirdvon der... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • UAE Rock Climbing
  • For the last fifteen years, expatriate climbers have been developing cliffs in the United Arab Emirates and North-West Oman. None of the climbing has previously been documented in print. Though easily accessible by 1-3 hours driving from the ultra-modern Gulf cities - Abu Dhabi and Dubai - the cliffs are located in unique and remote desert and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • UAE Rock Climbing
  • For the last fifteen years, expatriate climbers have been developing cliffs in the United Arab Emirates and North-West Oman. None of the climbing has previously been documented in print. Though easily accessible by 1-3 hours driving from the ultra-modern Gulf cities - Abu Dhabi and Dubai - the cliffs are located in unique and remote desert and... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Trekking im Ötztal-Pitztal
  • F nf mehrt gige Trekkings laden Wanderer zu hochalpinen Streifz gen von H tte zu H tte ein: einde ideale M glichkeit die grosshartige Bergwelt um tztal und Pitztal zu erkunden. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Trekking im Ötztal-Pitztal
  • F nf mehrt gige Trekkings laden Wanderer zu hochalpinen Streifz gen von H tte zu H tte ein: einde ideale M glichkeit die grosshartige Bergwelt um tztal und Pitztal zu erkunden. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids trekking im Otztal - Pitztal | Rother
  • Vijf meerdaagse tochten van hut naar hut. Goed beschreven met een uitvoerige routebeschrijving en veel praktische informatie. Elke route is voorzien van een hoogteprofiel en kaartmateriaal (met een schaal van 1:75.000 enigszins te grof) Die Niederungen des Alltags hinter sich zu lassen und tagelang durch unberührte Bergnatur zu wandern, stets... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Netherlands
  • Over the Top & Back Again
  • Book of the Year Bronze Award 2010 (travel essays category), ForeWord Magazine After hiking some of the world's great trails, Brandon Wilson was excited to hear about the Via Alpina, paths running across eight countries on the backbone of the Alps. Besides promising immersion into Alpine life and wilderness, it was the ultimate adventure. It... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Over the Top & Back Again
  • Book of the Year Bronze Award 2010 (travel essays category), ForeWord Magazine After hiking some of the world's great trails, Brandon Wilson was excited to hear about the Via Alpina, paths running across eight countries on the backbone of the Alps. Besides promising immersion into Alpine life and wilderness, it was the ultimate adventure. It... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Netherlands
  • Hiking in Switzerland
  • This is the official guidebook to the Swiss section of the Via Alpina (National Route 1), published by the Swiss Hiking Federation. The Via Alpina is a network of five long-distance hiking routes which cross eight Alpine countries from Trieste to Monaco - over 5,000 kilometres of hiking trails in total. On Swiss soil, National Route 1 Via... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Hiking in Switzerland
  • This is the official guidebook to the Swiss section of the Via Alpina (National Route 1), published by the Swiss Hiking Federation. The Via Alpina is a network of five long-distance hiking routes which cross eight Alpine countries from Trieste to Monaco - over 5,000 kilometres of hiking trails in total. On Swiss soil, National Route 1 Via... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • Walking in Austria
  • A comprehensive guidebook to walking routes in Austria. 101 routes, day walks, multi-day treks and classic hut-to-hut tours in the Ratikon, Silvretta, Stubai, and Zillertal Alps, the Hohe Tauern, and the Karawanken. With information on transport, accommodation, gear and safety, plus full details of over a hundred Austrian mountain huts. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Walking in Austria
  • A comprehensive guidebook detailing walking routes in Austria. The 101 walks reflect the diversity of this popular region and cover Austria's magnificent Alps - including the Ratikon, Silvretta, Stubai and Zillertal - as well as the Dachsteingebirge, Hohe Tauern and the Karawanken. Graded according to difficulty and ranging from short walks of... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Walking in Austria
  • A comprehensive guidebook detailing walking routes in Austria. The 101 walks reflect the diversity of this popular region and cover Austria's magnificent Alps - including the Ratikon, Silvretta, Stubai and Zillertal - as well as the Dachsteingebirge, Hohe Tauern and the Karawanken. Graded according to difficulty and ranging from short walks of... Read more
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Maps

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Dachstein - Ausseerland - Filzmoos - Ramsau Hiking + Leisure Map 1:50 000
  • Dachstein - Ausseer Land - Filzmoos - Ramsau - Bad Ischl - Schladming area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. To see the list... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Dachstein - Ausseerland - Filzmoos - Ramsau F&B WK281
  • Dachstein - Ausseer Land - Filzmoos - Ramsau - Bad Ischl - Schladming area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. To see the list... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Ötztal - Pitztal - Kaunertal - Wildspitze F&B WK251
  • Ötztal - Pitztal - Kaunertal - Wildspitze area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently available titles... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Heidiland 2012
  • Zeer duidelijke wandelkaart van een deel van Zwitserland. Deze kaart - gemaakt op scheur en watervast papier - is bedoeld voor de gewone en gemiddelde bergwandelaar. Ook voor huttentochten is deze zeker geschikt. Slechts voor de gevorderde wandelaar die glesjers gaat overschrijden zijn de 25.000 topografische kaarten aan te raden. Op deze... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Heidiland - UNESCO Tectonic Arena Sardona 50K K+F Hiking Map No. 33
  • Heidiland, including the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at 1:50,000 in Kümmerly + Frey’s hiking series of Switzerland printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. Coverage includes Walensee, Flumserberg, Pizol, Weisstannental, Sarganserland and Taminatal. Hiking trails highlighted on the map... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Vinschgau 2012
  • Val Venosta / Vinschgau area in the Dolomites at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from K Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Val Venosta / Vinschgau K+F Outdoor Map 1
  • Val Venosta / Vinschgau area in the Dolomites at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from Kümmerly + Frey with both local and long-distance hiking and cycling trails, ski routes, sites for other outdoor pursuits, accommodation, bus stops, etc. Coverage includes the Ortles/Ortler... Read more
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Montreux
  • Montreux - Col du Pillon area at 1:50,000 in a series from Hallwag covering Switzerland’s popular hiking regions on light, waterproof and tear-resistant maps highlighting long-distance paths: the nine national routes plus special regional routes, as well as other local hiking trails.Cartography is similar to that used both in Hallwag’s hiking... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Lake Garda 2017
  • Lake Garda - Lake d'Idro - Monte Baldo - Verona area at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from K Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Lake Garda - Lake Idro - Monte Baldo - Verona K+F Outdoor Map 7
  • Lake Garda - Lake d`Idro - Monte Baldo - Verona area at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from Kümmerly + Frey with both local and long-distance hiking and cycling trails, ski routes, sites for other outdoor pursuits, accommodation, bus stops, etc. An inset provides a small... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Lake Maggiore 2018
  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Orta - Lake Varese area at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from K Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Orta - Lake Varese K+F Outdoor Map 8
  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Orta - Lake Varese area at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from Kümmerly + Frey with both local and long-distance hiking and cycling trails, ski routes, sites for other outdoor pursuits, accommodation, bus stops, etc. An inset provides a small road map of... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Styrian Winelands - Southwest Styria F&B WK411
  • Styrian Winelands area south-eastern Austria presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. To see the list of currently available titles in this series please... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Goms - Aletsch
  • Goms - Aletsch area of the Bernese Oberland at 1:50,000 in a series from Hallwag covering Switzerland’s popular hiking regions on light, waterproof and tear-resistant maps highlighting long-distance paths: the nine national routes plus special regional routes, as well as other local hiking trails.Cartography is similar to that used both in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Otztal Alps - Nauderer Berge Alpenverein KOMBI Map 30/4
  • Ötztaler Alps: Nauderer Berge area of the Alps in a combined hiking and ski edition at 1:25,000 from a series of detailed, GPS compatible maps published by the DAV - Deutscher Alpenverein and produced by the German and Austrian Alpine Clubs using cartography from their respective survey organizations. Maps in this series have topography vividly... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Otztaler Alps - Geigenkamm Alpenverein Map 30/5
  • Ötztaler Alps: Geigenkamm area of the Alps in a combined hiking and ski edition at 1:25,000 from a series of detailed, GPS compatible maps published by the DAV - Deutscher Alpenverein and produced by the German and Austrian Alpine Clubs using cartography from their respective survey organizations. Maps in this series have topography vividly... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tiroler Hohenweg / Alta Via Kompass 132
  • The Tyrol High Route between Mayrhofen and Merano on a waterproof and tear-resistant map at 1:50,000 from Kompass. The double-sided map covers the whole area between these two popular holiday destinations and prominently highlights the route which weaves it way across the Zillertaler Alps, the Brenner Pass and the Texel/Tessa Natural Park. Also... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The E5 Alpine Crossing - Walk Oberstdorf to Meran
  • Self guided walking tour on the E5 Alpine crossing from Oberstdorf to Meran. Take on the famous E5 Alpine crossing from Germany, through Austria and finishing in Italy’s South Tyrol. This classic inn to inn route is long-distance trekking at its best and is a must for Alpine fans. Hike from mountain pass to mountain pass, taking in the scenery... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Oostenrijk - Ötztal
  • Driesterrenhotel Falknerhof ligt in het Tirools bergdorp Niederthai (1550 m): een verstild dorpje op een plateau in een van de zijdalen van het bekende Ötztal. Het is de ideale uitvalsbasis om al langlaufend, sneeuwwandelend, winterwandelend of alpine skiënd het gebied te verkennen. Een heerlijk gevarieerde wintersportvakantie, omgeven door... Read more
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