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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Ötztal | Esterbauer
  • 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
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2007
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Wandelgids Across the eastern alps: E5 | Cicerone
  • 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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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
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United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Ötztaler Wanderbuch
  • Das tztal er ffnet eine Welt f r sich: Mit 65 Kilometer L nge ist es nicht nur das l ngste Seitental des Inns, sondern das gr te Quertal der gesamten Ostalpen. Begrenzt von den Stubaier Alpen im Osten und den tztaler Alpen im Westen, wird es von mehr als 300 Dreitausendern darunter so namhafte Gipfel wie Zuckerh tl, Wildspitz oder Wei... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Ötztaler Wanderbuch
  • Das tztal er ffnet eine Welt f r sich: Mit 65 Kilometer L nge ist es nicht nur das l ngste Seitental des Inns, sondern das gr te Quertal der gesamten Ostalpen. Begrenzt von den Stubaier Alpen im Osten und den tztaler Alpen im Westen, wird es von mehr als 300 Dreitausendern darunter so namhafte Gipfel wie Zuckerh tl, Wildspitz oder Wei... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Walking in the Bavarian Alps
  • Guidebook describing a both valley and mountain walks and treks in the Bavarian Alps. 85 walks are covered, including graded mountain routes, gentler valley walks, hut-to-hut routes and two multi-day tours, arranged by region with practical information on transport, accommodation and the like. Since the last edition of this guide many of the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Walking in the Bavarian Alps
  • Guidebook describing a both valley and mountain walks and treks in the Bavarian Alps. 85 walks are covered, including graded mountain routes, gentler valley walks, hut-to-hut routes and two multi-day tours, arranged by region with practical information on transport, accommodation and the like. Since the last edition of this guide many of the... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • The Swiss alpine pass route - Via Alpina route 1
  • This guidebook presents the stunning Alpine Pass Route, now fully waymarked as Via Alpina 1. The 360km trail traverses Switzerland from east to west, from Sargans near the Liechtenstein border to Montreux on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Crossing sixteen Alpine passes, it showcases some of the country's most breathtaking mountain landscapes,... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • The Swiss alpine pass route - Via Alpina route 1
  • This guidebook presents the stunning Alpine Pass Route, now fully waymarked as Via Alpina 1. The 360km trail traverses Switzerland from east to west, from Sargans near the Liechtenstein border to Montreux on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Crossing sixteen Alpine passes, it showcases some of the country's most breathtaking mountain landscapes,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Swiss Alpine Pass Route - Via Alpina 1 | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to the Alpine Pass Route following the Swiss Via Alpina 1, a 360km trek east-west across Switzerland, from Sargans, on the border of Liechtenstein, to Montreux, including prologue from Liechtenstein. A demanding 3-week trek described in 18 stages, crossing 16 passes including the 2778m Hohtürli. Requires good fitness and experience. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Tiroler Höhenweg | Rother
  • Uitstekende beschrijvingen van deze steeds populairder wordende bergtocht! Goede routebeschrijving, veel praktische informatie, hoogteprofielen en redelike kaartjes. Met alle noodzakelijke info. Zie voor beschrijving de duitse tekst hieronder ... Der Tiroler Höhenweg ist ein hochalpiner Weitwanderweg der Superlative, der in grandioser... 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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Bol.com
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
Bol.com
Netherlands
2019
  • WF5966 Julische Alpen 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
2019
  • WF5966 Julische Alpen 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids 5966 WanderfuhrerK Julische Alpen | 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2020
  • Wandelgids 63 Rund um Meran: Passeiertal - Texelgruppe - Ultental | Rother
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met 50 dagtochten in dal en hooggebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. Duits. Meran und Schloss Tirol waren der Mittelpunkt des alten Tirol. Heute bildet die Stadt Meran mit ihrer Umgebung ein beliebtes Ziel für Wanderer und... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wanderland Schweiz 02. Trans Swiss Trail
  • Das Wanderland Schweiz besteht aus 6 nationalen Routen und 51 mehrtägigenHighlights. Die Routen basieren auf dem bestehenden Wanderwegnetz und integrierenteilweise bereits bestehende Angebote wie beispielsweise Via Alpina, Jura Höhenweg,Via Jacobi oder Rheintaler Höhenweg.Alle 9 Führer sind mit Farbfotos, Karten und Höhenprofilen farbig reich... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wanderland Schweiz 02. Trans Swiss Trail
  • Das Wanderland Schweiz besteht aus 6 nationalen Routen und 51 mehrtägigenHighlights. Die Routen basieren auf dem bestehenden Wanderwegnetz und integrierenteilweise bereits bestehende Angebote wie beispielsweise Via Alpina, Jura Höhenweg,Via Jacobi oder Rheintaler Höhenweg.Alle 9 Führer sind mit Farbfotos, Karten und Höhenprofilen farbig reich... Read more
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Maps

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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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  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 33 Heidiland mit UNESCO-Welterbe | Kümmerly & Frey
  • 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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  • 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
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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  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
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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  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Oetztal 2018
  • Ötztal - Sölden - Mittelberg - Obergurgl - Pitztal - Kaunertal area of the Tyrol at 1:50,000 on a GPS compatible, double-sided map from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking, cycling and ski routes, accommodation facilities, locations for other recreational activities, etc.Maps in... Read more
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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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  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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  • Lake Como K+F Outdoor Map 9
  • Lake Como area at 1:50,000 on a double-sided, 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 northern part of Lake Lugano and extends... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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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
  • 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
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  • Lake Constance to Verona - E5 European Long-Distance Trail Kompass 2558
  • The 601km eastern half of Europe’s E5 long distance footpaths from Lake Constance across the Austrian Alps to Verona on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible concertina map from Kompass presenting the route on 40 panels, each 17.5x20cm. Plus accommodations recommendations and street plans.The route is highlighted on maps... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Val Brembana - Valsassina - Le Grigne: Lecco - Bergamo 50K IGC Map No. 22
  • Val Brembana - Valsassina - Le Grigne area including Lecco and Bergamo in a series contoured hiking maps at 1:50,000 with local trails, long-distance footpaths, mountain accommodation, etc. from the Turin based Istituto Geografico Centrale.Maps in this series have contours at 50m intervals, enhanced by shading and graphic relief. An overprint... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Otztal Supertrail Map
  • The new Supertrail Maps show the best singletrails in Europe’s hottest mountain bike spots. These unique topographic maps make the knowledge of locals available to other mountain bikers. Consistent difficulty rating and useful additional information prevent the user from critical situations on the trails. The best singletrails in the best... 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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