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.

Map

Map Ötztal

Trails in this region

Books

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
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
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Belgium
2017
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2011
  • Trekking in the Alps
  • An inspirational guide to the delights of Alpine multi-day hikes. With 20 hikes described, including classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc and the Tour of the Vanoise as well as new multi-day routes like the Traverse of the Slovenian Alps, this guide celebrates the rich scenic diversity for which the Alps are renowned.The eight talented... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2011
  • Trekking in the Alps
  • An inspirational guide to the delights of Alpine multi-day hikes. With 20 hikes described, including classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc and the Tour of the Vanoise as well as new multi-day routes like the Traverse of the Slovenian Alps, this guide celebrates the rich scenic diversity for which the Alps are renowned.The eight talented... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Trekking in the Alps | Cicerone
  • An inspirational guidebook to 20 classic treks in the Alps. As well as introducing new hiking areas in the Alps, classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt are included. Trekking in the Alps is immensely satisfying, and this book celebrates the rich and scenic diversity for which this great mountain range is renowned. Read more
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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
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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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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Tiroler Höhenweg | Rother Bergverlag
  • 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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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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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
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2020
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
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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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lanzo and Moncenisio Valleys IGC 2
  • Lanzo and Moncenisio Valleys 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. This title also includes an overprint showing cycle routes.Maps in this series have contours at 50m intervals, enhanced by shading and graphic... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Turin - Pinerolo - Lower Susa Valley 50K IGC Map No. 17
  • Turin - Pinerolo - Lower Susa Valley area of Piedmont 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 highlights local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Langhe Meridionali IGC 18
  • The southern part of the Langhe region of Piedmont, famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles, 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... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
  • Gran Paradiso National Park IGC 3
  • Gran Paradiso National Park 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. The map highlights, among other routes, the GTA (Grande Traversata delle Alpi), Via Alpina and Alta Via 2. Coverage extends from Aosta at the top of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Il Monferrato: Asti - Casale Monferrato 50K IGC Map No. 20
  • The Monferrato region of Piedmont east of Turin, between Asti and Casale Monferrato, 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. This title also shows local cycle routes.Maps in this series have contours at 50m... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bregenz F&B
  • Indexed street plan of Bregenz extending north along the Bodensee coast to Lochau and Unter Hochsteg. Detail includes pedestrianised areas, railways, bus routes and cycle paths. Notable buildings are highlighted in red, and symbols indicate post offices, hostels, campsites and car parks.On the reverse is a 1:50,000 contoured map of the... 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
  • Mont Blanc Massif IGC 4
  • The Mont Blanc Massif 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. The map highlights, among other routes, the Alta Via 1 and the northern section of the Alta Via 2, both of which join up with TMB, as well as the local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Il Canavese: Ivrea to Chiavasso 50K IGC Map No. 21
  • Il Canavesea area including Ivrea and Chiavasso 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. This title also shows cycle routes.Maps in this series have contours at 50m intervals, enhanced by shading and graphic relief.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Monviso IGC 6
  • Monviso / Monte Viso cross-border area with coverage from Châteaux Queyras to Sampeyre and from the Grand Queyron to the Aiguille de Chambeyron 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... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 06 Monviso | IGC - Istituto Geografico Centrale
  • Monviso / Monte Viso cross-border area with coverage from Châteaux Queyras to Sampeyre and from the Grand Queyron to the Aiguille de Chambeyron 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... Read more
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Stanfords
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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Matterhorn / M. Cervino - Monte Rosa IGC 5
  • The Italian side of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, with coverage extending from Zermatt to Aosta, 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Il Cuneese: Cuneo - Saluzzo - Carmagnola 75K IGC Map No. 24
  • Il Cuneese area of Piedmont, including Cuneo, Saluzzo and Carmagnola, at 1:75,000 in a series contoured hiking maps with local trails, long-distance footpaths, mountain accommodation, etc. from the Turin based Istituto Geografico Centrale. This title also includes an overprint showing cycle routes.Maps in this series have contours at 50m... Read more
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Walking holidays

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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