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 Italy
  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2007
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Wandelgids Across the eastern alps: E5 | Cicerone
  • Launched on the shores of beautiful Lake Constance, this well-established long-distance European pathway (600km) takes 30 days to make its way through a remarkable kaleidoscope of landscapes and culture spanning rural alpine regions in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Passes as high as 2900m above sea level are crossed en route to the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mariazell - Ötscher - Josefsberg - Annaberg - Erlaufsee Freytag & Berndt Map
  • 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
Kompass
Germany
  • Europäischer Fernwanderweg E5, Von Konstanz nach Verona
  • Destinationen:- Der Nordteil des Fernwanderwegs E5 führt vom flachen Bodenseeufer über die Hügel des Bregenzerwalds ins Allgäu. In Oberstdorf beginnt die Überschreitung der west-ost-verlaufenden Gebirgskämme, dazwischen die Abstiege ins Lechtal, ins Inntal, ins Pitztal, ins Ötztal und ins Passeirtal.- Für erfahrene Bergwanderer werden alpine... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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Kompass
Germany
  • Südtirol
  • 3in1: Das KOMPASS-Outdoor-Karten-Ringbuch mit großflächiger Gebietsabdeckung beinhaltet sämtliche Aktivthemen wie Wandern, Mountainbike etc. Die einzeln entnehmbaren Kartenblätter sind aus reiß- und wetterfestem Material und verbinden die Informationen von Wander-, Winter- und Fahrradkarten imDetailmaßstab von 1:35 000.Destination:- Südtirol... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • 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 HerausnehmenDestination:- Österreichs größtes Bundesland erstreckt sich rund um die Bundeshauptstadt Wien – von den... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • 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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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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Tirol Oberinntal | Rother
  • De ‘Rother Wanderbücher’ behandelen telkens de 50 mooiste wandelingen, die variëren van eenvoudige kindvriendelijke wandelingen tot routes die aanzienlijk meer ervaring vereisen. Uitvoerige routebeschrijvingen, een aantrekkelijke lay-out met vele kleurenfoto’s; niets aan duidelijkheid te wensen gelaten hoogteprofielen, kaartjes met de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids 323 E5 - Oberstdorf - Meran/Bozen | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Handzaam boekje met de routebeschrijving inclusief een heleboel praktische informatie. De beschrijving is uitstekend, maar kaarten zijn beperkt en schetsmatig aanwezig. Duits. Dieses OutdoorHandbuch beschreibt das Herzstück des Europäischen Fernwanderweges E5 von Oberstdorf nach Bozen (203 km), eine der beliebtesten Routen in den Süden. Daneben... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Julische Alpen
  • Destination:- Die Julischen Alpen sind ein Gebirgsstock der Südlichen Kalkalpen, der sich auf die slowenischen Gebiete Ober- und Innerkrain und die italienische Region Friaul-Julisch Venetien aufteilt.- Rund 10.000 Kilometer markierte Wege und rund 150 Zweitausender in den Julischen Alpen lassen Wanderfreunde schwärmen.- Zu den Highlights des... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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
Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Maps

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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Via Alpina Long-distance Hiking Trail
  • Via Alpina across Slovenia at 1:50,000 from Kartografija in Ljubljana, covering the route northwards from the Slovenian Istria to the Julian Alps and then eastwards from Triglav to Jezerski Peak. Accommodation for hikers is included.The route from Krvavi Potok to the Austrian border just north of Kranjska Gora in the Julian Alps is 220km long... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Adelboden - Lenk
  • Adelboden - Lenk area of the western Bernese Oberland, from Gstaad to Frutigen and Leukerbad 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Haslital: Grindelwald - Engelberg 50K Hallwag Outdoor Map No. 5
  • Haslital area, from Grindelwald to Engelberg, 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
  • 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
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
  • 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
Stanfords
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Lake Lucerne 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 atlases and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Albenga - Alassio - Savona 50K IGC Map No. 15
  • The coast of the Italian Riviera around Albenga, Alassio and Savona 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Heidiland: Sarganserland
  • Sarganserland from Walensee to Pizol 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... 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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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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