Austrian Hiking Quality Seal
The Ötztal Valley is an officially approved member of Austria's Hiking Villages that meet high quality standards for both walkers and hikers. Hiking accommodations, hiking trails and single hiking resorts have been checked precisely before they received the highly coveted Austrian Hiking Quality Seal.
Severe quality tests for holiday resorts strongly focus on the level of authentic ambiance, the character of the village center, support and guidance facilities in the resort, services and activities for holiday makers. We are proud to present you the valley's ultimate Hiking Villages:
Certified hiking village: Gries
The lovely mountain village of Gries nestles right amidst lush green meadows and Alpine pasturelands, embedded in numerous three thousand meter high peaks of the glacier-topped Stubai Alps.
In the splendid surroundings of Gries hikers find several quaint mountain huts just perfect for a family walk.
The nearby walking trails and hiking paths are suitable for hikers of all ages and preferences with enough stamina. Additionally, this high Alpine area of awesome natural beauty offers varied routes for expert mountaineers and climbers.
Many of the marvelous hiking routes boast wonderful panoramic views of the village and the nearby mountain peaks reaching up to three thousand meters above sea level. Experience for yourself how invigorating fresh mountain air can be for both body and mind.
Certified hiking village: Niederthai
Niederthai, a classic hiking village, nestles on a sun-kissed plateau high above the Ötztal Valley.
What's best, hiking trails start right on your hotel's doorstep!
Fantastic loop hiking tours, myth-shrouded Tauferberg area, scenic Horchlachtal valley, high Alpine landscapes and countless nature treasures make for a perfect hiking base.
Walking from lovely Niederthai along the shore of Horlachbach brook you reach the mighty Stuiben Falls, Tirol's biggest waterfall offering picture-book vistas of the ravine and Ötztal Valley.
Vent Mountaineering Village
Vent has been a member of the Mountaineering Village Initiative since its beginnings. The affiliated villages are spread all over Austria's provinces and known as pioneers in Alpinism. It's not a coincidence that in these associated Mountaineering Villages exists a much stronger sense of nature preservation for both inhabitants and landscapes. In high Alpine regions Alpinism is intended as a part of everyday life and culture which have been preserved and developed by locals and guests over centuries.
The Mountaineering Villages are perfect examples for regional development structures within tourism in the Alps. Deeply rooted in tradition, they guarantee professional tourism facilities especially for alpinists and mountaineers combined with excellently cultivated landscapes and a high level of environmental quality.
Certification in progress: Sölden
Sölden stands for a full range of winter activities and highlights. Hosting the yearly held Alpine Ski World Cup Opening in autumn, it is also one of Europe's most renowned ski and snowboard centers. But also in summer Sölden has a lot to offer: some 300 kilometers of signposted walking routes await you!
There are walks, hikes and high Alpine tours for all ages and skill levels. Among the new highlights ranks the "Almzeit" theme route connecting a number of quaint mountain huts and Alpine inns. Lift-assisted hiking is scheduled as well for all those who prefer a more leisurely pace. Fans of unspoilt nature and quiet are recommended to discover Sölden's silent part, for example Windachtal valley.