Even 5300 years after the death of the Ice Age man, you can still follow in his footsteps - literally as well as figuratively. At the Ötzi Village in Umhausen, visitors experience close up how the Stone Age people lived, worked, cooked and fought. In addition to a 1: 1 replica of Ötzi’s finding site, the archaeological open-air park includes authentically built huts, working tools and weapons. While making a campfire, doing archery and tanning skins, those interested can enjoy a deep insight into Stone Age village life.
If you want to get to the bottom of this unrivaled Iceman myth, you are strongly recommended to go for a hike to Ötzi’s finding place at high Alpine Tisenjoch saddleback. The starting point for the moderately difficult hike is the mountaineering village of Vent. From here the ascent leads via Martin-Busch-Hütte to Similaunhütte and further on to the place of finding. The walking time for the 15 km long route is about 6 hours (only one way). The trekking provider ASI Reisen offers a few (hiking) stages more, an 8-day Alpine crossing following in Ötzi's footsteps (Website only available in German).
If the hike is simply too far for you, we recommend the so-called “Hohler Stein” in Niedertal side valley at 2050 m near Vent. Here archaeologists discovered a Stone Age hunting and shepherd base. Only 10 km beeline from Ötzi’s site, this large and overhanging boulder forms a sheltered place where Stone Age people made fire, cut up the hunted prey and crafted tools and weapons.