Ötztal’s mountaintop terraces
3 mountains higher than three thousand mountains, 3 viewing platforms, 1000 unforgettable impressions. This is how you could summarize the BIG3 Sölden experience. From the summits of Gaislachkogl, Tiefenbachkogl and Schwarze Schneid the panoramic view comprises mountain tops in abundance plus the far horizon. Look, marvel and use the powerful backdrop for your next Instagram selfie. Fortunately you don’t have to be an alpinist to put yourself into the 360° picture - the BIG3 can be easily reached (almost) without an ascent thanks to the summer mountain lifts.
BIG3 Platform Gaislachkogl (3058 m)
Next to the top station of Gaislachkogl mountain gondola you can admire an airy glass and steel construction belonging to the ice Q panorama restaurant. From its roof terrace you enjoy breathtaking 360-degree vistas of the Ötztal Alps and far beyond. Via a suspension bridge visitors reach the summit of Gaislachkogl and get in touch with the summit cross.
How to get there: From the village center of Sölden you take the Gaislachkogl mountain gondolas I and II that whisk you to the top in only 12 minutes. Special tip: Holders of the Ötztal Premium Card enjoy 1 free uphill & downhill gondola ride per day!
BIG3 Nature Platform Schwarze Schneid (3340 m)
The top station of Schwarze Schneid mountain gondola is the highest point in Ötztal, which can be reached by cable car. About 90 altitude meters above the station (15 walking minutes) you’ll reach a pyramid of power on a circular platform made of larch wood. Those who take the short climb will be rewarded with a memorable 360-degree panorama. On clear days you can make out the Dolomites in the south and Zugspitze peak in the north, more than 100 km away.
How to get there: From Sölden on the Glacier Road (toll road) up to Rettenbach Glacier, here you take a ride on Schwarze Schneid mountain gondola to the top station. Special tip: By public bus you don’t have to pay the Glacier Road toll fee.
BIG3 Panorama Footbridge Tiefenbachkogl (3250 m)
Once at the top station of Tiefenbach mountain gondola, a 15 meter high steel pyramid is a real eye catcher. Suspended on steel ropes it also features a glassed footbridge that towers some 20 meters above the glacier abyss and ends in the airy nowhere. Only nearby Wildspitze summit, North Tirol's highest mountain, competes with the dizzying 60-meter deep view of rocks and rutted glacier fields.
How to get there: On the glacier road by car (toll road) or by bus (free for holders of the Ötztal Premium Card) to Tiefenbach Glacier, then on Tiefenbach mountain gondola up to the Panorama Footpath.