Trips / Worth Seeing in the Ötztal Valley

Rofenhöfe farmhouses / Suspension Bridge Vent

Rofenhöfe farmhouses / Suspension Bridge | Vent

The Rofenhöfe farms are located 2km above of Vent at an altitude of 2,014m. Visit the famous Haflinger breed of the farmer Franz Klotz. Leander Klotz was an ancestor of today's inhabitants. In 1848 he was the first man to climb the Wildspitze mountain. He and his brother Nikodemus were trained to be mountain guides by the glacier priest Franz Senn.
The suspension bridge was built by the Klotz brothers in 1967 and renewed by the provincial government in 1984. The bridge is 46m long. The Rofnerschlucht gorge is 31m in depth. Earlier only a small footbridge led across the Rofnerache river. Climb a number of small rocks to get to and from the bridge.

Hohler Stein Vent

Hohler Stein | Vent

Hohler Stein area in close vicinity to Vent (2,050m) is an ancient hunters' and shepherds'' base dating back to the Stone Ages (8000-4000 BC). Archaeological findings prove that Vent was a hunting are even in 8000 BC.
After the finding of the iceman Dr. Leitner of the University of Innsbruck made further investigations. He proved the existence of more Stone Age hunters' bases in the Ötztal valley, e.g. at the Hohler Stein mountain in Niedertal/Vent which is at an altitude of 2,050m and only 10km (beeline) from the place where the iceman was found.

Nature Park Exhibition at Widum Vent

Nature park Exhibition at Widum | Vent

The nature park multimedia exhibition on the 1st floor of the newly renovated Widum presents the diversity of the Vent nature themes - field names, sheep drives, the settlement history at the time of Ötzi, the tourism pioneer and pastor Franz Senn, glacial recession and climate change, the central theme of high alpine habitats with their specially adapted plants and animals. Open daily from 08:00 to 22:00.

Ötzi's place of finding Hauslabjoch

Ötzi's place of finding | Hauslabjoch

On 19 September 1991 two German tourists found by chance a mummified corpse in the ice of the Similaun glacier at the Hauslabjoch mountain. "Ötzi", the iceman, was found at an altitude of 3,200m and is the most ancient finding of a European hunter.
By means of radiocarbon dating it was proven that the finding dates to the chalcolithic period of the southern Alpine region. Some 5000 years ago the man left the Vintschgau area in the Italian Tirol for the mountains. Pollen analysis showed that the back of the Ötztal valley was already typical pastureland some 6000 years ago.

007 ELEMENTS Sölden

007 ELEMENTS | Sölden

The James Bond Installation in Sölden stands for a cinematic peak experience. Where Daniel Craig was in front of the camera for the Spectre movie shooting, visitors experience an unprecedented highlight for film enthusiasts. At the peak of 3048 meter tall Gaislachkogl high above Sölden, the Spectacular Bond Adventure World takes you on a journey to the underground realm of an ever-young myth of the modern age.

Local Heritage Museum Längenfeld

Heimatmuseum | Längenfeld

Das Museum in Lehn bei Längenfeld dokumentiert den bäuerlichen Lebensraum und Lebensstil im Ötztal bis in die 50er Jahre des 20. Jahrhunderts.
Der Kern des Museums ist ein Paarhof mit einem Vorrats-Speicher. Daneben steht ein geblocktes Seitenflurhaus aus dem 17. Jahrhundert. Es vermittelt besonders gut die bescheidenen Umstände, unter denen die Bevölkerung lange Zeit gelebt hatte. Der Komplex wird ergänzt durch eine Reihe von landwirtschaftlichen Anlagen betrieben durch die Wasserkraft des Lehnbaches.

Stuiben Falls Umhausen

Stuibenfall Waterfall | Umhausen

The story starts some 9800 years ago. The mighty glacier fields of the Ice Age move back, leaving behind a rough mountain valley full of hazards: loose masses of rock, rubbles and rugged mountain flanks. Very slowly the permafrost thaws, at least two thirds of the mountains and peaks are crashing down into the valley. Incredible masses of soil and rock form the so-called "Tauferberg" area by barricading the mountain brook coming down from "Horlachtal" valley. The water finds its own way, all of a sudden the Stuiben Falls emerge - Tirol's highest waterfall!

Ötzi Dorf Umhausen

Ötzi Village | Umhausen

With the discovery of "Ötzi" the Iceman in 1991 the Ötztal valley has one more cultural sensation. The world-famous findings dating back to approx. 4000 BC are the archeological highlight of the entire Ötztal region. The glacier mummy was named after the Ötztal area, where he was found and is thus irrevocably connected to this valley and its mountains.
Up to 1991 the Ötztal valley was archeologically completely unexplored terrain. Subsequently research was intensified and today it is proven that already from 8000 BC people lived in this area.

Ötztal birds of prey park Umhausen

Birds of prey park | Umhausen

The Oetztal birds of prey park, covering an area of approximately 5000 m², is located at the foot of Stuibenfall, Tyrol's largest waterfall and right next to the Ötzi Village.
Around 30 animals of 15 different species of predatory birds, such as vultures, eagles, kites, owls, hawks, buzzards etc. live there. The spectacular flight demonstrations take place in the special arena which offers 300 seats. The educational trail about the history of falconry and falconry shop complete the informative offer of the barrier-free accessible birds of prey park.

Natural bathing lake Umhausen

Natural bathing lake | Umhausen

Excellent recreation and ultimate swimming fun for young and old in the foothills of Tirol's biggest waterfall. The Umhausen swimming lake features pure drinking water (water hardness: 0). Further highlights include a huge sun lawn perfect for all those in search of rest and relaxation, a beach volleyball field and tennis court for sports fans, a children's playground, a diving platform, an Italian pizzeria serving fine delights.

Farst Umhausen

Farst | Umhausen

The hamlet of Farst strikes as almost exceptional. It is referred to as the eyrie of the Ötztal valley. Located high above the legendary Engelswand rock face, visitors who dare to ascend the serpentines that were slammed into the rock, are rewarded with a dreamlike panoramic view and hearty hospitality.
Farst is one of the valley's oldest settlements. Already in the 13th century a Schwaighof farm was founded there. The Reichalm pasture, which is a 1.5-hour walk from Farst, is an insider's tip for nature lovers.

Museum in the tower Oetz

Museum in the tower | Oetz

Today's Museum in the Tower was formerly known as "Galerie zum alten Oetztal" installed by Hans Jäger in his private farmhouse. It is meant as a countermovement to the stream of time in order to preserve the rich cultural heritage in the rural region and its numerous traditions deeply rooted in history, which are often ignored by the so-called modern way of thinking!
A fine collection of pictures centers on the view over the mighty Ötztal Alps from different angles in the lower valley. Changing exhibitions are scheduled. After many years of collecting material, photographs and pictures, visitors can take a unique insight into the region and its varied facets.

Lake Piburg Oetz

Piburger Lake | Oetz

Piburger See lake is the result of a natural catastrophe; today it is the landmark and gem of Oetz. Originally the lake's hollow was an old valley parallel to the Ötztal valley. After the last ice age a massive rock slide blocked the valley at its south-eastern end and covered its entire bottom. That's why water impounded and formed a lake. Because of its location amidst crystal rock Piburger See lake holds very soft water. In mid-summer surface temperature reaches up to 24°C. Because of its scenic location the lake is a popular destination for hikers and swimmers.

Old village center of Oetz

Old village center | Oetz

Despite bustling building activities since WWII and the people's desire for modern housing many buildings in the old part of Oetz have been preserved. Especially picturesque is the architecturally unspoilt center with its accumulation of old buildings, that are built close to each other.

Forchet Geological Trail Sautens

Forchet Geological Trail | Sautens

The Forchet, a vast and wood-covered rock slide area, is a landscape that has only been negligibly altered by men. It is completely different from the surrounding landscapes of the entrance of the Ötztal valley. Some 3000 years ago rock slide material (180m³) from the Tschirgant face buried the entrance of the Ötztal valley to Ambach and past Sautens. The Inn and the Ötztal Ache rivers had to clear a path through the fauna and flora. People had a hard time, too. The entire area was covered by chaotic accumulations of rocks. A wild landscape that defies cultivation still today.

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