Snowshoe hiking & winter walking

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The hiking paradise of Sölden also has a marvelous winter season: 49.5 km of cleared, signposted winter hiking trails take walkers straight through snow-covered forests, white meadows and along Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. Adventure-seeking vacationers grab their snowshoes and listen to the crunching snow under their feet while lively Sölden disappears in the background. Trudging  through the untouched white either on your own or accompanied by a local guide you will take new insights on the way to rustic mountain huts.

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Water Walk Brand - Burgstein

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  • Wasserläufer Brand-Burgstein
    / Wasserläufer Brand-Burgstein
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Hängebrücke Längenfeld
    / Hängebrücke Längenfeld
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
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    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
Map / Water Walk Brand - Burgstein
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Quality route according to
Längenfeld or Gries - Brand - Hängebrücke - Burgstein - Längenfeld
medium
6.3 km
2:30 h
250 m
250 m
This hike has two starting points:
Starting point is the hiking village of Gries, a well-known mountain village among hikers and mountaineers. At the entrance to Gries follow the left shore of Fischbach River towards Längenfeld. This trail has some unique features to look for: right at the start you will find manifold redrocks right beside the path, a bit further down the trail then passes through avalanche chutes and narrow gullies. The scenery is absolutely stunning here, with Fischbach River carving its way deeperand deeper into the earth. Soon you will make a left and continue to above Brand from where you enjoy magnificent views of the Längenfeld basin.
Starting point is Längenfeld. First the route starts with some altitude meters and a climb towards Brand. Follow the forest trail behind the church in the so-called "Klamm" area or conquer the newly built rock footpath. This 40-minute climb to Brand is the most strenuous part of the hike. The reward for your efforts is a wonderful view of Längenfeld. You will get to enjoy this view several more times along the trail to Burgstein. The highlight of this hike is the suspension bridge shortly before Burgstein. Once arrived in Burgstein, continue along the old Burgstein Road that leads down to Längenfeld. In Längenfeld follow Fischbachdamm river walk back to the starting point.

Quality route according to Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"
Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
1432 m
1170 m

Safety information

Trittsicherheit
Keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten

Equipment

It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and possibly gloves. It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

Tips, hints and links

Längenfeld Basin under Water
  • Until around 900 AD a lake covered most of the Längenfeld valley basin.
  • From the hamlets of Brand and Burgstein you can perfectly make out the size of Längenfeld's valley basin!

Längenfeld Suspension Bridge:

The 82-meter long suspension bridge is one of Längenfeld’s latest attractions. The bridge is suspended high above the valley floor and offers superb panoramic views. Längenfeld’s popular panorama trail boasts a spectacular new feature in the so-called "Maurer Rinne" area! Between the hamlets of Brand and Burgstein hikers can now leave solid ground to walk 150 meters above ground on a steel suspension bridge with a span of 82 meters. The views of Längenfeld and its surroundings are absolutely magnificent!

 

WATER IN THE ÖTZTAL VALLEY

Water, the element which has shaped the Ötztal valley.

The glaciers are melted by the sunshine, releasing fresh water which feeds into the meadows and the Ötztaler Ache river which winds its way along the 65 km long valley. The Ötztaler Ache catchment area extends over 893 km² with an elevation from 700 to 3,774 m. This glacial meltwater fills the reservoir used by the local population and provides a supply of drinking water.

Glaciers store ¾ of the world’s freshwater reserves and therefore represent the biggest natural waterstorage in the world.

In the year 1770, the advancing ice dammed many of the big lakes here which triggered catastrophic flooding across the entire Ötztal and Inntal regions when they burst their banks. Natural hazards and disaster made people want to know more about and better understand nature, which also facilitated glacier research. The many facets of water in the Ötztal is not just of interest for scientists. The Ötztal glaciers are recreational destinations for locals and guests alike as these ice worlds offer great hiking and skiing in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Crystal clear river waters swollen by icy glacier meltwater make for superb rafting, white water canoeing and other action-packed activities

 

More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 

Start

Längenfeld (1175 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.075320 N 10.969790 E
UTM
32T 649541 5215416

Destination

Längenfeld

Turn-by-turn directions

This hike has two starting points:

Starting point is the hiking village of Gries, a well-known mountain village among hikers and mountaineers. At the entrance to Gries follow the left shore of Fischbach River towards Längenfeld. This trail has some unique features to look for: right at the start you will find manifold redrocks right beside the path, a bit further down the trail then passes through avalanche chutes and narrow gullies. The scenery is absolutely stunning here, with Fischbach River carving its way deeperand deeper into the earth. Soon you will make a left and continue to above Brand from where you enjoy magnificent views of the Längenfeld basin.

Starting point is Längenfeld. First the route starts with some altitude meters and a climb towards Brand. Follow the forest trail behind the church in the so-called "Klamm" area or conquer the newly built rock footpath. This 40-minute climb to Brand is the most strenuous part of the hike. The reward for your efforts is a wonderful view of Längenfeld. You will get to enjoy this view several more times along the trail to Burgstein. The highlight of this hike is the suspension bridge shortly before Burgstein. Once arrived in Burgstein, continue along the old Burgstein Road that leads down to Längenfeld. In Längenfeld follow Fischbachdamm river walk back to the starting point.

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

Längenfeld is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Längenfeld:
  • next to the old fire station (entrance to campsite) - free of charge
  • Sports center - (football pitch and swimming pool) - free of charge
  • Parking at the end of Längenfeld - (where the natural park house is built) free of charge
  • Opposite the Ötztal Tourismus (small number of parking spaces) free of charge
  •  Gries at the end of the village - free of charge

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
medium
Distance
6.3 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
250 m
Descent
250 m

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