Snowshoe hiking & winter walking

Step by step towards a holistic experience

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.

Long Distance Hiking Stage

Ötztaler Urweg E8 Zwieselstein - Granstein

Long Distance Hiking • Oetztal
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  • Hochsölden
    / Hochsölden
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  • Zwieselstein
    / Zwieselstein
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  • Gaislachalm
    / Gaislachalm
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  • Sonneck
    / Sonneck
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  • Bubis Ski- und Almhütte
    / Bubis Ski- und Almhütte
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  • Löple Alm
    / Löple Alm
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  • Goldeggalm
    / Goldeggalm
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  • Hühnersteign
    / Hühnersteign
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  • Gampealm
    / Gampealm
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  • Gampe Thaya
    / Gampe Thaya
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  • Sonnblick
    / Sonnblick
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  • Hochsölden
    / Hochsölden
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  • Leiterbergalm
    / Leiterbergalm
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  • Edelweisshütte
    / Edelweisshütte
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  • Jausenstation Hochwald
    / Jausenstation Hochwald
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Map / Ötztaler Urweg E8 Zwieselstein - Granstein
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ZWIESELSTEIN –> Bodenegg –> Gaislachalmen –> Gampe –> Hochsölden –> Leiterbergalm –> GRANSTEIN

17.6 km
6:00 h
738 m
725 m


ALMZEIT is a family theme hiking trail in close touch with the huge variety of Sölden's mountain huts and Alpine pastures. While walking from hut to hut and from time to time, you will discover the Alpine area with all senses and in all its facets. Take a little time, enjoy a rest stop and talk about your experiences: you will be surprised how many stories all these Alpine pastures have to tell.


Right in-between colorful mountain meadows and ancient stone pine forests, the trail always leads along the tree line. Here on the well-tended Alpine pastures you can make out the last traces of the winter sport season. Where the ski athletes meet in winter, the grazing cattle herds now enjoy the tranquility and tasty Alpine herbs. On the opposite side of the valley the Alpine giants shine out of Windachtal, "Sölden's Silent Part" is only a stone's throw away. Slowly we move away from the mountain lifts - in the middle of nowhere. The view of the valley is fairly gorgeous: glacier-topped summits go hand in hand with lush green Alpine pastures and meandering mountain brooks. The winter sports and hiking village of Sölden can be found right at the heart of this stunning scenery.

2147 m
1455 m

Safety information

Surefootedness, a good physical shape, stamina

No major difficulties


Standard hiking equipment, sturdy hiking boots

Tips, hints and links

Did you know that…


… Silbertal/Gaislachalmen hosts western Austria's biggest Mineral Museum at about 2000 meters above sea level? Among others, you can admire Europe's biggest single garnet and many other attractions.


More details about hiking In Ötztal:  

Turn-by-turn directions

Vom Gasthof Brückenwirt wandert man entlang der Langlaufloipe und der Venter Ache zum Bodenegg bis zur Abzweigung Gaislachalmen. Von der Abzweigung folgt man dem Wanderweg in etwas steileren Serpetinen hinauf bis zum Gasthof Silbertal. Vorbei am Gasthof Silbertal und der Gaislachalm gelangt man zum Gasthof Sonneck. Vom Gasthof Sonneck zweigt man links ab und wandert man den Weg geradlinig der Bergseite bzw. dem im Winter genutzten Skigebiet entlang, unter der Gaislachkoglbahn hindurch und zweigt anschließend erneut links ab Richtung Rettenbachalm. Dabei gelangt man zur Mautstelle der Ötztaler Gletscherstraße und wandert links ein kurzes Stück der Gletscherstraße hinauf. Nach einigen Metern, kurz nachdem man die Mautstelle passiert hat, biegt man rechts ab und wandert vorbei an der Rettenbachalm. Über die Rettenbachalm verläuft der Weg absteigend vorbei, oberhalb der Hühnersteig’n. Dann folgt man weiter absteigend und leicht nördlich den markierten Weg oberhalb der Gampealmen. Weiter führt der Weg zum Gasthof Sonnblick und von dort unter der Giggijochbahn hindurch nach Hochsölden. Vorbei an den Gasthäusern und Hotels im kleinen Bergdorf zweigt man am Ende der letzten Häuser links ab in Richtung Leiterbergalm. An der Abzweigung zur Leiterbergalm folgt man den breiten Forstweg Tal auswärts. Dabei taucht man immer wieder in schattenspendende Waldabschnitte ein, ehe man nach Granstein kommt.


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:


Getting there

Zwieselstein 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



The following parking facilities are available in Zwieselstein:
  • parking Zwieselstein
  • parking Zwieselstein / sports ground
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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