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 Piburger Lake

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Map / Water Walk Piburger Lake
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Oetz - Wellerbrücke (Achstürze) - Piburger See - Seejöchl
medium
8.2 km
3:00 h
360 m
360 m
On this premium trail you explore the wild waters of Ötztaler Ache in contrast to the still waters of lake Piburger See. The crashing waters of the Ötztaler Ache accompany you at the start of your circular walk. On Wellerbrücke, one of the 40+ bridges over the Ache, you can admire the Alpine landscape formed by a huge rockslide, and the rushing wild waters. The Piburger See Water Walk then continues through apristine forest. At the heart of the forest lies the idyllically located Piburger See lake at 913 m above sealevel towering above Oetz with views of the mountains surrounding the Acherkogel. En route to the Seejöchl, you can view this impressive and beautiful feature from above. Here you can enjoy breath-taking views of the unique and peacefully located lake. Following the descent, you can savour the peace and quiet on one of the benches situated around the lake or take a refreshment break in one of the local restaurants before continuing the descent to Oetz.

Difficulty
medium
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Altitude
1060 m
776 m
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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

Piburger See
  • The Piburger See ranks not only among the most protected lakes in Tirol (natural monument, landscape protection area, lake protection area), it is also one of the most researched.
  • Almost 40% of the water flow into the lake takes place underground.
  • The outflow was directed into an underground channel in the 19th century which lowered the lake level by approx. 1.5 m.
  • This is the warmest lake in Tirol reaching up to 24°C.

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

Oetz (778 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.202071 N 10.897751 E
UTM
32T 643730 5229366

Destination

Oetz

Turn-by-turn directions

On this premium trail you explore the wild waters of Ötztaler Ache in contrast to the still waters of lake Piburger See. The crashing waters of the Ötztaler Ache accompany you at the start of your circular walk. On Wellerbrücke, one of the 40+ bridges over the Ache, you can admire the Alpine landscape formed by a huge rockslide, and the rushing wild waters. The Piburger See Water Walk then continues through apristine forest. At the heart of the forest lies the idyllically located Piburger See lake at 913 m above sealevel towering above Oetz with views of the mountains surrounding the Acherkogel. En route to the Seejöchl, you can view this impressive and beautiful feature from above. Here you can enjoy breath-taking views of the unique and peacefully located lake. Following the descent, you can savour the peace and quiet on one of the benches situated around the lake or take a refreshment break in one of the local restaurants before continuing the descent to Oetz.

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

Oetz 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 Oetz / Piburg:
  • Parking Acherkogelbahn - free for guests of the gondola lift, camping prohibited
  • Parking lot Raftingeinsteinstelle (at the end of Oetz on the right side) - free, but limited parking (alternatively Acherkogelbahn 150 m), camping prohibited
  • Oetz parking area (subject to a charge)
  • Parking at night during several days' tours: Central parking place Oetz, The ticket is available at the information office Oetz.
  • Parking Piburg at the Hotel Seerose, subject to charges.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
medium
Distance
8.2 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
360 m
Descent
360 m

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