Alpine & Hiking Region Hochoetz
The ideal area for walking and mountain sports for a family holiday in the Tyrol
It's plain for all to see: A new zest for walking has gripped Europe. And what is especially pleasing is that this desire is experienced by people of all ages. It's not only athletic-minded adults, but many, many children run enthusiastically about our alpine meadows, learn about the nature of the alps in the Ötz valley, marvel at the chamois, ibexes, marmots and eagles and befriend the cows and horses in the meadows... the Hochoetz alpine region is the region for walks for all the family in the Ötz valley. Gentle slopes lead up over peaceful green meadows to mountain huts where there are not only good refreshments but many interesting things to see and do. There are easy forest paths that you can get to the Acherberg, Balbach and Kühtaile Alps (Almen) even with a pushchair (the path up to the Hochoetz Alps using the modern 8 seater cabin car is child's play. The panoramic restaurant is right next to the top station. Here you can just sit back and enjoy the tranquility of the mountains, while your children can enjoy themselves in the wigwam, and all this at very family-friendly prices.
Magnificent walking country in the Ötz valley beckons you.
The modern panoramic Acherkogel cable car whisks you straight up from Ötz, the capital of the Ötz valley in the Tyrol, to the Hochoetz alpine region in less than 8 minutes. There, at well over 2,000 metres and a long, long way from the cares of everyday life, the impressive majestic peaks of the Stubai and Ötztal Alps, breathtaking panoramic views, peaceful meadows and cosy restful mountain retreats await you ... tranquility as far as the eye can see.
Easy forest trails lead you to the Acherberg, Balbach or Kühtaile Alps, or you can embark on a testing mountain walk with the whole family.
Hochoetz Hiking Pin
Hiking through Hochoetz
If you cover a number of the walks across the Hochoetz alpine region, we will reward you with the Hochoetz hiking badge. How? It's simple!
All you need is a card to be stamped at each hut, and off you go! Bring us your card stamped with at least five of the hut stamps (from the Hochoetz mountain restaurant, the Kühtaile Alp, Balbach Alp, the Bielefeld Hut, the Acherberg Alp or the Schönblick refreshment stop), and we will be pleased to give you a Hochoetz hiking badge (2.50 euros for contribution towards costs).
Ötztal Nature Park
To protect nature, preserve unspoilt landscapes, increase recreational values and promote scientific and cultural research in the region
The ÖTZTAL NATURE PARK comprises all environmentally protected areas in the Ötztal. The protected area stretches from the valley floor up to high Alpine glacier regions. Its highest point is Ötztal's Wildspitze peak at 3774 m above sea level.
The mountain villages of Vent (cradle of the Alpine Association) and Obergurgl (Tirol's highest parish), as well as Niederthai/Umhausen and Gries/Längenfeld are located right at the heart of the ÖTZTAL NATURE PARK – making a perfect base for mountain exploration.