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Every hike starts with the first step: accurate tour planning. The following list makes it easy to select a suitable hiking destination in the Oetz Region. From easy family loop walks on the valley floor and gentle ascents to mountain pastures to demanding peak conquests - there is something for all ages and preferences. A must see - in every season and for all the family - is the natural jewel Piburger See & its 9 treasures. Several stages of the popular long-distance hiking trails, Ötztal Trek and Ötztaler Urweg, lead through the Oetz Region. Study the routes now, lace up your hiking boots, get ready for the adventure!
A 17 km long Enduro Route for true nature aficionados, sportspeople and all those who also love fine Tirolean delicacies.
Trailhead of this route is Freizeit Arena where you follow Route Gaislach (644) for mountain bikers via the hamlets of Außerwald and Innerwald to the Glacier Road. Before you pass the ski run's overpass you turn into the forest trail (southwards) leading uphill for a while to the mountain inns of Sonneck and Gaislachalm up to Ferienclub Silbertal.
Here you continue on Bodenegg Trail (668) down into Ventertal valley and the hamlet of Bodenegg. First the route travels through lush green Alpine meadows - please don't leave the trail here although it might be tempting: the meadows are the realm of the cows! Once you reach the treeline, the route becomes much trickier. There are even some sections where you have to push the bike. If you manage this part without dismounting you are a real expert! On the bottom of the trail you follow the Bodenegg Race Track (661) down to Gasthof Neue Post. Here you continue on the scenic Kühtrainschlucht Trail (664) - via the hamlet of Moos - back to Freizeit Arena. The black trail is rideable in both directions and connects Zwieselstein and Sölden. Right at its start in Zwieselstein you'll conquer a couple of very difficult passages, including steps and narrow rails or corridors: a highlight for technically skilled bikers!
A perfect track for nature lovers, traveling straight across lush Alpine pasturelands and meadows in full bloom. A great insight into the majestic mountain world surrounding Vent.
Scenic Bodenegg Trail (668) crisscrosses the forest trail and leads even along the walking trail for a bit. This one is a Shared Trail used by hikers very frequently.
Kühtrainschlucht Trail (664) is rideable in both directions - watch out for oncoming bikers.
Appropriate Equipment Rules! We strongly recommend to wear protective bike gear (knee and elbow pads, helmet, back protector, ...) on all lines, trails, enduro tracks and mountain bike routes within the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN. Enter the Republic only with a bike that meets current quality standards.
WHERE IS SÖLDEN?
Sölden is located in the West of Austria, more exactly in the Province of TIROL. It nestles amidst the ÖTZTAL Valley, a south-facing side valley of the Inntal.
Best travel route from the West:
From Vorarlberg to Tirol via Arlberg Pass or through Arlberg Tunnel (S 16 Federal Road) - direction Landeck - change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel - on B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
From the North:
- Bad Tölz - Achen Pass - B 181 Federal Road - Jenbach - A 12 Autobahn towards Innsbruck (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
- Pfronten - Reutte - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Ehrwald - Lermoos - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) – exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Mittenwald - Scharnitz - Seefeld - Telfs - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
From the East:
Munich or Salzburg - A 93 Autobahn to Kufstein - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) via Innsbruck – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
From the South:
From Bozen/Bolzano towards Brenner Pass (toll road) – on Brenner Autobahn via Schönberg toll station (direction Innsbruck) to Innsbruck - then change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
There are ample parking areas and covered parking garages at the base stations of Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch Mountain Gondolas. Parking is free of charge between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm!
Night-time parking of motor cars is subject to a charge and allowed only in the parking garage next to Gaislachkogl Mountain Gondola: