All hiking tours in the Oetz Region

The complete offer

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!

Long Distance Hiking Stage

Ötztal Trek Stage 12

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Martin-Busch-Hütte
    / Martin-Busch-Hütte
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  • Similaunhütte
    / Similaunhütte
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Map / Ötztal Trek Stage 12
2600 2800 3000 3200 m km 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 Martin-Busch-Hütte Niederjochbach Niederjochferner

Martin-Busch-Hütte (2.501 m) –> Similaunhütte (3.017 m)

4.8 km
2:00 h
592 m
71 m

MARTIN-BUSCH-HUT (2.501 m) –> SIMILAUNHUT (3.017 m)

Course: Climbing Requirements: Basic level of tread safety; Mountain route red Difficulty: no special difficulties Equipment: normal hiking equipment Walking time: approx. 2 h Difference in altitude: approx. 500 Hm ascent Highest point: 3.017 m Distance: about 4.5 km Overnight stay, stop: Martin-Busch Hut, Similaunhütte Cross- Exit: from Vent through the Niedertal to the Martin-Busch-Hütte (about 2,5 h ascent, approx. 2 h descent)

Highest point
3078 m
Lowest point
2490 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop


Safety information

Grundmaß an Trittsicherheit
Keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten


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

More details about hiking In Ötztal: 


Martin Busch Hut (2499 m)
46.801099, 10.886982
32T 643988 5184790



Turn-by-turn directions

Martin-Busch-Hut (2.501 m) - Similaunhut (3.017 m)

A Side-Trip to South Tirol

Similaunhütte, a privately-owned refuge, is located at 3017 meters above sea level, on the South Tirolean side of Niederjoch, a mountain pass between Tirol's Ötztal and South Tirol's Schnalstal. Similaunhütte and Similaun owe their fame to the Iceman, also called Similaun Man, who was discovered in 1991, eroding out of the glacier on Tisenjoch (about 1 ¼ hrs. walk from the hut). Many know the lodge also from the annual Large Trek during which thousands of sheep are driven from Schnalstal to the pastures in Niedertal and back. On their way the animals and shepherds walk past Similaunhütte. The tour from Martin-Busch- Hütte to Similaunhütte leads along River Niederjochbach into Niedertal. The trail then climbs gently through moraines. From Seibach River you stay on the moraine ridge all the way to "Bild". After "Bild" the trail continues without much elevation change to the glacier. Until 2008 hikers had to cross Niederjochferner, since 2008 there is a new trail circumventing it. This blazed trail leads west of Niederjochferner to Similaunhütte. The last section of this trail is rather steep.

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

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl 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



In Obergurgl-Hochgurgl the following parking facilities are available:
  • Car park Village center Obergurgl (in front of the church on the right, behind the multi-purpose building where the information office is located)
  • Parking lot with coin entrance Parking Place entrance - valley station Festkoglbahn, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Top Mountain Crosspoint, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurgl, free of charge (very small parking)
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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4.8 km
2:00 h
592 m
71 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly


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