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Charming villages, mountain exploration and water sports await you
Already two and a half thousand years ago, both locals and travelers felt particularly at ease at the entrance to Ötztal. Not without reason the village of Oetz gave the name to the entire valley. Until today, the region is well-liked for its typical Tirolean charm and the huge variety of unique summer activities. The villages of Oetz, Sautens and Haiming-Ochsengarten warmly welcome young and young at heart in a relaxing atmosphere plus all modern amenities amidst Alpine nature and unspoilt landscapes.
At the foot of 3008 meter tall Acherkogel peak, Oetz attracts visitors with a surprisingly mild climate, earning the epithet "North Tirol's Meran ". The picturesque village center takes you back to bygone times. Historic buildings such as the Museum in the Tower, the parish church and many ornate facade paintings from the 16th century bear witness to carefully grown village architecture which can rarely be observed in Tirol. Additionally, countless restaurants, cafes and boutiques invite you to enjoy a stroll through the village. Ötztaler Ache mountain brook flows through the village, one of Europe's most popular white water areas for river rafting and kayaking fans. Also mountain bikers and paragliders appreciate Oetz as a perfect starting point.
Very close to Oetz - called "Ez" in the local dialect - there is a hidden natural landmark: Lake Piburger See is lovingly embedded in a basin above the village, fascinating walkers, hikers and mountain bikers with great natural beauty. In summer, the natural lake reaches up to 24° Celsius and is considered one of the most beautiful swimming lakes in Tirol.
For hiking and mountaineering aficionados the Oetz Region offers a variety of tours. Above all, the Hochoetz pasture and hiking region opens up an almost paradisiacal variety of experiences. Acherkogel mountain gondola takes you effortlessly from Oetz to the WIDIVERSUM at 2020 m above sea level in only 8 minutes and right to the heart of a well-marked network of hiking paths. The choice ranges from easy hut walking tours, e.g. to Balbach Alm, Kühtaile Alm, Bielefelder Hütte or Acherberg Alm, to summit tours and Alpine crossings towards the neighboring side valleys of Ötztal and Kühtai.
The family-friendly village combines the wishes of young and old almost seamlessly. Its quiet location at 810 m altitude promises peace and silence to highly stressed people - and also turns out to be the ideal base for memorable holiday adventures of all kinds. The most exciting excursion destinations in Ötztal can be reached in almost no time and Sautens is also ideal for excursions and outings within the entire province of Tirol. Cycling, hiking, walking, swimming - whatever the family has in mind, it can be done straight on your doorstep or within a short drive.
Refreshing moments and water fun await you at lake Piburger See and the local outdoor swimming pool. Even more action? For sure: At the entrance to Ötztal you will find the most exciting rivers and canyons, high mountains and steep MTB trails for nature explorers and adventurers. Professional tour guides accompany you safely on your thrilling outdoor experience. The lesson is clear: Sautens guarantees an eventful summer vacation for all generations.
In Haiming (670 m) active holidaymakers feel like a fish in the water. While hiking, cycling and inline skating can be quite challenging, the exciting river rafting and canyoning tours are brimming with white water fun. Several outdoor providers accompany adventure-seeking guests on rafting tours on the river Inn or on Ötztaler Ache brook or towards the deep gullies in the area, where jumping, sliding and rappelling through waterfalls is on the varied program.
But Haiming is not only wild and adventurous. Already in spring the village is worth a visit, when thousands of apple trees are in full bloom along the so-called Apple Road. In summer, the forest swimming pool with huge sunbathing area and beach volleyball court provides truly refreshing moments. Haiming is also the starting point of the brand-new Ötztal Cycle Trail and countless tours to the west or east along the Inn Cycle Path.
The lovingly located mountain village of Ochsengarten (1538 m) is the starting point of leisurely Alpine hiking tours, extensive mountain adventures and peak conquests. Even the view from the window of your hotel room inspires body and soul: forget the daily worries and let your thoughts wander. Unforgettable experiences are guaranteed at a romantic hut evening or a sumptuous pasture breakfast with delicious regional products.
Lower Ötztal has probably received almost the double of wild natural landscapes compared to other regions, making it the number one destination when it comes to outdoor action in Tirol. The roaring waters of Ötztaler Ache mountain brook, the green riffles of the river Inn, the waterfalls, rock slides and pools in narrow gorges like the famous Auer Klamm ravine stand for pure thrill in the fields of kayaking, river rafting and canyoning. Several professional outdoor companies offer a large selection of tours for beginners and experts alike. The largest portion of adrenaline and fun is served at the AREA 47, Europe's most unique leisure time park at the entrance to Ötztal where water sports are redefined in a myriad of facets - from blobbing and speed slides to wakeboarding. Climbing fans balance, for example, in the high rope park of the AREA 47, in the forest and high wire garden of Ötztal's Outdoor Course in Sautens or scramble up via ferrata routes and climbing gardens in natural rock. Special thermal currents make Ötztal a true heaven for paragliding tandem flights suitable also for beginners.