Hiking Tips for Hochoetz

Tours for all types of walkers

You like it rough and high Alpine? Or today you prefer a rather leisurely and comfortable break? The following hiking tips comprise a variety of walking options for all preferences and make it easy to find the "perfect match" between trails and hikers. All tours can be combined with the local summer mountain lifts, showing the Hochoetz pasture & hiking region from its most scenic side.

Tour 1 - The sporty tour

Route 1

Panoramarestaurant [1] (2020 m) - Bielefelder Hütte [4] (2150 m) - Acherbergalm [5] (1888 m) – return to Panoramarestaurant [1] (2020 m)

The 8-person mountain gondola whisks you effortlessly up to 2020 m above sea level, straight to the Hochoetz panorama restaurant with sun terrace and view of the adjacent WIDIVERSUM. From there you hike on leisurely trails to new Bielefelder Hütte at 2150 m (in good weather: jovial hut evening with live music every Tuesday) and enjoy the view of Inntal valley. Then descend to Acherbergalm (1888 m). From here you return to the panorama restaurant on the forest trail.

Walking time: approx. 2 ½ hours
Lift ticket: uphill/downhill ticket

Tour 2 - The tough tour

Tour 2 Alpine Route

Panoramarestaurant 1 (2020 m) - Acherbergalm 5 (1888 m) - Habichen or Oetz

Important: for experienced hikers only! High Alpine mountain trail!

From the Hochoetz panorama restaurant you follow the forest road down to lovely Acherbergalm (1888 m). A rest is always recommended as you continue walking downhill on foot through the forest either to Oetz (820 m) or alternatively to Habichen.

Walking time: approx. 3 ½ hours
Lift ticket: 1x uphill ride

Tour 3 - The endurance tour

Route 3

Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m) - Rotels Wandl - Kühtailealm [2] (1988 m) - Balbachalm [3] (1957 m) – Mohrenköpfl - Bielefelder Hütte [4] (2150 m) return to the Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m)

"Rotes Wandl" (vantage point) can be reached from the Hochoetz panorama restaurant (2020 m) within a few minutes. From there the trail leads to Kühtailealm (1988 m). Walking past ponies, sheep and donkeys you will soon reach Balbachalm (1957 m). Follow the hiking trail up to Mohrenköpfl and further on to Bielefelder Hütte (2150 m). Now you walk back to the Hochoetz panorama restaurant.

Walking time: approx. 3 hours
Lift ticket: uphill/downhill ticket

Tour 4 - The comfortable tour

Tour 4 Kinderwagenfreundlich

Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m) - Rotels Wandl - Kühtailealm [2] (1988 m) - Balbachalm [3] (1957 m) – back to the Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m)

"Rotes Wandl" (vantage point) can be reached from the Hochoetz panorama restaurant (2020 m) within a few minutes. From there the trail leads to Kühtailealm (1988 m). Walking past ponies, sheep and donkeys you will soon reach Balbachalm (1957 m). Now you walk back to the Hochoetz panorama restaurant.

Walking time: approx. 2 ½ hours
Lift ticket: uphill/downhill ticket

Tour 5 - The summit tour

Route 5

Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m) - Bielefelder Hütte [4] (2150 m) - Rosskopf -Wetterkreuz - Alte Bielefelder Hütte (in ruins) - Acherbergalm [5] (1888 m) – return to Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m)

From the Hochoetz panorama restaurant (2020 m) you hike up to Bielefelder Hütte (2150 m). From there you first climb Rosskopf peak (2399 m) and then Wetterkreuz summit (2591 m). After enjoying the picture-book Stubai Alps you descend to the old (dilapidated) Bielefelder Hütte. Then you continue to Acherbergalm (1888 m). From here you return to the panoramic restaurant on the forest trail.

Walking time: approx. 4 ½ hours
Lift ticket: uphill/downhill ticket

Tour 6 - The peaceful tour

Route 6

Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m) - Rotes Wandl - Kühtailealm [2] (1988 m) - Balbachalm [3] (1957 m) - Ochsengarten (1507 m) – with the Ochsengartenbahn lift back to the Panoramarestaurant (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) or Postbus to Oetz (as per timetable).

Via the Hochoetz panorama restaurant (2020 m) and "Rotes Wandl" vantage point you reach Kühtailealm (1988 m). Continue to Balbachalm (1957 m) before you walk down into the valley to Ochsengarten (1538 m). From there the Ochsengarten mountain gondola (please check seasonal operating times!) takes you back to the panorama restaurant on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Or you enjoy a public bus ride back to Oetz. Please always check current timetables as bus connection is limited outside the season.

Walking time: approx. 2 ½ hours
Lift ticket: 1x uphill ride or CombiTicket 4 rides

Tour 7 - The high-alpine tour

Tour 7 Alpine Route

Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m) - Bielefelder Hütte [4] (2150 m) - Rosskopf - Wetterkreuz - Großes Windegg (2650 m) - Mittertaler Scharte - Manigsee - Alte Bielefelder Hütte (verfallen) - Acherbergalm [5] (1888 m) – return to Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m)

Important: for experienced hikers only! High Alpine mountain trail!

From the Hochoetz panorama restaurant (2020 m) you walk to Bielefelder Hütte (2150 m). You climb Rosskopf peak (2399 m) and Wetterkreuz summit (2591 m). The high Alpine mountain trail takes you to Großer Windegg (2650 m) before you reach the ridge of Mittertaler Scharte (2631 m). A short descent (about 15 minutes) is followed by the small "Manigsee" mountain lake, a perfect place to take a rest. Then you continue hiking downhill - past old (dilapidated) Bielefelder Hütte to Acherbergalm (1888 m). From here back to the panorama restaurant either via the forest trail or via new Bielefelder Hütte.

Walking time: approx. 5 hours
Lift ticket: uphill/downhill ticket

Tour 8 - The WIDI tour

Tour 8 WIDI

Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m) – 200m above the mountain station entry trail – Balbachalm [3] (1957 m) - Kühtailealm [2] (1988 m) – return to Panorama Restaurant [1] (2020 m)

The WIDI loop tour is part of the WIDIVERSUM based on the motto "Good luck! The exciting world of miners!" - one of 3 theme trails installed in the summer of 2019. The family-friendly hiking trail starts in the direction of Balbachalm some 200 meters above the top station of Acherkogel Gondola. From Balbachalm you walk on the forest trail to Kühtailealm. From there the route leads back to the panorama restaurant.

Walking time: approx. 2 ½ hours
Lift ticket: uphill/downhill ticket

Rotes Wandl loop hiking trail

The easy, family-friendly panorama loop hike starts at the Hochoetz panorama restaurant, leading gently up and down through the pine forest and Alpine rose fields to "Rotes Wandl" vista point. Estimated total walking time: about 30 minutes - but there are so many things to explore and admire along the route, especially the superb view that awaits you at "Rotes Wandl".

Facts:

  • Length of tour: 1.45 km
  • Time: 0.5 hours
  • Starting point: Panorama Restaurant Hochoetz
  • Ascent: 62 m
  • Descent: 62 m
  • Lowest point: 1955 m
  • Highest point: 2017 m
  • Mountain lift ticket: 1 x uphill and downhill ride

Zugspitzblick vantage platform

The hike first leads to Balbachalm and further on to Wetterkreuzbahn top station where you will find the fabulous Zugspitzblick vantage point. From the platform you let your eyes wander over the Wetterstein mountain massif including Zugspitze peak, further on to the Lechtal Alps and towards Inntal valley and Kühtai. In addition to a detailed panoramic map, a telescope is available to enjoy a long close look at the superb panorama.

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