Valley Terraces and Waters

Ideal destination for families

The lake Habicher See is a beautiful, quiet and favorite place of WIDI, which is easily accessible for hikers and walkers. Only 10 walking minutes from Habichen to the Habicher See. It is suitable for strollers and prams and the path there is barrier-free. The 12-meter long footbridge and the sandbank are perfect to relax and the kids can play there.


Lake Habicher See

Over thousands of years Ötztal has witnessed several rockfalls of different sizes. Four of them were huge enough to block the entire valley by damming up the Ötztaler Ache and forming today‘s 5 clearly visible terraces. In the course of time, the water has cut its way through the steep parts covered with immense rockslide masses. Between and behind these areas you can find varied plateaux of different sizes - the former lake bottoms. Habicher See is the last one remaining of the scenic „chain of lakes“ spread over Ötztal, the last one not dependent on the waters of Ötztaler Ache. The lake is fed by the waterfall near Tumpen and is frozen in winter. Thus the lake dries out and regularly needs restocking with fish.


Stepping Stones as Water Habitat

For frogs, toads, newts or dragonflies water habitats are important larvae breeding areas. Interchange of conspecifics from the surrounding water habitats is required to assure their survival in the long term. The distance between the waters should not be too far - similar to stepping stones that help to cross a brook safely. Therefore its name: Stepping Stones as Water Habitat.
At dusk bats fly about above Habicher See, and other animals come to their watering place from the nearby forest.
Habicher See came into being as a direct result of the rockfall‘s devastating power - a very important historical milestone for the area‘s fauna.


Crisp Mountain Air

In the ”Ice Cellar” behind the door to the right you can enjoy wonderfully refreshing temperatures all year. The surrounding rockfall area features underground tunnels running between the mountains and the valley. Cold mountain air descends through the hollow spaces inside and is cooled again by evaporation on the wet rock walls. Here, in the so-called „Ice Cellar“, air temperature is around 0 degree Celsius throughout the year (check thermometer next to the door). The wall and the door hold back the cold air while the huge lime tree protects it from the sun. Therefore the „Ice Cellar“ was used as a natural refrigerator from the 17th century until approx. 1960. An initiative developed by „Turmmuseum Oetz“ saved this unique natural treasure from decay.

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