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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 1

Ötztaler Urweg E1 Ötztal Bhf - Oetz

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Oetz Kirche
    / Oetz Kirche
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  • / Area 47
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  • / Area 47
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  • / Area 47
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  • / Area 47
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  • / Auer Klamm
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  • / Oetz
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m 1200 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 10 8 6 4 2 km Naturpark Infopoint Ambach Auer Klamm Area 47


ÖTZTAL BAHNHOF –> Inn/Ötztaler Ache –> AREA 47 –> Brunau –> Ambach –> Auer Klamm –> Oetzerau –> OETZ

Distance 10.3 km
3:30 h
370 m
287 m



Not far from the small village of Ötztal Bahnhof you can indulge in one of Europe's probably trendiest and coolest outdoor adventure worlds. The adrenaline-seeking guests find a truly unique adventure paradise at the AREA 47, located directly on the white waters of Ötztaler Ache amidst a gigantic landslide area. Dizzy heights and ultimate thrills are guaranteed on exciting trails and activity paths. Unlimited outdoor fun between the rushing Ötztaler Ache mountain brook, the wildly romantic Auerklamm ravine and abandoned castle ruins.


The scenic remains of Auenstein Castle are towering high above Oetz - the destination of this stage - on a huge crest formed by glacial polish. An ancient connecting route leads from the Auerklamm ravine up to the castle. Breathtaking mountain landscapes and steep rock walls await you here in the foothills of splendid Acherkogel peak, the Eastern Alps' northernmost mountain higher than 3000 meters. Down on the valley floor, there are myriad lovely places and scenic Lake Piburger See encircled by lush meadows and Alpine pastures at the heart of the rockslide area.


Author’s recommendation


Highest point
1,033 m
Lowest point
678 m

Rest Stop

Area 47

Safety information

Surefootedness, a good physical shape, stamina

No major difficulties

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

... the Tschirgant mountain massif was struck by a severe earthquake in prehistoric times? Back then up to 300 million cubic meters of rock fell down and blocked even some parts of the Ötztal on the opposite side.


More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 


Ötztal Bahnhof (693 m)
47.237698, 10.859018
47°14'15.7"N 10°51'32.5"E
32T 640703 5233255



Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts at the main square in Ötztal-Bahnhof. There you hike along Ambergstraße and Wassertalstraße and then turn right into a gravel path, underpassingthe bridge over the river Inn. Cross Ötztaler Ache mountain brook and turn left. At the AREA 47 outdoor hot spot you turn right, walking from Ötztal‘s riverside road to the hamlet of Brunau.
Then the trail continues to the Ötztal Tourismus Info Point.There you take the hiking trail on the left, leading along the unique Auer Klamm - the Alps‘ undisputed canyoning paradise. High above the ravine you cross a wooden bridge which leads over the pristine Auer Klamm.
Shortly before you reach the small hamlet of Oetzerau, you walk past the hidden remains of the Auenstein castle ruin. In Oetzerau you cross the road and follow a meadow trail towards Oetz. Slightly downhill, you continue through wooded areas and past small hamlets.
You enjoy a marvelous view from the viewing platform at „Hexenplatte“ whichis located about 5 walking minutes to the right, off the trail. The way down also leads past the parish church above Oetz. The stage ends in the old villagecenter of Oetz.


all notes on protected areas

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: http://fahrplan.vvt.at


Getting there

Ötztal Bahnhof is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in the Inn valley. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps



The following parking facilities are available in Ötztal Bahnhof:
  • Parking Train station - subject to charges
  • Ötztaler Höhe - free of charge


47.237698, 10.859018
47°14'15.7"N 10°51'32.5"E
32T 640703 5233255
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Standard hiking equipment, sturdy hiking boots

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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10.3 km
3:30 h
370 m
287 m


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