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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 17

Ötztal Trek Stage 17

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Breslauer Hütte
    / Breslauer Hütte
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  • / Tiefenbach
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  • / Tiefenbach
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  • / Braunschweiger Hütte
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m 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Rettenbachferner Rettenbachjoch Breslauer Hütte Tiefenbachferner Weißeskarsee
Breslauer Hütte (2.844 m) –> Restaurant Tiefenbach (2.789 m) –> Rettenbachjoch (2.990 m) –> Braunschweiger Hütte (2.758 m)
Distance 16.4 km
6:00 h
1,080 m
1,140 m
  • Course: Climbing, Path
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, endurance, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain path black, partly alpine route
  • Difficulties: glacier crossing over the Rettenbachferner (columns, path not marked); Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment, crampons, pimples according to circumstances; In any case rope; Climbing on the glacier
  • Huts: Breslauer Hut, Braunschweiger Hut, Restaurant Tiefenbach (no overnight stay)
    Acess / exit point: Exit Stablein from the chair lift Wildspitze (valley Vent) to Breslauer Hütte (approx. 1,5 h ascent, approx. 1,25 h descent);
    from the valley station of the Rettenbacherferner over the Rettenbachjoch or the Pitztaler Jöchl to the Braunschweiger hut (about 1.75 h way, approx. 1.5 h way back)
  • Information on bus times between Tiefenbach- and Rettenbachferner T +43 (0) 57200 200
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Update: April 15, 2021
Highest point
3,044 m
Lowest point
2,455 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Braunschweiger Hütte
Breslauer Hütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, Kondition, Ausdauer, hochalpine Erfahrung; abschnittsweise alpine Route

Gletscherpassage über den Rettenbachferner (Spalten, Pfad nicht markiert); Bergführer empfohlen

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

...Rofental valley was settled by shepherds from Schnalstal (South Tyrol).


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


Breslauer Hütte (2,839 m)
46.868038, 10.879350
46°52'04.9"N 10°52'45.7"E
32T 643228 5192214


Braunschweiger Hütte

Turn-by-turn directions


At the trailhead you descend on a steep path - the route leads past the foothills of Rofenkar cirque. A little below you change to the left to the new High AlitudeTrail that travels out of Ventertal valley and joins the original Vent-Tiefenbachferner Panorama Trail. The footpath then descends in order to continue climbing high above Ventertal to the Tiefenbach restaurant (Tiefenbach Glacier). Once there, in front of the road tunnel, you hike up the ski slope on the left towards Seiter Jöchl (follow Seiter Jöchlbahn chairlift). From Jöchl you descend to the north down to Rettenbach Glacier (crampons required)!

You circle the rocky promontory to the left and continue in a northwestern direction to the icefalls. Then you continue to Rettenbachjoch and its lift stations. From there the footpath drops down to Braunschweiger Hütte.

Alternative: by bus from Tiefenbach Glacier to Rettenbach Glacier. 
by bus from Restaurant Tiefenbach to the base terminal of Rettenbach glacier; walk to the upper parking lot and hike up to Pitztaler Jöchl (2996m) – the last part of the trail takes you across a crevasse-free glacier field (crampons might be useful); from Pitztaler Jöchl it’s an easy walk down to Braunschweiger Hütte;
walking time from the base terminal of Rettenbach glacier: approx. 1 ¾ hrs.
If Pitztaler Jöchl is closed: from the upper parking lot hike to Rettenbachjoch (easy glacier section on the last few meters);
walking time from the base terminal: approx. 1 ¾.


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

Vent 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 https://www.google.at/maps



The following parking facilities are available in Vent:

In front of the village and at the valley station from the chair lift (payable)


46.868038, 10.879350
46°52'04.9"N 10°52'45.7"E
32T 643228 5192214
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

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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  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
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16.4 km
6:00 h
1,080 m
1,140 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Linear route


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