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Bus to Ötztal Bahnhof and walk to Oetz

Hiking trail · Oetztal
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  • Local Church in Oetz
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    Photo: Minna Harshbarger, Macs Adventure
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The start of the Ötztaler Urweg takes you along the Ötztaler Ache and up the Auerklamm waterfall to some spectacular viewing points.

10.3 km
3:23 h
401 m
302 m

In the morning, you’ll take the bus to the Ötztal train station, the official starting point of the Ötztaler Urweg trail. You’ll walk parallel to the River Inn, climbing up to mountain hamlet of Oetzerau, situated at the entrance to the valley. Here you can take in the spectacular views of the valley, the 3000-metre summits looming over head and the route ahead of you. From Oetzerau, the trail descends at an easy-going pace to Oetz.

Author’s recommendation

The viewing point at the 6.0 km mark is a good place for a break and take in the great views of the waterfall.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Minna Harshbarger
Updated: December 20, 2019

Highest point
1038 m
Lowest point
684 m

Safety information

You must be confident walking at heights and steady on your feet. Concentrate on what you’re doing and keep your eyes on the path.

In rainy weather, the narrow trails can be muddy and slippery. Make sure to wear sturdy footwear with plenty of grip.

Check the latest weather information (for example by asking at your accommodation or the local tourist information centre) and be on the lookout for changes in the weather. If the weather is stormy or very rainy, do not walk this trail, as the path can be slippery.

You will also be crossing a few roads on today’s walk. Even if the roads are quiet, look out for cars when crossing.

You are responsible for your own safety. Know your limits and follow signs and instructions at all times. Off-track navigation is not recommended.

Equipment

We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.

In your information pack, you’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket and a backpack

Start

Oetz (693 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.237688, 10.858982
UTM
32T 640700 5233254

Destination

Oetz

Turn-by-turn directions

0.0 km – With the station behind you, TURN RIGHT onto Ambergstraße and follow the cycle path signs towards Oetz/Roppen.

0.3 km – At the fork in the road, KEEP LEFT and follow the cycle path markings on the road. On a signpost to your right, you’ll see the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.

0.7 km – At the fork, TURN RIGHT and follow the signs towards Oetz and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.

1.6 km – When you reach a fork in the road with red and white markings on a tree to your left, TURN LEFT onto a forest path. Follow the signs for Brunau/Sautens/Oetz. Ignore the cycle path markings pointing to the right.

2.3 km – When you reach the fence, pass through the open gate and proceed STRAIGHT ON on the asphalted road. Follow the road through the industrial estate, with the river running parallel to it.

2.5 km – Walk under a bridge, over which the main road runs. Continue STRAIGHT ON over the car park, walking along the river and following the asphalt road.

3.3 km – At the wooden storehouse with a gravel car park, TURN RIGHT and follow the gravel path along the riverbank. Follow the signs for Brunau/Sautens/Oetz and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg. In Brunau, you’ll pass a church before reaching the main road.

4.6 km – On the main road, TURN RIGHT onto the path behind the crash barrier and follow the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg until you reach Ambach.

5.2 km – At the zebra crossing, cross the main road and TURN RIGHT. Walk across the car park. At the other side of the car park, TURN LEFT. Follow the signs for Oetzer Au and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.

5.4 km – When you reach the derelict house on the right-hand side of the road, TURN LEFT and follow the uneven path steeply uphill. Follow the signs for Auerklamm and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg. You’ll see red and white markings painted on the trees.

6.6 km – At the next junction, after the viewing point, TURN RIGHT onto an uneven path. After a few metres, you’ll see a rock and a tree painted with red and white markings to your right.

6.8 km – After the bridge, KEEP RIGHT on the downhill path, passing the small church and heading towards the houses. Head STRAIGHT ON on the main road through the village. IGNORE THE “Rundwanderweg Auerklamm” signs pointing to the right.

7.3 km – At the fork, KEEP RIGHT. Follow the signs for Oetz and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg. At the bus stop, use the zebra crossing to cross the main road. Continue STRAIGHT ON up the road. After a few metres, you’ll see a wooden barn and a sign for Oetz on your right. Continue to follow the signs for Oetz and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.

9.2 km – At the fork before the main road, TURN RIGHT onto a downhill meadow path. When you reach the main road, cross over very carefully. It is difficult to see what is coming around the bend! TURN LEFT onto the downhill path. Follow the signs for Oetz and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg until you reach the houses.

9.7 km – In front of the church, TURN sharp RIGHT. Follow the signs for Oetz and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.

9.9 km – At the T-junction, TURN RIGHT and then immediately LEFT.

10.0 km – When you reach a small park just before the main road, TURN LEFT. On your left, you’ll see the tourist information centre and Post-Hotel Kassl.

10.1 km – You’ve reached the Oetz Tourist Information Centre, your destination for today.

To reach Hotel 3 Mohren, continue to the main road and then TURN RIGHT. The hotel is on your right approximately 100 metres down the road.

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Distance
10.3 km
Duration
3:23h
Ascent
401 m
Descent
302 m

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