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Walk to Obergurgl

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Hike through the Kühtrainschlucht Gorge to Zweislstein and experience a section of the E5 Trail
Distance 15.1 km
6:17 h
851 m
295 m
Start today’s walk directly from the hotel in Sölden. Hike through the narrow Kühtrainschlucht Gorge to Zweislstein, where you will join the E5 Trail. Ascend to the ’Sahnestüberl’, a rustic mountain hut and the ideal spot for a break. Indulge in some home-made Kaiserschmarrn - chopped, fluffy, warm pancakes served with icing sugar and home-made jam or compote– absolutely delicious! Follow the rushing Gurgle Ache river through Alpine pastures to the small and exclusive ski resort of Obergurgl.
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Minna Harshbarger
Update: July 05, 2019
Highest point
1,914 m
Lowest point
1,349 m

Safety information

Watch the short term local weather forecasts. Avoid high altitude hiking when the weather is bad. There are plenty of trails in the valleys, that allow you to reach a village quickly if bad weather sets in. 

Tips and hints


Waterfall Zwieselstein / Timmeltalbach: With a drop of 70 m the visitor is offered a magical spectacle of nature, especially when the sun is shining.

Ötztal Alps Nature Park: The Ötztal Alps is one of the largest mountain groups in the Eastern Alps and, in terms of area, is the largest mountain group with areas over 3000m in the Alps.

There are 67 large and small glaciers in the nature park, which corresponds to about 18% of the area. Skiers Sölden and Obergurgl are known as snow-reliable ski resorts. Through the two developed glaciers Rettenbachferner and Tiefenbachferner, the ski season is here from November to early May.


Sölden (1,354 m)
46.969502, 11.010021
46°58'10.2"N 11°00'36.1"E
32T 652897 5203735



Turn-by-turn directions

0.0km – Start at Sölden Tourist Information Point. With the information centre to your back, TURN LEFT and follow Granbichlstraße. At the first junction, TURN RIGHT onto Achweg and continue here until you turn off to the LEFT following the footpath along the riverbank.

0.3km – Cross the Ache (river) using the covered wooden bridge. Then TURN LEFT and continue on the footpath running alongside the river.

0.6km – At the next bridge, cross the river again and follow Windaustraße to your RIGHT.

1.1km – After the small bridge over the river, TURN LEFT (signposted: Brunnenkogelalm u.a.), CONTINUE on the uphill path with the railings, ignoring any paths branching off to the right.

1.5km – At the signpost above the large boulder pointing towards Brunnenkogelalm/Moosalm/Waalweg, TURN RIGHT and keep ascending along the trail until you reach the viewpoint. 

1.6km – From the viewpoint, TURN RIGHT and follow the mountain trail.  

2.2km – At the barbecue area with the information board for Waalweg, continue STRAIGHT ON.

2.4km - At the junction, TURN RIGHT, continue on the road until you reach Gasthof Moosalm. Once here, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD above the bus stop directly between the inn and the playground over the meadow.

2.9km – At the houses at Innermoos, TURN RIGHT at the bus stop onto the paved path then TURN LEFT at the next junction following the forest road (signposted: Zwieselstein; Kühltrainschlucht).

4.4km – The trail joins a road in Zwieselstein. Follow this through the village. After the playground, TURN LEFT (signposted Obergurgl/Sahnestüberl). At the end of the road, follow the footpath above the village.

4.9km – At ‘Hochstatt-Apartments’, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD to the street then TURN LEFT ascending up the path. From the bridge, follow the E5 markings towards Timmelsjoch heading uphill.

6.7km – The E5 turns left uphill towards Timmelsjoch. Follow the path to the RIGHT towards Sahnestüberl. From here, don’t stay on the E5!

8.5km – At the fork just after the inn, keep RIGHT heading towards Untergurgl.

9.1km – Cross the Gugler Ache over the bridge then TURN LEFT.

10.3km – Shortly after passing the small mountain lake, keep to the LEFT and follow the narrow track uphill.

10.5km – Follow the intersecting road for a short while to your LEFT, then TURN RIGHT at the next junction onto the narrower trail.

11.7km – At a farm, the trail joins a road. Follow this until you reach the main road. TURN LEFT here and follow the main road a few metres until you can TURN RIGHT onto another road. Follow this straight over the bridge.

12.5km – The path forks here to the left, heading towards the road and to the right over a small bridge towards a mountain chapel. Keep RIGHT over the river (signposted: Obergurgl/Seenplatte). Follow the path along the river Ache towards Obergurgl. TURN RIGHT after the bridge onto the street towards the centre.

14.6km – You have ARRIVED at the church in the centre of Obergurgl, where your walk finishes for today.


all notes on protected areas


46.969502, 11.010021
46°58'10.2"N 11°00'36.1"E
32T 652897 5203735
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • 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
  • 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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15.1 km
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