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Walk to Obergurgl

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Hike through the Kühtrainschlucht Gorge trail, past the “Sahnestüberl” lodge and into Obergurgl. 

15.1 km
6:17 h
851 m
295 m

Start directly outside your hotel in Sölden. Initially, you’ll hike the narrow Kühtrainschlucht Gorge trail to Zwieselstein, then follow the E5 ascending towards the Timmelsjoch Pass. You’ll turn off the trail to rustic “Sahnestüberl” lodge, the perfect place for a break. Follow the roaring Gurgler Ache, as the trail finally leads you through alpine pastures into the small but exclusive ski resort of Obergurgl. User
Minna Harshbarger
Updated: January 10, 2020

Highest point
1914 m
Lowest point
1349 m

Safety information

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

You must be confident walking at heights and sure-footed. Keep a close eye on the weather forecast and don’t go into the mountains if a storm is predicted.


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.


Sölden Tourist Information Centre (1354 m)
46.969502, 11.010021
32T 652897 5203735



Turn-by-turn directions

0.0 km – Start at Sölden Tourist Information Centre. Keeping the tourist information centre behind you, TURN LEFT and follow Granbichlstraße. At the first fork, TURN RIGHT onto Achweg and follow the road until you reach the river; TURN LEFT to follow the footpath along the riverbank.

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

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

1.1 km – After the small bridge over the river, TURN LEFT (signposted: Brunnenkogelalm u.a.), keep to the ascending path with the railings and ignore any paths branching off to your right.

1.5 km – At the signpost above the large boulder (pointing towards Brunnenkogelalm/Moosalm/Waalweg), TURN RIGHT and continue ascending, keeping right wherever possible.

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

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

2.4 km – At the junction with the road, BEAR RIGHT following the road until you reach Gasthof Moosalm. Once here, continue STRAIGHT ON behind the bus stop, passing directly between the inn and the playground to CROSS the meadow.

2.9 km – At the village of Innermoos, TURN RIGHT at the bus stop onto the asphalt road, then BEAR LEFT at the next fork, following the forest path (signposted: Zwieselstein; Kühltrainschlucht).

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

4.9 km – At “Hochstatt-Appartements”, continue STRAIGHT ON to the road then TURN LEFT uphill. From the bridge, follow the E5 markings heading uphill towards Timmelsjoch.

6.7 km – The E5 turns left uphill towards Timmelsjoch, ignore this path and follow the path to the RIGHT towards Sahnestüberl. From this point, you’re no longer following the E5!

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

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

10.3 km – Shortly after passing the small mountain lake, BEAR LEFT and follow the narrow ascending track.

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

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

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

14.6 km – Today’s walk ends at the church in the centre of Obergurgl.


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