Walk to Niederthai
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Walking past the Stuibenfall WaterfallCrédit : Minna Harshbarger, Macs Adventure
A wonderfully varied route with enchanted forest paths and some outstanding high-altitude viewing points. The spectacular Stuibenfall waterfall is the highlight of this walk.
The first highlight of today's walk is en-route to the Seitental Valley in Niederthai. This spectacular route takes you past Tyrol’s tallest waterfall, the Stuibenfall. You’ll ascend stairs directly next to the gushing water before continuing across lush alpine meadows to the idyllic mountain village of Niederthai.
Note de l'auteur
If you want to shorten today's route you can hop on a bus in Habichen which would reduce your walk by 3-5 km. Further information can be found in the route description.
If you wish to avoid the suspension bridge at the Stuibenfall waterfall, you can take an alternative route via the Rattal church
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Consignes de sécurité
You will cross a number of fields on which livestock graze(including cows, sheep and horses), always close gates when you’ve entered and exited the field.
Give the animals space when you walk past them and do not attempt to pet or feed them. Keep an eye out for diversion signs (especially around fields which have cows with calves or bulls grazing on them). Do not attempt to cross fields where such diversions are in place. Follow the diversion until you re-join the normal path.
Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires
You will pass Gasthof Acherkogel, Tumpen, Waldcafé Stuböbele (cash payment only) and Gasthof Stuibenfall en route if you wish to have a break and treat yourself to lunch or a coffee.
You will pass the Maria Schnee chapel (church), which is a large triple bay chapel in Baroque style and well worth a visit if you have time.
0.0 km – With your back to the tourist information office, go to the main road and TURN LEFT onto the pavement. At the zebra crossing, turn sharply LEFT into Dorfstraße.
0.25 km – At the next junction TURN RIGHT and go STRAIGHT AHEAD until you reach the Gasthof zum Stern. Leave the inn on your right and continue uphill. At the junction to the Tower Museum, go STRAIGHT AHEAD and follow the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg until further notice.
1.2 km – At the junction, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on the uphill gravel road. Ignore the downward path with the Stations of the Cross. At the fork in the road under the gondola, KEEP LEFT. Follow the signs to Habichen and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg for approx. 2.5 km.
3.7 km – At the fork in the road, KEEP RIGHT. Follow the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg. At the junction in front of the main road, TURN LEFT and follow the cycle path markings on the road until you pass under the main road. Follow the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.
Shortcut option: The Habichen bus stop is located on the main road. Here you have the opportunity to travel part of the tour by bus. To do this, use the bus lines with destination Sölden/Obergurgl/Vent. Get off at the stop "Tumpen Gasthof Acherkogel": saving approx. 3 km; Get off at the stop "Östen Abzw. Platzl Lehn": Savings approx. 5 km***
4.0 km – After the road underpass, TURN LEFT. Follow the signs Habichersee/Piburg-See and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.
4.6 km – At the junction behind the small bridge at the last house, TURN LEFT. Follow the signs for Habichersee and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg until you reach the Habichersee. Here you follow the uphill path on the right. Follow the signs to Tumpen and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg until you reach the village of Tumpen.
5.7 km – At the junction at the bridge, TURN LEFT onto the uphill path. After a few meters on the left you will see an image of a saint as well as red-white-red markings on the stone and trees.
6.3 km – Arriving in the village of Tumpen on the main road, TURN RIGHT onto the footpath next to the main road. Follow the signs to Umhausen and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg. At the zebra crossing, cross the main road and walk STRAIGHT over the bridge of the river. For about 2.5 km, follow the signs to Umhausen and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.
Shortcut option: The bus stop Tumpen Gasthof Acherkogel is located on the main road. Here you have the opportunity to travel part of the tour by bus. To do this, use the bus lines with destination Sölden/Obergurgl/Vent. Get off at the stop "Östen Abzw. Platzl Lehn": Savings approx. 2 km***
9.2 km – You will pass the Chapel of Maria Schnee on your left.
10.6 km – After the woodshed on the right, TURN RIGHT onto a gravel road. Follow the signs to Wienersteig and the red and white markings for the Ötztaler Urweg.
12.1 km – At the junction with the gravel road, turn right onto the downhill road. Follow the signs to Umhausen and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.
12.7 km – At the crossroads, TURN HALF LEFT onto the hiking trail. Follow the signs for Steppsteig and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg.
Route: 13.1 km – At the junction to the Rattal Chapel you have the option of bypassing the suspension bridge of the Stuiben Falls. To do this, leave the Ötztaler Urweg at this point and follow the signs to Rattal-Kapelle/Niederthai. If you follow this path, you will reach the Stuiben Falls from above and from there you can admire the huge masses of water. If you are struggling with a fear of heights, take advantage of this trail variant. The route of the Ötztaler Urweg takes you from below to the Stuibenfall and then over an approx. 100 m long suspension bridge and a free-standing stair tower made of gratings. You no longer have any alternative options here.***
13.6 km – At the junction after the small stream crossing, continue straight uphill. Until further notice, follow the signs to Stuibenfall. You will pass the Waldcafé Stuböbele and several viewing platforms.
15.6 km – At the suspension bridge, continue STRAIGHT over the suspension bridge and up the subsequent steps.
15.9 km – When you arrive at the junction "Stuiben Kletterbrücke", continue STRAIGHT AHEAD. The waterfall remains on your left. Follow the signs to Niederthai.
16.6 km – At the fork in the road, KEEP RIGHT on the downhill forest road to the river bank. Once at the river, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD. The river stays on your right. Follow the signs to Niederthai and the red and white markings of the Ötztaler Urweg until you reach the entrance to Niederthai.
17.5 km – Once on the paved road, TURN RIGHT and immediately LEFT again. At the next T-junction, TURN RIGHT and go to the main road and cross it.
17.7 km – You have reached your destination for the day, the Tourist Information Niederthai next to the church.
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
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