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Yearning for lush green meadows, clean mountain air and a splendid summer holiday in Tirol? The fabulous holiday regions within the Ötztal offer loads of rewarding activities and programs for hikers and explorers. Or maybe you prefer an interesting tour of the Ötzi Village? The Stuibenfall, Tirol's biggest waterfall, and the AREA 47 Adventure Playground are located nearby, as well as idyllic lake Piburger See, Tirol's warmest swimming lake hidden in the forest. The choice is all yours!
Since summer 2017 a 142 meter long bridge traverses the Gurgler Ferner in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. Walkers enjoy a safe and easy crossing of the huge glacier ravine. The bridge is named after the Piccard Family, a renowned dynasty of explorers and adventurers.
If you drive along the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, the highest pass of the eastern Alps, you can enjoy a majestic view of the Ötztal Alps and a masterpiece of road construction at the same time. 60 spectacular bends lead to an altitude of 2500 meters - a truly memorable experience especially for cabriolet drivers, motor bikers or mountain bikers.
Where else if not here? The architecture of the motorcycle museum at Top Mountain Crosspoint is already very remarkable, however due to the combination with the exhibits it is something you simply must have seen – even if you are not a motor cyclist. On 3.000m², about 230 classic motor cycles from approximately 100 manufacturers are presented together with some automobile rarities.
Explore a truly outstanding exhibition on the valley's natural history. At Hohe Mut Alm (2670 m altitude), a vantage point overlooking the majestic glaciers of Rotmoostal and Gaisbergtal, you get a deep insight into life in and on the glacier, climate change and high Alpine research deeply rooted in the history of Ötztal.
The James Bond Installation in Sölden stands for a cinematic peak experience. Where Daniel Craig was in front of the camera for the Spectre movie shooting, visitors experience an unprecedented highlight for film enthusiasts. At the peak of 3048 meter tall Gaislachkogl high above Sölden, the Spectacular Bond Adventure World takes you on a journey to the underground realm of an ever-young myth of the modern age.
This outstanding museum located in Lehn near Längenfeld displays rural life and work in the Ötztal up to the Fifties of the 20th century.
The main part of the museum hosts a traditional, two-sided Ötztal farm with granary. Right next to the farmhouse you find a block-shaped side wing building dating back to the 17th century. The museum puts on display the modest life of Ötztal's inhabitants in past times. Besides the farmhouses visitors can take a closer look at agricultural machinery driven by Lehnbach brook's water power.
The story starts some 9800 years ago. The mighty glacier fields of the Ice Age move back, leaving behind a rough mountain valley full of hazards: loose masses of rock, rubbles and rugged mountain flanks. Very slowly the permafrost thaws, at least two thirds of the mountains and peaks are crashing down into the valley. Incredible masses of soil and rock form the so-called "Tauferberg" area by barricading the mountain brook coming down from "Horlachtal" valley. The water finds its own way, all of a sudden the Stuiben Falls emerge - Tirol's highest waterfall!
With the discovery of "Ötzi" the Iceman in 1991 the Ötztal valley has one more cultural sensation. The world-famous findings dating back to approx. 4000 BC are the archeological highlight of the entire Ötztal region. The glacier mummy was named after the Ötztal area, where he was found and is thus irrevocably connected to this valley and its mountains.
Up to 1991 the Ötztal valley was archeologically completely unexplored terrain. Subsequently research was intensified and today it is proven that already from 8000 BC people lived in this area.
The Oetztal birds of prey park, covering an area of approximately 5000 m², is located at the foot of Stuibenfall, Tyrol's largest waterfall and right next to the Ötzi Village.
Around 30 animals of 15 different species of predatory birds, such as vultures, eagles, kites, owls, hawks, buzzards etc. live there. The spectacular flight demonstrations take place in the special arena which offers 300 seats. The educational trail about the history of falconry and falconry shop complete the informative offer of the barrier-free accessible birds of prey park.
Excellent recreation and ultimate swimming fun for young and old in the foothills of Tirol's biggest waterfall. The Umhausen swimming lake features pure drinking water (water hardness: 0). Further highlights include a huge sun lawn perfect for all those in search of rest and relaxation, a beach volleyball field and tennis court for sports fans, a children's playground, a diving platform, an Italian pizzeria serving fine delights.
The hamlet of Farst strikes as almost exceptional. It is referred to as the eyrie of the Ötztal valley. Located high above the legendary Engelswand rock face, visitors who dare to ascend the serpentines that were slammed into the rock, are rewarded with a dreamlike panoramic view and hearty hospitality.
Farst is one of the valley's oldest settlements. Already in the 13th century a Schwaighof farm was founded there. The Reichalm pasture, which is a 1.5-hour walk from Farst, is an insider's tip for nature lovers.
Today's Museum in the Tower was formerly known as "Galerie zum alten Oetztal" installed by Hans Jäger in his private farmhouse. It is meant as a countermovement to the stream of time in order to preserve the rich cultural heritage in the rural region and its numerous traditions deeply rooted in history, which are often ignored by the so-called modern way of thinking!
A fine collection of pictures centers on the view over the mighty Ötztal Alps from different angles in the lower valley. Changing exhibitions are scheduled. After many years of collecting material, photographs and pictures, visitors can take a unique insight into the region and its varied facets.
Piburger See lake is the result of a natural catastrophe; today it is the landmark and gem of Oetz. Originally the lake's hollow was an old valley parallel to the Ötztal valley. After the last ice age a massive rock slide blocked the valley at its south-eastern end and covered its entire bottom. That's why water impounded and formed a lake. Because of its location amidst crystal rock Piburger See lake holds very soft water. In mid-summer surface temperature reaches up to 24°C. Because of its scenic location the lake is a popular destination for hikers and swimmers.
Despite bustling building activities since WWII and the people's desire for modern housing many buildings in the old part of Oetz have been preserved. Especially picturesque is the architecturally unspoilt center with its accumulation of old buildings, that are built close to each other.
The Forchet, a vast and wood-covered rock slide area, is a landscape that has only been negligibly altered by men. It is completely different from the surrounding landscapes of the entrance of the Ötztal valley. Some 3000 years ago rock slide material (180m³) from the Tschirgant face buried the entrance of the Ötztal valley to Ambach and past Sautens. The Inn and the Ötztal Ache rivers had to clear a path through the fauna and flora. People had a hard time, too. The entire area was covered by chaotic accumulations of rocks. A wild landscape that defies cultivation still today.