This particularly challenging segment of the trail starts at the Braunschweiger Hut (2,758 m) with a rather steep and difficult ascent to the Pitztaler Jöchl saddle (3,000 m), the highest point of this E5 segment. Once you reach the saddle, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Braunschweiger Hut, the Wildspitze mountain, the Rettenbachtal valley and the Riffelsee lake. You may encounter large snowfields in spring and early summer. There is an alternative shorter route via the Rettenbachjoch saddle. Both ways will take you to the Rettenbachferner glacier. From there, you will descend through the Rettenbachtal valley past luscious pastures and a little chapel to Zwieselstein (1,470 m).
Getting thereThe Ötztal is a southern side valley of the Inn valley. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps
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