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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 18

Ötztal Trek Stage 18

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Braunschweiger Hütte
    / Braunschweiger Hütte
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus, Ötztal
  • / Mainzer Höhenweg
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  • / Rüsselsheimer Hütte
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  • /
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m 3600 3400 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 8 6 4 2 km Rüsselsheimer Hütte Braunschweiger Hütte Wassertalkogel Weißmaurachjoch Mainzer Höhenweg
Braunschweiger Hütte (2.758 m) –> Mainzer Höhenweg –> Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2.328 m)
Distance 9.5 km
9:30 h
979 m
1,408 m
3,241 m
2,329 m
  • Course: Climbing, Path
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, endurance, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain route black, intersection alpine route
  • Difficulties: extremely long tour, several times glacier passages (columns), assured passages; Stable weather conditions are particularly important; Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment, depending on the conditions Pickel, crampons, rope
  • Huts : Braunschweiger Hut, Rüsselsheimer Hut
    Acess / exit point: from the valley station of the Rettenbachfern over the Rettenbachjoch to the Braunschweiger hut (approx. 1.75 h way, approx. 1.5 h descent); from Plangeross (municipality of St. Leonhard in the Pitztal) to Rüsselsheimer Hütte (about 2 h ascent, approx. 1,5 h descent)
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Update: April 15, 2021
Highest point
3,241 m
Lowest point
2,329 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Braunschweiger Hütte
Rüsselsheimer Hütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, Kondition, Ausdauer, hochalpine Erfahrung; abschnittsweise alpine Route

extrem lange Tour, mehrmals Gletscherpassagen (Spalten), versicherte Passagen; stabile Wetterverhältnisse besonders wichtig; Bergführer empfohlen!

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

... Mainzer Höhenweg high elevation trail leads across five peaks higher than 3000 meters and three glaciers?


More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 


Braunschweiger Hut (2,757 m)
46.935232, 10.909381
46°56'06.8"N 10°54'33.8"E
32T 645335 5199736


Rüsselsheimer Hut

Turn-by-turn directions


Three peaks higher than three thousand meters are crossed here on Geigenkamm ridge. Walk uphill from Braunschweiger Hütte and follow the route below Pitztaler Jöchl to the left, then down into Silbergrube basin. The route permanently ascends and descends along the wide ridge. Scenic Wurmsitzkogl (3079 m) and Gschrappkogl (3197 m) are the first three thousand meter high peaks you climb on this tour. Followed by splendid Wassertalkogl (3252 m) on which you can find the orange-colored Rheinland-Pfalz bivouac (free use) for 12 people. When descending from Wassertalkogl, three glacier fields must be crossed. Afterwards a short scramble stage takes you back to a hiking trail.
The path leads down to Weißmaurachjoch saddle and cirque, where you reach Rüsselsheimer Hütte after about 10 challenging hours.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at


Getting there

Sölden is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. 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



The following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
  • Parking lot
  • parking lot Stiegele
  • stair parking
  • Giggijochbahn + underground garage
  • Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage
  • Parking Hochsölden
  • parking garage Hochsölden 1. parking lot
  • parking Zwieselstein
  • parking Zwieselstein / sports ground

All parking is free during the day.


Parking for several days (eg hike tour):

  • Postplatz, Parkticket available at the information Sölden Parkgarage Gaislachkoglbahn
  • Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn


46.935232, 10.909381
46°56'06.8"N 10°54'33.8"E
32T 645335 5199736
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and possibly gloves. It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • 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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ötztal Trek Route 5
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Vent (alternative route)
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 19
  • Ötztaler Urweg E8 Gaislach - Granstein
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 17
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Vent to Obergurgl (alternative route)
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9.5 km
9:30 h
979 m
1,408 m
Highest point
3,241 m
Lowest point
2,329 m
Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available


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