Cycling holidays

Tyrol: Mountain Bike paradise Ötztal with its alpine charm

Mountain bike tours in the Tyrol appropriate to all abilities are available to visitors to Ötztal. At an elevation of 600 - 3,000 metres above sea level, Ötztal offers just about everything that makes a biker's heart beat faster and ensures that a cycling holiday in the Tyrol is an unforgettable experience. A wide range of tour options, free transport for cycles and - last but not least - hosts who are themselves cycling enthusiasts ensure that this, the longest of the tributary valleys of the Inn, is a real El Dorado for the mountain biker. The diversity on offer means that Ötztal is everyone's ideal base for a cycling holiday, from athletic downhiller to happy electrobiker.

In Haiming, at the southern end of the valley, cyclists can peddle relaxedly past orchards while the more competitive downhill biker will find the stability of their equipment put to the test on the total of 16 individual trails  further up the valley, where fruit trees give way to edelweiss and gentian. Nowhere else in Tyrol is this diversity so great; everyone can enjoy cycling in Ötztal at their own speed. Ötztal makes it easy for the cyclist who aims high, as there are five cable cars that can transport rider and bike up to the higher alpine elevations. There is a total of 860 km of officially recognised MTB routes in the valley. The biker who aims to negotiate the whole section will have to overcome a massive 37,738 metre ascent/descent profile. Among the 42 trails, the highlight and a must is the Ötztal mountain bike Trail. It extends for nearly 161 km along this, the longest tributary valley of the Inn, and offers many interesting detours. The trail takes the rider over the five valley levels, from the very south to the north of the valley and, with a couple of detours, even right up high - with the help of the local cable cars.

Take it easy with electricity.

There are outlets located along the whole valley where state-of-the-art electric bikes can be hired and left. If you need a little help to get to your destination, why not let electricity give you a boost? The enterprises participating in the scheme all use the same models and technical specifications. There is thus always a station close at hand, from Oetz to Obergurgl, where you can recharge your bike's battery.

Get the overview with the new Ötztal mountain bike map

Elevation profiles, section characteristics and timing, GPS data - all at a glance in the new, handy bike map. Designed specifically for those taking a mountain bike break in Ötztal, the "Cycling and mountain bike map" is now available free of charge from all tourist information offices. You will experience cycling from its very best side in Ötztal in the Tyrol thanks to the diversity of the trails and the magnificent mountain panoramas.

Out and about with a racing bike...

If you are a racing biker, a valley with a length of only 67 km may seem at first glance to offer nothing more than a rather limited stretch of roadway. But look again. You will find Ötztal is the ideal starting point for cycle tours during which sublime prospects of the unique alpine scenery can be enjoyed. And bear in mind that this is the venue for the toughest of the long-distance alpine cycle races, the Ötztal Cycle Marathon. This takes place annually in August, when some 5,000 competitors take on the challenge. Every cycle enthusiast knows how gruelling the Ötztal Cycle Marathon can be as competitors need to cover 238 km and overcome an elevation of 5,500 metres. The most difficult section crosses four alpine passes (Kühtai: 2,020 metres above sea level, Brenner: 1,370 metres above sea level, Jaufenpass: 2,090 metres above sea level and the Timmelsjoch: 2,509 metres above sea level), meaning that competitors need to be in the very best condition.  Some of the Hotels in the Ötztal offer special stopover packages during the Ötztal Cycle Marathon.