Summer holidays in Ötztal

With a length of 65 kilometres, Ötztal in the Tyrol is the longest of the tributary arms of the Inn valley. Along its north-south orientation, Ötztal has three main valley levels. The breathtaking backdrop of mountains, many of whose peaks reach elevations of over 3,000 metres above sea level, ensures that summer visitors to Ötztal can enjoy one of nature's most astounding spectacles. The highest of the peaks in the Ötztal Alps is the Wildspitze at 3,772 metres (12,375 feet) above sea level. There is a wide range of leisure activities available to holidaymakers taking a summer break in the Ötztal, ensuring that each day can be a different and unique experience. It is possible to take a excursion to the neighbouring South Tyrol via the Timmelsjoch high alpine road.

The extensive leisure options mean that the Ötztal in Tyrol is a particularly attractive summer holiday destination. One special feature is the Ötztal's microclimate. The Tschirgant to the north shelters the Ötztal from cold northerly winds while the valley is also located in the rain shadow of the mighty peaks reaching up to 3,000-plus metres above sea level. This means that the Ötztal is one of the driest of the alpine valleys. Vines and sweet chestnuts trees flourish at its southern end around Oetz, something one would not normally expect in the Tyrolean mountains. It is not without good reason that Oetz is called the "Merano of North Tyrol" and the "Gateway to the South".

Take a summer break in the perfect hiking paradise of Ötztal

Ötztal is the perfect destination for the dedicated hiker with its wealth of hiking paths. The around 1,600 kilometres of signed trails,for all levels of ability, provide for limitless hiking fun. The range of options is correspondingly large and hikers taking a summer break in the Tyrol can walk here to their hearts' content. Serene mountain lakes, the numerous alpine lodges and the magnificent views from the peaks of the mountains will eventually reward the hiker for all their efforts. Those who would prefer to avoid the climb can use one of the many summer mountain lifts to reach the higher alpine elevations. Experienced guides are also available to take you on a tour of the Ötztal's mountain peaks and glaciers. For more detailed information on Hiking holidays in Ötztal click here.

A summer break in Ötztal; for cyclists who aim high

Cyclists and mountain bikers will also be impressed by what they find. There are many different signed circular routes of various lengths in Ötztal ensuring that everyone is catered for. There are circular routes that are largely level and circular routes that require riders to conquer elevations of several hundred metres. Mountain bikers will find that summer in the Ötztal appears to have been designed with their needs in mind. Challenging tours in the higher elevations guarantee magnificent views and an unforgettable summer break in the Ötztal. Probably the most exciting tour is provided by the almost 80 km Ötztal Trail that follows the whole length of the valley and requires considerable stamina to complete. Cyclists who prefer racing will find ideal conditions at the southern end of the valley and more challenging conditions at its northern end, so that they can choose to free-wheel into the Inn valley or attack the mountain peaks. For those who need a little help, there are also electric bikes that can be hired from various outlets along the whole of the Ötztal valley. For more detailed information on cycling and Mountain bike holidays in Ötztal, click here.

Activity, fun and excitement during a summer break in Ötztal

Of course, Ötztal is also the perfect venue for many of the more recently developed adventure sports activities. Thrills (but hopefully not spills) can be enjoyed during canyoning, kayaking, rafting and on rock climbing tours. Or take to the air and discover the beauty of the Ötztal from above in a tandem paraglider. One highlight at the southern end of the valley is the new outdoor arena 'Area 47', offering activities that will get the adrenaline pumping. Here, those with a head for heights can negotiate an exciting high rope course and take on a massive artificial climbing face, the highest in all Austria. Also offered are canyoning tours in the many ravines of the Ötztal and adventurous rafting tours. Unexpected water-based fun is available in a magnificent bathing lake with spectacular slides, a water slide park and a high diving board for those who wish to show off their skills. Also located here is the Area Dome, the venue for a wealth of sports and music events.

Family holidays in the Ötztal

There is much on offer in Ötztal in summer that will appeal to families. Perfect water fun can be had in the lakes and swimming pools. A special attraction is the Aqua Dome in Längenfeld. This is a health and beauty and relaxation paradise with a sauna complex that also offers much to families with children.. Children can romp and splash around as much as they like in the separate section with pools on the deck of a ship and another separate indoor section. Ötztal also boasts the Piburger See, a lake in idyllic surroundings which is of one of Tyrol's warmest bathing lakes. Other attractions for families are the Forchet Geolehrpfad themed hiking trail and the 'Ötzi the Iceman' Village near the Stuibenfall waterfall. This open-air archaeological park shows visitors what life was like in the Neolithic era. The Funpark in Huben has trampolines, water slides, a skate park and much more, providing diversity and fun for the kids among their peers.