Thanks to the mildness of its climate, Oetz has been called the "Merano of North Tyrol" after its counterpart in South Tyrol in Italy. In the pleasantly warm, summer-like temperatures, visitors can linger and relax outdoors in one of the many beer and restaurant gardens. In summer, the natural attractions around Oetz are at their peak and can be used to their best advantage. The chance to take a romantic ramble along the lake shores of the Piburger See, an evening trip to the old village centre or a hiking tour to Hochoetz, together with the many sporting activities available, are reason enough to take a summer break in Oetz Oetz offers a well-balanced combination of charm, mountain-related activities and water sports. The picture-perfect village centre with its historical architecture, exemplified by the 'Stern' inn and the Tower Museum, is a cultural highpoint. Numerous cafés, restaurants and boutiques invite visitors to stroll and lounge.
The basin of this lake was originally a valley that ran parallel to the Ötztal. At the end of the last Ice Age, a massive landslip blocked the valley at its south-eastern end, causing the lake to form. In the middle of summer, the water on the lake surface can reach temperatures of up to 24°C. Thanks to its captivating setting, the lake is a popular destination for trips in the Ötztal.
The Acherkogel lift takes visitors into the alpine meadow region of Hochoetz, 2020 metres above sea level. This is the starting point for a clearly signposted network of hiking paths, leading to mountain lodges, mountain peaks and into the neighbouring side valleys of the Ötztal and the Kühtai. The easier routes can be managed by all hikers.
In winter, the Hochoetz ski area becomes an archetypical winter sports centre. Located at the entrance to the Ötztal valley, it caters specifically for families and the personal needs of the individual guest. With its easy-going 34 km of piste, slopes appropriate for skiers of all levels, cosy rest and refreshment facilities and rustic ski lodges, this area is ideal for a family ski holiday in Tyrol.