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.
Take a gondola ride with Acherkogelbahn up to Hochoetz, then follow the easy walking trail to Balbach Alm. Starting point for alternative hikes: Oetz, Berggasthof Schönblick or Ochsengarten.
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
Oetz 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 Oetz:
Parking Acherkogelbahn - free for guests of the gondola lift, camping prohibited
Parking lot Raftingeinsteinstelle (at the end of Oetz on the right side) - free, but limited parking (alternatively Acherkogelbahn 150 m), camping prohibited
Oetz parking area (subject to a charge)
Parking at night during several days' tours: Central parking place Oetz, The ticket is available at the information office Oetz.