The start of the Ötztaler Urweg takes you along the Ötztaler Ache and up the Auerklamm waterfall to some spectacular viewing points.
In the morning, you’ll take the bus to the Ötztal train station, the official starting point of the Ötztaler Urweg trail. You’ll walk parallel to the River Inn, climbing up to mountain hamlet of Oetzerau, situated at the entrance to the valley. Here you can take in the spectacular views of the valley, the 3000-metre summits looming over head and the route ahead of you. From Oetzerau, the trail descends at an easy-going pace to Oetz.
The viewing point at the 6.0 km mark is a good place for a break and take in the great views of the waterfall.
You must be confident walking at heights and steady on your feet. Concentrate on what you’re doing and keep your eyes on the path.
In rainy weather, the narrow trails can be muddy and slippery. Make sure to wear sturdy footwear with plenty of grip.
Check the latest weather information (for example by asking at your accommodation or the local tourist information centre) and be on the lookout for changes in the weather. If the weather is stormy or very rainy, do not walk this trail, as the path can be slippery.
You will also be crossing a few roads on today’s walk. Even if the roads are quiet, look out for cars when crossing.
You are responsible for your own safety. Know your limits and follow signs and instructions at all times. Off-track navigation is not recommended.
We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.
In your information pack, you’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket and a backpack