At Bischoffsplatz car park in Umhausen you follow the trail behind the little Kneipp house, leading up to scenic Waalweg Arzwinkel. The leisurely pathwinds its way along the so-called „Waale“ (irrigation ditches) until you reach a gravel road. Keep to the right and follow the bubbling waters of Horlachbachup to the foot of the mighty Stuiben Falls. Always with a view of the fascinating nature spectacle, you walk to the right of the falling water masses, conquering some 700 steps on your way up to the origin of the Stuiben Falls. You also hike past a number of fabulous vantage platforms and the 80 meterlong suspension bridge.
A picturesque mountain meadow leads to Gasthof Stuibenfall. From there the hike continues up to the hamlet of Höfle and then down to the valley floor on Umhausen‘s high altitude trail. Down in the valley, you reach a huge intersection where you walk on the pleasant Steppsteig path towards popular Stuiben-Nannele. Then cross the gravel road and head towards a forest path that leads you back to the starting point past the Ötzi Village and Umhausen‘s swimming lake.
The Kneipp facilities at Bischofsplatz make a perfect refreshment stop.
Rest StopBadesee Umhausen
Tips, hints and links
- A scientific study on the health benefits of Stuibenfall showed an 58% improvement in lung function in athletes with asthma.
- Spending one hour in the spray zone of the waterfall for a period of two to three weeks improved lung function more than cortisone spray.
WATER IN THE ÖTZTAL VALLEY
Water, the element which has shaped the Ötztal valley.
The glaciers are melted by the sunshine, releasing fresh water which feeds into the meadows and the Ötztaler Ache river which winds its way along the 65 km long valley. The Ötztaler Ache catchment area extends over 893 km² with an elevation from 700 to 3,774 m. This glacial meltwater fills the reservoir used by the local population and provides a supply of drinking water.
Glaciers store ¾ of the world’s freshwater reserves and therefore represent the biggest natural waterstorage in the world.
In the year 1770, the advancing ice dammed many of the big lakes here which triggered catastrophic flooding across the entire Ötztal and Inntal regions when they burst their banks. Natural hazards and disaster made people want to know more about and better understand nature, which also facilitated glacier research. The many facets of water in the Ötztal is not just of interest for scientists. The Ötztal glaciers are recreational destinations for locals and guests alike as these ice worlds offer great hiking and skiing in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Crystal clear river waters swollen by icy glacier meltwater make for superb rafting, white water canoeing and other action-packed activities.
More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern
Getting thereUmhausen 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
ParkingThe following parking facilities are available in Umhausen:
- Umhausen Parking Mure - free of charge
- Umhausen Bischoffsplatz - payable from 07:00 to 18:30 hour