More than 3000 years ago immense parts of the Tschirgant mountain massif crashed into the valley by blocking the entrance to the Ötztal. Today this wonderful area amidst the densely populated Tirolean Inntal has become atrue nature treasure, almost untouched by men. The wood-covered oasis offers splendid places ideal to take a rest, rich fauna and flora, and many mythenshrouded legends and stories. Two breathtaking loop trails travel straight through this awesome landscape called "Sautner Forchet" known for its exciting cultural spots (Kalkofen area, cavehouse, …). Information panels inform about the region's fauna and geology. Both loop trails are linked, boasting a huge circular trail if you combine them. Please take enough to drink with you especially in the hot summer months.
Best time of year
easy way for beginners. Please look at the weather forecast.
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.
Starting at the Kreuzkapelle chapel in Sautens, you follow the road for about 100 m. Then the red trail forks-off into the forest area to the right. A beautiful walking path travels to the Tschirgantblick vantage point. Proceed to the information board about the area's bird species and geological facts. A very recommendable walk especially in spring and autumn. This loop tour is also meant as a geocaching trail with treasure map for children.
Walking time: 1 ½ - 2 hours
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
Sautens 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 Sautens:
directly in front of the town hall - for free of charge
right after the big bridge right on the big gravel parking lot - for free
at the sports field / cross chapel / experience Kalkofen as - for free
in front of the elementary school / kindergarten, Kirchblickweg - for free