in Sölden

Timmelsjoch, 2.509 m

The trip trough the 2,509 m high Timmelsjoch tunnel trough the Ötztaler glaciers into the South Tyrolean wine region trough the Passeier valley to Meran is and reamins anunforgettable experience. The "Secret Gap" in the Alps or the direct route south brings laybys and panorama pointson the way.

Gaislachkogl lift, 3.058 m

The Gaislachkogl lift is the largest double cable lift in the world. Comprised of two sections of 1,370 m to 3,041 m. There is a wonderful panorama restaurant and sun terrace up at the mountain station. (3,041 m) with a breathtaking all-round view of the mountains and glaciers in the Ötztaler and Stubaier Alps, right down to the South Tyrolean Dolomites and Ortler area.

Glacier road, 1.377 - 2.800 m

The 15 km long Ötztaler Glacier road is one of the highest roads in the Eastern Alps, connecting Sölden (1,377 m) with the glacier ski regions in Rettenbach- and the Tiefenbach glaciers at over 2,800 m. Every curve of the road offers a new breathtaking view. The glacier tunnel is (tunnel patron Rosi Mittermaier) the highest road tunnel in the Alps, and connects both ski regions at an altitude of 2.800 metres and a length of 1,7 km.

Mineral viewing

Finds from the "Granaten Yeti" - Ötzi valley's most dedicatedcollector of minerals - and other precious stones fromm all over the world are exhibited here. Every Monday mineral lovers have the oportunity to buy exhibition pieces and mee the Granaten Yeti.

Mountaineer's village Vent, 1.900 m

Dominated by Tyrol's highest mountain, the Wildspitze, 3,774 m. The Rofenhöfe, the highest settlements in the Eastern Alps with its 46 m long suspension bridge over the 31 m deep Rofner gully, the famous warm-blood stud farm or the place where "Ötzi" was originally discovered Tiesenjoch, 3,200 m.

 

in the Ötz Valley

Ötzi village | Umhausen

With the discovery of "Ötzi" the Iceman in 1991 the Ötztal valley has one more cultural sensation. The world-famous findings dating back to approx. 4000 BC are the archeological highlight of the entire Ötztal region. The glacier mummy was named after the Ötztal area, where he was found and is thus irrevocably connected to this valley and its mountains. Up to 1991 the Ötztal valley was archeologically completely unexplored terrain. Subsequently research was intensified and today it is proven that already from 8000 BC people lived in this area.

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Local heritage museum | Längenfeld

This outstanding museum located in Lehn near Längenfeld displays rural life and work in the Ötztal up to the Fifties of the 20th century. The main part of the museum hosts a traditional, two-sided Ötztal farm with granary. Right next to the farmhouse you find a block-shaped side wing building dating back to the 17th century. The museum puts on display the modest life of Ötztal's inhabitants in past times. Besides the farmhouses visitors can take a closer look at agricultural machinery driven by Lehnbach brook's water power.

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Birds of Prey Park | Umhausen

The Oetztal birds of prey park, covering an area of approximately 5000 m², is located at the foot of Stuibenfall, Tyrol's largest waterfall and right next to the Ötzi Village. Around 30 animals of 15 different species of predatory birds, such as vultures, eagles, kites, owls, hawks, buzzards etc. live there. The spectacular flight demonstrations take place in the special arena which offers 300 seats. The educational trail about the history of falconry and falconry shop complete the informative offer of the barrier-free accessible birds of prey park.

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Stuibenfall waterfall | Umhausen

The story starts some 9800 years ago. The mighty glacier fields of the Ice Age move back, leaving behind a rough mountain valley full of hazards: loose masses of rock, rubbles and rugged mountain flanks. Very slowly the permafrost thaws, at least two thirds of the mountains and peaks are crashing down into the valley. Incredible masses of soil and rock form the so-called "Tauferberg" area by barricading the mountain brook coming down from "Horlachtal" valley. The water finds its own way, all of a sudden the Stuiben Falls emerge - Tirol's highest waterfall!

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Piburger lake | Oetz

Piburger See lake is the result of a natural catastrophe; today it is the landmark and gem of Oetz. Originally the lake's hollow was an old valley parallel to the Ötztal valley. After the last ice age a massive rock slide blocked the valley at its south-eastern end and covered its entire bottom. That's why water impounded and formed a lake. Because of its location amidst crystal rock Piburger See lake holds very soft water. In mid-summer surface temperature reaches up to 24°C. Because of its scenic location the lake is a popular destination for hikers and swimmers.

Hohler Stein | Vent

Hohler Stein area in close vicinity to Vent (2,050m) is an ancient hunters' and shepherds'' base dating back to the Stone Ages (8000-4000 BC). Archaeological findings prove that Vent was a hunting are even in 8000 BC. After the finding of the iceman Dr. Leitner of the University of Innsbruck made further investigations. He proved the existence of more Stone Age hunters' bases in the Ötztal valley, e.g. at the Hohler Stein mountain in Niedertal/Vent which is at an altitude of 2,050m and only 10km (beeline) from the place where the iceman was found.

 

in Tyrol

Innsbruck

In the heart of the Alps, i sthe stage for the Winter Olympic games in 1964 and 1976. Internationally known not only as a ski- and mountain town, but also for its university and commerce. 800 years of culture with a historical old-town centre and famous sights, such as the golden roof, the imperial palace, the imperial church, Ambras castle, the Schwarz Mander church, giant painting, and the alpine zoo, etc. Travel time: 1 hr

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Svarovski Crystal Worlds Wattens

Since the autumn of 1995, almost 2 million guests have made the pilgrimage to the Swarovski home of Wattens in the Tyrolean alps, to see for themselves the fascinating crystal world. André Heller created this magical and unforgettable place. Those entering the head of the giant will experience the sensuous energy that ranges from musical to olfactory, from illumination to architecture, from visble to simple touch. The Swarovski collection promises to be an exceptional experience. Travel time: 1 1/4 hrs.

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Alpine Zoo Innsbruck

The highest European zoo with a wonderful view of alpine animal world, then and now with more than 2000 animals of over 150 varieties. Worldwide unique coldwater aquarium with rare local fish. Open daily 09.00 am - 06.00 pm. Travel time:  1 1/4 hrs.

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Schwaz Silver Works

Experience how over 500 years ago more than 11.000 workers mined silver and copper. The Fugger town Schwaz, in those days was the second largest town in Austria and the most important silver mining metropolis in the world. "Glück auf!" at the entrance of the 800 m deep Sigmund shaft. Boards, glass cabinets and slide shows present the miner's tools. Visual and acoustic effects complete the knowledfeable explanations from the mining time. Travel time: 1 1/2 hrs.

Meran - Südtirol

The journey there is over the Timmelsjoch (2.509 m) and the romantic Passeier valley trough to Meran. Allow yourself  to be pleasantly surprised by the Mediterranean climate in the bath and healing town of Meran. A lovely old town with leafy avenues and an elegant promenade. The village Tyrol lies above the town with the castle Tyrol. Friday is market day in Meran. Travel time: 2 hrs.

Alpinarium - Galtür

The Alpinarium is a meeting place for young and old, local inhabitants and visitors from far away, even anyone who is just curious. Here people can be informed, extend their knowledge, exchange information, experience, and enjoy. Travel Time: 1 1/2 hrs.