The ideal resort for those wanting to experience high alpine walking, fresh mountain air and wildlife. As the highest parish in Austria this quiet, compact village is found at the end of the scenic Ötz valley with miles of extensive, well-marked paths directly from the hotel door, offering many challenging hikes as well as easier walks to viewing platforms and mountain alms reached by gondola. From the top of the Hohe Mut there is a spectacular glacial panorama, whilst a more gentle footpath winds down along the river to Zwieselstein and Sölden passing waterfalls and mountain huts. Fauna and flora enthusiasts will love it here, with an abundance of wild flowers as well as golden eagles, chamois, ibex and marmots. The popular Ötztal card includes travel on all lifts, hikers’ buses and public transport in the area, as well as bike hire and entrance to local attractions, and there are full walking programmes offered by the tourist office and some hotels.
September (16-30) is when the villages in the Tyrol celebrate the annual ‘Almabtrieb’. The festival celebrates the end of the summer when the cows are led down the mountain to their stables for the winter. Cowbells echo through the valley as hundreds of cows pass by, all highly decorated in traditional costume. You’ll be welcome to join in the festivities!
As a taster, enjoy a lesson in circus riding or a ride indoors or outdoors on a Haflinger horse. Haflingers are friendly, sensitive horses with an incredible work capacity. They are perfect horses for beginners and children. The team of grooms looks after the horses with the aim of maintaining and developing their friendly nature, so that guests can enjoy their hacks to the full.
When: All season on request
Where: Scheiber-Obergurgl School
Duration: Circus riding is 20mins, any other lesson 45min
Min/max numbers: No minimum, group max 6 people, individual lessons are also available
Price: From £15 per person (register / pay locally)
Two Centres | Combine your stay in Obergurgl with 3, 4 or 7 nights in another resort in Austria or the Italian Dolomites.
Resort Code: ATOG
Languages spoken: English
Time difference: GMT+1
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 30mins by coach.
Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.
Self drive is available
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No