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.
Obergurgl opens its doors to a new mountain hut: Schönwieshütte set at 2,266 meters above sea level in a peaceful location at the entrance to the Rotmoostal valley. There is a large sunbathing terrace where Tirolean specialties are served amongst stunning mountain views.
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. Watch a video of what you can expect from your riding holiday in the Tyrol.
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 €25 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
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No
Try a taster and enjoy a lesson in circus riding or else ride indoors or outside on a Haflinger horse. Available all season on request from €25 (book locally).
The popular Obergurgl card is an excellent way to explore the area and includes a choice of two guided walks per day, transport to and from the starting point of the walks and use of the lifts whilst on the walks (see Activities tab for more information). Fauna and flora enthusiasts will love holidays in Obergurgl, with an abundance of wild flowers as well as golden eagles, chamois, ibex and marmots to be seen.
In & Around Obergurgl
The ÖTZTAL PREMIUM CARD
FREE to all guests. This card is provided by your hotel on arrival and includes:
The Ötztal valley offers incredible walking for those wanting to experience the breath-taking vistas, fresh mountain air and dramatic landscapes of high alpine areas. There are 250 peaks over 3,000 metres, and 1,300km of marked walking paths, from flower filled pastures to beautiful remote lakes and glaciers, ridge walks and many hikes up to cosy mountain huts. Many trails start right from the hotel door, and hikers are rewarded by magnificent views across the valley and over to the Italian Dolomites. There are starting points from the nearby villages of Vent, Sölden and Langenfeld, all linked by valley bus, and 2 gondolas in Obergurgl and nearby Hochgurgl.
Popular walks include:
Hohe Mut Alm & Gaisberg Glacier | 5 hrs | Easy |
A scenic walk from Obergurgl across the Gaisberg bridge onto the winding trail towards the Gaisbergtal valley and the snout of the Gaisberg glacier, continuing along the lower valley to the cosy Hohe Mut Alm.
Seenplatte Lake | 5 hrs | Medium |
The beautiful trail leads across the Pirchhütter creek and on to the Seenplatte lake. The steep but scenic mountain slopes with their lush green meadows make a perfect picnic stop.
Hangerer Peak | 5 hrs | Medium-difficult | 3,021m |
The trail leads through lush patures and ancient pine forests to the Schönwieshütte for lunch, before continuing through rock strewn grass slopes to the peak of Hangerer at 3,021m, crossing a snow field on the way to be rewarded by breath-taking views of the Ötztal and South Tyrolean Alps.
The ÖTZTAL PREMIUM CARD
FREE to all guests from 01 July 2017. This card is provided by your hotel on arrival and includes:
Hotel Guided Walks