Located at 1,900 metres above sea level, it is easy to see why the small village of Vent in the Ötztal Nature Park is very popular with hikers and mountaineers.
A rushing stream fed by the glaciers high above runs through this settlement, which belongs to the municipality of Sölden. The last few trees of the surrounding forests soon give way to barren high alpine slopes and craggy peaks. And yet, this remote village enjoys long hours of sunshine. Vent is surrounded by many mountains over 3,000 m, the highest in the Ötztal Alps, including the Wildspitze and the Similaun. As early as the 19th century, mountaineers would use Vent as a base for hiking up to the nearby summits. One of them was the famous priest and alpine pioneer Franz Senn. In summer, up to 3,500 sheep are driven up from neighbouring South Tirol to graze on the lush meadows covered with flowers. There are also plenty of mountain huts where hikers can stop off for a drink and a snack. Vent even has its own mountain guide school offering both individual and group excursions. When winter comes and covers the region in a thick layer of snow, Vent is transformed into a haven for ski touring adventures such as the Ötztaler Runde. Alpine skiers will find a small, family-friendly resort nearby.