The „Hohen Mut“ mountain ridge in Ötztal Nature Park, © Naturpark Ötztal
The „Hohen Mut“ mountain ridge in Ötztal Nature Park, © Naturpark Ötztal

Ötztal Nature Park

Ötztal Nature Park offers unparalleled diversity: covering an expanse of 510 square kilometres, Tirol’s second largest nature park is home to sprawling glaciers, deep pine forests and a lake environment.

Mountain forests, alpine meadows and rocky landscapes topped by glistening glacial ice: the impressive Ötztal and Stubai Alps dominate the landscapes of Ötztal Nature Park. It holds beautiful and incredibly diverse protected areas such as Obergurgler pine forest, Windachtal natural forest reserve and the conservation area surrounding romantic Lake Piburger. 67 ice giants together represent 95 square kilometres of glacier ice, forming a magnificent high mountain landscape against bright blue skies.  Those setting out on a tour from here will traverse all climate-related alpine vegetation levels and have plenty to see along the wayside accordingly, for example, ferns, wild orchids, various river-borne alpines and colourful pebbles. 

Lake Piburger in Oetz, © Tirol Werbung/Ines Mayerl
Lake Piburger See

Relax and marvel at the same time: The conservation area around Lake Achstürze-Piburger at the entrance to the Ötztal Valley in Oetz is characterised by its incomparable lake environment and unrefined rocky landscapes. This natural idyll was declared a natural monument in 1929, making it one of the oldest nature reserves in Austria.

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Tour to the Wildspitze, North Tirol’s highest mountain, © TVB Pitztal/Roman Tyulyakov
Glacier tours

The famous glacier world in Ötztal Nature Park is dominated by 67 „white giants“, one of which is the Wildspitze, North Tirol’s highest mountain (3,768 metres). A guided glacier tour required a little practice and stamina, but your efforts will be rewarded with unforgettable impressions.

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The scare copper at Ötztal Nature Park, © Naturpark Ötztal/Thomas Schmarda
Butterfly Watch

Have you even seen a six spot burnet or a geranium argus? Countless species of butterfly can be found at Ötztal Nature Park, so you can even enjoy a spot of butterfly chasing! Not with a net, of course, but with your camera.

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Obergurgler Pine Forest

Three hundred year old Swiss stone pine trees are impressive „personalities“. „Obergurgler Pine Forest“ is home to 20 hectares of Swiss stone pine woodlands. This and many other natural phenomena can be explored on an alpine adventure.

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Climbing at Engelswand (Angel’s Wall) in Umhausen, © Tirol Werbung/Tobias Madörin
Climbing tour at the Engelswand (Angel’s Wall)

Engelswand (Angel’s Wall) in Umhausen is just as green as the pine forest, but much steeper: the steep rock face and its perfectly adapted flora and fauna is bearer of the European Natura-2000-Protected Area and Tirolean Nature Reserve awards.

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Nature Park Villages in the Ötztal Valley

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