This easy-to-intermediate walk to the pretty Piburger See lake takes you into a fascinating world of contrasts. On the one hand walkers experience the wild water of the Ötztaler Ache, on the other the mirror-like surface of the Piburger See lake surrounded by lush forests. At the end of the lake there is a restaurant with a swimming area, where hikers can cool off on hot days. The Piburger See, one of Tirol's warmest swimming lakes, was elevated to the status of a protected area of natural beauty in 1929, making it one of the oldest nature reserves in the region.
Car park, Oetz
Car park, Oetz
Total hiking time
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
intermediate (red mountain trails)
Elevation uphill 362m
Vertical metres downhill 362m
Best time of year
* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.
- Accessible using public transport
Bus route 4194, get off at stop Oetz Gemeindeamt
Car park on the main road
Places serving food & drink
- Gasthaus Seehäusl (summer season)
- Restaurant am Piburger See (early May until late September)
- Seehüter's Hotel Seerose, Piburg
- Gasthof Piburger See, Piburg
- Various locations in Oetz
The walk begins at the car park in Oetz and leads along the banks of the thundering Ötztaler Ache river as far as the "Wellerbrücke" bridge. Cross over the river there and head gently uphill into the forest. This will take you all the way to the "Seehäusl" on the eastern shore of the lake, at 913 metres above sea level. Continue along the southern shore of the lake until the trail heads up to the Seejöchl ridge (1,047 metres). Follow the circular trail as far as Piburg, turn right there and walk past the old mill back to the lake. Then head along the northern shore, past the restaurant and the Gasthaus Seehäusl and then eventually back to Oetz.