The Martin-Busch-Hütte (2,501 metres) is a German Alpine Club mountain refuge at the end of the Niedertal Valley in the Ötztal Alps, Tirol. It is surrounded by 3,000m peaks.
Mountain shelter in the midst of high alpine grazing pastures
German Alpine Club, Berlin Division
Before hikers come in early summer, the sheep arrive. The Martin-Busch-Hütte is a focal point of the famous sheep drive from the Schnalstal Valley in South Tirol to the Niedertal-Almen pastures in the Ötztal Valley. The hut is located southwest of Vent at the end of the Niedertal Valley, which is actually a high valley - and an impressive one at that. The building stands close to the point where the Niederjochbach and Schalfbach stream merge with the Niedertaler Ache River. The spot where the Ötzi glacier mummy was discovered can be reached in a day from here. The well-equipped Martin-Busch-Hütte with its spacious and panoramic terrace was named after Martin Busch, who worked for the administration of the Austrian and German Alpine Clubs after the War.
Ascent to the Martin-Busch-Hütte
From Vent in the upper Ötztal Valley via a forest trail (3 hours)
Walks and hikes in the area (walking time to summit)
Kreuzspitze (3,455 metres), 3.25 hours, intermediate
Saykogel (3,355 metres), 3 hours, intermediate
Tisenjoch (place where Ötzi the Iceman was found, 3,210 metres), 3.5 hours, difficult
Hintere Schwärze (3,624 metres), 5 hours, difficult (glacier crossing)
Similaun (3,597 metres), 4.5 hours, difficult (glacier crossing)