WELCOME TO ÖTZ IN THE ÖTZTAL

Welcome to Ötz, your gateway to adventure in the Ötztal – one of the most pristine valleys in the Alps. Ötz is the name giver of the valley and its main river, the Ötztaler Ache. It is famous for its moderate climate, to which it also owes the designation “Merano of the North Tyrol”. 

WANDER THROUGH THE ÖTZTAL AND DISCOVER ITS MANY SIGHTS:

DO YOU SPEAK
“ETZTOLARISCH”?

“Etztolarisch”, or the Ötztal dialect, is one of the oldest forms of Southern Bavarian, which developed out of Middle High German. In 2010, the dialect was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in Austria.
Listen carefully whenever you hear a local speak. Their language is probably one of the most distinctive and interesting attractions in the valley and, what’s more, it’s a vital element of local identity.

A GLIMPSE OF LOCAL DIALECT:

A Drimle gean … To walk a bit
Koa Hatschar …. Not a long walk
Hoabet ses bekemen? … Have you received it?
Tuats di fuxn? … Is it not working?
A weag a kuglats Gstelle… A somewhat large frame
Danieden … Below
Dodöben … Above
Ho/Hö … Right?

For more attractions and visible sights that can be visited throughout the year and in any weather, please see below:

Oetz Old Village

If you walk through the centre of Oetz, it’s like walking through a living museum. Many historical buildings in the dense, clustered village have remained despite a boom in the building sector. Their original architectural design and rich past tells the story of past times and a vivid village life.

Ötz Tower Museum

The museum in the tower, steeped in history, displays a wide collection of paintings with a focus on Alpine landscape art. It was founded by the well-known Ötztal arts collector and folklorist Hans Jäger, who devoted his life to preserving rural art and art works. This cultural gem is well worth a visit – not only when it rains.

Ötzi Village Umhausen

What was life like in the Stone Age some 5,000 years ago? How did people cook, work, or fight back then? In the Ötzi Village, the archaeological outdoor park in Umhausen, visitors learn about the daily struggles of the world-famous ice mummy Ötzi and his people. Highlights for kids include our heritage animals and the rustic Ötzi playground.

007 ELEMENTS Sölden

The James Bond experience takes you deep inside the Gaislachkogl mountain for a one-of-a-kind adventure. With its entrance right next to the Gaislachkogl mountain station at over 3,000 metres above sea level, it gives James Bond buffs the unique opportunity to travel through underground tunnels and chambers on an interactive journey on the track of the secret agent. Hollywood-style views of the surrounding mountains included.