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Endless paths lead across snow-covered meadows and forests. Crunching snow under your feet. Glittering snow crystals accompany you along the trail. Freedom for body and mind. More than 50 km of cleared winter walking trails are waiting for passionate nature fans. Romantic snowshoe hiking creates memories which will stay with you forever. Picture-book winter landscapes in the surroundings of Umhausen-Niederthai. Improve your fitness on wonderful snowshoe walks and enjoy unspoilt nature at the same time.

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Balbach Alm Hochoetz

Hiking Trail · Oetz
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PANORAMARESTAURANT HOCHOETZ --> BALBACH ALM
easy
1.7 km
0:45 h
63 m
63 m
Take the gondola Acherkogelbahn to Hochoetz. From there you follow the forest road at the left hand side. Pass by Kühtaile Alm and follow the easy way to Balbach Alm. The path is also possible for child carrier and also suitable for wheel chair with electric support. 

 

Alternative possibility: First hiking up to Mohrenkopf and from there down to Balbach Alm: approx: 45 minutes

 

Up from Ochsengarten through the forest: approx. 1 hour

Author’s recommendation

Lot's of fun for kids with "KUNOs Seilzug"

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2020 m
Lowest point
1957 m
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Rest Stop

Balbach Alm
Kühtaile Alm
Panoramarestaurant Hochoetz

Safety information

Moderate mountain trail; for sure-footed and experienced hikers. Good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary. Please pay attention to the current weather report:

Equipment

It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and possibly gloves. It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

Tips, hints and links

More details about hiking in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 

Start

Panoramarestaurant Hochoetz (2016 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.212333, 10.932263
UTM
32T 646316 5230571

Destination

Balbach Alm

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the gondola Acherkogelbahn to Hochoetz. From there you follow the forest road at the left hand side. Pass by Kühtaile Alm and follow the easy way to Balbach Alm. The path is also possible for child carrier and also suitable for wheel chair with electric support. . 

 

Alternative possibility: First hiking up to Mohrenkopf and from there down to Balbach Alm: approx: 45 minutes

 

Up from Ochsengarten through the forest: approx. 1 hour

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

Oetz is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Oetz:
  • Parking Acherkogelbahn - free for guests of the gondola lift, camping prohibited
  • Parking lot Raftingeinsteinstelle (at the end of Oetz on the right side) - free, but limited parking (alternatively Acherkogelbahn 150 m), camping prohibited
  • Oetz parking area (subject to a charge)
  • Parking at night during several days' tours: Central parking place Oetz, The ticket is available at the information office Oetz.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass #043 | Ötztaler Alpen Ötztal, Pitztal | 1:50.000

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.7 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
63 m
Descent
63 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Handicapped accessible Suitable for strollers

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