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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 8

Ötztaler Urweg E8 Gaislach - Granstein

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Hochsölden
    / Hochsölden
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  • / Zwieselstein
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  • / Gaislachalm
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  • / Sonneck
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  • / Bubis Ski- und Almhütte
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  • / Löple Alm
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  • / Goldeggalm
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  • / Hühnersteign
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  • / Gampealm
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  • / Gampe Thaya
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  • / Sonnblick
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  • / Hochsölden
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  • / Leiterbergalm
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  • / Edelweisshütte
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  • / Jausenstation Hochwald
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  • /
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m 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Restaurant ice Q Gampe Thaya 007 ELEMENTS Maria's Alm



GAISLACH –> Gampealmen –> Hochsölden –> Leiterbergalm –> GRANSTEIN

Distance 13.1 km
4:00 h
317 m
814 m



ALMZEIT is a family theme hiking trail in close touch with the huge variety of Sölden's mountain huts and Alpine pastures. While walking from hut to hut and from time to time, you will discover the Alpine area with all senses and in all its facets. Take a little time, enjoy a rest stop and talk about your experiences: you will be surprised how many stories all these Alpine pastures have to tell.


Right in-between colorful mountain meadows and ancient stone pine forests, the trail always leads along the tree line. Here on the well-tended Alpine pastures you can make out the last traces of the winter sport season. Where the ski athletes meet in winter, the grazing cattle herds now enjoy the tranquility and tasty Alpine herbs. On the opposite side of the valley the Alpine giants shine out of Windachtal, "Sölden's Silent Part" is only a stone's throw away. Slowly we move away from the mountain lifts - in the middle of nowhere. The view of the valley is fairly gorgeous: glacier-topped summits go hand in hand with lush green Alpine pastures and meandering mountain brooks. The winter sports and hiking village of Sölden can be found right at the heart of this stunning scenery.

Highest point
2,120 m
Lowest point
1,463 m

Rest Stop

Maria's Alm
Gampe Thaya
Alpengasthof Gaislach Alm
Restaurant ice Q

Safety information

Surefootedness, a good physical shape, stamina

No major difficulties

Tips and hints

Did you know that…


… Silbertal/Gaislachalmen hosts western Austria's biggest Mineral Museum at about 2000 meters above sea level? Among others, you can admire Europe's biggest single garnet and many other attractions.


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


Gaislach (1,960 m)
46.934206, 10.998731
46°56'03.1"N 10°59'55.4"E
32T 652139 5199791



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Gaislachalmen pasture huts you hike to Gasthof Sonneck. Here you turn left and walk - below Gaislachkogl middle station - along the mountainside towards Hühnersteign hut by crossing an underpass. From the hut anarrow hiking trail leads straight into the stone pine forest. At the end of the forest you reach an idyllic mountain meadow with quaint farmer‘s huts.
Continue through the lush meadows down to Gampealmen pasture huts. The trail travels right in-between the lift towers of Giggijoch mountain gondola towards Gasthof Sonnblick and further on to Hochsölden. As soon as you reach the last houses, turn left towards Leiterbergalm. From Leiterbergalm you follow the wide forest trail out of the valley, hiking downhill until you get to Granstein.


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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

Zwieselstein 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



The following parking facilities are available in Zwieselstein:
  • parking Zwieselstein
  • parking Zwieselstein / sports ground


46.934206, 10.998731
46°56'03.1"N 10°59'55.4"E
32T 652139 5199791
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Standard hiking equipment, sturdy hiking boots

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Zwieselstein to Moos in Passeier (original route)
  • Ötztaler Urweg Umleitung E5 Sölden - Hochgurgl Crosspoint (Weiterfahrt Bus nach Obergurgl)
  • Ötztaler Urweg E5 Sölden - Obergurgl
  • Ötztaler Urweg E9 Granstein - Längenfeld
  • Ötztal Trek Route 5
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 18
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
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13.1 km
4:00 h
317 m
814 m


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