Around your Obergurgl-Hochgurgl holiday region
History, excursions and events
Obergurgl is located at the end of Ötztal valley, Tyrol's longest tributary valley with a length of around 65 kilometres. Winter sports heaven and summer destination for mountaineers, but also the Alps' hotspot for events and a history-charged place – the Ötztal Alps are all this and more.
Various spots in Ötztal are witnesses to the long history of the Tyrolean mountain region and offer rewarding excursion destinations during your holiday in Obergurgl. It was about 9,000 years ago that the first people came to Ötztal and perambulated the region. There is one very impressive proof: Ötzi the Iceman, who was found here. Today you can visit the site where he was found close to Hauslabjoch at 3,210 metres above sea level. The Ötzi village of Umhausen is dedicated to the Stone Age artefacts, which were excavated here in the glacier region.
Distinct mountain landscape
With the passing of the Ice Age, the Ötztal was shaken by repeated rock slides, which created some of the most stunning natural landmarks in the mountain landscape. Lake Piburg was thus formed after a massive postglacial rock slide, which caused an accumulation of water that was to gradually turn into a mountain lake. Stuibenfall waterfall was, too, created by a massive slide of rock mass.
City trips: Merano and Innsbruck
The border between Austria and Italy is only a stone's throw away from Obergurgl; perfect for a spontaneous trip to South Tyrol. The ride takes you along the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, the secret door to the south, and is an adventure with unforgettable views over Ötztal's mountain world. After about 1.5 hours you will reach Merano which, despite its geographic closeness to Austria, provides a distinctive contrast to Tyrol with its Italian charm.
Innsbruck is located about 1.5 hours up north; its old town and surroundings are definitely worth a visit during your holiday in Tyrol.
Events around Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
Sölden is the place to be when it comes to events; this famous ski resort is definitely Ötztal's party hotspot. The highlight is the annual Ski World Cup opening on Rettenbach glacier in October. There are lots of other events taking place each week throughout the winter, from traditional Tyrolean evenings with night skiing to the legendary Maxxx Mountain Sölden Party.
The summer events calendar is dedicated especially to tradition, culture and nature adventures. The programme includes guided hiking tours, sports events and parades, as well as local festivals and a lot more.
It doesn't matter at what time of the year you come to the Ötztal Alps: the high alpine holiday resort is worth the journey in both winter and in summer, for skiing and snowboarding as well as for hiking, climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking. A variety of events and excursions will brighten up your holiday. Find the perfect starting point for your mountain adventures at Chalet Obergurgl, where you will spend the night in your personal luxury apartment.
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