Summer holidays to Obergurgl, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO® Summer holidays to Obergurgl, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO® Summer holidays to Obergurgl, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO®
Highlights: • 1300km hiking trails • 700km MTB trails • Gorgeous Alpine rose fields
You can’t get more elevation than Austria’s highest parish village – Obergurgl has some fantastic high altitude hikes through meadows and pine forests, past brooks and gorges and around the Stuiben and Rotmoos waterfalls. The Soomsee Lake is a perfect picnic spot and you can take a dip in Lake Piberger See after an easy hike there. For something serious, the 400km Ötztal Trek is made up of mile upon mile of challenging trails, cartroads and paths. You can even cross the border to Italy via the Timmelsjoch Pass on the High-Alpine Road from the town (on a clear day, the sights of the Dolomites are incredible). The area has some fascinating history and hikes themed on smugglers, archaeology and geology give you the chance to get clued up on the area. If you have young’uns in tow, the Ötztal nature park is a fun day out and the whole Rotes Wandl loop is buggy friendly.
The valleys and passes of the South Tirol region are excellent for cyclists – there are loads of great routes with views of the Ötztal Alps. The Timmelsjoch pass between Austria and Italy is one of our favourite trails – at 2474m above sea level, it’s the highest point on the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon. There’s a heart-racing 100m descent on the route before a testing, gradual climb - keep going up until you reach the Mountain Star restaurant where they do a smashing Aperol Spritzer. From here you’re treated to a gob-smacking panorama; on a clear day you can see south all the way to the Dolomites, with the Ötztal Alps dominating the view to the north. If you’re on a mountain bike, brave the big 1km downhill to Hochgurgl -it’s pretty gentle from here back to base. The best family friendly bike ride starts at Pill hamlet and follows the Gurgler Ache brook upstream to Obergurgl, crossing it twice at Konigsrain and Bartbrucke. Hire an e-bike to save energy – there’s an impressive 900km of paths to make your way around in the valley!
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