The nature park spans an area of 508 km² and a vertical distance of just under 3,000 m in altitude. The lowest point is where Ötztal leads into Inn Valley at 770 m, the highest point is Wildspitze mountain with 3,768 m. The landscape is accordingly diverse. Shaped by stately glaciers, it features typical high alpine flora, fauna and landscape elements. Below the highest peaks in the Eastern Alps, mighty glacier tongues protrude into the valley. Among them are moraines, glacial polishes and expansive glacier forefields, with all stages of plant and animal repopulation.
Visit the new nature park house in Längenfeld. It serves as an information hub and centre of competence for the Ötztal nature. Furthermore, we invite you to stop off at another six nature park infopoints, each at the entrance to the different protected areas: Ambach, Niederthai, Gries, Sölden, Obergurgl/Hohe Mut and Vent. The individual shapes and distinct materials are deducted directly from the surrounding landscape and convey special natural history features.
ÖTZTAL NATURE PARK makes a point of showing both locals and guests the beauty of this pristine natural and cultural landscape by means of nature-friendly tourism. All year round, we offer naturalists big and small a varied programme.
Come and see for yourself!
- since September 19th, 2006
- Area: 508 km2
- second biggest Nature Park of Tyrol
- third biggest Nature Park of Austria
- 91 km2 Glaciers
- 67 Number of glaciers
- 1.600 km hiking trails
- 6 nature trails
- 152 Peaks above 3.000 m
- 48 Cabins and huts
- Highest waterfall in Tyrol – Stuiben waterfall
- 18% Glaciers of the Nature Park area
- Environmental research conducted on Alpine ecosystems
- High Alpine Archeology