From the Sölden Information office, the route leads along the Adventure Mile,past the Sölden social center and on a steep ascent to the hamlet of Granbichl.
You continue to hike along the meadow slopes and on the old path into the Windachtal side valley (part of the Central Alpine Trail), always with a deepview of the Windach Ache ravine. Here you can admire the influence of waterover the last centuries, deeply carved into rocks and stones.
Following the valley you come a little closer to the water. Until the trail leads over a bridgeto Mooserstegle, we take a short break in the cozy hammocks. Then you hikedown to the right and walk through the mystical forest to the waterbed of Windach Ache mountain brook.There you cross the small bridge and continue on the opposite side along Mooserstegle, a drainage channel of Windach Ache from an earlier time. Enjoythis stretch, always accompanied by the reconstructed Waal which enchantsespecially the youngest hikers.
It continues comfortably past quiet and fairytale-like places until shortly before the barbecue area in Sölden. From there the path leads out of the valley, past the Windauer Mühle down to the hamlet of Windau.
You can take a break and gather strength at the station in the Ötztal Nature Park before returning to the starting point.
Keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten
Tips and hints
Waalweg Theme Trails
- In the past, the so-called "Waal" water trails were man-made irrigation ditches for providing the Alpine fields and pastures with enough water. Still today, some of them are used by the local farmers. For our ancestors these "Waalweg" trails were essential for cultivating their meadows and fields.
WATER IN THE ÖTZTAL VALLEY
Water, the element which has shaped the Ötztal valley.
The glaciers are melted by the sunshine, releasing fresh water which feeds into the meadows and the Ötztaler Ache river which winds its way along the 65 km long valley. The Ötztaler Ache catchment area extends over 893 km² with an elevation from 700 to 3,774 m. This glacial meltwater fills the reservoir used by the local population and provides a supply of drinking water.
Glaciers store ¾ of the world’s freshwater reserves and therefore represent the biggest natural waterstorage in the world.
In the year 1770, the advancing ice dammed many of the big lakes here which triggered catastrophic flooding across the entire Ötztal and Inntal regions when they burst their banks. Natural hazards and disaster made people want to know more about and better understand nature, which also facilitated glacier research. The many facets of water in the Ötztal is not just of interest for scientists. The Ötztal glaciers are recreational destinations for locals and guests alike as these ice worlds offer great hiking and skiing in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Crystal clear river waters swollen by icy glacier meltwater make for superb rafting, white water canoeing and other action-packed activities.
More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern
Getting thereSölden 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
ParkingThe following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
- Parking lot
- parking lot Stiegele
- stair parking
- Giggijochbahn + underground garage
- Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage
All parking is free during the day.
Parking for several days (eg hike tour):
- Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn
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EquipmentAppropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, ankle-high walking boots, wind-, rain- & sun protection, hat, possibly gloves, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.
Basic Equipment for Nature Trails
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Comfortable clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- 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.