The charming Alpine village of Oetz stands for genuine Tirolean hospitality. It gave the name to the valley and is the economic and cultural center of the lower Ötztal Valley. Nestling in the foothills of 3008 meter tall Acherkogel, the northernmost Alpine peak higher than three thousand meters, Oetz has an almost Mediterranean climate. Its village center can be found on a small hill, offering authentic inns and historical buildings with precious, painted facades dating back to the 16th century, a truly outstanding parish church and a picture gallery museum. The rushing waters of Ötztaler Ache river are well-loved among Europe's white water sport enthusiasts - as Oetz makes for a great rafting, canoeing, canyoning and fishing base.
In Oetz nature explorers can experience small and big treasures with all senses, coupled with unlimited activities and breathtaking panoramic views of Inntal and Ötztal Valley. The white waters of Ötztaler Ache river host the yearly held Kayak Championships and many other rafting events, while scenic Auer Klamm ravine makes a paradise for canyoning fans. Lovely lake Piburger See, Ötztal's biggest and Tirol's warmest swimming lake, ranks among Tirol's oldest nature preserves. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 23° Celsius. Swimmers and fans of romantic rowing boats are warmly invited to indulge in the crystal clear waters. Tirol's Alpine landscape of awesome natural beauty reveals all its charm during the summer months: walking, hiking, mountain biking in the scenic Hochoetz Pastureland Region or tandem paragliding are on the varied activity program.
The highly family-friendly Hochoetz – Kühtai ski area fulfills all expectations: 85 slope kilometers perfectly suitable for young and old, and all skill levels are spread over the pastureland area. Special highlights include a kindergarten and loads of quaint mountain huts for memorable winter fun in the snow. Be it cross-country skiing, winter walking or ski mountaineering amid the picture-book mountain scenery, Tirol's awesome nature landscapes have a lot to offer. At only five walking minutes from the top station of Acherkogel mountain gondola in Hochoetz, you find the idyllic Snow Village – Austria's first Igloo Village at 2000 meters above sea level. Peace and silence, marvelous sunsets and heaps of winter adventures await you here. Bedroom igloos and a main Igloo with stylish lounge and ice bar ensure memorable moments. Frozen Piburger See lake makes a scenic backdrop for romantic winter walks, ice skating or curling on ice.