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.