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Discover Otztal

The Otztal Trail is one of the classic hikes in Tyrol, taking you on an Alpine adventure. Following in the footsteps of Otzi, the Iceman, an alpine mummy found on the mountain border between Austria and Italy in 1991.  The Otztal Trail will surprise and reward you, with its varied landscapes, glacier topped mountain peaks and roaring waterfalls. With a combination of 3-star hotels and a traditional mountain hotel, the Otztal Trail is a trip which will stay with you forever. 

Macs Adventure has been helping walkers to explore the wonders of the Otztal Valley on foot with the help of our sister company who help run all of our Austrian trips. With the freedom to create your own itinerary and the knowledge that our team have the expertise to tailor-make this trip to perfectly suit you, you can book your walking holiday in Austria with confidence. 

You can embark on the Complete Otztal Trail or enjoy our shorter version, the Otztal Trail which avoids the night in the mountain hut and some of the more strenuous walking days.

Discover Otztal

  • Ötzi the Iceman
    Ötzi the Iceman

    Ötzi is a natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BC. The mummy was found September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, hence the nickname "Ötzi", near the Similaun mountain and Hauslabjoch, on the border between Austria and Italy.

    Ötzi is believed to have been murdered; an arrowhead was found in his left shoulder, which would have caused a fatal wound. The nature of his life and the circumstances of his death are the subject of much investigation and speculation.

    He is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans. His body and belongings are displayed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.

  • Local Cuisine
    Local Cuisine

    Kaiserschmarren

    This dish is a favourite in the office and we have to admit that “Kaiserschmarren” is an icon of Austrian cuisine, not especially of Tyrol but is so delicious it needs to be mentioned. Kaiserschmarren is a fluffy shredded pancake, which has its name from the Austrian Emperor, Kaiser Franz Joseph I, who was very fond of this kind of dish. Made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, Kaiserschmarren is baked in butter, torn with forks and served with stewed plums.

    Speckknödel

    A real staple, which you will find at most local restaurants. It is a large round boiled bread dumpling with bacon mixed through it. The dish is most commonly served with sauerkraut and salad as sides.

    Gröstl

    Known as Gröstl, which is grated potatoes fried with bacon and onions which is usually served with a fried egg, a real Alpine filler after a long of day of hiking.

    Kasspatzln

    The direct translation of this dish is  ‘cheese sparrows’, “Kasspatzln” are a thick type of egg noodle cut into small piece with grated cheese, oven-baked and sprinkled with fried onion. A savoury delight!

     

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