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White, whiter, whitest is everything you will see…

Really big eyes for all winter hikers in the rear Ötztal: the pace is excellent to admire the unspoilt beauty of the Alpine mountains and landscapes. 12 km of cleared, signposted winter walking trails lead through snow-covered stone pine forests, white meadows and along the frozen Gurgler Ache brook. Take an even deeper insight into marvelous backcountry areas on guided snowshoeing adventures.

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Thematic Trail

Water Walk Brand/Burgstein - Längenfeld

Thematic Trail · Laengenfeld
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  • Hängebrücke Längenfeld
    / Hängebrücke Längenfeld
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
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    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Brandalm - Längenfeld
    / Brandalm - Längenfeld
Map / Water Walk Brand/Burgstein - Längenfeld
1050 1200 1350 1500 1650 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 Brand Alm Burgstein Fischbach

Quality route according to
LÄNGENFELD –> Brand –> Hängebrücke –> Burgstein –> LÄNGENFELD
easy
6.7 km
2:30 h
396 m
399 m
The starting point for this hike is in the center of Längenfeld at the Fischbach bridge. The Fischbach will only be our companion at the beginning. To reach the Brandalm are some altitude to deal with. You follow the forest path or you venture over the rocky path. After about 40 minutes you have the hardest part of this hike behind you and reached the Brandalm. There you will be rewarded with a wonderful view down to Längenfeld. The magnificent view continues to enjoy all the way to Burgstein. Shortly before Burgstein you cross the 84 m long suspension bridge, which connects the two sun balconies Brand and Burgstein and floats 220 m above the valley floor. The view from the steel bridge is clearly the highlight of this hike. Once in Burgstein, take the old Burgsteiner road (Forstweg) down to Längenfeld. In Längenfeld you will pass the Therme Aqua Dome and return to the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

The hike with crossing the suspension bridge is as popular with guests as with the inhabitants of the Ötztal.

Quality route according to Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"
Difficulty
easy
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Altitude
1443 m
1169 m
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Rest Stop

Brand Alm

Safety information

Easy hike; suitable for beginners and walkers.

Please pay attention to the current weather report: https://www.oetztal.com/de/sommer.html

Equipment

It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing.

Tips, hints and links

Längenfeld Basin under Water
  • Until around 900 AD a lake covered most of the Längenfeld valley basin.
  • From the hamlets of Brand and Burgstein you can perfectly make out the size of Längenfeld's valley basin!

Längenfeld Suspension Bridge:

The 82-meter long suspension bridge is one of Längenfeld’s latest attractions. The bridge is suspended high above the valley floor and offers superb panoramic views. Längenfeld’s popular panorama trail boasts a spectacular new feature in the so-called "Maurer Rinne" area! Between the hamlets of Brand and Burgstein hikers can now leave solid ground to walk 150 meters above ground on a steel suspension bridge with a span of 82 meters. The views of Längenfeld and its surroundings are absolutely magnificent!

 

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 

Start

Längenfeld at the Fischbach bridge (1182 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.072931, 10.970294
UTM
32T 649586 5215152

Destination

at the starting point

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Fischbach bridge in the center of Längenfeld, a forest trail takes you up a few meters up to the Brandalm. Alternatively, there is the possibility to choose the newly built rocky path at the impressive barrier for the ascent some years ago. (about 250 steps) At the height of this hike, the suspension bridge, a gigantic landscape opens up. Once in Burgstein, we take the old Burgsteiner road (Forstweg) down to Längenfeld.

Public transport

Travel safe and comfortable with the train to the Ötztal Bahnhof train station. Last stop and exit point is the

train station Ötztal Bahnhof. Afterwards you can travel smoothly and quick with the public transport or our local

taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here:

http://fahrplan.vvt.at

Getting there

The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the

longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the

entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country

roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps

 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Längenfeld:
  • next to the old fire station (entrance to campsite) - free of charge
  • Sports center - (football pitch and swimming pool) - free of charge
  • Opposite the Ötztal Tourismus (small number of parking spaces) free of charge
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Map from Längenfeld

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.7 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
396 m
Descent
399 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Geological highlights

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