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Farst - Eagle's Nest of the Ötztal - Umhausen-Niederthai

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Map / Farst - Eagle's Nest of the Ötztal - Umhausen-Niederthai
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UMHAUSEN -> car park "Mure" -> foot of the "Engelswand" -> FARST ("Eagle's Nest of the Ötztal") 
moderate
4.5 km
1:45 h
453 m
22 m
Farst sits enthroned like a little kingdom at 1,482 meters above Umhausen. High above the legendary Engelswand, visitors will be rewarded with breathtaking views and warm hospitality, as they venture up the steep, serpentine road. Farst is one of the oldest settlements in the valley, as early as the 13th century a Schwaighof was founded here. A little secret for nature lovers is a climb to the Reichalm (from Farst approx. 1 hour).

 

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1472 m
Lowest point
1019 m
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Rest Stop

Jausenstation Farst

Safety information

Medium-difficulty trail; 

Please note the current weather report at: https://www.oetztal.com/summer.html

 

Equipment

Appropriate 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 not hut on the way a snack and enough to drink. 

 

Tips, hints and links

More details about hiking In Ötztal: 

https://www.oetztal.com/hiking

 

Start

Umhausen, car park "Mure" (1033 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.139600, 10.927460
UTM
32T 646152 5222479

Destination

Farst - Eagle's Nest of the Ötztal

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting point is the car park "Mure" in Umhausen (right in the center). From there you walk flat out of the valley over meadows and fields to the foot of the Engelswand - arrived there you walk the winding road up to Farst - the "Eagle's Nest of the Ötztal". Once at the top you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Umhausen and the surrounding area. If you want, you can walk over mountain meadows further on to the Reichalm. However, this is not managed. Alternatively, the hike can also be started at the foot of the Engelswand.

 

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

In Umhausen the following parking facilities are available:

- car park Mure | free

- car park Bischoffsplatz | costs: € 5.00 per day

  from 07:00 am - 18:30 pm

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map available in all information-offices in the Ötztal.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.5 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
453 m
Descent
22 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops

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