Winter walking & snowshoe
hiking in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Winter Hiking

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.

Long Distance Hiking Stage

Ötztal Trek Stage 18

Long Distance Hiking · Pitztal
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  • Braunschweiger Hütte
    / Braunschweiger Hütte
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  • / Mainzer Höhenweg
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  • / Rüsselsheimer Hütte
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    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
2400 2700 3000 3300 3600 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Braunschweiger Hütte Mainzer Höhenweg Wassertalkogel Weißmaurachjoch

Braunschweiger Hütte (2.758 m) –> Mainzer Höhenweg –> Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2.328 m)

9.5 km
4:30 h
979 m
1408 m


Course: Climbing, Path Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, endurance, high alpine experience; Mountain route black, intersection alpine route Difficulties: extremely long tour, several times glacier passages (columns), assured passages; Stable weather conditions are particularly important; Mountain guide recommended Equipment: normal hiking equipment, depending on the conditions Pickel, crampons, rope Walking time: approx. 10 h Difference in altitude: approx. 800 Hm ascent, approx. 1,200 Hm Descent: 3.252 m Distance: approx. 9 km Accommodation: Braunschweiger Hütten, Rüsselsheimer Hüttensteierstieg, exit: from the valley station of the Rettenbachfern over the Rettenbachjoch to the Braunschweiger hut (approx. 1.75 h way, approx. 1.5 h Retourweg); From Plangeross (municipality of St. Leonhard in the Pitztal) to Rüsselsheimer Hütte (about 2 h ascent, approx. 1,5 h descent)

Highest point
3241 m
Lowest point
2329 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Braunschweiger Hütte
Rüsselsheimer Hütte

Safety information

Trittsicherheit, Schwindelfreiheit, Kondition, Ausdauer, hochalpine Erfahrung; abschnittsweise alpine Route

extrem lange Tour, mehrmals Gletscherpassagen (Spalten), versicherte Passagen; stabile Wetterverhältnisse besonders wichtig; Bergführer empfohlen!


It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and possibly gloves. It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

Tips, hints and links

More details about hiking In Ötztal: 


Braunschweiger Hut (2757 m)
46.935232, 10.909381
32T 645335 5199736


Rüsselsheimer Hut

Turn-by-turn directions

Braunschweiger Hütte (2.758 m) – Mainzer Höhenweg – Rüsselsheimer Hütte (2.328 m)

Ibex Goulash & A Strenuous Hike

This scenic high elevation trail from Braunschweiger Hütte to Rüsselsheimer Hütte allows you to “collect” several summits in one go: the hike takes you across 3 three-thousand meter high peaks, all of which command magnificent views. One mountain that remains within sight all times is Ötztal’s Wildspitze, Tirol’s tallest mountain.<br/><br/>The hike starts with a short uphill from Braunschweiger Hütte. Follow the new trail to your left down to Silbergrube (a small corn-snow field). The trail now climbs up to a wide ridge along which it travels for a while, climbing and descending frequently. The first peaks along the way are Wurmsitzkogel (3079m) and Grschrappkogel (3197m), and last comes Wassertalkogel (3252m), the tour’s undisputed highlight. On top of Wasserkogel is an orange bivouac which accommodates up to 12 people. From Wassertalkogel the trail descends through a glacier field (at the beginning you can – and should – circumvent the glacier to the left). Soon after the first glacier field the trail crosses another one, then climbs steeply through a chute and crosses a third, very flat and easy, glacier field. After some easy scrambling the trail continues to Weißmaurachjoch (2953m) – once there you have mastered all the difficult parts. From Weißmaurachkar it’s an easy walk down to Rüsselsheimer Hütte where you can refuel with a culinary specialty: ibex

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at:


Getting there

Sölden is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at



The following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
  • Parking lot
  • parking lot Stiegele
  • stair parking
  • Giggijochbahn + underground garage
  • Gaislachkoglbahn + underground garage
  • Parking Hochsölden
  • parking garage Hochsölden 1. parking lot
  • parking Zwieselstein
  • parking Zwieselstein / sports ground

All parking is free during the day.


Parking for several days (eg hike tour):

  • Postplatz, Parkticket available at the information Sölden Parkgarage Gaislachkoglbahn
  • Parkticket either online or directly at the cash desk of the Gaislachkoglbahn
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Similar tours nearby

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  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Vent (alternative route)
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King’s Segment – Braunschweiger Hut to Zwieselstein (original route)
  • Ötztaler Urweg E8 Zwieselstein - Granstein
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 19
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 17
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Vent to Obergurgl (alternative route)
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9.5 km
4:30 h
979 m
1408 m
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