SIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA

Ötz Valley Nature Park

The unique Ötz Valley Nature Park covers the southern Ötz Valley and the Vent and Gurgl Valleys, with the villages of Vent and Obergurgl at its heart. In the summer, from the beginning of June to the end of September, there is a very varied, guided Nature Park programme, with lots of worthwhile and interesting things to discover and experience with regard to the flora and fauna and geology of this area so rich in history, such as the “Hollow Stone above Vent”, a resting place for hunters and herdsmen dating from the Stone Age (8th – 4th millennium BC).

www.naturpark-oetztal.at

Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road

The highest pass in the Eastern Alps at 2,509 m above sea level connects the north Tyrolean Ötz Valley with the south Tyrolean Passei Valley. HGVs are not allowed on the so-called “secret gateway to the south”, making it all the more worth seeing on an excursion by car or motor bike. Starting from Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, it snakes its way over 60 km to Merano, offering lots of very impressive views of the natural surroundings on the way.

www.timmelsjoch.com

Tower Museum in Ötz

A comprehensive historical collection of a wide range of artwork provides impressive evidence about the region’s past. In addition to the permanent exhibition there are continuous special exhibitions to view. The museum itself, the oldest secular building in the Ötz Valley, is also well worth a visit.

www.turmmuseum.at

Ötzi village in Umhausen

This archaeological open-air park illustrates in a very graphic way “life and death, domestic circumstances and economic activities” in the Neolithic Age, i.e. the time of Ötzi, the famous man found in the ice. An interesting excursion for the whole family.

www.oetzi-dorf.at

Innsbruck

At the heart of the Alps and the venue for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. An internationally well-known city for skiing and mountains, but also a university city and commercial centre. An 800-year-old city of culture with an historic Old Town and famous sights such as the Golden Roof, Imperial Palace, Court Church, Ambras Castle, Black Men Chapel, Giant Panoramic Painting, Alpine Zoo, etc.

www.innsbruck.info

Alpine Zoo

The highest lying European zoo with a magnificent overview of the former and present animal world in the Alps with more than 2000 animals of more than 150 species. The only cold water aquarium in the world with rare local species of fish.

www.alpenzoo.at

Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Since autumn 1995 almost two million visitors from all over the world have made their way to Wattens, the Swarovski head office at the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, to experience for themselves the fascination of Swarovski Crystal Worlds. It was André Heller who created this magical and incomparable place. Walk through the giant’s head into a world of sensuous energies and an extraordinary visit provided by a stage set comprising music and aromas, illuminated architecture, the visible and the merely tangible.

www.kristallwelten.com

Schwaz Silver Mine

Experience how more than 11,000 miners extracted silver and copper 500 years ago. The Fugger town of Schwaz, in its time the second largest town in Austria, was the most important centre for silver mining in the world. "Best of luck!" as you go down into the 800 m deep Sigmund main. Mining tools are displayed by means of information boards, display cabinets and a slide show. Visual and acoustic effects complement the guide’s expert explanations.

www.silberbergwerk.at