Umhausen

At Umhausen in the heart of the Oetztal valley, there is the highest waterfall of Tyrol, the Stuiben waterfall.

Altitude: 1,031 m asl

The municipal territory of Umhausen is made up of Umhausen, Tumpen, Köfels, Farst, Niederthai and Östen. Once upon a time the village represented the centre for flax cultivation, today, however, it is a popular holiday resort for those who seek calm and relaxation. Umhausen has got some peculiarities to offer, such as the Köfels rock-slide, whose gneiss some 8,000 years ago was transformed by pressure and heat into a glass-like rock, the so-called “Köfelsit”. Moreover in the 1990s Umhausen was in the media for its natural inert gas radon. This reveals that all requirements for healing chronic rheumatic diseases and also for pain-killing treatments are there - some years ago the health resort has been opened.

Beside the beautiful painted houses in the centre of Umhausen, there are two remarkable sights in the municipal territory, which are the Stuiben waterfall and the Oetzi village. The Stuiben waterfall boasts 159 m of altitude and is the highest one all over Tyrol, featuring two cascades. By a fixed rope route of medium difficulty you can climb the waterfall, enjoying a fantastic view from the panoramic platforms above. The Oetzi village, which has been established as open-air museum at the beginning of the 21st century by a local association, shows the way of life of the people in the Neolithic Age.

Beside various trips in the beautiful Oetztal Alps, also the Engelswand rock face is particularly popular. It has been transformed in part into a climbing garden with 64 routes. Moreover there is a bathing lake, which is located directly at the road to the Stuiben waterfall. In winter Umhausen is a paradise for cross-country skiers, offering perfectly-groomed ski trails, including a snow-sure high-altitude trail snaking at 1,550 m asl in the village of Niederthai. In the municipal territory there’s also the Grantau tobogganing centre, which every year is venue for World Cup competitions. The toboggan runs Schweinfurter Hütte (7 km), Larstigalm (4 km), Tauferberg (2 km) and Stuiböbele (2 km) complete the winter offer in the village.

Our recommendation: the so-called “Larchzieh’n” is an ancient Carnival tradition, taking place every four to five years. A 35 m larch trunk is drawn throughout the village. Once upon a time this tradition has only been celebrated if no bachelor married in the village that year…

Suggested accomodation: Umhausen

  1. Hotel Falknerhof
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    Hotel Falknerhof

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