oetz acherkogel oetztaler Alpen
oetz acherkogel oetztaler Alpen

Oetztal Alps

The Oetztal Alps are part of the largest mountain chains in the Eastern Alps.

In comparison to other mountain chains, the Oetztal Alps are characterised by their considerable spread. In fact this mountain chain expands on North and South Tyrolean territory. The highest elevation of the mountain chain is the Wildspitze mountain with 3,768 m of altitude. In the north the Oetztal Alps are bounded by the Lechtal Alps, in the north west by the Mieming Range, in the east by the Ortles mountain chain, in the west by the Sesvenna Alps and in the north west by the Samnaun Alps. The mountain chain mainly consists of crystalline slate.

However, the Oetztal Alps can be subdevided into Geigenkamm, Kaunergrat, Glockturmkamm, Nauderer Berge, Saldurerkamm, Weisskamm, Hauptkamm, Texelgruppe and Planeier mountain chain. The main ridge of the Oetztal Alps also overlaps the Alpine devide. This part of the Alps also include numerous natural reserves, among other things the Fliesser Sonnenhänge, the nature park Kaunergrat-Pitztal-Kaunertal, Pitzeklamm and also the Gruppo di Tessa nature park.

Peaks: the highest summits are the Wildspitze (3,768 m) - which is by the way also the highest mountain of North Tyrol, the Weisskugel (3,738 m), Hinterer Brochkogel (3,635 m), Hintere Schwärze (3,628 m), Similaun (3,599 m), Vorderer Brochkogel (3,565 m), Innerer Bärenbartkogel (3,557 m), Oetztaler Urkund (3,556 m), Östliche Marzellspitze (3,555 m) and the Grosser Ramolkogel (3,549 m). The Oetztal Alps include the glaciers Gepatschferner, Gurgler Ferner, Hintereis and Grosser Vernagtferner.

Trails: of course the Oetztal Alps are perfect for hiking and walking. The transborder path Via Alpina, which traverses the entire Alps in five stages, also traverses the Oetztal Alps.

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