Nature Park Oetztal

Majestic glaciers, wide larch forests and idyllic lakes characterise the Oetztal Nature Park.

The Oetztal Nature Park is one of the youngest nature parks of Austria - it has been founded in 2006 and includes all protected areas of the Oetztal valley: the Obergurgl Swiss stone pine forest, the protected area of the Oetztal and Stubai Alps, the “Biosphärenpark Gurgler Kamm”, the natural forest Reservat Windachtal and Lake Achstürze Piburg The nature park includes about 380 sqkm of high alpine area, one third of which is covered by glaciers (80 sqkm) and high mountains. The highest elevation is the Wildspitze mountain with 3,758 m asl, while the lowest point is the hamlet Ambach located in the north of Sölden on 1,270 m asl. The Oetztal Nature Park includes the southern Oetztal valley, the Venter and Gurgeltal valleys as well as the popular villages Sölden, Vent and Obergurgl.

However, the nature park has got many lovely places to offer, that are worth to be visited, e.g. the glacier of the Vernagtferner, Lake Schwarzsee or the popular Swiss stone pine forest of Obergurgl. Moreover in summer months a varied event programme is offered in the nature park, which is perfect for exploring local flora and fauna in every detail. Animals and plants that can be observed are the Alpine newt, the northern eagle owl, the marmot as well as European silver firs, copper beeches and arolla pines.

“Oetzi”, the Iceman, was also found in the territory of the nature park, which proves the arrival of men in high alpine area about 9,500 years ago. Explore this piece of intact land and enjoy nature in every facet!

Nature park since: 2006
Surface: 380 sqkm
Peculiarities: highest located moor in the East Alps at the Rofenberg mountain (2,760 m asl), highest waterfall of Tyrol (Stuibenfall waterfall), highest apiary in Tyrol, highest permanent settlement

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