The Oetztaler Ache river runs through Oetz, which is perfect for water sports and a popular venue for championships in kayaking.
Altitude: 820 m a.s.l.
The name of the Oetztal valley is attributable to the village of Oetz, the centre of the anterior valley. The popular holiday resort extends at the foot of the 3,008 m high Acherkogel, the northernmost three-thousander of the Alps. On the Oetztaler Ache, the river which runs through Oetz, you can see regularly kajakers and other water sports enthusiasts.
In summer, the Acherkogel Cable Car takes you right into the heart of the beautiful Hochoetz hiking area with its numerous trails. It is especially popular with families, because there is the WIDIversum Hochoetz, an adventure world at more than 2,000 m a.s.l. with WIDI, a cute sheep and the mascot of the region. One of the most popular destinations in all seasons of the year and in any age group is Lake Piburg, which is accessible from the village by foot. It is one of the warmest lakes for bathing in Tyrol, an ice skating ground and a hiking destination all in one.
Oetz is also an interesting place for culture lovers: There are beautifully decorated buildings in the centre, dating back to the 16th century, such as the Stecher and Tscholl buildings. Furthermore you may visit the Oetz Tower Museum with its collection of landscape paintings of the art collector Hans Jäger. In winter, the Hochoetz Ski Resort high above the village can be reached comfortably with the Acherkogel Cable Car: The ski-pass is also valid in the nearby Kühtai Skiing Area.