Winter hiking in the Ötztal valley

Zirbenwald - Schönwieshütte

Feel the cold winter air on your face, hear the crunch of the snow and be close to the mountains. There is something magical about a winter hike through the centuries-old pine forest to the Schönwieshütte hut. Once you have crossed the snow-covered pine forest, the next section runs parallel to the Rotmoos canyon before reaching the Schönwieshütte at the foot of the mountain Hangerer. Breathtaking mountain scenery and a huge sun terrace will make you forget the here and now.

Tobogganing on the quiet side of Sölden

Stallwies Alm

The quiet side of Sölden is on the opposite side of the valley from the ski area. Away from the hustle and bustle, this is where you will find your happiness. Over a distance of 4.5 km, you climb 550 metres in altitude and pass through enchanting coniferous forests before one of the rarest alpine meadows in the entire Ötztal awaits you. Once you've reached the top, sample the delicious Tyrolean cuisine and then toboggan down to the valley.


Psst... there is always a hut evening on Wednesdays – advance notice requested.

Suspension bridge in Längenfeld

winter hiking

The beautiful panoramic hike in Längenfeld from Burgstein to Brand is a great alternative to skiing or if the weather is bad. On the way there is an 82 metre long suspension bridge over the Maurer canyon. The view, 150m above the valley floor, is well worth the trip and certainly has selfie potential.

Ice skating on the Piburger See lake

Winter fairy tale

In enchanting silence, surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks and trees, lies the frozen Piburger See - a true natural jewel, if you will. The two-kilometre-long and eight-metre-wide ice rink (snow-free and swept) is the perfect place to skate and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Restaurants in the area invite you to warm up. A wonderful winter experience for young and old.

Day trip to Merano market

Timmelsjoch - Meran

For those who prefer a more relaxed day, or simply need a break from an active holiday, a day trip to the Merano market is well worth considering. Every Thursday from 8am to 1pm, the small town of Merano hosts the famous South Tyrolean Friday market, selling a wide range of local produce. It is only a 90-minute drive from Sölden via the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road. Spectacular views of the high alpine panorama surrounding are guaranteed and will make even the most passionate driver slow down at some points to enjoy the view.


Wiesle Alm - Hoher Stein

In the heart of nature lies the alpine meadow “is Wiesle". Those who come here enjoy the traditional cuisine and a fabulous view of the mountain “Hauerferner”. With a walking time of about one hour, the alp is easily accessible even with children. If you still haven't had enough, you can continue on to the Hohe Stein. There is a viewing platform with a wonderful view of Längenfeld

Mountain breakfast

Maria's Alm

Start your morning on the mountain. Take a leisurely hike to Maria's Alm and enjoy a well-earned breakfast with stunning views. Regional and home-made products are served here. The special feature? From the Alm you can overlook the whole village Sölden, and in the morning you can watch the shadows in the valley recede as the sun rises higher and higher between the mountain peaks.

E-Bike tour

Alpengasthof Feuerstein

A real picture-postcard bike ride starts right at THE SECRET Sölden and ends at Alpengasthof Feuerstein hut in Huben. Along the Ötztal cycle path you can enjoy the beautiful countryside and the fresh breeze from the Ötztalerache river. From the sport field Huben you will come to a forest road that leads you through a fairytale coniferous forest. At the top, a place with a special flair, spacious sun terrace and a variety of Tyrolean delicacies awaits you.

“Sölden you place of wonder, you facilitator of possibilities. You transform holidaymakers into astonished onlookers and city-dwellers into live wires”.