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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 17

Ötztal Trek Stage 17

Long Distance Hiking · Ötztal
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  • Breslauer Hütte
    Breslauer Hütte
    Photo: Katharina Nösig, Ötztal
Breslauer Hütte (2.844 m) –> Restaurant Tiefenbach (2.789 m) –> Rettenbachjoch (2.990 m) –> Braunschweiger Hütte (2.758 m)
Distance 16.4 km
6:00 h
1,080 m
1,164 m
3,044 m
2,455 m
  • Course: Climbing, Path
  • Requirements: Step safety, dizziness, condition, endurance, high alpine experience;
  • Mountain path black, partly alpine route
  • Difficulties: glacier crossing over the Rettenbachferner (columns, path not marked); Mountain guide recommended
  • Equipment: normal hiking equipment, crampons, pimples according to circumstances; In any case rope; Climbing on the glacier
  • Huts: Breslauer Hut, Braunschweiger Hut, Restaurant Tiefenbach (no overnight stay)
    Acess / exit point: Exit Stablein from the chair lift Wildspitze (valley Vent) to Breslauer Hütte (approx. 1,5 h ascent, approx. 1,25 h descent);
    from the valley station of the Rettenbacherferner over the Rettenbachjoch or the Pitztaler Jöchl to the Braunschweiger hut (about 1.75 h way, approx. 1.5 h way back)
  • Information on bus times between Tiefenbach- and Rettenbachferner T +43 (0) 57200 200
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Roland Grüner 
Update: April 26, 2024
Highest point
3,044 m
Lowest point
2,455 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 1.87%Forested/wild trail 1.87%Path 81.18%Unknown 15.06%
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
0.3 km
13.3 km
2.5 km
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Rest stops

Brunswick hut
Breslauer Hütte

Safety information

For high alpine experienced mountaineers that are free from vertigo & surefooted. Excellent physical condition, extensive mountain experience, alpine climbing gear, safety- and orientation guide, good weather conditions recommended. Please pay attention to the current weather report

Tips and suggestions

Did you know that…

...Rofental valley was settled by shepherds from Schnalstal (South Tyrol).


More details about hiking In Ötztal: www.oetztal.com/hiking


Breslauer Hütte
46.868038, 10.879350
46°52'04.9"N 10°52'45.7"E
32T 643228 5192214


Braunschweiger Hütte

Turn-by-turn directions


At the trailhead you descend on a steep path - the route leads past the foothills of Rofenkar cirque. A little below you change to the left to the new High AlitudeTrail that travels out of Ventertal valley and joins the original Vent-Tiefenbachferner Panorama Trail. The footpath then descends in order to continue climbing high above Ventertal to the Tiefenbach restaurant (Tiefenbach Glacier). Once there, in front of the road tunnel, you hike up the ski slope on the left towards Seiter Jöchl (follow Seiter Jöchlbahn chairlift). From Jöchl you descend to the north down to Rettenbach Glacier (crampons required)!

You circle the rocky promontory to the left and continue in a northwestern direction to the icefalls. Then you continue to Rettenbachjoch and its lift stations. From there the footpath drops down to Braunschweiger Hütte.

Alternative: by bus from Tiefenbach Glacier to Rettenbach Glacier. 
by bus from Restaurant Tiefenbach to the base terminal of Rettenbach glacier; walk to the upper parking lot and hike up to Pitztaler Jöchl (2996m) – the last part of the trail takes you across a crevasse-free glacier field (crampons might be useful); from Pitztaler Jöchl it’s an easy walk down to Braunschweiger Hütte;
walking time from the base terminal of Rettenbach glacier: approx. 1 ¾ hrs.
If Pitztaler Jöchl is closed: from the upper parking lot hike to Rettenbachjoch (easy glacier section on the last few meters);
walking time from the base terminal: approx. 1 ¾.

Public transport

Travel safe and comfortable with the train to the Ötztal Bahnhof train station. Last stop and exit point is the train station Ötztal Bahnhof. Afterwards you can travel smoothly and quick with the public transport or our local taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here: http://fahrplan.vvt.at



The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps


The following parking facilities are available in Vent:

- Vent village entrance | chargeable | Multi-day ticket available

- Chairlift valley station | chargeable | Multi-day ticket available


46.868038, 10.879350
46°52'04.9"N 10°52'45.7"E
32T 643228 5192214
Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Hiking Map (available at the Ötztal Tourism information offices)


Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.

Ice axe, crampons, rope | Mountain guide recommended.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ötztaler Urweg E7 Vent - Gaislach
  • European E5 long-distance hiking trail – King's Segment – Vent to Obergurgl (alternative route)
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 16
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 14
  • Ötztal Trek Stage 12
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16.4 km
6:00 h
1,080 m
1,164 m
Highest point
3,044 m
Lowest point
2,455 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Linear route


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