The starting point of this hiking tour is the village center of Längenfeld at the height of Fischbach bridge. The first steps take walkers into the so-called Klamm (gorge) where some challenging altitude meters have to be made towards the hamlet of Brand. You take the forest road behind the church or you try the newly built rocky footpath. After about 40 walking minutes you have conquered the toughest part of this hike, you have finally reached Brand. Upthere you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of Längenfeld located below.
Magnificent vista points accompany you all the way to the mountain hamlet of Burgstein. Shortly before Burgstein you cross the 84 m long suspension bridge,connecting the two sun-kissed balconies of Brand and Burgstein, at about220 m above the valley floor. The view from the steel bridge is the undisputed highlight of this hike. Once in Burgstein, you take the old Burgstein Road (forest trail) down to Längenfeld. In Längenfeld you walk along the Albin Egger-Lienz theme trail and return to the starting point.
Easy hike; suitable for beginners and walkers.
Please pay attention to the current weather report: https://www.oetztal.com/de/sommer.html
Tips and hints
Längenfeld Basin under Water
- Until around 900 AD a lake covered most of the Längenfeld valley basin.
- From the hamlets of Brand and Burgstein you can perfectly make out the size of Längenfeld's valley basin!
Längenfeld Suspension Bridge:
The 82-meter long suspension bridge is one of Längenfeld’s latest attractions. The bridge is suspended high above the valley floor and offers superb panoramic views. Längenfeld’s popular panorama trail boasts a spectacular new feature in the so-called "Maurer Rinne" area! Between the hamlets of Brand and Burgstein hikers can now leave solid ground to walk 150 meters above ground on a steel suspension bridge with a span of 82 meters. The views of Längenfeld and its surroundings are absolutely magnificent!
WATER IN THE ÖTZTAL VALLEY
Water, the element which has shaped the Ötztal valley.
The glaciers are melted by the sunshine, releasing fresh water which feeds into the meadows and the Ötztaler Ache river which winds its way along the 65 km long valley. The Ötztaler Ache catchment area extends over 893 km² with an elevation from 700 to 3,774 m. This glacial meltwater fills the reservoir used by the local population and provides a supply of drinking water.
Glaciers store ¾ of the world’s freshwater reserves and therefore represent the biggest natural waterstorage in the world.
In the year 1770, the advancing ice dammed many of the big lakes here which triggered catastrophic flooding across the entire Ötztal and Inntal regions when they burst their banks. Natural hazards and disaster made people want to know more about and better understand nature, which also facilitated glacier research. The many facets of water in the Ötztal is not just of interest for scientists. The Ötztal glaciers are recreational destinations for locals and guests alike as these ice worlds offer great hiking and skiing in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Crystal clear river waters swollen by icy glacier meltwater make for superb rafting, white water canoeing and other action-packed activities
More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern
Getting thereThe 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
ParkingThe following parking facilities are available in Längenfeld:
- next to the old fire station (entrance to campsite) - free of charge
- Sports center - (football pitch and swimming pool) - free of charge
- Opposite the Ötztal Tourismus (small number of parking spaces) free of charge
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EquipmentIt is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing.
Basic Equipment for Nature Trails
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Comfortable clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.