Sölden - Ötztal: Mountain Biking Paradise with Alpine Charm
Unlimited mountain biking for all levels: between 600 and 3000 meters above sea level the ultimate Ötztal offers everything a passionate biker's heart could possibly desire. Varied routes, free bicycle transport and bike-friendly hotels and accommodations are spread all over Inntal's longest side valley. Mountain biking and cycling at their finest are guaranteed for both sporty mountain bikers or ambitious road cyclists at the heart of the scenic Ötztal Valley.
Passionate Mountain Bikers
In Haiming, at the entrance to the Ötztal, cyclists enjoy tours at a more leisurely pace – pedaling past apple trees and orchards – while some 60 km southwards real mountain bike fanatics can test their downhill skills amid edelweiss and gentian. The valley's mountain biking dorado is really unique and offers routes for all preferences and ages. Passionate sportsmen can choose from a wide range of uphill and downhill challenges, breathtaking single trails and theme routes of awesome natural beauty. 883 km of signposted MTB routes are listed in the official trail map, covering incredible 29470 meters of difference in altitude. One of the highlights not to be missed is the splendid Ötztal Mountainbike Trail featuring a total length of 135.6 km and countless attractions that are always worth a visit. The unique trail travels across the valley's 5 terraces, from north to south or the other way round, including also some nature treasures and the area's most scenic peaks accessible also by mountain lifts.
Avid Road Cyclists
A valley that is only 67 km long seems to be a quite limited area for road cyclists. But if you take a closer look at the Ötztal you will soon find out that it makes a perfect base for unlimited road cycling tours – including breathtaking panoramic views. Not without reason the valley hosts one the toughest cycle marathons in the Alps, the ultimate "Ötztaler Cycle Marathon". Another highlight taking place already for many years in Sölden is the Schwalbe TOUR Transalp. As well the world's professional cycling elite has discovered twice the picturesque Ötztal mountains: Sölden's Rettenbach Glacier ranks among the most spectacular stages of the renowned Deutschlandtour.
By Mountain Lift up to the Peak
Cycling fans who are fond of high Alpine terrain are strongly recommended to try lift-assisted mountain biking. The summer mountain lifts whisk cyclists and their bikes up to the top of several peaks. For example to the exclusive "Top Mountain Star" restaurant at Wurmkogl and the "Hohe Mut" – from where panoramic trails lead back to Obergurgl. Bicycle transport is free of charge. Also down in the valley a quick and easy bicycle transport system is available: holders of the "Ötztal Card" enjoy – besides an infinite number of other highlights and attractions – free use of all public bus lines within the valley. A unique chance to spend car-free holidays in the Ötztal. Therefore you can start your tours anywhere because the public bus will always bring you back to your accommodation.
Bike-Friendly and Ideal for Cyclists
Countless accommodations spread all over the holiday region are specialized in holidays for cyclists and mountain bikers, fulfilling severe quality standards. Among the special services are a lockable bicycle storage room, washing facilities for bicycles, a set of repair tools and materials, a detailed trail map, trail recommendations, plus a lot more. Guided tours and individually designed deals are scheduled as well. Special tour tips are provided by local experts or the host families themselves. Sportsmen on two wheels are warmly welcome throughout the valley!