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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 11

Ötztaler Urweg E11 Umhausen - Sautens

Long Distance Hiking · Oetztal
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  • Sautens
    / Sautens
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  • / Urkraft Umhausen
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  • / Ötztaler Ache
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  • / Tumpen
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  • / Wandern in Tumpen
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  • / Habicher See
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  • / Piburger See
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  • / Rundwanderung am Piburger See
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  • / Sautens
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m 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 900 800 700 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Talblick Umhausen Seejöchl Piburger See

The original route of stage 11 is currently not accessible due to a mudslide in the Leierstal! There is a local, signposted detour directly from the intersection of Antoniusweg, Achrainweg & Erlangerweg to the soccer field in Östen. After crossing the bridge, the original route can be re-entered.




UMHAUSEN –> Neudorf –> Ötztaler Ache –> Östen/Hopfgarten –> Tumpen –> Habichen –> Lake Piburger See  –> Piburg –> Haderlehn –> SAUTENS

Distance 15 km
5:00 h
574 m
790 m



The elemental power accompanies you on every step through beautiful and varied nature. Refuel your energy at the Stuiben Falls, discover new perspectives at the Birds of Prey Park, follow the Iceman's footsteps at the Ötzi Village outdoor park or enjoy deep relaxation in the swimming lake - Umhausen has an elemental experience for all ages.


The following kilometers of the trail promise a wonderful mix of rivers, forests and meadows. Deep green forests take you straight towards an unrivaled natural jewel, lake Piburger See. In summer the lake makes a popular destination for young and old as it features an excellent network of walking trails. One of the fabulous hiking destinations is the Kluft area and the nearby Kanzel vista point overlooking the picturesque village of Oetz from a dizzy height. In Sautens, the stage's final destination, a century old tradition is still preserved: schnapps distilling! Also apricots are growing here thanks to the area's favorable climate. To collect the typical Ötztal masterwort the local schnapps distillers climb up to 2000 m above sea level - the root is used for fine apple brandies with scents of anise, fennel and citrus.

Highest point
1,232 m
Lowest point
821 m

Safety information

Surefootedness, a good physical shape, stamina

No major difficulties

Tips and hints

Did you know that…

…  lake Piburger See originates from an ancient gully in the valley, leading parallel to the Ötztal? After the last Ice Age the lake was dammed up by a huge rockslide. What's best, the lake reaches water temperatures of up to 24° Celsius in summer.


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


Umhausen (1,035 m)
47.140643, 10.928028
47°08'26.3"N 10°55'40.9"E
32T 646192 5222596



Turn-by-turn directions

In the village center of Umhausen you turn left at the church and then take the turnoff to the hamlet of Neudorf. Always follow the signs towards Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. Cross the brook and take the forest trail towards the hamlet of Östen, always following the road until you reach the covered wooden bridge.
You walk to the left of the single farmhouse, then you take the rising trail to the left.
The permanently ascending trail becomes a narrow footpath. In lofty heights you can enjoy a magnificent view of Umhausen and the valley basin. At the top you follow the forest trail out of the valley to Tumpen.
Keep to theleft and hike along Tumpen‘s Loop Trail until you get directly to the village. Then follow the signs to lake Habicher See and hike on the mountainside to lake Piburger See. At the road fork behind lake Habicher See you keep left and hike slightly uphill towards lake Piburger See and continue up to panoramic Seejöchl vista point. The steep ascent is rewarded with a fabulous view. Then hike along the route to Haderlehn and from there you follow the signs down to the village of Sautens and the local community center.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at


Getting there

Umhausen is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps



The following parking facilities are available in Umhausen:
  • Umhausen Parking Mure - free of charge
  • Umhausen Bischoffsplatz - payable from 07:00 to 18:30 hour
  • Tumpen / Lehn-Platzl At the parking place Engelswand climbing garden (payable)
  • Parking Köfels (payable)


47.140643, 10.928028
47°08'26.3"N 10°55'40.9"E
32T 646192 5222596
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Standard hiking equipment, sturdy hiking boots

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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.

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574 m
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