The starting point for this hike is in the center of Längenfeld at the Fischbach bridge. The Fischbach will only be our companion at the beginning. To reach the Brandalm are some altitude to deal with. You follow the forest path or you venture over the rocky path. After about 40 minutes you have the hardest part of this hike behind you and reached the Brandalm. There you will be rewarded with a wonderful view down to Längenfeld. The magnificent view continues to enjoy all the way to Burgstein. Shortly before Burgstein you cross the 84 m long suspension bridge, which connects the two sun balconies Brand and Burgstein and floats 220 m above the valley floor. The view from the steel bridge is clearly the highlight of this hike. Once in Burgstein, take the old Burgsteiner road (Forstweg) down to Längenfeld. In Längenfeld you will pass the Therme Aqua Dome and return to the starting point.
The hike with crossing the suspension bridge is as popular with guests as with the inhabitants of the Ötztal.
Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"
Best time of year
Easy hike; suitable for beginners and walkers.
Please pay attention to the current weather report: https://www.oetztal.com/de/sommer.html
It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing.
Tips, hints and links
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
From the Fischbach bridge in the center of Längenfeld, a forest trail takes you up a few meters up to the Brandalm. Alternatively, there is the possibility to choose the newly built rocky path at the impressive barrier for the ascent some years ago. (about 250 steps) At the height of this hike, the suspension bridge, a gigantic landscape opens up. Once in Burgstein, we take the old Burgsteiner road (Forstweg) down to Längenfeld.
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:
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 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