Over a length of about 65 km the impressive Ötztal valley winds its way through the Tyrolean Alps until the head of the valley peaks at the feet of the Gurgl glacier world. Here, at the top of the Ötztal, is where you find Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. An idyllic mountain village far away from everything – so high, so wild, so beautiful!
Did you know …
- Due to its location 1,927 m above sea level, Obergurgl is Austria’s highest parish village.
- The name Gurgl derives from the old word “Gurgal”, meaning something like “village in the glacier-crowned area”.
- Traces of first settlements date back to 7,500 BC.
- In 1910, Obergurgl had only 39 inhabitants.
- In May 1931, the adventurer Auguste Piccard landed on the Gurgler Ferner glacier and put Obergurgl on the map of international tourism.
- In 1991, the 5300-year old “Ötzi”, the “Man from the Ice” was discovered near the Hauslabjoch saddle – one of today’s most significant discoveries.