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Road bike tours in Ötztal

Hiking Trail recommended route

Sautner Forchet - black trail

Hiking Trail · Sautens
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  • / Tschirgant
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  • / Sautens
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  • / Kalkofen Sautens
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m 850 800 750 700 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Naturlehrpfad Forchet Naturlehrpfad Forchet Kalkofen
SAUTENS -> Kreuzkapelle -> schwarze Markierung -> unteres Forchet -> Kreuzkapelle -> SAUTENS
Distance 7.6 km
3:00 h
156 m
156 m
839 m
714 m
More than 3000 years ago immense parts of the Tschirgant mountain massively crashed into the valley by blocking the entrance to the Ötztal. Today this wonderful area amidst the densely populated Tyrolean Inntal has become a true nature treasure, almost untouched by men. Two breathtaking loop trails travel straight through this awesome landscape called "Sautner Forchet", which is known for its exciting cultural spots (Kalkofen area, cavehouse, …). Information panels inform about the region's fauna and geology. 


Start Kreuzkapelle Sautens - black Sign - walking time 3 hours

Author’s recommendation

Take time to study the information boards along the way
Highest point
839 m
Lowest point
714 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Moderate mountain trail; for sure-footed and experienced hikers. Good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary. Please pay attention to the current weather report: www.oetztal.com

Tips and hints

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


Sautens (823 m)
47.212790, 10.846656
47°12'46.0"N 10°50'48.0"E
32T 639832 5230465



Turn-by-turn directions

Start at the Kreuzkapelle and then follow the street about 100 m. Then you can go through the forrest and follow the black signs. 


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

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


Parking Sports ground / Cross Chapel


47.212790, 10.846656
47°12'46.0"N 10°50'48.0"E
32T 639832 5230465
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass #043 | Ötztaler Alpen Ötztal, Pitztal | 1:50.000


Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, ankle-high walking boots, wind-, rain- & sun protection, hat, possibly gloves, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • 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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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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7.6 km
3:00 h
156 m
156 m
Highest point
839 m
Lowest point
714 m
Circular route Scenic Geological highlights Botanical highlights


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