HARBE LINE is an about 2.2 km long blue line starting right at the top station of Giggijoch Mountain Gondola. The short track down to Hochsölden features some 180 meters of altitude difference.
HARBE LINE is open from the 2017 summer, connecting the top station of Giggijoch gondola with Hochsölden. A superb blue Line offering fun and action again and again. But be careful: you can easily get addicted...
Ötztal dialect word for again and again
The HARBE LINE ends next to Restaurant Sonnblick in Hochsölden. To continue your biking adventure you are recommended to take the red Leiterberg Trail (672) that starts slightly below the hamlet of Hochsölden. At the very end of the trail you follow a short transfer route towards the Kreuzweg Trail (6015) taking you down to the valley floor, close to the base station of Giggijoch Mountain Gondola.
A much easier alternative: continue on Rettenbachalm Trail (675) and then turn into OLLWEITE LINE (6010) leading towards OHN LINE (6007).
Best time of year
HARBE LINE is the one and only Line above the treeline in very demanding and precipitous terrain, featuring steep descents. Leaving the Line or falling might be extremely dangerous - especially in the upper part of the route.
Although the Line is rated S1 on the difficulty scale, it is only suitable for very experienced and skilled bikers!
Appropriate Equipment Rules! We strongly recommend to wear protective bike gear (knee and elbow pads, helmet, back protector, ...) on all lines, trails, enduro tracks and mountain bike routes within the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN. Enter the Republic only with a bike that meets current quality standards.
The Harbe Line is accessible only by Giggijoch Mountain Gondola. Bicycle transport is available in the gondola cabin.
Public transport friendly
Arriving by Train
Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. The public bus lines to all holiday resorts in the valley (direction Obergurgl) leave directly in front of the train station. The bus ride to Sölden takes about 1 – 1.5 hours.
All important details on bus timetables, direct connections and taxi services are available here.
WHERE IS SÖLDEN?
Sölden is located in the West of Austria, more exactly in the Province of TIROL. It nestles amidst the ÖTZTAL Valley, a south-facing side valley of the Inntal.
Best travel route from the West:
From Vorarlberg to Tirol via Arlberg Pass or through Arlberg Tunnel (S 16 Federal Road) - direction Landeck - change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel - on B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
From the North:
- Bad Tölz - Achen Pass - B 181 Federal Road - Jenbach - A 12 Autobahn towards Innsbruck (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
- Pfronten - Reutte - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Ehrwald - Lermoos - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) – exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Mittenwald - Scharnitz - Seefeld - Telfs - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
From the East:
Munich or Salzburg - A 93 Autobahn to Kufstein - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) via Innsbruck – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
From the South:
From Bozen/Bolzano towards Brenner Pass (toll road) – on Brenner Autobahn via Schönberg toll station (direction Innsbruck) to Innsbruck - then change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden
There are ample parking areas and covered parking garages at the base stations of Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch Mountain Gondolas. Parking is free of charge between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm!
Night-time parking of motor cars is subject to a charge and allowed only in the parking garage next to Gaislachkogl Mountain Gondola: