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Road bike tours in Ötztal

Mountainbike Routes

Biketour nach Gaislach (644)

Mountainbike Routes · Sölden
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This challenging mountain bike circuit extends below the Gaislachkogl.

From the Freizeit Arena, head into the valley on the main road towards the BP gas station, then turn right shortly before it towards Innerwald. Passing the hamlets of Außer- and Innerwald, you'll reach the glacier road, which you leave again after about 700 meters. Here, the steadily ascending, paved path towards Gaislachalm begins. Initially, the forest provides some shade, but soon you'll emerge onto sunny alpine meadows.

The route takes you past the rest stops Sonneck, Gaislachalm, Silbertal, and Heidealm, up to the highest point of the tour: the mid-station of the Gaislachkogl cable car. Afterwards, a paved path takes you to the glacier road, which then leads you back down into the valley.

moderate
Distance 19.8 km
3:20 h
839 m
839 m
2,181 m
1,347 m
The nearly 20 km long mountain bike tour to Gaislach starts at the Freizeit Arena in Sölden. From there, head straight past the municipal office and cross the bridge to reach Dorfstraße. Turn left and follow the main road. The leisurely ride through the village passes sports shops and numerous rest stops. After about 1 km, turn right at the intersection before the BP gas station (marked H). Here, the road gently ascends above Sölden to the hamlet of Außerwald. At the next fork, follow Lärchenstraße uphill, then continue towards Seestraße. At the next intersection, choose the left path and continue on Außerwaldstraße. Soon you will reach the first houses of the small hamlet of Außerwald. After passing Alpengasthof Grüner, keep left at the next junction and go straight until you reach the next houses in Innerwald. At the first houses, keep right and follow Innerwaldstraße through the hamlet. Always follow the paved road, which soon leads slightly downhill. You will soon reach the intersection with the glacier road. Here, take the right path towards the glacier and Hochsölden. The bike tour continues on the glacier road. After about 5 km, you will have completed the 4 challenging hairpin bends of the glacier road. Just before the toll station, turn sharply left and follow the gravel road towards the Gaislachkoglbahn mid-station. After a short climb, you will soon reach the highest point of the tour, the Gaislachkoglbahn mid-station. At 2,174 meters, the gravel road continues level, past the mid-station and always heading into the valley. Soon the path leads slightly downhill. Follow the signs towards Gaislachalm. At the next fork, turn left and soon reach the alm. Gaislachalm is the oldest alpine inn at over 2,040 meters and invites you to stop. After a short break, follow the gravel road below Gaislachalm. Soon you will pass Gasthof Sonneck (another rest stop). Continue following the wide gravel road downhill, through dense forest, and after almost 3.5 km you will reach the paved glacier road again. At hairpin 1 of the glacier road, turn off again and follow Innerwaldstraße back, passing through the hamlets of Innerwald and Außerwald again, and soon return to the Dorfstraße in Sölden. Follow this back to the starting point.
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Florian Grüner
Update: May 22, 2024
Difficulty
S2 moderate
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Highest point
2,181 m
Lowest point
1,347 m
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Track types

Asphalt 47.51%Dirt road 7.63%Forested/wild trail 10.17%Path 0.42%Road 34.25%
Asphalt
9.4 km
Dirt road
1.5 km
Forested/wild trail
2 km
Path
0.1 km
Road
6.8 km
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Coordinates:
DD
46.969481, 11.010090
DMS
46°58'10.1"N 11°00'36.3"E
UTM
32T 652903 5203733
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Public transport

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.

Directions

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

Parking

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:

More details on night-time parking

Coordinates

DD
46.969481, 11.010090
DMS
46°58'10.1"N 11°00'36.3"E
UTM
32T 652903 5203733
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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
19.8 km
Duration
3:20 h
Ascent
839 m
Descent
839 m
Highest point
2,181 m
Lowest point
1,347 m
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