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Up to 1991 the Ötztal valley was archeologically completely unexplored terrain. Subsequently, research was initiated and today it is proven that already from 8000 BC people lived in this area! To capture the findings, various attractions have now been established in the Obergurgl area. These are fascinating “must-see” day trips if you are in Obergurgl, all of which are great for the whole family. Read on for our top 3 historic attractions.

Hohler Stein

Hohler Stein

Hohler Stein is an area in the Otztal Nature Park, near the high altitude village of Vent (2,050m) that dates back to the Stone Ages (8000-4000 BC) when it was a hunter and shepherd base. Archaeological findings prove this was frequently visited by prehistoric people during summer. They built fire pits, processed their kills and produced tools from wood, bone and antlers. At the foot of the Hohler Stein base, they worked on making knives, arrowheads, scrappers and drill bits from high quality stone, a valuable trading material that came from the northern region around Lake Garda. The site is only 12km from where the famous Iceman was found and it is not unlikely that he passed through Hohler Stein on his last journey!

Otzi Village

Otzi Village

Go back to the Stone Age and get to know more about Ötzi, the world-famous Iceman, in Umhausen’s unique Archaeological Outdoor Park.

The park provides a unique insight into everyday life of the Neolithic Age (5000 years ago), comprising prehistoric working and hunting tools as well as old farm animal breeds. Daily guided tours and weekly presentations are available for free and audio guides in English, French, Italian and Dutch are available for a small fee. Visitors can also participate in workshops where they train their natural skills related to hunting and gathering.

Rofenhöfe Farmhouse and Suspension Bridge

Rofenhöfe Farmhouse Suspension Bridge

The beautiful Rofenhöfe farms are located 2km above of Vent at an altitude of 2,014m. Here you can see the famous Haflinger breed horses among other bucolic scenery. The farms are accessible by the 46m suspension bridge that was built by the Klotz brothers in 1967 and renewed by the provincial government in 1984. This is a lovely day trip for the whole family!

The Chalet at 11 East would like to thank Ötztal Tourism for the photos in this post. For more information on any of these historic day trips in Obergurgl, visit the website www.obergurgl.com.

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