A hiking holiday in Obergurgl would not be complete without a trip to see one of the glaciers high above the village. Guests of all ages can take the cable car next to the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl and travel into a world of permanent ice.
Formed many millennia ago, the glaciers of the Alps are fascinating, fearsome – and alive. Though they move too slowly to be seen by the human eye, this permanent flow of frozen water leads to the formation of new crevasses and ice caves, crushing huge rocks in its path and polishing smaller stones trapped inside.
This fascinating world holds many secrets – and every now and then it reveals one of them. That was the case in 1991 when a mummified body later given the name "Ötzi" was discovered. Despite having spent an incredble 5400 years in his icy grave, Ötzi was remarkably well preserved. Those wanting to find out more about Europe's oldest natural human mummy can pay a visit to the Ötzi Village in Umhausen and find out how the local population lived many millennia ago.
For guests staying at the Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl it couldn't be easier to access the fascinating high-alpine world of mountains and glaciers above the village of Obergurgl. The Hohe Mut cable car leaves from just outside the hotel and transports visitors to the edge of the glacier, meaning that children and elderly people can also experience the glacier at first hand.
Feel the rush of the cold glacier air as you step off the cable car, watch the "glacier milk" flowing beneath the transparent surface and learn more about how glaciers influence the Alpine climate. In the Ötztal Valley there is a place where it is always winter – even during the warmest summer months.
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