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Otztal

Following the course of the Otztaler Ache, a tributary of the Inn river, is the long valley of Otztal. At its southern end, near the border with Italy, rises the Otztaler Alpen range, with many peaks above 3,500 m (11,500 ft): the Wildspitze at 3,774 m (12,381 ft) is Tyrol’s highest summit. Nestling within the Otztaler Alps is also the highest parish in Austria, the ski resort of Obergurgl at 1,927 m (6,322 ft). The largest settlement in the lower part of Otztal is Otz, an old village with attractive, colourful houses. The paintings on the Star Inn date from 1573 and 1615. On a steep slope stands the church of St George and St Nicholas, which retains some original Gothic features, including a vault and portals. The largest town at the upper end of the Otz Valley is Langenfeld, where you find the church of St Catherine. It has a 74-m (243-ft) high Gothic tower, a decorative west portal and a Baroque interior. Otztal’s administrative centre is the old Tyrolean village of Solden. There is good skiing on Tiefenbachferner and superb views from Gaislacher Kogel and Wilder Mann. In 1991, a frozen human body was discovered on the Italian side of the Otztal Alps. Although over 5,000 years old, Otzi, as he was named, was perfectly preserved by the ice, along with some 70 artifacts.

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