Tradition & Customs
world cultural heritage and nature benefit in the ötztal
Traditions and customs handed down over generations are cultivated and preserved throughout the Ötztal valley. The Ötztal dialect has been recognized by UNESCO as an "immaterial cultural heritage" since 2010. The approximately 900-year-old dialect is actively passed on to succeeding generations by Nale [grandmother] and Nene [grandfather] and so remains alive.
The Ötztal Nature Park stands for preservation of nature and landscape, promoting recreation, education, research and regional development. From the bottom of the valley to the highest glaciers and the Ötztaler Wildspitze with 3,774 meters, the diversity and beauty of the landscape fascinates its visitors. 67 glaciers, 152 mountains over 3,000m and also the highest waterfall in Tyrol promise unforgettable impressions.
Ötztal's culture and customs are stored and lived in numerous local museums, manufactories and traditional crafts. Go on a discovery trip and get to know the Tyrol land and people personally.
Heimatmuseum Längenfeld: In the outdoor museum in Lehn near Längenfeld you will be on a trip to the lived peasant culture of the valley. The lively museum shows, among other things, how flax is and was cultivated and processed.
Schafwollzentrum Umhausen: In the Ötztaler Schafwollzentrum you will find a carpet workshop and a small shop with all kinds of products made of the wool of domestic sheep. Since 1938, flax has been processed into natural products.
Cilli Doblander Weaving Umhausen: Webmaster Cilli Doblander operates her hand weaving according to old tradition. For over 65 years, natural raw materials such as flax or sheep wool have been refined in this family business without any chemical treatment.
Alte Dorfschmiede Niederthai: Since 1890, the old smithy has been operated by hydropower. Meanwhile in the fourth generation. It is worth taking part in one of the forge tours. At the end, each visitor is allowed to mint his or her own coin. Every Thursday at 5 pm or by appointment.