On the trail to Wildspitze
Placed a short distance away from the italian border, the Breslauer Hütte is a key spot to bear in mind for your hikes in the Ötztal Alps. And specially for any climber-to-be of Wildspitze. It's formed by a couple of buildings that compose a three storey complex placed on the southern slopes of Ötztaler Urkund on the valley known as Venttal. The lower storey is almost fully occupied by a small hall, the hut reception facility, a storeroom ("trockenraum" in german), the kitchen and a warm wooden-decorated dining hall. The upper levels of the hut are dedicated to sleeping rooms (mainly small private rooms for three or four people) and there's an additional space under the roof for a "matratzenläger" (that's the term for a big common sleeping room for many sleeping bags on mattresses). Showers, by the way, are placed on the first floor and there are toilets near the entrance of the hut and on the first and second floors.
from the terrasse is magnificent and food is as good as you can dream of in a mountain hut.
How to get there?
Drive westwards from Innsbruck until you reach the exit of the highway marked as "Ötztal". That's where you enter the valley of Ötz, known some years ago because of the finding of a neolithic mummified corpse ("Ötzi"
) somewhere in the upper glaciers. Keep driving south until you pass by Sölden. Shortly afterwards, take the road to your right marked "Vent" and keep going until you reach the end of the road. There's not a lot of parking space in Vent
, you might need to leave the car at the entrance of the village. From that point on, it's a three hour walk going uphill. First thing to do is to reach the Stablein restaurant (a path winds uphill under the ski chairlift) and after that a wide dirt track leads across the river formed by the Rofenkarferner and up to the hut.
Information by dmiki(March 2010):
In winter conditions
, just after crossing the small bridge over the Rofenkarferner river it might be a good idea to loop left
before heading up the ridge and towards the hut. Otherwise, the terrain under the hut can be rather avalanche prone.
Climbs around the area: Wildspitze (3770 m)
, Hinterer Brochkogel (3635 m)
, Ötztaler Urkund (3556 m), Urkundkolm (3134 m)
, Wildes Männle (3019 m)
The hut is open from mid-June to the end of September. For the rest of the year, there's an open winter room (according to tommi and dmiki, a really good one!).
External LinksBreslauer Hütte:
Full contact details from the official web page of the Austrian Alpine Club