At 67 km in length, the Ötztal is the longest tributary valley of the Inntal Valley. It is also the largest glacial ski area in the Eastern Alps, covering an area of 140 square kilometres.

At an altitude of 1,930 m, the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is the highest inhabited village with a church in Austria. The highest waterfall in Tyrol at Umhausen descends 159 metres. The Wildspitze (3,774 m) is the second highest mountain in Austria. Piburger Lake is one of the warmest bathing lakes in Tyrol, with an average summer temperature of 23°C.

The Ötztal Valley gained a sensational new cultural attraction in 1991 with the discovery of a man entombed in ice, who was christened Ötzi. The world-famous discovery that dates back to the 4th century B.C. is an archaeological calling card for this valley and surrounding mountains, as the name of the glacial mummy shows. The Ötztal Association of Prehistoric Buildings and Local History, which is based in Umhausen, has worked in conjunction with the municipality of Umhausen to create the Ötzidorf village.