Place of discovery Ötzi

On September 19th, 1991 Ötzi, the Iceman, was found by the German mountaineering couple Erika and Helmut Simon on Tisenjoch/Giogo di Tisa mountain, above the Niederjochferner/Giogo basso mountain in 3,210 m a.s.l.

Today a pyramid of stones identifies the find spot.

Full-day tour, rechable from Vernago through the Tisental Valley to the Similaun refuge, to the place of discovery OR from Maso Corto to the Schnalstal Glacier and o the place of discovery. Return path through the Similaun refuge and the Tisental Valley. Duration: about 5 hours ascent and 3-4 hours descent.

All year round on Tuesday the guided hike or ski tour "Ötzi Glacier Tour" brings interested guests to the place of discovery - more details and registration at the archeoParc Schnalstal Valley or online under

Description to arrive at destination

Option 1: Naturno/Naturns - Schnalstal Valley - Vernago/Vernagt
Option 2: Naturno/Naturns - Schnalstal Valley - Maso Corto/Kurzras

Author's tip
The tourisguided, i.e. in the company of a mountain guide, recommended.

Parking places at Vergnago/Vernagt: at the lake and in front of the champel, free, unguarded
Parking place at Maso Corto/Kurzras: in summer to pay, unguarded; in winter free, unguarded

Public transport

Option 1: with the bus line no. 261 to Vernago/Vernagt
Option 2: with the bus line no. 261 to Maso Corto/Kurzras

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