Ötzi Dorf, literally Ötzi village, was founded by the community of Umhausen and the Ötztaler tourist association for prehistoric buildings & local history and the University of Innsbruck. The archaeological open air museum presents everyday life in the Neolithic Age based on reconstructions and models.
Ötzi-Franz is an employee at Ötzi Dorf who has worked here since 2001 and has somehow become a special highlight of the museum. He is part of scenes representing that particular period and also likes to strike a pose for you in case you wish to take souvenir pictures with him.
In the park you get to see numerous animals that are usually rare to spot, Przewalski's horses, woolly pigs, goats, soay sheeps and trouts to name just a few.
Food & Drinks
“Ötzi's Einkehr” is a café restaurant serving delicious food, specialities from Tyrol, food from the Neolithic Age, postmodern cakes and ice-cream on the sun terrace.
The opening hours are the same as the park's.
Guided tours are offered daily at 10.30am, 12.00 noon, 1.30pm and 3.00pm. If you book in advance, you can require your tour to be held in one of the following languages: English, Italian or French.
From mid-July to mid-September, guided tours for children are offered from Monday to Friday each day starting at 12.00 noon. Please book in advance.
All guided tours last an hour and are free of charge.
A fun day for kids and families
Each year from July to August, each Wednesday children have the chance to experience Stone Age life and be entirely taken back to Neolithic Age from 10.30am or 1.00pm to 3.30pm for half a day. Here, for instance, they are taught archery, how to make fires, use a flint knife or how to bake flat bread. During the same time of year, families with kids aged 6 or older can spend an entire day participating in a guided tour from 10.00am to 3.30pm and learn everything about life in the Neolithic Age.
The park was built barrier-free and is thus accessible for people with impairments/ disabilities and prams (strollers).
Dogs are only allowed to be taken into the park when on the leash.
In 1991 a person was found who was once trapped in ice and got preserved within: Ötzi, the sensational find in the Ötztal valley. From the moment Ötzi was found here, excavation fields were opened digging up finds dating back to the 4th century BC. It was proved that this area shows traces of having been populated already around 8,000 BC.
How to get there
Take the A12 and exit at Ötztal. Follow the road for about 14 km (8.7 mi) to get to Umhausen. Follow the signs to Ötzidorf.
By Train/ Bus
You arrive at the train station in Ötztal and continue by using a regular bus to Ötztal/ Umhausen. It operates several times daily.
By Car/ Bus
A parking garage (P4) can be found nearby. You find an additional parking space in the town centre of Umhausen (15 minutes walking distance).
Parking is free. You will be refunded fees paid upon presenting your ticket.