Piburger Lake is the result of an natural catastrophe; today it is the landmark of Oetz. After the last ice age a massive rock slide blocked the valley at its south-eastern end and covered its entire bottom. That's why water impounded and formed a lake. Because of its location Piburger See lake holds very soft water. In mid-summer surface temperature reaches up to 24 degree C. Because of its scenic location the lake is a poplular destination for hikers and swimmers.
With the discovery of "Ötzi" the Iceman in 1991 the Ötz-Valley has one more cultural sensation. The world-famous findings dating back to approx. 4000 BC are the archeological highlight of the entire Ötztal region. The glacier mummy was named after the Ötztal area, where he was found.
Up to 1991 the Ötztal valley was archeologically completely unexplored terrain. Subsequently research was intensified and today it is proven that arleady from 8000 BC people lived in this area.
The story starts some 9.800 years ago. The mighty glacier fields of the Ice Age move back, leaving behind a rough mountain valley full of hazards: loose masses of rock, rubbles and rugged mountain flanks. Very slowly the permafrost thaws, at least two thirds of the mountains and peaks are crashing down into the valley. Increadible masses of soil and rock form the so-called "Tauferberg" area by barricading the mountain brook coming down from "Horlachtal" valley. The water finds its own way, all of a sudden the Stuiben Falls emerge - Tirol's highest waterfall!