The climb to Niederthai,
a village located about 500 meters above the Ötztal,
is short, hard and somewhat monotonous.
The ascent begint,
when driving southward on the main road through the Ötztal,
at the junction to Umhausen,
From here always follow the signs Niederthai.
The first two kilometers until the first hairpin turn
are easy (5-6%)
but from there four steep kilometers
with an average gradient of 9.9% follow.
The road is wide, views are rare and there is little variation,
except for the curves and eight hairpin turns.
This steep section ends at a parking lot
overlooking the main valley.
Hereafter comes the most scenic part.
First, there is a short descent, in which 25 elevation meters are lost.
Then the road follows a creek
and Niederthai is reached.
The end is located near the church.
However, it is possible to gain another 40 meters of altitude
by continuing to the hamlet of Ennebach.
This offers a wonderful view of the mountains west of the Ötztal.