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Rediscover the mountain world on the wire rope

Via ferrata climbing is booming - for good reason. Everyone who is free from giddiness, sure-footed and experienced in hiking will enjoy the fascination of the vertical world on paths secured by wire ropes. Almost in a playful way without having to worry about complex belaying techniques. 8 via ferratas of varied difficulty levels invite you to a spectacular change of perspective in Tirol’s Ötztal. Those who get involved will find pure nature, thrilling moments and exhilaration that are highly addictive.

Aiming high and higher - plus complete equipment

Via ferratas are neither hiking trails nor sport climbing routes. They are secured throughout with a steel cable and iron pins by indicating the climbing route with artificial handholds and step aids. The single degrees of difficulty from A (not very difficult) to E (extremely difficult) and the length of the routes serve as an important guide when choosing a tour. For climbing via ferratas, you need complete via ferrata equipment without exception, which you can also rent on site in Ötztal. Add stamina, muscle power, skill and courage - and you are ready to go.

Rental options in Ötztal

Climbing via ferrata Zirbenwald Obergurgl Ötztal

Climbing via ferrata Zirbenwald Obergurgl Ötztal

Via ferratas for families and beginners in Ötztal

As a renowned climbing region, Ötztal doesn't just put a huge smile on the face of die-hard sport climbers. Even beginners and families will find a wonderful vertical playground (mostly) made of granite & lime (at the valley entrance) in Tirol’s longest side valley. The 800 m long Haiming-Geierwand via ferrata, featuring solid step aids and also known as a truly enjoyable top-class via ferrata, has a midi and mini route ready for the less experienced. Memorable views of Inntal valley included. The rather short but definitely thrilling Moosalm via ferrata in Sölden Sölden is as well suitable for beginners. An alternative, easy exit shortens the avenue to victory here. The Zirbenwald via ferrata in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl makes also a great destination for children aged 10 and over.

All via ferratas in Ötztal

Built close to the water: via ferratas at the waterfall

A hallmark of Ötztal is its "water spraying" falls, which refresh the entire area with cool water particles. And also the climbers who conquer, for example, the spectacular Stuibenfall via ferrata near Umhausen or the Lehner Wasserfall via ferrata near Längenfeld. The first one is one of the easy, but all the more spectacular via ferratas in Ötztal, leading on numerous step aids close to and over the water masses (suitable for children from approx. 10 years with additional belaying rope). The moderately difficult Lehner Wasserfall via ferrata is divided into an easier original route and a more demanding variant with passages of the highest difficulty degree (E). Beginners and professionals will find exactly the challenge they need on both sides of the stunning waterfall.

Go to Stuibenfall via ferrata

Steep challenge: difficult via ferratas in Ötztal

Experts with a good head for heights stick to their kind on the almost vertical Burgsteinwand near Längenfeld. The awe-inspiring Reinhard-Schiestl via ferrata, named after Längenfeld’s climbing pioneer Reinhard Schiestl, opens up a superb eagle's eye view of the valley floor. It leads over 200 m up to the exit at the mountain meadows of Burgstein, continuously secured with wire rope, clamps, stepladders and featuring also rest areas. You should also bring a whole backpack full of prior climbing experience for the unrivaled Schwärzenkamm via ferrata in Obergurgl’s glacier world. The panoramic via ferrata requires appropriate equipment and of course full concentration at all times due to its high Alpine altitude and north-facing rock wall. Special tip: take an e-bike and cycle up to Langtalereckhütte - it shortens the ascent elegantly.

Go to Schwärzenkamm via ferrata