• Via Ferrata: Mountaineering in the sunset / St. Anton am Arlberg

    Climbing in Austria

    What to expect from a climbing adventure in Austria? A combination of adrenaline thrill and stunning views, filled with moments, that make your heart beat faster but let you find serenity at the same time.

    Outdoor experiences in a picture-perfect scenery with breathtaking views, that's how we know and love our holidays in Austria. Crave an adrenaline rush as a bonus? Say no more. Whether you find that special something on a via ferrata at lofty heights or a high ropes course with the whole family - Austria's variety of venturesome climbing experiences has got you covered.

    If you are looking for an adventure in alpine terrain without much climbing experience, a well-secured via ferrata is the perfect choice. You don't need to be a professional climber to master via ferratas up to difficulty level C or D. "An introductory course and some practice is all you need", that's what die-hard via ferrata climbers say.

    Via ferrata Gauablick cave / Via ferrata Gauablick cave

    Via Ferrata "Gauablickhöhle"

    On the way to the summit of the Sulzfluh in the Vorarlberg Montafon, the well-known mixture of anticipation and excitement arises. A final check, a few warm-up exercises before the carabiner clicks into the guide and off we go, higher and higher. Like a labyrinth, the path winds its way through the 350 meters of cold darkness, before the daylight flashes in from the cave exit and a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains awaits. Once you reach the top, you know you have accomplished something amazing.

    • Valley location: parking lot in Latschau (1,044 m) or mountain station of the Golmer cable car
    • Difficulty: 3,5/C
    • Height of the entrance: 2.170 m
    • Altitude difference of the via ferrata: 260 m
    • Length of the cave: 350 m
    • Total duration of the ascent on the via ferrata: 1.5 hours

    What to pack for your via ferrata adventure

    A dramatic climb in the Austrian Alps

    In addition to surefootedness and a good fitness level, the right equipment is essential to master the via ferrata

    • Climbing on Nordkette mountain

      Climbing harness

      Can be either a waist belt or a chest belt with a good fit around waist and legs.

    • Klettern am Dachstein

      Via ferrata set

      Consists of via ferrata carabiners and a catch shock absorber, both attached to the harness.

    • Via ferrata in the Montafon / Montafon


      Must be standard-tested, easily adjustable and have a good ventilation system.

    • Climbing on the Dachstein

      Non-slip gloves

      Important are the right fit, quality of workmanship and a good grip!

    Did you know that ...

    Austria's most beautiful via ferratas

    Keep gaining height as you make your way up over iron steps, ladders or along wire ropes and marvel at magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The effort of an exhausting via ferrata is always worth it.

    •                 Koschuta Felsklettern

      Carinthia: Via ferrata "Bella Vista" to the Hohe Leier near Spittal an der Drau

      This one lives up to its name. The partly quite boldly designed climb leads to the Hohe Leier and features airy climbing passages. Bella vista is guaranteed!

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    •                 Adler via ferrata on the Karkopf in Telfs

      Tirol: Via ferrata "Adler" to the Karkopf in Telfs

      Also known as "the pearl among via ferratas". It certainly requires some skill and stamina, however, the scenery is worth every strenuous step.

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    •                 Climbing on the Dachstein

      Upper Austria: Via ferrata "Donnerkogel" in Gosau

      After taking the Gosaukamm cable car up, you will overcome 1,100 meters in altitude in 2 stages. Highlight: the 40-meter panoramic sky ladder.

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    •                 Via ferrata Drachenwand (dragon wall) / Via ferrata Drachenwand (dragon wall)

      Upper Austria: Via ferrata "Drachenwand" in Mondsee

      Via ferrata with medium difficulty, which is a great option for intermediates. The summit offers a fantastic view over the lake district and the surrounding mountains.

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    •                 Kitzlochklamm Gorge in Taxenbach

      SalzburgerLand: Via ferrata "Kitz" near Taxenbach

      Great via ferrata leading over a gorge, with rope bridge and flying fox. The impressive views into the Kitzlochklamm are a unique experience.

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    •                 "Johann"-via ferrata at Dachstein mountain

      Styria: Via ferratas in Ramsau near Schladming

      The region is considered the "cradle of via ferratas". Ladders and stirrups lead up 20 spectacular steep faces.

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    •                 Riegersburg Castle in Styria / Riegersburg, Steiermark

      Styria: Via ferratas to the Riegersburg rock

      In the middle of the Southern Styrian Hills, on the plateau of a volcanic rock, the impressive Riegersburg is enthroned. Several via ferratas lead up the rock to the medieval building.

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    Via ferrata safety

    In order to master a via ferrata safely and without any incidents, the following rules should always be observed.


    Two is better than one

    Always keep both carabiners hooked on the steel rope. At the anchorages, re-hook one after the other and keep one carabiner on the rope.

    • Taking a break on the mountain top


      Always adapt the tour (difficulty, length, ascent and descent) to your abilities.

    • Via ferrata Gauablick cave / Via ferrata Gauablick cave

      Save your energy

      Climb carefully: clean steps, arms stretched, rest in difficult sections.

    • Arlberg Via Ferrata

      Maintain distances

      At least one securing segment, in difficult sections two.

    Climbing on ice

    •                 Climbing festival "Eis Total Kletterfestival" (Pitztal)

    The very skilled climber won't take winter as an excuse to stop: In Austria's alpine regions, a series of rock faces await. Waterfalls that tumble down in summer turn into magnificent icefalls in winter. When the ice glows in different shades of blue, turquoise and purple in the sun, its surface begins to soften slightly - ideal conditions to hold carabiners. Equipped with ice axes and crampons, ice climbers eagerly look forward to these days to conquer the mirror-smooth walls.

    Five spectacular ice walls for great adventurers

    Austria's most action-packed high ropes courses

    It takes some skill and courage to fumble and shimmy your way over obstacles and bridges, slides and traverses. But with rope and beam constructions, climbing towers and balance beams, moving around high up in the trees is great fun. After a while, the well-known tummy tingle often becomes a welcome companion.

    •                         Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse

      Forest Rope Park Golm

      Three difficulty levels promise climbing fun for children and adults alike in Vorarlberg's largest high ropes course. And the best thing about it: no prior knowledge is required.
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    •                         Flying Fox Area 47

      Area 47

      Europe's trendiest and highest playground for adventure seekers. Speed routes and selective routes at heights of up to 30 meters.
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    •                         Genussregion Lungau

      Outdoorparc Lungau

      A basic fitness level is required to progress smoothly on the rope and bridge constructions. Special attraction: a pond for kayaking and stand-up paddling.
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      Forest Rope Park Tscheppaschlucht near Ferlach

      Austria's longest flying fox facility with a length of 600 meters. In addition, there are eight different courses for every skill level.
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    •                         High ropes park Seeham

      High Ropes Park Seeham

      Seven courses on five levels with varied rope slides. Even the younger ones can test their climbing and balance skills here. Minimum height: 110 centimeters.
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    How to stay safe on the high ropes course...

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