The limestone rocks around Tirol's largest lake form one of the most popular rock climbing areas in the region.
To the east of Lake Achensee lie the Rofan Mountains with several 400m vertical pitches such as those on the northern faces of the Rosskopf and Seekarspitze mountains. These peaks are also home to the Five Summits Via Ferrata, a fixed-rope climbing route with handholds and footholds which takes adventurers up to over 2,000 metres above sea level. In recent years a lot of work has gone into the infrastructure in the Rofan Mountains. To the west of the lake stand the mighty Karwendel Mountains. Some of the best climbing in this area is to be found near the Lamsenjochhütte hut, where there is also a via ferrata. The forest high-rope adventure park near Achenkirch as well as a number of easy and safe climbing routes cater for beginners and families.
Sport climbing near Lake Achensee
With no fewer than nine sport climbing areas, the holiday region around Lake Achensee has made a name for itself in the climbing community. Highlights include the Grauwand near the Rofanseilbahn cable car, which is accessible throughout the year. Those in search of a high alpine adventure can take on Dreamland, a climbing area on the Lamsenspitze mountain with pitches of up to 50 metres. The small Bärenkopf climbing area in Maurach is a new addition well worth a visit.
All sport climbing routes at a glance
Multi-pitch climbing routes near Lake Achensee
There are four multi-pitch climbing routes near Lake Achensee, of which the climb up onto the Rotspitze peak in the Rofan Mountains is one of the most popular. It offers options on the north-facing, south-facing and east-faces slopes of the mountain. Most routes are four pitches long. The area with the widest selection of multi-pitch climbs is the Klobenjoch, which caters for a wide range of abilities. The Gramai climbing area has a number of well-secured routes.
All multi-pitch climbing routes at a glance
Via ferrata climbing near Lake Achensee
A major attraction for fans of via ferrata (fixed-rope climbing routes with handholds and footholds) is the Five Summits Via Ferrata leading up over 2,000 metres above sea level on the Spieljoch and Rosskopf mountains. The Brudertunnel via ferrata near the Lamsenjochhütte hut has a special feature at the end: a tunnel leading through the rockface! Beginners can familiarise themselves with the technique and safety equipment on the easy "Übungsklettersteig Rofan".
All via ferrata climbing routes at a glance
Climbing park near Lake Achensee
Those trying climbing for the first time or returning to the sport after a break should head to the "Abenteuerpark Achensee" in Achenkirch, a high-rope adventure park with a selection of obstacle courses up to 15 metres above the ground. Children as young as 4 years of age can join in when accompanied by their parents.
More about the climbing park near Lake Achensee
Climbing for families near Lake Achensee
The Rofan Mountains overlooking Lake Achensee are ideal for beginners. The Grubaplatte and the Grubastiege on the south slopes of the Seekarlspitze mountain offer an easy introduction to slab climbing for both adults and children. Nearby, at the Mauritzalm, there is a rock up to eight metres high which has been designed for beginners and those who want to practise their rope skills. The Platzl area offers seven easy lead climbing routes up to 20 metres in length.