Innsbruck is not only the seat of the regional government – it is also the climbing capital of Tirol!
As well as the Innsbruck Climbing Centre, where amatuers and pros train all year round, the mountains around Innsbruck provide spectacular climbing on routes such as the famous via ferrata along the ridge of the Nordkette mountains or in the many sport climbing areas with hundreds of pitches. From bouldering centres to multi-pitch routes in high alpine terrain, easy climbing for beginners to frozen waterfalls for ice climbing in winter – Innsbruck and the surrounding region is a haven for climbers of all abilities and interests.
Sport climbing in the region around Innsbruck
Innsbruck is home to 18 climbing areas with many different routes. New additions include the Sonnendeck and Seegrube in the Nordkette mountains (over 2,000m), which also have routes suitable for beginners. More experienced climbers will enjoy the 150 routes in the "Dschungelbuch" climbing area at the Martinswand rockface, which can also be climbed in winter thanks to its south-facing position. The Arzbergklamm gorge, Locherboden and the Ehnbachklamm gorge are three more areas close to Innsbruck with climbing for all abilities.
Multi-pitch routes in the region around Innsbruck
Of the four areas with long climbs, the Kletterarena Seegrube is the easiest to reach from Innsbruck. The combination of funicular and cable car means the journey from the heart of the city in the heart of the mountains takes just 20 minutes. Another plus is the fabulous view of the city far below. Climbers wishing to get away from the urban sprawl should head for the Hohe Munde mountain near Telfs. The Ehnbachklamm gorge has some excellent multi-pitch climbing on routes bearing interesting names such as "Studiumsverzögerungsbestätigung" ("Confirmation of Delayed Studies").
Via ferrata climbing routes in the region around Innsbruck
The long Adlerklettersteig via ferrata on the Karkopf in Mieming and the popular Innsbrucker Klettersteig via ferrata on the ridge of the Nordkette mountains above Innsbruck are two of the most popular high-alpine via ferrata in the region. Expert climbers can take on the Kaiser-Max-Klettersteig, which has sections rated E (very difficult) on the international scale. Near the village of Silz there is the Via ferrata Silzer Klettersteig, which includes a rope bridge and a huge spider's web.
Ice climbing in the region around Innsbruck
The most beautiful and popular ice climbing locations in the region are in the Sellraintal Valley. Among the largest of the waterfalls in the valley is the 110m Bafflfall with several routes for all abilities. Less busy but no less attractive is the 30m Seigesbachfall, which is particularly good for beginners. More experienced ice climbers will enjoy the 80m Easy Afternoon waterfall.
Climbing centres in the region around Innsbruck
Innsbruck has several climbing centres particularly popular in winter. The highlight is the new Kletterzentrum Innsbruck, opened in 2017, where several international climbing teams train. Outside the regional capital, there is the "Bergstation" climbing centre in Telfs covering 130 square metres, including a large bouldering area. There is also a climbing centre in Mieming and a small climbing wall in Kühtai.
Climbing for families in the region around Innsbruck
Most of the 72 routes drilled into the limestone of the Arzbergklamm climbing area near Telfs are suitable for children and beginners. Another option for families is Locherboden on the Mieming Plateau. This area is excellent for those with little or no experience of rock climbing.