The Kufsteinerland region offers some of the best sport climbing in Tirol. It has a long and proud history of rock climbing thanks to its wide variety of routes catering for all abilities and its practical location on the northern edge of the Alps.
Visitors will find plenty of climbing areas with pitches rated from easy to very challenging. Children will feel at home in the family-friendly Sebi climbing area, while there are also two indoor climbing centres for rainy days. Don't forget to visit the "climbing sculpture" on the banks of the Inn river. Advanced and expert climbers will find an almost countless number of difficulty routes to push them to their limits.
Sport climbing in Kufsteinerland
Beginners should head to the Multerkarwand (1,440m) near Scheffau, which has routes graded from 3a to 7a as well as a number of multi-pitch routes. Advanced climbers will enjoy the Geisterschmiedwand, where climbing pioneers such as Hans Dülfer and Gerhard Hörhager wrote climbing history. The climbing area's 50 routes include some of the most difficult in Austria.
Climbing sculpture in Kufsteinerland
Just to the south of the town of Kufstein itself there is an eye-catching 20-metre-high sculpture which can be climbed. It is located next to the power station on the banks of the river and has been designed to embody the symbiosis between the Kaiser Mountains and the awesome power of water. The sculpture offers a total climbing area of 569m² with 40 routes rated 5 to 9. There is also a separate boulder area and a children's climbing wall. The "climbing sculpture" is open to the public free of charge.
Family climbing area in Kufsteinerland
The "Sebi" family climbing area is located in a settlement of the same name, in an old quarry. It has 25 different routes rated between 2 and 7 on the Austrian difficulty scale, making it ideal for families. Some of the limestone rockfaces as up to 30 metres high. The area towards the top requires excellent belay skills and is therefore only recommend for experienced climbers. It is just a short walk from the settlement to the climbing area.
The climbing area in Morsbach, one of the oldest in Tirol, is even larger. It has 45 routes rated between 2 and 8. Tables and benches are also provided, while on hot days the nearby Pfrillsee lake is a good place to cool off. It takes around 15 minutes to walk from the car park by the Thierseer Straße road to the climbing area itself.
Via ferrata climbing routes in Kufsteinerland
The region has a large range of via ferrata fixed-rope climbing routes. Some of the most well-known in the Kaiser Mountains and around the Walchsee lake include the "Kaiserschützensteig", among the longest in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains. This via ferrata is a challenge and only recommended for experienced climbers. Another top tip is the "Kufsteiner Klettersteig" with fine views of the Inn Valley and the Zahmer Kaiser Mountains. For beginners we recommend the relatively short and easy "Widauersteig".
Indoor climbing centres in Kufsteinerland
The Kufsteinerland region is home to two indoor climbing centres. One is in the town of Kufstein and run by the Austrian Alpine Club. It has 30 different routes to climb. The second is in the nearby town of Wörgl, which has both an indoor and outdoor area with a total of 200 routes.