The gneiss of the Paznauntal Valley is ideal for rock climbing. In the areas around Ischgl, Galtür and See there are plenty of climbing options in both summer and winter.
One of the most well-known highlights is the Silvapark boulder area high above Galtür. Bernd Zangerl, one of the world's best boulder athletes, developed this area and transformed it into Tirol's largest natural boulder arena with around 175 different routes – and all that in a spectacular landscape surrounded by many peaks over 3,000m.
Fans of sport climbing, multi-pitch climbing and ice climbing will also find plenty to see and do. The region also offers four picturesque via ferrata climbing routes leading up to almost 3,000 metres above sea level. And on those days when the weather gods are not smiling on the Paznauntal Valley, there is always the option of indoor climbing in Galtür and at the Jamtalhütte hut.
Bouldering in Paznaun
Situated at the foot of the Ballunspitze mountain, the Silvapark Galtür is a huge bouldering area with around 175 different routes. The arena is divided into eight sectors and a separate children's area. The toughest climb is "Anam Cara", one of the most difficult boulder routes in the world (graded 8c), which was developed by professional boulderer Bernd Zangerl. There really is a bit of everything, from friction plates to huge overhangs.
Sport climbing routes in Paznaun
The larger of the two sport climbing areas in Paznaun, the Kletterarena Jamtal, is situated close to the Jamtalhütte hut. It is divided into three sectors and has about 20 routes, most of which are designed for advanced climbers. Perched at an altitude of up to 2,165 metres above sea level and facing north, it is a good place to stay cool while climbing on hot summer days. The Klettergarten Gamshorn also contains a mixture of single-pitch and multi-pitch routes.
Multi-pitch climbing routes in Paznaun
The Paznaun has a number of high-alpine multi-pitch climbing routes. Most are not too difficult, making them accessible for intermediate and advanced climbers. The climb up onto the Gletschnerspitze is particularly spectacular, as is the climb on the Paulcketurm mountain with its wild landscape. There are also a number of multi-pitch climbing routes in the Klettergarten Gamshorn climbing area.
Via ferrata climbing routes in Paznaun
Visitors to Paznaun can choose between four spectacular via ferrata climbing routes, all of which offer majestic views of the surrounding landscape. The Little Ballun via ferrata has been designed for families and is suitable for children as young as 8 years. The via ferrata leading up onto the 2,929m Flimspitz is also good for families. The Silvapark and Greitspitz via ferrata climbing routes are both a little more challenging but nevertheless suitable for teenagers with a little experience of climbing.
Ice climbing in Paznaun
During the winter months there is good ice climbing on the region's four relatively small waterfalls. Two of them – both 50 metres high – are good for beginners and can be reached in just 10 minutes. They go by the names "José" and "Fernando" and are close to the valley floor, two kilometres north of the village See. Between the two is "Alfredo", suitable for climbers of intermediate ability, while those in search of a challenge can take on "Ladylike" near Holdernach, where climbers will work up a sweat just walking to the start of the climb!
Climbing centres in Paznaun
The Alpinarium Galtür has its own indoor boulder area covering 100 square metres and offering boulders rated from 3 to 8 on the international scale. There is also a 120m² and 5m high indoor climbing area in the Jamtalhütte hut at 2,165 metres above sea level in the heart of the Silvretta Mountains.
Climbing for families in Paznaun
Families in search of climbing areas in the Paznaun Valley should head to the Silvapark Galtür. This huge leisure and adventure area has been built around a boulder park with 175 routes, including many suitable for beginners. The Silvapark Galtür is also home to Austria's first boulder area designed specifically for children. It is just a short walk from the climbing area to the family-friendly "Little Ballun" via ferrata.