The Oberried climbing area near Längenfeld, © Tirol Webung/Hans Herbig
The Oberried climbing area near Längenfeld, © Tirol Webung/Hans Herbig

Rock Climbing with Children

Rushing rivers, enchanted forests and meadows in bloom - Tirol's nature is just amazing. One of the best ways to experience it at first hand is rock climbing, an ideal activity for children. Many of the region's climbing areas offer courses for youngsters combining fun and games with the basics of rock climbing. Click on the link below to find out more about Tirol's family-friendly climbing areas.

Family-Friendly Climbing Activities in Tirol

  • Rock climbing for children at the Fernergries climbing area

Under the watchful eye of a mountain guide, children aged 6 years and older can have a go at rock climbing either on their own or together with their parents at the Fernergries climbing area in the Kaunertal Valley. The session ends at lunchtime with a BBQ and tasty sausages.

Please sign up no later than 17:30 the day before by contacting the Kaunertal Valley tourism information office (+43 50 225200, office@kaunertal.com) or by speaking to your accommodation provider. Find more information here.

  • Holderli-Seppl-Klettersteig via ferrata in the Kaunertal Valley

This offer, which is open to children aged 8 years and older, gives young climbers the chance to complete a well-known via ferrata leading into the gorge of the Riffelbach river, complete with spectacular waterfalls. Via ferrata are climbing routes ideal for children with metal handholds and footholds as well as a steel rope anchored into the rock for maximum safety.

Please sign up no later than 17:30 on the day beforeby contacting the Kaunertal tourist information office (+43 50 225200, office@kaunertal.com) or speaking to your accommodation provider. Find more information here.

  • Adventure day in the Sautens high-rope adventure park

This adventure day in the family-friendly region around Hochoetz has lots to see and do for both children and their parents. Children aged 10 years and older start the day with a nerve-jangling session in the Sautens high-rope adventure park, including a spectacular ropeslide over the Ötztaler Ache river. After all that adrenaline-pumping action it's time to meet up with the younger children in the beautiful Gaistal Valley, where the day comes to an end around a cosy camp fire.

Please sign up no later than 18:00 the day before by calling WIDI's hotline on +43 664 6547709. Find more information here.

  • Rock climbing fun with Kraxel Kris by Lake Achensee

Pull on your hiking boots and join friendly local mascot Kraxel Kris for a day of fun and adventure by Lake Achensee. Highlights include a zipwire and lots of rock climbing as well as the chance to build a hut in the forest and take a look at the local flora and fauna close up using a magnifying glass. Children are accompanied by qualified local guides with ropes and helmets. A hearty picnic is also provided.

Every Tuesday from 24 June until 30 August 2019 for children aged 4-10 years. Meeting time and place: 9:30 at the tourist information office in Achenkirch, the Welcome-CENTER Achensee in Maurach or the tourist information office in Pertisau. Duration: approx. 7 hours. A fee of €7 applies to cover the cost of the picnic. Please bring sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing (depending on the weather), a rucksack which children can wear themselves and the AchenseeCard (local guestcard, otherwise an extra fee will apply for the bus journey). No advance registration necessary.

  • Rock climbing adventure at Lake Achensee

Ready, steady, climb! Children have the chance to scale the heights in the new Achenseehof climbing area. The climbing wall here is 18 metres high and offer fabulous views of Lake Achensee. The session is held by local guides who have lots of tips and tricks to help youngsters with their climbing technique.

Every Tuesday from 24 June until 30 August 2019 for children and teens aged 10-16 years. Meeting time and place: 10:00 at the Achenseehof climbing area, Achenkirch. Duration: approx. 4 hours. A fee of €35 applies, including equipment hire. Please remember to bring waterproof clothing, a warm jacket and a packed lunch. Please sign up no later than 17:00 the day before by contacting the tourist information office on +43 5 953000.

  • Climbing for children and families in Ellmau, Wilder Kaiser

This is the perfect opportunity for all the family to learn rock climbing together. Children aged 6–12 years learn the basics in a fun, relaxed atmosphere alongside their parents. The guides show participants the most important techniques and safety rules as well as explaining the main dangers of climbing in alpine terrain. An exciting and informative day for all ages.   

Every Thursday from 30 May until 24 October 2019 for children and teens aged 6-12 and their parents (max. 4 children, max. 4 adults). Meeting time and place: 8:30 at the Wochenbrunner Alm, Wochenbrunnerweg 44 in Ellmau. Duration: approx. 7 hours. A fee of €60 per child and €45 per adult applies (with guestcard) or €66 per child and €55 per adult (without guestcard). Payment must be made in cash to the guide in charge. Please bring along a packed lunch. Please sign up at the latest by 12:00 online via www.wilderkaiser.info or in one of the local tourist information offices in the Wilder Kaiser region.

  • "Action without Limits" in Fieberbrunn

Fun, action and adventure! Participants test their nerve first in the low rope adventure park before progressing to the obstacle course high above the ground in the treetops. The week ends with fun and games around the campfire.

Every Friday from 1 July until 6 September and from 3 until 25 October 2019. Meeting time and place: 9:30 at the high rope adventure park (near the Hotel Chalets Grosslehen). Duration: 6 hours. A fee of €12 per day, €19 per week, €29 per family applies (2 adults & max. 3 children). Extra fee for adults: €25. Please sign up by contacting the tourist information office by 17:00 at the latest the day before (+43 664 2745632 or online at www.tatzi.at).

Top 10 Family-Friendly Climbing Spots in Tirol

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Klettergarten Mauritzalm by Lake Achensee

The Klettergarten Mauritzalm is a climbing area near Lake Achensee. It has four easy climbs (graded 3) for children, beginners and families. Each is relatively short at just 10 metres. Near the Maurizenalm hut is an area for practising rope skills.



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Klettergarten Botanischer Garten in Nassereith near Imst

With 17 climbing routes rated between 2 and 4 on the Austrian difficulty scale, the "Botanischer Garten" climbing area in Nassereith is ideal for families with children. It is just a 10-minute walk from the car park to the climbing area.



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Klettergarten Arzbergklamm in Telfs near Innsbruck

The Arzbergklamm climbing area near Innsbruck has 72 climbing routes rated between 3 and 7. The climbing area itself is located at the foot of the Hohe Munde, one of the most iconic mountains in Tirol. Despite its proximity to both Innsbruck and the town of Telfs, there are usually not too many people here.



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Klettergarten Rabantkofel in East Tirol

This climbing area on the Rabantkofel mountain has been created with a lot of attention to detail. Children and beginners will appreciate the clear signposting and well-secured climbing. All in all there are 40 pitches rated between 4 and 8.



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Klettergarten Oberried in the Ötztal Valley

The climbing area in Oberried lies at the western end of the Ötztal Valley near the village of Längenfeld. It offers a total of 142 pitches rated between 3 and 7 catering for climbers of all abilities.



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Bouldering in Ritzenried in the Pitztal Valley, © TVB Pitztal
Klettergarten Mittelberg-Gletscherstube in the Pitztal Valley

Families can look forward to 47 routes rated 2 to 7 (easy to advanced) at this climbing area near the end of the Pitztal Valley. The area, which can be reached in just 20 minutes on foot, offers fine views of the Pitztal Glacier, the highest glacier in Tirol.



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Klettergarten Wiesensee in the Pillerseetal Valley

It is just a three-minute walk to this picturesque climbing area between the villages of St. Ulrich am Pillersee and Hochfilzen. The area has 25 climbs graded between 3 and 7, making it ideal for children and beginners.



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Klettergarten Fernergries in the Kaunertal Valley

The beautiful high-alpine Klettergarten Fernergries climbing area is close to the Kaunertal Glacier Road and has a total of 44 pitches rated between 3 and 6, including a number of multi-pitch routes. There is also a via ferrata nearby.



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Bouldergebiet Silvapark Galtür

Situated at the foot of the Ballunspitze, the Silvapark Galtür is a huge bouldering area with around 175 different boulder problems to explore. There is even a separate children's bouldering area where youngsters can try out this fun sport.



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Ellmauer Kaiserklettergarten in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains

Up to 15 metres in height, the rocks at the "Murmeltier- und Gamsfelsen" climbing areas offer 16 different pitches. They are located near the Gaudeamushütte hut and are ideal for beginners and children. Most of the climbs are rated between 3 and 6b+.



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