The via ferrata high above Innsbruck, © Tirol Werbung / Frank Stolle
The via ferrata high above Innsbruck, © Tirol Werbung / Frank Stolle

The Best Via Ferratas in Tirol

With a bit of practice, Tirol's via ferratas offer alpine enthusiasts an authentic climbing adventure high in the mountains. With numerous routes of various degrees of difficulty to choose from, both novices and pros can look forward to fine views and spectacular panoramas.

Iron handholds and footholds drilled into the rock, ladders and steel ropes are the core elements of "via ferratas", the Italian term given to fixed-rope climbing routes high in the mountains. These are generally easier than traditional sport climbing routes but can also pose a serious challenge for advanced and expert climbers. Via ferratas are rated according to their difficulty from A (easy) to E (extremely difficult). Easy ones are often suitable even for non-climbers, though they do require hiking experience. For the vast majority of via ferratas, however, climbers will need a climbing harness, helmet, via ferrata set, gloves and suitable shoes. Rope bridges, overhanging sections and tunnels blasted through the rock make via ferratas a spectacular experience combining the thrill of climbing with an added safety element.

Even novices need experience

With a bit of practice, even beginners can rise to the challenge of the numerous via ferratas in Tirol. Depending on your stamina and experience, simply choose a route with a suitable level of difficulty. Remember to always take all the safety equipment required and to read up on the route before setting off. Gather some experience and train your ability on the diverse via ferratas Tirol has to offer.

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