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Via ferratas around Innsbruck – easy climbing to demanding classical routes

Innsbruck offers the perfect combination of mountain activities and cultural experience in the city. It has plenty of alpine charm and is very popular for visitors of all ages. Innsbruck and the surrounding holiday villages offer many sport climbing routes and multi pitches of all difficulties, all year long. There are well known via ferratas on the Nordkette and on the Martinswand in Kranebitten. Rugged rocks and steep walls provide an ideal opportunity for wonderful experiences. The Naturpark Karwendel is also a very popular climbing destination.

5 tips for via ferratas in Innsbruck and its surrounding villages

  • Adlerklettersteig via ferrata on the Karkopf mountain: The Adlerklettersteig via ferrata on the Karkopf mountain (2.469m) at the foot of the Niedere Munde mountain in Mieming takes a whole day. The type of rock is solid, anti-skidding limestone. The route leads alongside the Eastern ridge up to the mountain peak. Some exposed passages are additionally secured and enable rope securing of top roping climbers. The tour, graded C/D, takes about three hours. The access hike takes two hours.
  • Crazy Eddy via ferrata: Above Silz, there is the Crazy Eddy via ferrata – a fun and versatile via ferrata at its finest. The starting point can be reaching within 20 minutes. The tour is graded D and feature a rope bridge and an abseiling passage. If you want to abseil, you need the appropriate know-how and equipment (rope, figure of eight carabiner, etc.).
  • Innsbruck Klettersteig via ferrata: The Innsbruck Klettersteig via ferrata offers a magnificent view onto Innsbruck. You can take the cable car to get to the starting point. Afterwards you climb on limestone along the ridge. This via ferrata on the Nordkette mountain is one of the most popular ones in the region. The first part, which leads from the Hafelekar to the Lange Sattel, is graded C. Not so experienced climbers have the choice to take the Nordkette cable car up to the middle station. The second part is more demanding and leads via a chain bridge to the Frau-Hitt-Sattel mountain peak.
  • Kaiser-Max via ferrata: The Kaiser-Max via ferrata in the Martinswand wall is very demanding, graded E. The second part is a vertical slab with few footholds. If you are running out of power, you can stop and descent at the Maximiliansgrotte grotto.
  • Wank via ferrata: The Wank via ferrata above Obsteig leads from the Stöttltörl mountain to the Wankspitz mountain peak (2.209 m). It is of medium difficulty (C) with a beautiful view onto the Inntal valley. When descending, you can stop by at the Lehnberghaus hut for refreshments. In winter, you can also combine the Wank via ferrata with a ski tour to the Stöttltörl mountain (2.036m). It requires a lot of experience and reliable conditions.
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