Climbing, Via Ferrata & Bouldering

Vertical to the face in Zillertal

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Climbing is and remains an incredibly special experience.

You will find bizarre rock formations and steep rock faces for climbing & bouldering in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, that promise pure excitement for climbing enthusiasts. Numerous via Ferrate & climbing routes in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region (for beginners, advanced & pros) provide you with just the right challenge.

Climbing enthusiasts can look forward to exploring the "Ewigen Jagdgründe" (Eternal Hunting Grounds), with two approx. 60 m-high granite rocks that jut out of the ground close to the Gasthof Breitlahner in Zemmgrund. These climbing grounds, with a difficulty of 4-10, are very safe and amongst the finest to be found in Europe. Some of the best longer routes for sports climbers are also located around Ginzling, where some of the largest bouldering areas are tucked away.

You will find two climbing areas graded 4 - 8+ on Mount Penken as well as a via Ferrata route where beginners can get a taste of the climbing spirit. Equipment can be borrowed free of charge from the funsport station next to the Penken Kombibahn.

Plan your individual climbing routes with the interactive climbing map.

Interactive Map

Via Ferrate in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region

Via Ferrate


Here, a few facts on the climbing route:

  • Target group: Beginner to advanced
  • Level of difficulty: A/C
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Elevation difference: 260m
  • Cable length: ca. 450m

The entrance to „Astegg via Ferrate“ is located directly next to the exit of the „Pfeilspitzwand“ via ferrate, ca. 5 min. above Gasthaus Zimmereben. The entrance ramp is followed by a ca. 50 m high rock wall graded B/C in difficulty, then rock and forest terrain graded A/B. The route then leads along ca. 200 m to the foot of the wall, partly in rock, and on until a ca. 100m high climbing wall graded C. A hiking path then leads along a forest trail and on towards Gasthaus Astegg and the Mariensteig Trail (descent to Mayrhofen ca. 1 hour).

Pfeilspitzwand via Ferrata

Pfeilspitzwand via Ferrata in Mayrhofen in Zillertal is suitable for advance climbers.
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A few facts on the via Ferrate:

  • Target group: Advanced
  • Grade of difficulty: B/C+
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Atiltude difference: 245 m
  • Cable length: 440 m

The access point to the Pfeilspitzwand via Ferrata can be found around 100 metres down-valley from the supply lift for Gasthaus Zimmereben on the existing trail leading to Schwendau. An easily passable, but exposed rock passage marks the beginning of this new via Ferrata. This is the longest of the three via Ferrate that lead to Gasthaus Zimmereben, with around 700 metres of climbing and 300 metres in altitude difference.

Several very beautiful passages and easily negotiable vertical sections of rock face, as well as fantastic views over Mayrhofen and the neighbouring Zimmereben via Ferrate are some of the special features that characterize this particular via Ferrata.

The grade of difficulty ranges from sections that can be simply walked, to short D- sections, but mainly comprises of between grades B and C. The Pfeilspitzwand via Ferrata is more or less halfway between the levels of difficulty of the existing via Verrate, and therefore a great addition to the resort. From the exit, a new hiking trail leads downhill to Gasthaus Zimmereben in around 5 minutes.



Via Ferrate #Schlegeis131

The most spectacular via ferrata in the world - the via ferrata Schlegeis 131 along the Schlegeis dam in Mayrhofen-Hippach.
© TVB Mayrhofen-Hippach

131 metres high, 1,260 anchor points for steps, handles and safety ropes have been bored and it measures 200 metres in length– the via ferrata #Schlegeis131 in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region. The unique aspect of this particular via ferrata is that it is not built on a rock face, but along the Schlegeis dam wall.

#Schlegeis 131 detailed information

Zimmereben via Ferrata

Zimmereben via Ferrata in Zillertal with a challenging route for sporty via Ferrate enthusiasts.
© Bernd Ritschel

A few facts on the via Ferrata:

  • Target group: advanced climbers and professionals of all ages
  • Difficulty: C / D+
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Altitude difference: 239 m
  • Cable length: 450 m 

A difficult but great route with some vertical, partly overhanging sections. Many climbers are impressed by the overhanging start to the route. Highlights of the climb over slabs of rock and rock faces are provided by the "Hollywood Swing", a ropeway, exposed traverse sections and overhangs. A challenging route for sporty climbing enthusiasts. Information points at key sections en-route.



Huterlaner via Ferrata

Huterlaner via Ferrata in Mayrhofen in Zillertal with a family friendly route..
© Bernd Ritschel

A few facts on the via Ferrate:

  • Target group: Beginners and advanced
  • Grade of difficulty: C
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Altitude difference: 210m
  • Cable length: 480m

Natural via Ferrate with family friendly route and excellent safety features. Short, earthy trails alternate with steep uphill sections. Additional access and exit opportunity at the rope bridge. An interesting change for families with children aged 10 and over with an adventurous ascent. Info boards at key points along the via Ferrate.

Children's/Family Via Ferrate in Mayrhofen

The new Children's/Family Via Ferrate in Mayrhofen-Hippach, Zillertal.
© Johanne Steidl

A new children's/family via Ferrate was opened in 2015 and complements the three already existing via Ferrate in Mayrhofen. This family and child friendly route incorporates classic Ferrate terrain with interesting high rope course elements. More...

Via Ferrate

Knorren via Ferrata on Mount Penken

Knorren via Ferrata on Action Mount Penken is suitable for all.
© Florian Schüppel

A few facts on the via Ferrate:

  • 180m long - 45 minutes
  • 50m altitude difference
  • Grade of difficulty: B/C (medium)
  • Use of the via Ferrata and equipment is at your own risk!

The Via Ferrata offers even novices the opportunity to get a taste of climbing in the mountains

The climb: A vertical ladder forms the start of the route, followed by an elevated traverse, with occasional steeper sections, up to the summit. You follow the taut steel rope at all times and need to have a good head for heights for the start. At the summit, you take the path to the west and continue along the route to the finish. Those who find the official start too difficult can join the route at the point of its moderate descent.

Climbing sets can be hired free of charge from the Funsportstation at Penken Reservoir (subject to availability) by leaving an identity card/passport or driving license as a deposit.

Nasenwand via Ferrata at the Nature Park

Nasenwand via Ferrata at the Nature Park in Ginzling in Zillertal - challenging Via Ferrata in Tirol.
© Bernd Ritschel

The shortest access route up to the new Nasenwand Via Ferrata begins in the centre of the village, just a few metres from the Nature Park House at the Gasthaus Neue Post. The starting point at 1,050 m is just a couple of minutes walk along the existing footpath to Ginzling’s own mountain, the Drisnter.

From there, there's an ascent of approx. 400 m and a climb of 500 m as far as the historically significant Floitenschlag to the exit point at 1,450 m.

The climbing route with safety cables and footholds has a degree of difficulty corresponding to category "C-E" in the middle to upper range. In particular, its length and the level of exposure make it a really demanding "Via Ferrata". The steep track goes through thin mountain forest and across outcrops of rock; and climbers have an impressive view over the mountaineering village during the entire course of the climb, which compensates for all the effort required.

Talbach via Ferrate

The new via Ferrata is right next door to the Talbach Waterfall
© Bernd Ritschel

A few facts on this via Ferrate:

  • Grade of difficulty: A to D/E
  • Duration: 1 hour / 1 h 20 mins
  • 115 m / 125 m in altitude difference

The new via ferrata is located right next to the Talbach waterfall! It is designed so that you can slowly work your way up, making the easy entry area perfect for beginners and children. Emergency exits are located after every increase in difficulty. The main Ferrate appeals to advanced climbers. Two long rope bridges form a real highlight.

Talbach via Ferrate - Topo



Climbing Areas

Gschöss Climbing Area

Gschöss Climbing Area on Action Mount Penken for beginners to experts - Climbing in the Tyrolean mountains.
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Facts on the climbing area:

  • Target group: Beginner to expert
  • Difficulty grades from 4-8
  • Routes: 25
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Pitch: up to 30 m
  • Access point: about a 10 minute walk, first from the top station of the Penken lifts towards Gschösswandhaus; head from there towards the cable car support tower II and follow a small trail along the edge of the field fence to Sectors I and II. Use the rappel hooks 20 m to the right of the support tower to rappel down to Sector III.
  • Period: May to October

Knorren Climbing Area

Knorren Climbing Area on Mount Penken near Mayrhofen for beginners to experts - Climbing area in Zillertal in Tirol.
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Facts on the climbing area:

  • Target group: Beginner to advanced
  • Difficulty grades: from 4 - 8
  • Routes & route lengths: 21 routes, 10 - 30 m pitch
  • Access point: At the top station of the Penkenbahn lifts, continue with the Kombibahn Penken and walk from there along a gravel trail in the direction of Penkenjoch; turn right before the top station of the 6 SB Knorren lifts.
  • Period: May to October

This climbing area is classified as Alpine climbing, where you climb predominantly on Dolomite-like rock. In any case, use of a helmet is strongly recommended. Special children's climbing routes have been established with a high number of hooks, ensuring that the climbing area is very family friendly. The climbing area is divided into the following areas: Knorren Sonderlinge, Knorren Südwand (south face), Knorren Ostwand (east face) and Knorrennadel Süd-/Ostwand (south/east face).

Himmelsleiter Climbing Area

Himmelsleiter Climbing Area offers twelve different routes for beginners to pros.
© Bernd Ritschel

Facts on the climbing area:

  • Target group: Beginner to pro
  • Difficulty grade: from 3+ to 7+
  • Routes: 12
  • Route pitches: 10 - 30 m
  • Anchors: Glue in bolts as intermediate fixing points, chains with abseil carabiners at all belay spots
  • Access point: The information board is located only a few steps to the north of Gasthof Zillertal. The forest trail leads from here uphill, past the access point to the Huterlaner via Ferrate and past the turn-off to the Zimmereben via Ferrate. Stay on the path, which leads you directly to the base of the rock face. Walking time: ca. 15 minutes
  • Period: May to October

With twelve various routes, the Himmelsleiter climbing area offers suitable challenges for beginners to pros. The trail towards the climbing are (Klettergarten), which leads directly along the base of a rock face along the Huterlaner Trail, takes you past the access points for the "Huterlaner" und "Zimmereben" via Ferrate.


General information on bouldering

Climbing boulders and rock faces without the use of ropes or harnesses is enjoying growing popularity in the Zillertal Valley.

Several "natural climbing areas" can be found in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region, which offer various routes in all levels of difficulty for both beginners and pros. Because the climbing areas in Ginzling and Zillergrund are located on private land, your considerate behaviour (removal of waste, noise abatement, use of sign-posted car parking areas...) is essential to ensure that rock climbing remains accessible to the public in future.

Necessary equipment: Climbing shoes, chalk bag, bouldering mats, brushes (for grips and shoe cleaning), tape (as a preventative measure and for minor injuries)



Bouldering at Ginzling Forest

Facts on the area:

  • Target group: Intermediate to expert
  • Number of boulders: 29
  • Starting point: Ginzling in Zillertal, large car park in the centre of town.
  • Access point: The "Panoramaweg" from Gasthaus "Schwarzenstein" in Ginzling provides access to the area - the boulders are distributed along the length of the trail and start five minutes east of the village.
  • Period: April - October (weather permitting)

Bouldering at Kaseler Alm

Facts on the area:

  • Target group: Beginner to pro
  • Number of boulder: 90
  • Starting point: Car park for the "Ewige Jagdgründe" (Eternal Hunting Grounds) climbing area.
  • Access point: Follow the road from Ginzling in the direction of  Schlegeis. After the bridge and  a small reservoir (weir), impressive boulders appear in a field to your right. After around 500 metres you will find a recently constructed car park to your right next to the "Ewige Jagdgründe" climbing area.
  • Period: April - November (weather permitting)

Schettla's Boulder Hall

The Boulder Hall in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region in Zillertal promises a great climbing experience in all weathers. Facts:

  • ca. 120m² climbing surface
  • Height: 3,5 m
  • with ceiling climbing area
  • degree of incline of the walls, from circa 10,5° to 50°
  • 1,300 grips
  • 30 cm thick safety mats
  • colour coordinated climbing routes

Schettla's Boulderhalle, Sportplatzstraße 308, 6290 Mayrhofen, Tel.: +43 5285 62764,

Bouldering in Zillertal

Guided Tours & Climbing Equipment

Climbing schools and mountain guides in the Mayrhofen Hippach holiday resort offer guided climbing or via Ferrate tours in all degrees of difficulty

Regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or experienced pro, it`s always more fun in a group than alone. Not least because our experienced guides know the climbing, bouldering and via Ferrate areas in the Zillertal Valley like the back of their hand.