Decades of climbing expertise
Ötztal can look back on decades of climbing expertise that is hard to beat. The most important pioneer was Reinhard Schiestl († 1995) from Längenfeld, who began to develop Ötztal in terms of climbing technology in the early 1980s – he created a dense network that has grown to more than 750 routes until today. Schiestl also went down in Tirol’s climbing history by opening Ötztal’s first sports climbing route in the 9th degree of difficulty (according to the UIAA scale) at the beginning of the 1980s. The climbing mastermind has never been forgotten: the Reinhard Schiestl Via Ferrata on Burgsteinwand rock face near Längenfeld still reminds of his great achievements.
Granite and limestone go hand in hand in Ötztal
Tirol boasts only a few granite climbing areas. Ötztal is an exception and offers solid granite rocks in several regions – for example in the climbing areas of Niederthai or Nösslach, to mention just two of the numerous granite climbing gardens. If you literally want to bite on granite, you'll find a welcome change in several limestone climbing areas near Haiming at the entrance to the valley.
Climbing gardens for families and beginners
In Ötztal there are several climbing areas which are especially worthwhile for beginners and families with children. What do all these climbing gardens have in common? Ample parking, short and easy access, a variety of easy and well-secured routes, picture-book picnic areas and a natural backdrop that captivates climbing fans of all ages. What’s best, the climbing garden in Oberried is also equipped with sanitary facilities.
Family-friendly climbing gardens in Ötztal:
Which quality criteria has a family-friendly climbing garden to fulfill? Read all details HERE
A helpful service checklist on "Climbing with Children", prepared in cooperation with the Austrian Alpine Club, the Austrian Mountain Rescue Service and the Austrian Alpine Safety Board, can be found HERE
Multi-pitch routes in Ötztal
One rope length is not enough for you? No problem at all! Ötztal has a wealth of breathtaking multi-pitch routes which are - similar to the climbing gardens – spread over the entire valley. In addition to the Geierwand rock wall located in Haiming, the Simmering and the Burgsteinwand near Längenfeld, multi-pitch fans will find both spectacular and well-secured routes especially in Nösslach and on Engelswand near Tumpen.
„Great Lines“ for true climbing aficionados
In 2018, a jury of experts chose Tirol’s five most outstanding sport climbing routes for advanced climbers, the so-called "Great Lines". The main selection criteria were the following: nature and landscape experience, course of the climbing route, type of rock as well as the climber’s physical and mental requirements. Two routes in Ötztal have made it to the illustrious circle of "Great Lines": the "Le Miracle" route (interne Verlinkung) in Niederthai and the multi-faceted "White Giant" (interne Verlinkung) climbing route in Nösslach’s climbing garden.
Topos and further information can be found on the website of Climbers Paradise
In case of rain or inclement weather climbing fans in Ötztal don’t have to do without their favorite sport. On the contrary: Tirol's longest side valley offers climbers of all skill levels a number of bad weather alternatives – ranging from the world-famous climbing and bouldering hall in nearby Imst (Inntal valley) to the rain-protected bridge pier with lead climbing area at the AREA 47 outdoor playground.
AREA 47: Lead climbing area & boulder cave
The AREA 47 outdoor playground at the entrance to Ötztal offers climbers a number of opportunities also in (light) rain: There is a 27 meter high lead climbing area at the Achbrücke bridge pier and a varied Boulder Cave on the landscaped lake. A high ropes garden completes the offer. Learn more about the AREA 47 climbing options HERE.
Imst Indoor Climbing Hall
In nearby Imst, not far from Ötztal, you’ll find one of Tirol’s largest climbing and bouldering halls. The World Cup hall offers 1100 m2 of climbing surface and an additional 240 m2 bouldering area. Get all details HERE.
Steinblock Imst Indoor Bouldering Hall
Also the Steinblock bouldering hall is located in Imst: On 750 m2 there are both child-friendly and competitive boulder routes. Learn more about the bouldering hall HERE.
Boulder and climbing hall Telfs
Our tip for all boulder fans is the climbing hall in Telfs.
Since July 2016 there is the mountain station, which was realized in cooperation with the market community Telfs, Land Tirol, tourism association and alpine association. This was built south of the existing tennis hall at the Telfs sports centre and is operated by the Alpenverein Hohe Munde Betreiber GmbH.
The mountain station is a place of similarities! It is a meeting place for mountain sports enthusiasts of all generations, who appreciate the exchange with like-minded people and a respectful cooperation regardless of their level of performance and ability. A place where not only climbers feel at home!
On approx. 1400 m² of climbing area, they offer you around 180 bouldering problems, 100 rope routes, their own course and training area as well as a place for the little ones with slide and bouldering paradise. A central meeting point is also the cosy bistro where you will be spoiled with healthy and regional delicacies and invited to stay together. The coffee specialities with beans from the Wildkaffee roasting house or the beer selection from the oldest private brewery in the Zillertal have already made a name for themselves far outside Telfs.
Find out more about the Boulderhalle HERE.