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nickh1964 - on 05 Jan 2017
We like Austria, we like VFs. Which resort would you suggest as a good base ?
Nothing too hard mind, just pleasant VFs.
Toerag - on 05 Jan 2017
In reply to nickh1964:
Haven't based myself in Austria but have commuted in from Germany to do a couple of VF:-
Lachenspitz klettersteig - relatively new, about grade 3. Mostly 'climbing', but there's a reasonable walk in/out from the Vogelbahn cablecar.
Mittenwalder Hohenweg - easy 'old skool' ferrata - great ridge, the descent by the brunnstein hut is hard on the knees, so you may be better to have a drink at the little hut at the end of the ridge then re-trace your steps, or go up the Brunnstein hut way.
It would be a good idea to get the 'Klettersteigfuhrer Oesterrich' guidebook to find VFs that you want to do then work out where to base yourself.
Jenny C on 05 Jan 2017
In reply to nickh1964: same question, normally do Dolomites around a grade 3 but fancy brushing up on my German. Will be driving down and camping.

IPPurewater on 06 Jan 2017
In reply to nickh1964:


Some info on these two websites that may be useful to you !

Tourist offices often have Klettersteig info too.

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kenr - on 07 Jan 2017
Really Austria is the leading edge of via ferrata design and construction, bypassing the complacent Dolomites.

If you want the best "alpine" VF routes (like in view of glaciers, then the Dachstein mountain group is the place. Obvious town is Ramsau. Bring crampons (perhaps a short rope?).

There's lots of great modern Via Ferrata routes in many places around western Austria. Best to have a car so can pick off the ones that fit your ability and style.
The modern German-language guidebook by alpinverlag.at is a good source -- has GPS coordinates of parking and start of route. Comes with CD. Much of the key info is in symbolic / numeric form, also a short English-language summary for each route -- so can get value from it even if don't know lots of German.


cragtyke on 07 Jan 2017
In reply to nickh1964:

For easily accessible klettersteigen, Mayrhofen is a good base for Zillertal see
https://www.zillertal.at/en/tips/summer/climbing.html , the Nasenwand at Ginzling is really good and there's a new one on the dam wall at Schlegeis

or for Oztal Langenfeld or Solden are close to some easy access sport crags as well as Vf's see


There are various campsites in both valleys, loads of walking, biking etc nearby.
Mike-W-99 on 07 Jan 2017
In reply to cragtyke:

Ginzling is pretty tricky though. Although there is an escape route past the overhanging crux which is signposted for those who wish to bypass it.
kenr - on 08 Jan 2017
In reply to cragtyke:
> the Nasenwand at Ginzling is really good

Yes if you like lots of moves on steel hardware.

But does not at all fit the original request for "Nothing too hard".


Superterence - on 09 Jan 2017
In reply to kenr:


I agree with nickh1964 with regard to VF in Austria and Langenfeld. I have climbed the Lehner Wasserfall (superb, currently three options ranging in difficulty. The hardest and most extreme is the one taking you through some overhangs to the right of the waterfall - wet rock and occasional splashes -, followed by a high-wire traverse of the river...looking out and down over the town. Fantastic) and the Reinhard Schiestl Burgstein VF. A 200m, meandering a bit, almost vertical route just out side of and visible from the village of Langenfeld. This is a very different option. Arguably harder than the waterfall as it is more sustained. You top out in a green field area and can take a fine 20 minute walk back to a freshly pulled, mountain farm beer or the village for coffee and strudel. I also VF-ed one or two other routes in the valley but cannot recall the names. All well equipped maintained. There is a load of sport climbing literally 200m from the parking. Green fields and Milka cows abound.

Hope it helps,


You can pick up some guides and info from the tourist office in the village.
Toerag - on 09 Jan 2017
In reply to IPPurewater:

That's the online version of the Klettersteigfuhrer guides (which KenR also described) .

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