Innsbruck is located in the Austrian state of Tyrol (Tirol in German) in the heart of the eastern Alps. This area is home to many 1000’s of single pitch sport routes and is regarded as Austria’s premier sport climbing area. There are routes to suite all styles across a wide range of grades (F3a to F9a+) on both granite and limestone rock as shown on the map opposite.
List of rock climbing areas around Innsbruck in Western Austria
|No||Crag||Rock Type||No of sport routes|
|2||Otztal and Pitztal||Granite||560|
(1) Rock climbing around Innsbruck and Telfs consists of a number of limestone crags. In total there are 18 major sport climbing crags with around 1,000 routes. The largest and best known crags in this area are Dschungelbuch and Ehnbachklamm.
(2) Rock climbing in the Otztal and Pitztal valley. This granite valley hosts 12 major crags, such as Niederthai and Nosslach, with over 500 routes.
(3) Rock climbing around Imst consists of 16 major limestone crags with over 1,000 sport routes. Two of the largest crags in this area are Starkenbach and Nassereith.
(4) Reutte is located close to the German border. Again there are a number of limestone sport crags here with Weißwand and Kraftwerkwand being the classic crags of this area.
(5) Zillertal is probably the most famous climbing area near Innsbruck. This granite valley is located in a beautiful alpine valley with tiny mountain rivers surrounded by plenty of high peaks. Granite block of all shapes and sizes are scattered all around the valley that provide plenty of sport routes and great bouldering. In total there are 33 sport crags, with Ewige Jagdgründe being the stand out classic crag. The routes at majority of the crags are single pitch, though there are also bolted multi-pitch routes as well. There are also 17 bouldering areas including the classic areas of Zillergrund, Sundergrund and Ginzling.
(6) Rofan is located further east of Innsbruck, near Jenbach. Here there 7 sport climbing areas as well as some alpine style multi-pitch routes, all on great limestone rock.
To the north of Innsbruck and west towards Switzerland there are many areas that offer great alpine style multi-pitch routes at places such as Ratikon, Silvretta, and Wilder Kaiser.
The photograph shows some iconic alpine bouldering at Sundergrund on beautiful granite boulders in the Zillertal Valley.
Zillertal is the best place to go bouldering near Innsbruck, where there are 17 granite bouldering areas including the classic areas of Zillergrund Wald, Sundergrund and Ginzling. Zillergrund Wald is the largest of these areas, which is covered with an alpine coniferous forest. This shade along with the high altitude makes Zillergrund Wald a great summer location on hot days. Sundergrund is surrounded by steep mountains with great boulders located in a flat alpine meadow. There are boulders of all shapes and sizes that provide problems across a wide range of grades, which makes Sundergrund a popular place to go between April and October. The boulders at Ginzling are scattered in a sparse coniferous forest that, where the problems are either in the sun or shade, and therefore it is possible to boulder all year round. All of these bouldering areas are described in the Zillertal guidebook along over 30 sport crags that is available to buy from our shop.
Silvapark is another popular bouldering area, which is located further west of Innsbruck near Galtur, close to the border with Switzerland (not shown on the above map). At an altitude of over 2,000m the bouldering is in a great alpine setting with glorious views. The bouldering is also excellent with many problems across a wide range of grades. Silvretta-Block is the bouldering guidebook for Silvapark that is available to buy from our shop.
The Sport Climbing in Tirol guidebook describes 92 separate crags all around Innsbruck including Telfs, Otztal, Pitztal, Imst, Reutte, and Zillertal. It covers 4,500 routes across a wide range of grades from F3+ to F9a+.
The definitive Zillertal guidebook covers 33 sport climbing crags and 16 bouldering crags in the Zillertal Valley.
Buy all of these rock climbing guidebooks for Innsbruck and western Austria from our shop.