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Vertical adventures

Vorarlberg via ferratas

Breathtaking views both outward and downward: a via ferrata takes you along the wire cable to lofty heights!

For those who like to travel in the mountains & love hiking, but would also like to visit steeper areas, via ferratas are ideal adventures.
Secured onto a wire cable with a climbing harness and karabiner, ascend vertically up steep cliffs, exposed ridges and deep abysses. Steep walls, which were previously reserved for serious climbers, are now accessible to those with a good head for heights thanks to the safety of wire cables, iron ladders, iron pins and treads. Compared to classic climbing, via ferrata routes can be conquered with far less equipment, less risk and a shorter learning phase.

In Vorarlberg there are a multitude of different via ferratas: whether challenging or easy, in the valleys or high-Alpine terrain – there is an appropriate adventure for every ability and taste. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are prerequisites. Naturally, guided via ferrata tours are offered in many regions. Vorarlberg’s mountain guides would be happy to accompany you and ensure the necessary safety.

At the Vorarlberg tour portal, via ferrata climbers will find detailed information on tour planning.  With the free Vorarlberg app “Holiday and Recreation” (German only), tour info is also accessible on the go.

Klettersteig zur Gauablickhöhle (c) Stefan Kothner / Montafon Tourismus Gmbh
Klettersteig zur Gauablickhöhle (c) Stefan Kothner / Montafon Tourismus Gmbh

Breathtaking views and insights!

Via ferrata courses and guided tours

Guided tours across the awe-inspiring rock face of the via ferrata at Fallbach (C/D) in the Klostertal and the waterfall by the same name are held from 7 June to 4 October on Fridays. The price of these climbing tours depends on the group size (starting from EUR 120 per person).
guided via ferrata tour at Fallbach

The Gauablickhöhle fixed-rope course promises challenges and adventure. Located above the Gauertal valley above Tschagguns, the course transverses the rock face along an approx. 350m long natural cave, it is fully secured by a steel rope. Don’t forget to bring a head lamp! Guided tours are available for beginners and for experienced climbers.
Gauablickhöhle via ferrata

The Röbischlucht via ferrata in the Montafon with a degree of difficulty of B/C is perfect for beginners and children. A short walk leads to the impressive start of the via ferrata, which meanders its way up through the ravine just above a stream. An impressive display of nature along the thunderous waters. The way back leads through the beautiful countryside of the Rongg Alpe to Gargellen.
Röbischlucht via ferrata

In Lech am Arlberg, guided tours on the famous Arlberg via ferrata or the via ferrata up to the Karhorn are held regularly. Climbing courses are offered at the Spullerplatten rocks at Lake Spullersee or at the easily reached climbing park at Rüfikopf.
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There are via ferrata trial courses for children ages 8 and over in Kleinwalsertal. Over the course of approx. 3 hours, participants are taught correct safety techniques and optimum behaviour on the mountain as they learn the basics of via ferrata climbing.
Via ferrata trial courses in Kleinwalsertal

For those keen to climb via ferrata on their own, the Kleinwalsertal mountaineering school offers a two-day via ferrata basic course. During this course, state-certified mountain guides teach basic Alpine knowledge for safe behaviour in the mountains. They cover the selection of proper equipment and how to use it, walking and movement techniques on the rock, behaviour on the mountain, and safety with regard to Alpine risks.
Basic via ferrata course in Kleinwalsertal

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Via ferrata at the Fallbach waterfall in the Klostertal valley
Detailed information on selected via ferrata tours

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  • Eisenstufen am Nördlichen Schafalpenkopf vor einer beeindruckenden Kulisse

    From the Fiderepasshütte via the Mindelheimer via ferrata

    This tour takes you across the jagged Mindelheimer via ferrata along the Austrian-German border.

    • 10,6 km

    • 05:30 h

    • schwer

    From the Fiderepasshütte via the Mindelheimer via ferrata
    From the Fiderepasshütte via the Mindelheimer via ferrata
    From the Fiderepasshütte via the Mindelheimer via ferrata
    Difficulty:schwer
    Distance:10,6 km
    Ascent:573 m
    Descent:1503 m
    Duration:05:30 h
    Deepest point:1130 m
    Highest point:2314 m
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    Experience:

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    From the Fiderepasshütte via the Mindelheimer via ferrata

    This tour takes you across the jagged Mindelheimer via ferrata along the Austrian-German border.

    Start of tour

    Riezlern

    End of tour

    Mittelberg

    Description

    Climb along the Austrian-German border over the peaks of the three Schafalpköpfe. You will be rewarded with delightful views and a varied route. The via ferrata is very popular so prepare for two-way traffic.

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Klettersteig Blodigrinne - Drusenfluh

    via ferrata Blodigrinne – Drusenfluh

    A-C, variants possible A-D

    • 8,1 km

    • 06:00 h

    • mittel

    via ferrata Blodigrinne – Drusenfluh
    via ferrata Blodigrinne – Drusenfluh
    via ferrata Blodigrinne – Drusenfluh
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:8,1 km
    Ascent:1077 m
    Descent:1077 m
    Duration:06:00 h
    Deepest point:1738 m
    Highest point:2810 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    via ferrata Blodigrinne – Drusenfluh

    Start of tour

    Lindauer Hütte

    End of tour

    Lindauer Hütte

    Description

    A-C, variants possible A-D

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Vor uns die Oberstdorfer Hammerspitze

    Alpine circular hike for gourmets

    From the idyllic Wildental up to the Fiderepass hut (2070m) with descent over the…

    • 12,8 km

    • 04:55 h

    • schwer

    Alpine circular hike for gourmets
    Alpine circular hike for gourmets
    Alpine circular hike for gourmets
    Difficulty:schwer
    Distance:12,8 km
    Ascent:908 m
    Descent:905 m
    Duration:04:55 h
    Deepest point:1158 m
    Highest point:2066 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    Alpine circular hike for gourmets

    From the idyllic Wildental up to the Fiderepass hut (2070m) with descent over the Inner…

    Start of tour

    Mittelberg

    End of tour

    Mittelberg

    Description

    Along the circular route are perhaps the most beautiful mountain huts of Kleinwalsertals – they make you wanna stop at each of them! At the highest point of the hike, at the Fiderepass hut, you can smell the German-Austrian border air and watch climbers from the distance moving forward on the Mindelheimer via ferrata.

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Klettersteig Madrisella

    Klettersteig Madrisella

    Recommended route: Versettla Bahn summit station - Alp Nova - Klettersteig Madrisella - Madrisella…

    • 7,6 km

    • 06:00 h

    • schwer

    Klettersteig Madrisella
    Klettersteig Madrisella
    Klettersteig Madrisella
    Difficulty:schwer
    Distance:7,6 km
    Ascent:779 m
    Descent:779 m
    Duration:06:00 h
    Deepest point:1720 m
    Highest point:2457 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    Klettersteig Madrisella

    Recommended route: Versettla Bahn summit station - Alp Nova - Klettersteig Madrisella - Madrisella -…

    Start of tour

    Versettla Bahn summit station

    End of tour

    Versettla Bahn summit station

    Description

    The Madrisella via ferrata stretches over an impressive 450 vertical metres along the rocky north wall of the Madrisella. 750 metres of steel cable and mostly natural footholds enable a safe ascent to the top and will reward you with a magnificent panorama after arriving at the summit cross.

    The via ferrata takes about three hours with degree of difficulty C/D and is therefore an appropriate challenge even for advanced…

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Arlberger Klettersteig

    The challenging via ferrata is suitable for outdoor enthusiasts who are ambitious in their…

    • 4,3 km

    • 02:38 h

    • schwer

    Arlberger Klettersteig
    Arlberger Klettersteig
    Arlberger Klettersteig
    Difficulty:schwer
    Distance:4,3 km
    Ascent:336 m
    Descent:651 m
    Duration:02:38 h
    Deepest point:2305 m
    Highest point:2749 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    Arlberger Klettersteig

    The challenging via ferrata is suitable for outdoor enthusiasts who are ambitious in their sport…

    Start of tour

    Uphill Station of Valluga 1

    End of tour

    Uphill station Kapall

    Description

    There is always the possibility to take the emergency exit along the climbing route. The panoramic climbing route is particularly suitable during the summer season, as there are ascents and descents that shorten the length of the tour considerably. The via ferrata itself takes some time to complete. A good climbing technique and endurance are required. After descending from the summit, there is a stop for refreshments right next to…

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Karhorn

    Karhorn via fixed rope route

    This fixed rope route is especially suitable for beginners due to its length and…

    • 6,0 km

    • 04:30 h

    • schwer

    Karhorn via fixed rope route
    Karhorn via fixed rope route
    Difficulty:schwer
    Distance:6,0 km
    Ascent:606 m
    Descent:1050 m
    Duration:04:30 h
    Deepest point:1436 m
    Highest point:2416 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    Karhorn via fixed rope route

    This fixed rope route is especially suitable for beginners due to its length and difficulty.…

    Start of tour

    uphill station Steffisalp-Express

    End of tour

    Bodenalp

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
    All route info
  • Karhorn via ferrata with hike via Bürstegg

    An extended day tour that leads over the Bürstegg in the direction of Warth.…

    • 14,2 km

    • 07:00 h

    • schwer

    Karhorn via ferrata with hike via Bürstegg
    Karhorn via ferrata with hike via Bürstegg
    Karhorn via ferrata with hike via Bürstegg
    Difficulty:schwer
    Distance:14,2 km
    Ascent:1100 m
    Descent:1100 m
    Duration:07:00 h
    Deepest point:1432 m
    Highest point:2416 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    Karhorn via ferrata with hike via Bürstegg

    An extended day tour that leads over the Bürstegg in the direction of Warth. The…

    Start of tour

    Bodenalpe

    End of tour

    Bodenalpe

    Description

    The Karhorn via ferrata can also be done as an extended day tour. Especially with a hike over the Bürstegg, the ascent of both parts of the via ferrata becomes a conditionally challenging experience that should not be underestimated. With its beautiful landscape, you can absorb the beauty of the region. 

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Via ferrata Holzgau

    Very well built, modern sport climbing via ferrata with several different variants. The via…

    • 3,8 km

    • 02:00 h

    • schwer

    Via ferrata Holzgau
    Via ferrata Holzgau
    Via ferrata Holzgau
    Difficulty:schwer
    Distance:3,8 km
    Ascent:270 m
    Descent:271 m
    Duration:02:00 h
    Deepest point:1105 m
    Highest point:1310 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    Via ferrata Holzgau

    Very well built, modern sport climbing via ferrata with several different variants. The via ferrata…

    Start of tour

    Holzgau Parking Lot for Hikers

    Description

    From Lech Zürs am Arlberg you can reach Holzgau by car in about 30 minutes. From the hiking car park it takes about 30 minutes to get started. The via ferrata lies directly at the Simswasserfall and is a worthwhile destination due to its special location alone. There are several variants here:

     

    The Gamsrunde is the easiest round: B/C The Steinbock round is the longest round and also leads…Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Gauablickhöhle

    via ferrata Gauablickhöhle – Sulzfluh

    erreichbar über: Gauertal - Lindauer Hütte - Rachen "Sulzfluh"

    • 19,3 km

    • 10:46 h

    • mittel

    via ferrata Gauablickhöhle – Sulzfluh
    via ferrata Gauablickhöhle – Sulzfluh
    via ferrata Gauablickhöhle – Sulzfluh
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:19,3 km
    Ascent:1613 m
    Descent:1612 m
    Duration:10:46 h
    Deepest point:1016 m
    Highest point:2475 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    via ferrata Gauablickhöhle – Sulzfluh

    erreichbar über: Gauertal - Lindauer Hütte - Rachen "Sulzfluh"

    Start of tour

    Lindauer Hütte

    End of tour

    Lindauer Hütte

    Description

    Difficulty: In one place C, otherwise mostly B/C. In the cave briefly A/B, the rest can be walked

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
    All route info
  • Klettersteig Kleinlitzner

    via ferrata Kleinlitzner

    A to C, climbing metres: 250 m

    • 0,5 km

    • 01:00 h

    • mittel

    via ferrata Kleinlitzner
    via ferrata Kleinlitzner
    via ferrata Kleinlitzner
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:0,5 km
    Ascent:188 m
    Descent:5 m
    Duration:01:00 h
    Deepest point:2530 m
    Highest point:2714 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    via ferrata Kleinlitzner

    Start of tour

    Saarbrückner Hütte

    End of tour

    Saarbrückner Hütte

    Description

    A to C, climbing metres: 250 m

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
    All route info
  • Klettersteig Neyerscharte

    via ferrata Neyerscharte

    Difficulty: B, in the middle 80 m C, in one place D

    • 9,0 km

    • 05:00 h

    • mittel

    via ferrata Neyerscharte
    via ferrata Neyerscharte
    via ferrata Neyerscharte
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:9,0 km
    Ascent:1404 m
    Descent:1404 m
    Duration:05:00 h
    Deepest point:1611 m
    Highest point:2390 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    via ferrata Neyerscharte

    Start of tour

    Heinrich Hueter Hütte

    End of tour

    Heinrich Hueter Hütte

    Description

    Difficulty: B, in the middle 80 m C, in one place D

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Klettersteig Röbischlucht

    via ferrata Röbischlucht

    Schwierigkeitsgrad B/C, sehr schöne Umgebung, teilweise nasse, glitschige Stellen

    • 3,0 km

    • 01:36 h

    • mittel

    via ferrata Röbischlucht
    via ferrata Röbischlucht
    via ferrata Röbischlucht
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:3,0 km
    Ascent:214 m
    Descent:214 m
    Duration:01:36 h
    Deepest point:1382 m
    Highest point:1593 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    via ferrata Röbischlucht

    Schwierigkeitsgrad B/C, sehr schöne Umgebung, teilweise nasse, glitschige Stellen

    Start of tour

    Gargellen

    End of tour

    Gargellen

    Description

    Difficulty: B, in 1 to 2 areas C

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Rongg Wasserfall

    via ferrata Rongg Wasserfall

     

    • 2,9 km

    • 01:30 h

    • mittel

    via ferrata Rongg Wasserfall
    via ferrata Rongg Wasserfall
    via ferrata Rongg Wasserfall
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:2,9 km
    Ascent:203 m
    Descent:203 m
    Duration:01:30 h
    Deepest point:1417 m
    Highest point:1616 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    via ferrata Rongg Wasserfall

     

    Start of tour

    Gargellen

    End of tour

    Gargellen

    Description

    Difficulty: B, C, in 1 place C+

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
    All route info
  • Klettersteig Saulakopf Ostwand

    via ferrata Saulakopf Ostwand

    Sehr schöner, anspruchsvoller Klettersteig mit traumhafter Aussicht

    • 8,0 km

    • 05:00 h

    • mittel

    via ferrata Saulakopf Ostwand
    via ferrata Saulakopf Ostwand
    via ferrata Saulakopf Ostwand
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:8,0 km
    Ascent:831 m
    Descent:832 m
    Duration:05:00 h
    Deepest point:1970 m
    Highest point:2517 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    via ferrata Saulakopf Ostwand

    Sehr schöner, anspruchsvoller Klettersteig mit traumhafter Aussicht

    Start of tour

    Heinrich Hueter Hütte

    End of tour

    Heinrich Hueter Hütte

    Description

    Difficulty: B/C, in some places D and in one place D/E

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
    All route info
  • Klettersteig Gargellner Köpfe

    via ferrata Gargellner Köpfe

    Bergrestaurant Schafberg Hüsli - Bergstation Kristallbahn - Einstieg zum Klettersteig

    • 3,6 km

    • 02:06 h

    • mittel

    via ferrata Gargellner Köpfe
    via ferrata Gargellner Köpfe
    via ferrata Gargellner Köpfe
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:3,6 km
    Ascent:312 m
    Descent:312 m
    Duration:02:06 h
    Deepest point:2119 m
    Highest point:2432 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    via ferrata Gargellner Köpfe

    Bergrestaurant Schafberg Hüsli - Bergstation Kristallbahn - Einstieg zum Klettersteig

    Start of tour

    Schafberghüsli

    End of tour

    Schafberghüsli

    Description

    difficulty level C – variant difficulty D

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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