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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

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Via ferrata at the Fallbach waterfall in the Klostertal valley
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online map of via ferratas

  • 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
    Condition:

    Experience:

    Landscape:

    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
    All route info
  • 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
    All route info
  • 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
    All route info
  • 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
    All route info
  • 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
    All route info
  • 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
    All route info
  • 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
    All route info
  • Klettersteig Röbischlucht

    via ferrata Röbischlucht

    ACHTUNG: AUFGRUND GROSSER BESCHÄDIGUNGEN NACH DEM WINTER (LAWINEN, VERMURUNGEN, ETC.) MUSS DER KLETTERSTEIG GENERALSANIERT…

    • 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

    ACHTUNG: AUFGRUND GROSSER BESCHÄDIGUNGEN NACH DEM WINTER (LAWINEN, VERMURUNGEN, ETC.) MUSS DER KLETTERSTEIG GENERALSANIERT WERDEN…

    Start of tour

    Gargellen

    End of tour

    Gargellen

    Description

    Difficulty: B, in 1 to 2 areas C

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
    All route info
  • Rongg Wasserfall

    via ferrata Rongg Wasserfall

    ACHTUNG: AUFGRUND GROSSER BESCHÄDIGUNGEN NACH DEM WINTER (LAWINEN, VERMURUNGEN, ETC.) MUSS DER KLETTERSTEIG GENERALSANIERT…

    • 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

    ACHTUNG: AUFGRUND GROSSER BESCHÄDIGUNGEN NACH DEM WINTER (LAWINEN, VERMURUNGEN, ETC.) MUSS DER KLETTERSTEIG GENERALSANIERT WERDEN…

    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
    All route info

Safety tips

Via ferratas with steel cables, ladders and steel brackets are becoming increasingly popular. The Österreichischer Alpenverein (ÖAV) alpine association has compiled tips on safe via ferrata practices:

  1. Plan carefully: planning is the key to safe and enjoyable tours. Find out exactly about the difficulty, length, ascent and descent, weather and conditions.
  2. Adapt goals to personal requirements: an overly high level of difficulty can spoil the experience and lead to dangerous situations
  3. Complete, standard-compliant equipment: climbing harness, via ferrata set, rock helmet, ankle-high hiking boots / climbing boots on extreme climbs / crampon-compatible hiking boots and light crampons for high-Alpine tours, via ferrata gloves, climbing backpack, rucksack pharmacy, telescopic hiking poles, sun protection, a snack
  4. Do not climb if there is a risk of thunderstorms: lightning strikes are life threatening. Rain, wet and cold increase the risk of falling. A via ferrata is essentially an oversized lightning rod!
  5. Check wire cables and anchor points: Falling rocks, snow pressure, frost blasting or corrosion can cause damage to the stone layer. Do not enter a closed via ferrata!
  6.  Partner check at the entrance: check each other’s belt buckles, connection via ferrata set with climbing harness and helmet.
  7. Keep sufficient distances: only one person may travel between two fixed points.
  8. Clear communication during overtaking: communication and considerate behaviour prevent dangerous situations during overtaking manoeuvres or oncoming people.
  9. Beware of falling rocks: careful climbing prevents rockfalls!
  10. Respect nature and the environment: travel by public transport or carpool. Avoid rubbish and noise.
Klettersteig in Sankt Antonim Montafon (c) Gemeinde St. Anton
Klettersteig am Rongg Wasserfall im Montafon (c) Daniel Zangerl / Montafon Tourismus GmbH
Klettersteig im Winter am Litzner Seehorn (c) Lukas Kühlechner - Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns

Via ferrata in St. Anton in Montafon

A head for heights and sure-footedness are prerequisites for via ferratas.

Via ferrata at the Litzner Seehorn

Difficulty scale

There is no uniform difficulty rating for via ferratas. In Austria, however, the five-letter scale devised by Kurt Schall is predominantly used (source: Österreichischer Alpenverein)

A – easy: simple, secured trails, leaning (longer) or vertical (short) ladders, railings and iron brackets. Some places may already be exposed, but are easy to walk on. Generally possible for sure-footed mountaineers and those who are not afraid of heights, possible without via ferratta set. Well suited for beginners.

B – moderately difficult: Steeper rocky terrain present with some small, exposed passages. Vertical, longer ladders, iron clips and steps. Can be difficult and exhausting.
Even experienced mountaineers use a safety harness. Climbing difficulty: approx. II – III

C – difficult: steep to very steep rocky terrain, mostly small steps, which are almost always exposed. Even slightly overhanging ladders are sometimes present. Iron clamps and steps can also be a little further apart, sometimes very strenuous. Climbing difficulty: approx. III – IV.

D – very difficult: Vertical, often also overhanging terrain. Clamps and pins are often far apart. For the most part very exposed and often only secured with steel cable. Great arm strength, good climbing technique and good training condition are required, sometimes in combination with easy climbing (I – II) without wire cable.

E – extremely difficult: overhanging rocky terrain for the most part. Extreme demands on strength, climbing technique, skill, courage and morale. Only for experienced via ferrata professionals. Optimum training condition required. Sling for resting recommended!
All requirements for “D” level but more extreme. In addition, there is also the transition stage “F” for exceptional difficulties.

In principle, all via ferrata climbers – even experienced mountaineers or climbers – are advised to feel their way from easy to difficult climbs step by step in order to develop a feeling for evaluating difficulty. As a via ferrata climber, in addition to the degree of difficulty, you should consider the special requirements in the areas of condition/endurance, physical strength, mountain experience, courage/mental preparedness/exposure during planning.

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