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Climbing gardens

South Tyrol provides numerous possibilities for outdoor climbing.

There is for instance the Nesselwand practice area at the heart of the Stelvio Nature Park in Val Lasa. Slightly more accessible is the Priel practice area beneath Schlandersberg Castle near to Silandro, which by the way boasts also a beautiful panoramic view. Those looking for a family-friendly practice area are recommended the practice area Bergkristall near to Plan in beautiful Val Passiria, featuring a comfy sunbathing area, a playground and an inn.


Upper Val Pusteria:

  • Franchi-Valle di Landro
    Journey: from Dobbiaco to Valle di Landro, where you can park at the parking area of Hotel "Drei Zinnen".
    Approach: cross the river behind the hotel
    Routes: 5 routes up to the grade 7b, 3 routes up to the grade 8a

  • Rienza Valley-Valle di Landro
    Journey: from Dobbiaco to Valle di Landro, park at the parking space of the hotel Drei Zinnen.
    Approach: from the parking space on the path towards the Rigugio Locatelli up to a sign, where a paths (on the left) leads to the climbing garden (45 minutes) .
    Routes: 8 routes up to the grade 5a, 4 routes up to the grade 6a, 5 routes up to the grade 6c, 4 routes up to the grade 7b, 6 routes up to the grade 8a

  • Landro-Valle di Landro
    Journey: from Dobbiaco into Valle di Landro and towards Cortina. After Lago di Landro, park at the left side, on your right you can see the rocks.
    Approach: cross the road, directly to the climbing garden
    Routes: 7 routes up to the grade 5a, 8 routes to the grade 6a, 15 routes up to the grade 6c, 9 routes up to the grade 7b, 7 routes up to the grade 8a, 2 routes up to the grade 8a

  • Mt. Rocca dei Baranci-San Candido
    Journey: from Brunico to San Candido, to the chair lift of Sesto.
    Approach: Take the chair lift to Monte Baranci; from the mountain station left down to the path, within two minutes you reach the climbing garden.
    Routes: 3 routes up to 5a, 12 routes up to 6c, 3 routes up to 7b, 2 routes up to 8a

  • Val Campo di Dentro-Sesto
    Journey: from Brunico to San Candido, to Sesto, in front of the village turn into Valle Campo di Dentro, proceed to parking area.
    Approach: from the parking area to Rifugio Tre Scarperi, from where a path on the right leads to the rocks.
    Routes: 5 routes up to 5a, 2 routes up to 6a, 6 routes up to 6c, 4 routes up to 7b

  • Lake Braies
    Journey: From Brunico to Monguelfo into Valle di Braies, to Lago di Braies. Park on the parking area (subject to charges)
    Approach: from right or left of the lake to the sign "climbing garden".
    Routes: 4 routes up to the grade 5a, 6 routes up to the grade 6c, 3 routes up to 7b, 1 route up to 8a

  • Polentablock-Lago di Braies
    Journey: from Brunico to Monguelfo into Valle di Braies and Lago di Braies. Parking area subject to charges.
    Approach: a ten minutes' walk on the right riverbank takes you to a picnic area. Cross a drain on the right before reaching the rock.
    Routes: 1 route up to the grade 6c, 1 route up to the grade 7b, 6 routes up to 8a

  • Hotel Lago di Braies
    Journey: From Brunico to Monguelfo into Valle di Braies. Proceed to Lago di Braies. Parking area subject to charges.
    Approach: Walk along the path behind the hotel for some metres, follow the blue arrows, turn left towards the climbing garden.
    Routes: 2 routes up to 6a, 7 routes up to 6c, 8 routes up to 7b, 9 routes up to 8a

  • Ponticello-Braies
    Journey: From Brunico to Monguelfo, Valle di Braies towards Prato Piazza, parking area in front of the "Brüggele" restaurant.
    Approach: on the road to Prato Piazza until you reach the first hairpin bend, where the climbing garden is located.
    Routes: 3 routes up to the grade 5a, 8 routes up to 6a, 5 routes up to 6c, 4 routes up to 7b

  • Kirchler-Braies
    Journey: from Brunico to Monguelfo to Valle di Braies and Prato Piazza. About 100 m in front of Prato Piazza, park on the huge parking area (the road to Prato Piazza is only open until 10 am, afterwards shuttle service every half an hour.)
    Approach: walk along the Alta Via delle Dolomiti n°3 for about one hour
    Routes: 1 route up to 6a, 7 routes up to 6c, 9 routes up to 7b

  • Prato Piazza-Prags
    Journey: from Brunico to Monguelfo to Valle di Braies and Prato Piazza. About 100 m in front of Prato Piazza, park on the huge parking area (the road to Prato Piazza is only open until 10 am, afterwards shuttle service every half an hour).
    Approach: proceed for 200 m from the parking area, on the left along the fence until you reach Alta Via n°3, proceed on this path for about 45 minutes (rocks are visible from the parking area).
    Routes: 2 routes up to 5a, 9 routes up to 6a, 13 routes until 6c, 6 routes until 7b, 1 route until 8a

  • Boulder Schneastapfa-Braies
    Journey: from Brunico to Monguelfo to Valle di Braies and Prato Piazza. About 100 m in front of Prato Piazza, park on the huge parking area (the road to Prato Piazza is only open until 10 am, afterwards shuttle service every half an hour).
    Approach: on the forest road to the tavern "Hohe Gaisl". Proceed uphill, over the fence to the rocks (about 35 minutes).
    Boulder: 2 Boulder up to 5a, 2 boulder up to 6a, 7 boulder up to 6c, 6 Boulder up to 7b, 4 boulder up to 8a


Val Pusteria valley:

  • Loathna Kofel-San Lorenzo
    Journey: From Brunico to San Lorenzo. In front of the crossing to Val Badia, turn right to Castel Badia, at the place-name sign to the hamlet Campolino, after 200 m park on the left side.
    Approach: from the parking area downhill to the rocks
    Routes: 2 routes up to 5a, 6 routes up to 6a, 10 routes up to 6c, 12 routes up to 7b, 1 route up to 8a

  • Villa Santa Caterina-Brunico
    Journey: from Brunico to Teodone and Villa Santa Caterina. In the centre of the village turn right and follow the road to a little football field, where you can park at the left side.
    Approach: follow a short uphill path to the rocks.
    Routes: 10 routes up to 5a, 5 routes up to 6a, 8 routes up to 6c, 10 routes up to 7b, 7 routes up to 8a, 1 route up to 8a.
    Boulders: 32 bouldes up to 5a, 7 boulders up to 6a, 28 boulders up to 6c, 13 boulders up to 7b, 12 boulders up to 8a, 1 boulder up to 8a


Tures and Aurina Valleys:

  • Gais (face climbing)
    Journey: from Brunico to San Giorgio and about 400 m further on to Gais. Park on the right along the road.
    Approach: cross the road, proceed on the path to the climbing garden.
    Routes: 6 routes up to 5a, 10 routes up to 6a, 2 routes up to 6c

  • Neugoas-Gais
    Journey: from Brunico to San Giorgio and about 400 m further on to Gais. Park on the right along the road.
    Approach: See "Gais face climbing". Proceed up to the first hairpin bend, steep uphill to the climbing garden.
    Routen: 5 routes up to 5a, 3 routes up to 6a, 9 routes up to 6c, 9 routes up to 7b, 5 routes up to 8a, 1 route up to 8a

  • Drittlsond-Speikboden
    Journey: from Brunico to Campo Tures to Valle Aurina. At the little bridge turn left and park your car along the forest road.
    Approach: follow the path leading into the forest (see signs)
    Routes: 1 route up to 5a, 8 routes up to 6a, 5 routes up to 6c, 3 routes up to 7b, 2 routes up to 8a

  • Tobl-Riva di Tures
    Journey: from Brunico to Valle Aurina, in front of Molini di Tures turn into the industrial zone and towards Acereto. After 200 m turn off towards Riva di Tures, park along the Franziskusweg road.
    Approach: Straight to the rocks. Boulder area: from the parking area some metres towards Riva, on a path on the right to the blocks within a five minutes' walk.
    Routes: 3 routes up to 5a, 13 routes up to 6c, 8 routes up to 7b, 10 routes up to 8a

  • Heachnbichl-Riva di Tures
    Journey: from Brunico to Valle Aurina, in front of Molini di Tures turn into the industrial zone and towards Acereto. After 200 m turn off towards Riva di Tures, park along the Franziskusweg road.
    Approach: walk from the parking area on the road towards Riva, turn right on a forest road. Past the "Tobl" boulders, follow the path to the rocks.
    Routes: 1 route up to 6a, 5 routes up to 6c, 11 routes up to 7b, 15 routes up to 8a


Alta Badia:

  • Sass di Stria-Falzarego
    Journey: From Brunico towards Val Badia until La Villa. Proceed via Passo Falzarego, park on the old street short afterwards (1 km before reaching Passo Falzarego)
    Approach: Down to the basin, past boulders to the climbing garden.
    Routes: 9 routes in the 4th grade, 14 routes between 5a and 5c, 4 routes in 6a

  • Boulder area Falzarego
    Journey: From Brunico to Val Badia to La Villa. Via Passo Valparola, park on the old street 1 km before reaching Passo Falzarego.
    Approach: Down to the basin, where the boulder blocks are located between street and climbing garden.
    Climbing routes: 9 boulder up to 5a, 20 boulder between 5b and 6a, 17 boulder between 6b and 7a, 4 boulder in 7b, 1 boulder in 7c and 1 boulder in 8b

  • Sass Dlacia-San Cassiano
    Journey: From Brunico to La Villa and San Cassiano. Proceed to Armentarola, turn left at the panel "Capanna Alpina". Park at the dried-out riverbed
    Approach: Cross the riverbed and proceed to the picnic area.
    Routes: 4 routes in the 4th grade, 11 routes between 5b and 5c, 92 routes between 6a and 6c, 77 routes up to 7c and 5 routes in 8a

  • Pederü
    Journey: From Brunico towards Val Badia to Longega. Proceed to S. Vigilio and Pederü. Shortly before the head of the valley, there is a sign indicating the climbing garden. This is where you should park.
    Approach: Follow a path to the routes.
    Routes: 14 routes up to 6a, 8 routes between 6b and 7a

  • Passo delle Erbe
    Journey: From Brunico to Val Badia, in San Martino in Badia turn off. Park at the top of the pass.
    Appraoch: Via hiking path 8a to a refuge, proceed on the path at the left (sign-post).
    Routes: 10 routes up to 5c, 8 routes between 6a and 6c, 5 routes over 7a


Val Gardena valley:

  • La Cava-Valgardena
    Journey: From Chiusa towards Valgardena, before you come to Ortisei, at the left side there is the climbing garden.
    Approach: across the mound to the rocks
    Routes: 5 routes up to the grade 6a, 12 routes up to 6c, 8 routes up to the 7b, 7 routes up to the grade 8a, 1 route up to 8a

  • Busc dl Preve-Valgardena
    Journey: From Chiusa to Valgardena, further on to the parking area of Val Pra da Rì.
    Approach: proceed on the hiking path towards Selva Gardena, across a meadow to the climbing garden.
    Routes: 9 routes up to the grade 5a, 3 routes up to 6a

  • Bernardi-Valgardena
    Journey: From Chiusa to Valgardena and Selva Gardena. At the end of the village proceed towards Passo Gardena, park at the first hairpin bend.
    Approach: at the parking space cross the river, proceed uphill, cross the ski slpe and after 100 metres follow the path leading to the rocks.
    Routes: 5 routes up to the grade 6c, 7 routes up to the grade 7b

  • Frea-Passo Gardena
    Journey: From Chiusa to Valgardena to Passo Gardena. 1 km beneath the pass, there is a parking area close to the street.
    Approach: follow the path to the rocks
    Routes: 4 routes up to the grade 5a, 22 routes up to 6a, 29 routes up to 6b, 18 routes up to 7b, 5 routes up to 8a

  • Traumpfeiler-Valgardena
    Journey: From Chiusa to Valgardena and Selva Gardena towards Passo Sella, directly to the parking space beneath the so called "Traumpfeiler".
    Approach: At the left uphill towards the rocks. Via ropes to the climbing garden.
    Routes: 9 routes up to the grade 6a, 29 routes up to the grade 6c, 23 routes up to 7b, 6 routes up to the grade 8a, 1 route up to 8a

  • Città dei Sassi-Valgardena
    Journey: From Chiusa to Valgardena via Selva Gardena to Passo Sella. Parking at the refuge.
    Approach: the "Città dei Sassi" is directly located behind the refuge. Various rock bocks via different paths.
    Routes (Climbing): 14 routes up to the grade of 5a, 34 routes up to the grade of 6a, 45 routes up to 6c, 9 routes up to 7b, 5 routes up to 8a
    Routes (Boulder): 14 routes up to the grade 6a, 28 routes up to the grade 6a, 36 routes up to the grade 6c, 26 routes up to the grade 7b, 6 routes up to 8a

  • Pian Schiavaneis
    Journey: from Chiusa to Valgardena, via Passo Sella towards Canazei. Parking area at refuge Pian Schiavaneis.
    Approach: cross the barrier, walk past the waterfall Val Lasties and cross the riverbed.
    Routes: 10 routes up to the grade 5a, 6 routes up to the grade 6a, 9 routes up to the grade 6c, 15 routes up to the grade 7b, 21 routes up to the grade 8a, 6 routes up to the grade 8a


Valle Isarco valley:

  • Piccola Corda Rossa - Passo di Carezza
    Journey: From Bolzano to Val d'Ega and Nova Levante. Short before Passo Carezza turn off to Passo Nigra, after 1 km park at the right.
    Zugang: From the parking area back to the street, proceed until you reach the signs on the right. Take path n° 8 to the Piccola Croda Rossa. The blocks are located to the left of the parking area: follow the stones.
    Routen: 7 routes up to grade 5a, 3 routes up to 6a, 10 routes up to 6c, 17 routes up to 7b, 4 routes up to 8a

  • Malga Zannes-Funes
    Journey: From Bressanone to Val di Funes, to the head of the Valles (Malga Zannes)
    Approach: Follow the path to rifugio Genova, at the bridge turn right on path n° 35, taking you to the rocks.
    Routes: 10 routes up to the grade 5a, 12 routes up to the grade 6a, 6 routes up to 6c, 6 routes up to 7b, 2 routes uo to 8a

  • Mahr-Bressanone
    Journey: From Bressanone direction of Chiusa. At the municipal border, take the right to the restaurant "Mahr" and park at the parking space.
    Approach: At the border of the meadow to the rocks.
    Routes: 4 routes up to 5a, 5 routes up to 6a, 11 routes up to 6c, 3 routes up to 7b, 12 routes up to 8a, 2 routes up to 8a

  • Castel Tasso - Vipiteno
    Journey: from Vipiteno towards Bressanone. At the signpost „Castel Tasso“ across the bridge. Ten metres after the signpost Pruno, there is the climbing garden.
    Approach: at the parking space, there is the climbing garden
    Routes: 6 routes up to the grade 5a, 1 route up to 6a


Merano and surroundings:

  • Burgstollknott/Parcines
    Journey: from Merano to Parcines, to the centre of the village, park at the village centre.
    Approach: some 100 metres uphill, to the deciduous forest to the climbing garden (do not follow the socalled "Waalweg".)
    Routes: 8 routes up to 5a, 10 routes up to 6a, 12 routes up to 6c, 3 routes up to 7b

  • Boulder area Lagundo
    Journey: from Merano to Lagundo, follow the signs
    Routes: no precise grade for boulders
    F - easy fb 4/5+
    M - medium fb 6a/6b
    D - difficult fb 6c/7a
    MD - very difficult fb 7b/7c
    ED - extremely difficult fb 8a/8b
    s.d. - sitting start 3

  • Fragsburg Sektor Platten
    Journey: from Merano to Scena, at Castello Rametz turn towards Fragsburg, proceed for about 5 km, past Castel Fragsburg. Proceed for several 100 metres, park at the sign "Unterweilerhof".
    Approach: follow the signs to the climbing garden
    Routes: 2 routes uo to 5a, 14 routes up to 6a, 11 routes up to 6c, 1 routes up to 7b

  • New Fragsburg
    Journey: from Merano to Scena, at Rametz turn to Castel Fragsburg, remain on this road until you pass Fragsburg, proceed for 100 metres and park at the waterfall.
    Approach: on the left take the path leading to the Fragsburg climbing garden, past the rock blocks. The routes can be approached via ferric ladder.
    Routes: 2 routes up to 5a, 2 routes up to 6a, 2 routes up to 6c, 12 routes up to 7b, 7 routes up to 8a

  • Tisener Auen-Gargazzone
    Journey: from Merano to Bolzano, exit Gargazzone. Cross the Wine Road, proceed to the climbing garden.
    Approach: Within two minutes. The climbing garden is located above the road.
    Routes: 1 routes up to 5a, 4 routes up to 6a, 4 routes up to 6c, routes up to 7b, 2 routes up to 8a

  • Juval/Naturno:
    Journey: from Merano to Naturno and to the entrance of Val Senales. Park at "Schnalserhof".
    Approach: follow the path at the left riverbank
    Routes: 10 routes up to 5a, 19 routes up to, 43 routes up to 6b, 23 routes up to 7b, 11 routes up to 8a


Val Passiria valley:

  • Zoll
    Journey: from Merano to San Leonardo in Passiria to Moso. Park at an old tavern in front of the village.
    Approach: on foot towards San Leonardo for about 100 m, on the left over a mural to the climbing garden.
    Routes: 2 routes up to 5a, 4 routes up to 6a, 4 routes up to 6c, 3 routes up to 7b, 2 routes up to 8a

  • Moso Val Passiria
    Journey: from Merano to San Leonardo in Passiria to Moso
    Approach: in Moos past the church, on the old street to the rocks
    Routes: 2 routes up to 6a, 9 routes up to 6c, 3 routes up to 7b

  • Bergkristall-Plan
    Journey: from Merano to Val Passiria to Moso and Plan. Park at the tavern Bergkristall.
    Approach: from the parking area about 100 m along the road, cross the river and you reach the climbing garden.
    Routes: 8 routes up to 5a, 12 routes up to 6a, 16 routes up to 6c, 7 routes up to 7b and 3 routes up to 8a

  • Stulles
    Journey: follow the signs to Moos/Timmelsjoch and finally the signs to Stulles. Here you can park your car and walk past the Untersteinerhof farm to the climbing garden.
    Routes: the rock wall is south-facing. The level of difficulty of the about 60 routes stretches from 4 to 8a, whereby most areas are between 6a and 7b. Here also bouldering is possible


Val Senales valley:

  • Saustall/Upper climbing area Val Senales
    Journey: from Merano to Naturno and to the entrance of Val Senales. Park in front of the first tunnel.
    Approach: walk round the tunnel and follow the road for about 200 m
    Routes: 2 routes up to 6a to 6c, 10 routes up to 7b, 14 routes up to 8a, 11 routes up to 8a

Val Venosta valley:

  • Monte Orso-Solda
    Journey: from Merano to Passo Resia. At the junction Prato Stelvio/Solda, park at the Monte Orso lift facility.
    Approach: follow path n° 3 for about 40 minutes
    Routes: 4 routes up to 5a, 4 routes up to 6a, 2 routes up to 6c, 1 routes up to 7b

  • Nesselwand-Lasa
    Journey: from Merano to Lasa. In the centre on the road "Schneiderstraße", turn left behind the bridge and then turn right. Proceed to Parnetz on a metalled road, park at a house.
    Approach: from the parking area left to the rail track, follow the rail track, on the forest road, across the river, across the forest aisle to the climbing garden.
    Routes: 1 routes up to 5a, 4 routes up to 6a, 9 routes up to 6c, 19 routes up to 7b, 13 routes up to 8a, 1 route up to 8a


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