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.

There is a wide variety of climbing gardens throughout South Tyrol, just take a look at the list below:

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.
Climbing routes: 16 routes up to the grade 5a, 12 routes up to 6a, 1 route up to 8a

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: 14 routes up to 5a, 3 routes up to 6a, 18 routes up to 6c, 13 routes up to 7b, 4 routes up to 8a

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: 1 route up to grade 5a, 8 routes up to grade 6a, 23 routes up to grade 6c, 18 routes up to grade 7b, 13 routes up to grade 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: 7 routes up to 6a 6a, 10 routes up to 6c, 7 routes up to 7b

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: 4 routes to 5a, 7 routes up to 6a, 5 routes up to 6c, 5 routes up to 7b, 2 routes up to 8a

VALLE ISARCO:

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

VALGARDENA:

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

ALTA 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
Routen: 5 routes up to the grade 7b, 3 routes up to the grade 8a

Valle di Rienza-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

Monte 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.
Zugang: on the road to Prato Piazza until you reach the first hairpin bend, where the climbing garden is located.
Routen: 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

Plätzwiese-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:

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 uphill 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

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 routes 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

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

MERANO

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.

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
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

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

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 VENOSTA:

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

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

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

Suggested accommodations

  1. Schwarzenstein
    Hotel

    Schwarzenstein

  2. Hotel Ultenerhof
    Hotel

    Hotel Ultenerhof

  3. Hotel Schneeberg
    Hotel

    Hotel Schneeberg

  4. Hotel Kircherhof
    Hotel

    Hotel Kircherhof

  5. Berghotel Moseralm
    Hotel

    Berghotel Moseralm

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