Zillertal in Austria offers amazing climbing located in a beautiful Alpine valley full of fast flowing streams, lots of lush greenery and flowers. Remote farms are hidden among the mountains, with snowy peaks dominating the idyllic landscape.
There are granite blocks of all shapes and sizes scattered all around the valley, making Zillertal a great bouldering destination. Bigger rocks offer excellent, well bolted sport routes. It is a true granite paradise with technical slabs, cracks and even some overhangs.
Although over the last few of years Zillertal has gained fame as a summer bouldering destination, it is also home to excellent multi-pitch sport climbs, and alpine style trad. The whole area around Innsbruck, Austria, is incredibly popular among climbers from all over the world.
There are eighteen bouldering areas in Zillertal. Zillerground is the biggest and it and offers around 100 boulder problems. Most of the Zillertal boulders are hidden in the forest, so if you are looking for more open spaces, go to Berliner Hutte.
There are around fifteen sport climbing crags with single-pitch routes between 10 and 30 metres of length. Some of them are long, clean cracks of great quality.
Apart from sport climbing and bouldering, Zillertal offers excellent multi-pitch options. Many of the routes are up to 10 pitches long and despite being set in an Alpine environment, some of them are bolted.
The area is located less than one-hour’s drive from Innsbruck and is very close to the High National Park, which starts at Ginzling. There are a few airports you can fly to (Salzburg, Innsbruck or Munich), none of which is more than 1,5-hour’s drive from Zillertal.
Zillertal is a very popular tourist destination and a hotspot for mountain sports such as skiing and biking. Various accommodation options are available. There are quite a few campsites in the area, for example in Mayrhofen. Genuine Tyrolean hospitality can be enjoyed in many of the area’s excellent B&Bs.
The best season to visit Zillertal for climbing is from spring to autumn, depending on your focus. To boulder, you will wish for more friction and lower temperatures, whereas for some of the multi-pitches you will have to wait until they are free from snow in late summer.