living reading time: 6 min publication date: 24.10.2022


© RVT | Adrian Hipp
Climbing group at mountain Kanziani

Villach is a true sport lovers paradise. For climbing fans, however, it is not only the surrounding Alps that offer the perfect backdrop for a physical challenge, but no matter whether you are indoors or outdoors, there are many climbing and bouldering opportunities to choose from in Villach.



The Kletterhalle Villach (Villach climbing hall), which opened in 2018, has 2,000 m² of climbing, sports and leisure space, more than 250 climbing routes (lead climbing and top rope) 3 bouldering levels, an outdoor climbing wall, two speedways and five automatic abseiling machines. This is where bouldering athletes and rock climbers can fully enjoy the modern facility. As a bonus, the climbing gym is open 7 days a week, morning to night, so there's always an opportunity for a rewarding workout. Never climbed before? The climbing hall offers all the necessary rental equipment and courses for beginners, events and holiday care.



With five meter high walls and 240 square meters of climbing area, the Boulderhalle der Naturfreunde invites you to boulder. The bouldering hall is open to the public and connected to the youth and family guest house in St. Martin. This place is a popular option for young climbers interested in the sport.

© RVT | Luca Tribondeau
Boulder hall in Villach
© RVT | Luca Tribondeau
Climber is ascending the indoor climbing wall
© RVT | Luca Tribondeau
Woman is bouldering


New in 2021, there is another bouldering hall in Villach called The Volume.The Volume is located in the GAV Center near Infineon. Routes of all levels of difficulty can be found on 1,500 m² of floor space and 1,000 m² of wall space. There are also separate training areas for courses and areas with hangboards, horizontal bars, weights and pull-up bars. The team at the Bouldering Hall Volume offers basic and advanced courses for children and adults, as well as personal training.



The Kanzianiberg rock face in Finkenstein am Faaker See is Carinthia’s largest and most popular natural rock-climbing area. With more than 300 climbing routes, there are routes and crags for all levels of difficulty. Kanzianiberg is also home to the “King of Kanzi” climbing event, where climbing enthusiasts scale the rock face in their best 80s training outfit.

© RVT | Martin Hofmann
Climbers ascending the rock face


You can also rock climb in the picturesque Dobratsch Nature Park in the Alpen Arena climbing garden – Klettergarten Alpen Arena. In the summer, the climbing garden offers 18 different climbing routes that are suitable for experienced climbers, as well as beginners. In the winter, the climbing garden turns into an ice wall for ice climbing. Climbing is free here, donations to the Villach Alpine Club “Alpenverein Villach” are welcome. Please note that climbing here is at your own risk.


If you've got a taste for it, you should know that there are many more climbing gardens and via ferratas for all ages and all levels of difficulty to discover in the Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See region. Have fun trying them out!