Let’s face it - Villach is a sports lovers paradise. For fans of climbing, the surrounding Alps provide the perfect backdrop for a physical challenge. If you have ever looked at a rock face and thought, I wonder what it’s like at the top? Rock climbing is the sport for you. So if you are an adrenaline junkie and love a mental challenge, get ready for some climbing. Whether outside or indoors, there are lots of climbing and bouldering options to choose from in Villach.
Newly opened in 2018, the Kletterhalle Villach has almost 2,000 m ² of climbing area and more than 240 climbing routes. Boulder athletes and rock climbers can enjoy this modern facility with its outdoor climbing wall and various boulder levels. As a bonus, the Kletterhalle is open 7 days a week from the morning into the evening so there is always an opportunity to fit in a rewarding workout. Never rock climbed before? The Kletterhalle has all of the equipment you need for rental as well as courses for beginners.
The Kanzianiberg rock face in Finkenstein am Faakersee is Carinthia’s largest and most popular natural rock-climbing area. With more than 300 climbing routes, there are routes and crags to cater to all levels of experience. Climb 60 m high and marvel at the turquoise waters of the Faakersee. Kanzianiberg is also home to the “King of Kanzi” climbing marathon where climbing enthusiasts ascend the rock face in their best 80’s themed gear.
Rock climb in the scenic Naturpark Dobratsch at the Klettergarten Alpen Arena. In summer, the Klettergarten has 18 different climbing routes that are suitable for experienced and beginner climbers. In winter, the Klettergarten is “converted” into an ice wall for ice climbing. Climbing here is free of charge, but donations are encouraged to the Alpenverein Villach. Please be advised that climbing here is at your own risk. Come prepared, follow the rules, and stay safe!
With five meter high walls and 240 square meters of climbing space, the Boulderhalle at Youth Hostel St. Martin is a great place for bouldering. Lucky for Villach locals, the Boulderhalle is open to the public so you do not need to stay at the hostel to enjoy some bouldering. This spot is a popular option for young climbers interested in the sport, so bring the kids.
© Klettergarten Alpen-Arena/Gernot Kasebacher, Werner Pfeifer
Rock climbing converts already know that it is a fun and rewarding sport. If you have never tried rock climbing or bouldering before, now is the time! Sign up for a beginners course at Kletterhalle Villach and you’ll be converted in no time.
Chelsea Navarro is an American expat from California, USA.
She has lived in Villach with her partner and dog since February, 2016. She enjoys exploring the Austrian wilderness, drinking Villacher beer and traveling around Europe.