Lech am Arlberg in the heart of the Alps in Austria is perfect for an adventure climbing holiday. Endless ice and rock-climbing routes and via ferrata courses in Tyrol and Vorarlberg are within easy reach of the 4*s Burg Hotel Oberlech.
The region around Lech is a real paradise for climbing enthusiasts. Numerous climbing routes and secured fixed ropes courses offer a combination of sporting challenge and beautiful views of the Austrian Alps from the Arlberg. Climbing in Lech am Arlberg is a real adventure at any time of year – from beginners’ tours to challenging Alpine climbs in the high peaks to ice climbing in winter. One of the best climbing spots in Europe!
Climbing fun for beginners
The mountain and climbing schools on the Arlberg offer suitable climbing courses for all climbing beginners. The certified and experienced mountain guides provide the necessary knowledge about the right climbing and safety techniques and provide practical instructions to ensure visitors enjoy a safe climbing tour.
The routes also develop exercise, strength and balance. Climbing courses are offered at the Klettergarten Spullersee climbing garden in Lech and the Konstanzerhütte.
Beginners can also experience the fascination of climbing on the new climbing wall of the Sport Park Lech.
Beginners are recommended to visit the Schröcken Adventure Park with its 42 different rope courses. Following a brief introduction, you can follow the courses independently. Children over 1.40 m in height can also take part.
Climbing in Lech and the Arlberg region
Climbing fans will find plenty to enjoy in Lech and the surrounding area of western Austria. The Arlberg region offers climbing for everyone. At the centre of the Lechtal Alps is the Arlberg – a climbing paradise in Austria.
The most popular climbing tours lead to the Roggspitze, Roggalkante, Plattnitzerjoch and Rote Wand.
Fixed ropes routes in Lech am Arlberg & surrounding area
Arlberg fixed ropes route (via ferrata)
The renowned Arlberg fixed ropes route starts out from St. Anton am Arlberg and requires a degree of skill and fitness. In return, it offers dream views from the Weissschrofenspitze (2,752 m) at the heart of the Arlberg mountains.
The first few metres of altitude can be conquered by taking the cable car. The Galzigbahn and Vallugabahn transport visitors up 20m to the access point on the Valfageherjoch (2,540 m).
- Difficulty rating: usually B-C, some D
- Altitude metres: approx. 300 m from mountain station
- Length of fixed ropes course: approx. 350 m
- Time required: approx. 6 h
Karhorn fixed ropes course (via ferrata)
The fixed ropes course on the Karhorn can be accessed from the Steffisalpbahn valley station in Warth or the mountain station. The climb is suitable for beginners and largely covers difficulty ratings A to B. When it comes to the descent, you can choose a normal route with gentle scrambling or the Westgrad fixed ropes course (difficulty rating C-D).
- Difficulty rating: largely A/B, Westgrad descent C/D (optional)
- Altitude metres: approx. 1,000 m from valley station, 635 m from mountain station
- Length of fixed ropes course: approx. 300 m (900 m with Westgrat descent)
- Time required: approx. 5-6 h
Arlberg winter fixed ropes course / St. Anton (via ferrata)
Tyrol’s first winter fixed ropes course in St. Anton am Arlberg is a mix of ski tour and fixed ropes course. It is located in the Rendl region and is around 850 m long. First you will take the Riffelbahn II cable car up to 2,650 m and then continue on via the Riffelgrat to the 2,816 m Rendlspitze. From here, continue on to the 2,732 m Rossfallscharte. The decent is in an off-piste area alongside the prepared pistes.
You will need a snowboard or tour skis as well as a rucksack to attach them to and a fixed ropes course set. A helmet and avalanche protection equipment are also recommended. Light crampons are very practical where the snow is frozen. The ski schools in Lech and St. Anton offer guided tours, if required.
- Difficulty rating: D
- Altitude metres: approx. 200
- Length of fixed ropes course: approx. 800 m (approx. 20 % on cliff)
- Time required: approx. 2.5 h
Climbing in winter – ice climbing in Lech am Arlberg
In addition to the winter fixed ropes course, frozen waterfalls can also be used for ice climbing in the Arlberg region. The Alpine Centre Lech offers plenty of longer tours for experienced ice climbers and taster courses for beginners in the ice climbing garden.
The optimal conditions for ice climbing can be found from the end of December to the start of March.
4-star superior Burg Hotel Oberlech for climbing enthusiasts
Whether in summer or winter – Lech and the surrounding area are always a good place for a climbing holiday in the heart of Europe. Many of the nearby climbing regions in Tyrol and Vorarlberg are within easy reach from the Burg Hotel in Oberlech. With the Lech Card, you can use the local bus service free-of-charge and travel in comfort from one location to the next. Admission to the nearby Lech forest pool is also free with the card.
Guests at the Burg Hotel can also enjoy a culinary pampering and take advantage of their own gym, tennis court and 1,200 m² well-being area with indoor pool. During the walks with our hiking guide, you can explore the Alpine mountains in comfort and those who prefer mountain biking can tackle the Burgwald Downhill Trail right alongside the hotel.
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