The Zillervalley is a beautiful valley in Tirol, Austria some 40 km east of Insbruck. There are seemingly endless possibilities along the valley for climbing and bouldering wherefore Zillervalley is famous among climbers not just since yesterday. While climbing you´re surrounded by impressive mountains and mostly catching the sound of the river or cowbells. Very atmospheric!
With it’s high amount of sectors you can find nearly every sort of climbing mostly on granite from slab to roof with holds from crimps to jugs. The nature of the rock varies a lot. There are even some small special limestone sectors. Besides Sportsclimbing you will also find great bouldering and multipitches. So there´s really something for everyone.
NOTE: The climbing and bouldering are quite often on private property, so please keep that in mind! The farmers still work with the grazing areas.
Use only the prakings provided ! use the existing pathways ! dont leave any trash ! respect signs !
Climbing Grades 3c – 8c+
Bouldering Grades 4A – 8C
Our favourite routes:
Mein Gott Walter kurz (6a),
Mein Gott Walter lang (7b+)
Ego nein danke kurz (6b+), Sonntagsspaziergang (6c), Supermumpfer (6c), Moby Dick (6c+), Gasthof Post (6c+/7a), Maracuja (6c+/7a), Sanyas 365 (7a+), Gachtlschlauch (7b),
The Best option is to arrive by your own car which makes it easy to get to the different sectors in the valley as well, as they are usually not in walking distance.Depending from where you arrive follow the Inntal highway, turn off in Wiesing and then follow signs to Zillertal/Zell a.Z.
(you need a vignette on the Austrian highways which you can usually get at gasstations just before the border and in Austria. Cars are controlled for vignettes by cameras and driving without costs you about 120 euros… For Germans: Since some years the part to Kufstein is not free anymore and you need a vignette here as well…)
Anyway there is a Bus connection from Innsbruck to Mayrhofen and also a trainstation in Mayrhofen so you can arrive here as well via public transport.
Nearest airport: Innsbruck
There are several possibilities to stay from camping over holiday flats to hotel rooms. Further infos on accomodations around Mayrhofen.
Camping/Van: The Zillervalley splits in different smaller valleys where Zillergrund and the valley up to Schlegeis are known for brilliant bouldering and climbing spots.
In Zillergrund you can camp at the parking at Gasthaus “In der Au”. And now there are some parkings where you can stay. You have to get a ticket to stay over night. In the Valley up to Schlegeis there is a free Biwak at the bus station Kaseler Alm just next to the river where you will also find two-holers, that are emptied regularly. You can get water from the fountain at Breitlahner Alm or (if the cows are there) at the watering place at Kaseler alm.
You will find several supermarkets along the valley. For example in Ramsau there is a big Hofer and MPreis and in Ginzling a small Spar. If you stay at one of the campings it´s usually a bit driving (especially up/downhill with loads of curves and tourists) to get to the supermarket, so you wanna get your supplies beforehand.
There are also some climbing/outdoor shops in Zillervalley where you can get new gear, for example Hörhager in Mayrhofen (Climbingshop).
You can get the current guidebook in loads of bigger climbing shops or on the internet. Further info on the guidebook on the homepage of Markus Schwaiger.
May to September. It rains quite often in Zillervalley but if, the granite dryes usually very quick and there are some protected crags depending on the heaviness of the rain. In Summer months it can get really hot but there´s always a place to hide in the shade.
Easy in high season. You will always find someone either at the campings, the rocks or lying around under boulders in the forest.
Further Infos that may be interesting
Shower?Washing? Bring organic soap and enjoy the pools of the fresh mountain river.
Wifi? There is a free wifi at the tourist information in Ginzling or you can check out mc donalds in Schlitters if you fancy.
Pizza? It is said the Sidan in Schwendau has the “best pizza in zillervalley” and i have to say it was very good.