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© Photo: Steyr and the National Park Region/Elias Gruber: Climbing on the Sauzahn
A climber on the imposing rock face of the Sauzahn, with the hilly landscape of the Upper Austrian Enns Valley in the background.
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Climbing

Climbing has become a popular sport and everyone, whether young or old, beginner or advanced, can experience first-hand the fascination of climbing in the Upper Austrian Ennstal Valley. This sport has become so attractive to so many because it is a playful way to increase body awareness, face the challenge of gravity and feel the exhilaration of being up so high. Our region is a veritable Eldorado for climbing enthusiasts. In addition to the Großraming Climbing Centre it is home to 20 climbing gardens with more than 1,000 routes in all difficulty grades (from 3 to 10). Most of the climbing rocks are located near Losenstein and Laussa. Together with the rock walls near Großraming and Weyer they form the “Unteres Ennstal” climbing area.

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© Photo: Steyr and the National Park Region/Goeberl: Climbing
Climbing on the rock, in the background the beautiful Upper Austrian Enns Valley
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© Photo: Altpernstein Castle/Peter Leeb: Via Ferrata Altpernstein Castle
Via ferrata on the rock at Altpernstein Castle

1,300 routes in more than 30 climbing areas

The rock walls rise to their highest heights at the “Nixloch” near Losenstein (up to 75 metres) and the

“Wolkerlmauer” in the Pechgraben near Großraming. Most climbing routes are 15 to 25 metres long. In the classic climbing areas such as the “Nixloch” and “Pfennigstein” you climb up vertical to slightly overhanging compact limestone slabs. The “Langenstein”, “Sauzahn” and “Sonnleitnerwand” walls require athletic crack climbing skills (Rauchwacke). The routes are secured by bolts, chocks are not needed except on older routes.

Climbing areas