Rock Climbing

at the Knorren

Ready to get your adrenalin pumping? If so, head on over to the Knorren Climbing Area where you find the two via ferratas "Knorren Nadel" and "Steinbock". You can rent via ferrata sets at the Funsportstation (subject to availability, for a fee), but be sure to bring along your own courage.

Please note that climbing is always at your own risk!

Knorren climbing area

Two via ferratas and numerous rock climbs

You can reach the Knorren climbing area by taking the 3S Penkenbahn in Mayrhofen followed by the Kombibahn Penken. From the Kombibahn Penken mountain station or the Funsportstation, walk a short distance on the Panorama Trail towards the Penkenjoch to the Knorren massif. 

The climbing area is to be considered alpine terrain. You will mostly be climbing on solid limestone similar to dolomite. We strongly recommend that you keep your helmet on at all times while in the area. Don’t hesitate to bring along the kids, however, as the family-friendly location includes routes that are especially suitable for children and well equipped with bolts.


Topography of the Knorren climbing area



  • Protection: ++++
  • Rock quality: +++ to ++++
  • Orientation: south to south east
  • Number of routes: 30
  • Length of routes: 10 to 30 meters
  • Route grades: 4 to 8+ (UIAA)
  • Altitude: 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Best time for climbing at Knorren: May to October

Via ferratas "Steinbock" and "Knorren Nadel"

Getting to higher places

For those who want to get a taste of the vertical world, there are two via ferratas at the Knorren climbing area on Action Mountain Penken. The Knorren Nadel via ferrata is suitable for beginners and starts at the foot of the Knorren climbing area. With its two rope bridges and the viewing platform on top of the Knorren Nadel you should be prepared for a touch of vertigo.

In the lower third of the Knorren wall you find the Steinbock via ferrata, which is designed for more advanced climbers. After a steep start you are rewarded with impressive views of the Zillertal Alps.

The two via ferratas meet again half way up the Knorren and you have to choose which way you want to go to reach the top.


  • Knorren Nadel via ferrata: Difficulty level A/B, duration of about 90 minutes, suitable for beginners
  • Steinbock via ferrata: Difficulty level B/C (medium), length of 180 meters, duration of about 45 minutes, 50 meters altitude difference, suitable for advanced climbers
  • Please note that you must wear a helmet! Via ferrata sets and helmets can be rented for a fee at the Funsportstation (subject to availability)
  • Use of the via ferrata and the gear is at your own risk!