Climbing & via ferrata

Climbing & via ferrata
ActivitiesMountain adventuresClimbing & via ferrata

With rope, crampons, or ice axe: on the move in Switzerland’s climbing paradise

Whether outdoors or indoors, for beginners or experts, the Canton of Bern is a true paradise for climbers on the search for the next sporting challenge.
There is fun for the whole family at the Sillerenbühl Climbing Tower. On three levels, visitors will find 64 stations leading upward. In Kandersteg, courageous visitors can enjoy what is probably the Alps’ most beautiful via ferrata. The ascent to the mountain station of Allmenalp cable car goes 550 metres upwards – past roaring waterfalls, over aerial ladders, Nepalese footbridges and a Tyrolienne. But Kandersteg, Interlaken, the Jungfrau Region, Adelboden, Gstaad, Gantrisch Nature Park and the Bernese Jura offer yet more for height lovers: the options span from alpine tours to tour weeks and training weeks to glacier trekking and bouldering.

When it’s cold and wet outside

The Canton of Bern is also suitable for climbing even when the weather conditions are bad. Both beginners and the advanced can work on their technique in a variety of climbing halls in the regions of Lenk-Simmental and Haslital. Bouldering is currently popular in the climbing scene. At the Boulderschüür in Lenk, for example, the climbers clamber from hold to hold at jump height, and mats on the floor ensure a soft landing.

Climbers are also welcome in winter

Armed with ice axe and crampons, you can aim high in winter. Kandersteg offers particularly beautiful tours: in Oeschiwald and Sunnbühl, smaller icefalls wait to be conquered by beginners, while crack climbers get exactly what they’re looking for in the Gasterntal, above Alp Giesenen and the Oeschinensee.

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