The wonderful, 450 meter long Via Ferrata in Umhausen-Niederthai requires a good head for heights and surefootedness.The first part of the via ferrata leads along mighty rock faches from Niederthai to a small resting area located right below the rock ledges. From here passionate climbers continue on the left side of the Stuiben Falls to the route's exit. Dare devils can cross the Stuiben Falls on a small steel rope overlooking the 159 meter high waterfall. Enjoy this truly outstanding perspective of the rushing mountain waters! The easier alternative can be found on the left side, leading towards the exit with less effort.
Length / Time
300 meters of difference in altitude on a 450 meter long climbing route. Climbing time: approx. 3 hours; 3,5 - 4 hours incl. descent.
SAFETY ON THE VIA FERRATA
The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:
Destination should correspond to personal abilities
Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
In terms of difficulty, on a scale from A to E (ranging from easy to extreme), the Stuibenfall Via Ferrata is graded C. Most sections of the route are graded B, only two overhanging sections are graded C. Therefore the Via Ferrata is also ideal for beginners, families and children over 10 years. Young climbers are secured by an additional rope and can take advantage of stepladders.Unlimited climbing fun amid unspoilt nature is guaranteed.
Back to Umhausen via the countless steps and the suspension bridge.
Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at
Umhausen is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps
Passing Oetz , you follow the Ötztaler Bundesstraße towards Umhausen. At kilometre 14,3 turn left to Umhausen and then turn right to Niederthai. Follow the course of the road for approx. 500 meters. Parking is possible at the paid parking lot of the Ötzi Village / bathing lake.
From there you reach the access point of the via ferrata in 20 min.
parking at the paid parking lot of the Ötzi Village / bathing lake
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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