Germany offers various really interesting rock climbing spots for those that are interested. The main attraction for the rock climber is Frankenjura so if you can only visit one spot, this is the one that has to be on the list. We will take a look at rock climbing in Frankenjura and various other locations in the country so that you can see what you can plan a perfect vacation.
Frankenjura Rock Climbing
The best and largest rock climbing region in Germany is Frankenjura. It is located between Bayreuth, Bamberg and Nuremberg, in the northern Bavaria region. We are faced with quite a large region that features around 1,000 crags, all spread out on beautiful terrain filled with forests. Most of the Frankenjura routes are single pitch, powerful and short routes. They are mostly overhanging or vertical.
Style and character in climbing are both excellent. You have access to grey and white limestone rocks that feature many different bents, holes and pockets. After you visit, you will be able to choose out of around 10,000 routes. This basically covers all grade levels and experiences.
You will want to go rock climbing in Frankenjura during autumn or late spring. Summer is suitable only for the crags that are shaded or facing north.
Allgau Rock Climbing
Allgau is really popular among tourists from all around Europe and other continents. There are so many snow caped mountain peaks, cold mountain lakes and lush green valleys. You will find Algau in the southern Germany region, close to the border with Austria.
Rock climbers will have access to around 70 crags, most of them being centered around Fussen, Oberstdorf, Sonthofen and Kempten. Style and character will mainly be focused on limestone rocks, although there are also some sandstone and conglomerate spots. Routes are mostly single pitch and will be well bolted before you appear.
If you are interested in bouldering in Germany, Allgau is a good region to visit. That is especially around Fussen and in the area between Sonthofen and Kempten. Bouldering style varies from athletic to simple.
Mayen Rock Climbing
Located between the cities of Frankfurt and Cologne, the Mayen old quarry area brings in various rock climbing opportunities. You have access to basalt quarries that are disused and that are nowadays used for sport climbing, bouldering and traditional rock climbing. You will go through groves and strenuous cracks that have intricate slabs and arêtes. Close to 1,400 routes are available, with a height of around 30 meters. All the routes are interesting and it will be tough to choose one for the day.
Blautal Rock Climbing
Blau Valley (Blautal), can be found at the south of the city of Stuttgart, close to Ulm. You will be able to climb on limestone rock, with most of the routes being single pitch. Rock climbers can be involved in 30 crags close to Blau river. A total of 650 routes will be accessible with various grade ranges. You will want to go rock climbing in Blautal between the months of March and November.
Pfalz Rock Climbing
In West Germany, in Rheinland Pfalz, quite close to the border with France, you have access to the last rock climbing region that we have to recommend in the country. You have 200 crags, around 120 sandstone towers and a good bouldering area of around 500 square kilometers. This is much more than you would need.