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Via Ferrata

The via ferrata has its origins in the nineteenth century. However, it is strongly associated with the First World War, when many of them were built in the Dolomite mountain region to aid the movement of the troops.

Usually, the Fürenwand via ferrata is open from the end of May until mid-October depending on ice conditions and temperature. In 2016 it was opened late at mid-June. 

Usually, the best months for Fürenwand are August to October. You have to pass a water wall after two-thirds of the via ferrata. At this time of the year, you may not get wet except in 2016 and after heavy rainfall the day before. It is advisable to start early, before midday. Even with less than 20 degrees, it gets hot while climbing. After 12 p.m. the Fürenwand (wall) is completely in sun.

CH Switzerland

The summer is the best time to visit the ferrata. I would say it is possible to climb it from April till October but it depends on the weather. I recommend to climb it in dry conditions, it is much easier.

CZ Czech Republic

The via ferrata is open from mid-June to mid-October depending on snow and ice conditions. Check weather forecast first. Dry conditions are much better for climbing.

CH Switzerland

Check the weather forecast the day before because good weather conditions without snow, ice, and rain are essential. Otherwise, it’ll be slippery when climbing; so, safety first! Best months for hiking in combination with climbing are March until October. If it was rainy the day don’t start too early. The sandstone has to dry otherwise it can break while climbing. This climbing trail is not well known. It’s almost guaranteed to climb up alone.

DE Germany

This combination of hiking and climbing of two via ferrata will guarantee you an awesome day in the Elbe Sandstone Range. Check the weather forecast the day before because the right weather conditions without snow, ice, and rain are essential. Otherwise, it’ll be slippery when climbing; so safety first! We experienced a thunderstorm and hail in June. Best months for hiking in combination with climbing are March until October. It’s busier on the trails and climbing routes during summer. Spring and fall are less crowded with pleasant temps. The Kirnitzschtal / Kirnitzsch Valley is pretty popular; busier on weekends and during bank holidays. Limited parking, therefore, arrive early. A parking fee of roughly 4 € (ticket machine) is requested.

DE Germany

The via ferrata is open end of March until November; depending on snow and ice. Only advisable at good weather conditions. It's a fun via ferrata which takes roughly 2 hours depending on your fitness level. There is limited parking.

CH Switzerland