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Via Ferrata recommended route

Ferrata Stuibenfall

Via Ferrata · Oetztal · closed
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Distance 1.5 km
4:00 h
300 m
8 m
1,226 m
1,078 m
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 Umhausen 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.



  • age: 9 years and older
  • size: at least 1,40 meter tall and taller
  • surefootedness, free from giddiness and sporty
  • experience with climbing
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Update: November 30, 2021
C moderate
Highest point
1,226 m
Lowest point
1,078 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction
Wall height
300 m
Climbing length
450 m, 3:00 h
1:00 h

Safety information


The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:


  1. Plan carefully
  2. Destination should correspond to personal abilities
  3. Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
  4. Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
  5. Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
  6. Partner check at the access point
  7. Maintain sufficient distance
  8. Talk clearly when overtaking someone
  9. Watch out for falling rocks
  10. Respect nature and environment



Tips and hints

More details about climbing in Ötztal:



Umhausen (1,078 m)



Turn-by-turn directions

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.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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


Getting there

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


Complete climbing equipment required.

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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C moderate
1.5 km
4:00 h
300 m
8 m
Highest point
1,226 m
Lowest point
1,078 m
Scenic Family-friendly


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