Your via ferrata adventure should begin in the Dolomites. There are two good routes near the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Via Ferrata Ivano Dibona, along the ridge of Monte Cristallo, is picturesque and easy. Tourists flock here because of a suspension bridge featured in the film Cliffhanger, starring Sylvester Stallone. A bit more time is necessary for the Gianni Lipella via ferrata which leads to Tofana di Rozes. On the way, there are World War I bunkers.Italy, Ivano Dibona and Gianni Lipella FerratasDISCOVER THE WORLD
One of the most beautiful and longest Italian via ferratas – Monte Paterno – is situated in the Alta Pusteria Valley in Southern Tyrol, close to the Austrian border. Its total length is 2,744 metres. The route begins at the Tre Cime shelter and leads through a tunnel, and then with a secured cable to the Gamsscharte mountain pass. The place offers an incredible alpine landscape and numerous, very diverse climbing routes.Italy, Monte PaternoDISCOVER THE WORLD
The via ferrata considered the most spectacular in Europe and also the longest climbing route in Switzerland leads to the peak of Mount Daubenhorn in the Bernese Alps. This is a route for experienced climbers – there are moments of exposure with a kilometre-long precipice beneath you. However, the diverse terrain and the stunning views of the surrounding mountain peaks and alpine lake reward the effort.Switzerland, Daubenhorn DISCOVER THE WORLD
The Julian Alps abound in interesting via ferratas. One of the most interesting ones leads through the largest tectonic window of the Alps, to the peak of Mount Prisojnik. The hike begins at Vrsic pass and leads along the left side of the impressive mountain. Along the way, there are many places requiring steep climbing. It’s possible to extend the route from the summit along secured mountain paths to the Little Window of Mount Prisojnik.Slovenia, Prisojnik WindowsDISCOVER THE WORLD
People say that Austrian via ferratas are much more demanding and strenuous than those in the Italian Dolomites. One of the most beautiful ferratas is situated in the picturesque Kitz Gorge. It leads along the top of a precipice with an alpine stream and small, murmuring waterfalls down below. Beneath your feet there’s a sheer drop and boulders of impressive size. Following the ferrata takes under 3 hours.Austria, Kitzklettersteig DISCOVER THE WORLD
One of the most popular via ferratas in the French Alps is on the Vidourle River near the village of Saint-Sériès. It’s not a very demanding route, but it abounds in breathtaking landscapes. There are exciting sections of it – such as a walk along cables stretched between cliffs, high up over the turquoise surface of the water. In France, most ferratas are new and diversified routes, Tibetan bridges and suspended girders.France, Via Ferrata on the Vidourle RiverDISCOVER THE WORLD
In the Bavarian Alps, via ferratas make it easier to access the unusual, pyramid-shaped peak of Mount Alpspitze. The first via ferrata begins at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen cable car station. Trekking along the popular, well-secured route of Alpspitze ferrata takes 2 hours. The peak can also be reached from the neighbouring Zugspitze peak by the Jubiläumsgrat ferrata, which is a relatively difficult route – in several spots it requires climbing. Germany, Alpspitze Ferrata and JubiläumsgratDISCOVER THE WORLD