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Rock Climbing in Dürnstein Climbing Area, Sankt Poelten, Lower Austria Austria

Levels of experience:
All
Route climbing height:
10 - 20 m/32.9 - 65.7 ft
Rope to bring:
50 m/164 ft
Sankt Poelten is geographically situated in northern Austria, north of the Alps and south of the Wachau. It is Lower Austria’s State largest city and its capital city. Sankt Poelten has its own status, so it is both a district and a municipality in the Mostviertel.

Durnstein is located in Wachau, which is the valley that is formed by the River Danube right between Krems and Melk, at about 30 km /18.1 mi in the north of Sankt Poelten. Above the towns, there are some ruins that Durnstein is famous about, where King Richard I of England (aka Richard the Lion-heart) has been taken as hostage after his crusade.

The castle was destroyed in 1645. Around the ruins, there are many climbing areas. So a popular sport that has been developed here is rock climbing. Durnstein climbing area is the longest under development area in the Wachau.

The area provides climbers with countless opportunities for beginners in climbing, especially in the area of the eastern ridge. However, experienced climbers can also find themselves to be challenged -the trail that is highly suggested is the Tom Thumb. The rocks are easily accessible by just walking up from the ruins of the castle or from the train station.

The route climbing height usually varies between 10 – 20 m /32.9 – 65.7 ft. It is suggested that you bring with you an approximately 50 m /164 ft long rope (about 10 quick-draws are enough). Of course there are some routes that can be climbed with slips or other mobile devices backup. However, everyone is free to climb a route, drilled with his favored hedging method. It is a climbing area that you should definitely visit.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Graz
144.1 miles/233 km, 2 hours 21 minutes
Head southwest on Landhausg. to Schmiedg, turn left into Schmiedg, turn right at Joanneumring, take the first left turn into Wielandg, turn left into Grazbachg, turn right at the Conrad-von-Hötzendorf-Straße, turn left at the Ulrich-Lichtenstein-Gasse, continue to Liebenauer Tangente, continue to Süd Autobahn (signals A2/Ungarn/Italien/A9/Deutschland/Slowenien/Raaba/Flughafen), at the junction Knoten Graz-Ost, stay left and follow signs for A2/E66 to Wien / Gleisdorf / Laßnitzhöhe / Ungarn, continue to follow the A2, (Road with controlled toll), take exit 21-Baden for B210, turn left into Ebreichsdorfer Str./B210, continue to follow the B210, turn right at Sattelbach/L130, continue to follow the L130, turn left into the Hauptstr./B11, continue to follow the B11, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the ramp to A21 Linz / St.Pölten, join the A21, continue to E60 (signs for A1/Deutschland/Linz/St.Pölten/Altlengbach/Steinhäusl), enter the A1/E60, at the junction Knoten St. Pölten, stay right and follow the signs for S33 to St.Pölten-Ost/Krems/Landhaus/Tschechien, (Road with controlled toll), take the exit toward St.Pölten Ost Ausfahrt, turn right at the B1a, turn right at the Purkersdorfer Str, continue to Wr. Str./B1.
BY CAR FROM Villach
246.1 miles/397 km, 3 hours 41 minutes
Head southeast on Ludwig-Walter-Straße/B84 to Jakob-Ghon-Allee, continue to follow the B84, enter the A2/E55 through auxiliary road to Wien / Klagenfurt / Salzburg / Ljubljana / Deutschland / Slowenien, continue to follow the A2, take exit 21-Baden for B210, turn left into the Ebreichsdorfer Str./B210, continue to follow the B210, turn right at the Sattelbach/L130, continue to follow the L130, turn left into the Hauptstr./B11, continue to follow the B11, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the ramp to A21 Linz / St.Pölten, join the A21, continue to E60 (signs for A1/Deutschland/Linz/St.Pölten/Altlengbach/Steinhäusl), enter the A1/E60, at the junction Knoten St. Pölten, stay right and follow the signs for S33 to St.Pölten-Ost/Krems/Landhaus/Tschechien, (Road with controlled toll), take the exit toward St.Pölten Ost Ausfahrt, turn right into B1a, turn right at the Purkersdorfer Str, continue to Wr. Str./B1.
BY AIR
Vienna International Airport,
55.1 miles/90 km
BY TRAIN

Take a train from anywhere in Austria and disembark at Sankt Poelten central station.

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