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Located in the northern half of a magical place called Euroland. Friendly locals (who likely speak a good amount of English) are usually more than willing to help you figure out where you're going or which route is which. Most routes have UIAA grades (exception: a few areas in the eastern half).

There's also plenty of climbing history in Germany. Harder free climbing got its impetus in the 1970's from a man by the name of Kurt Albert, who invented the redpoint at the Frankenjura area. Also, if you're super-badass and looking for a decent 5.14+, check out 'Action Direct' put up by Wolfgang Güllich.

Please respect local ethics. Some areas prohibit chalk and active protection.

Getting There 

Go to Euroland; it's a relatively large country with relatively large amounts of beer.

The approach can be rather long if you start on a different continent.

Here's a handy map with a good overview of major climbing areas (in German):

Climbing Seasons 

The Frankenjura has a general overview of what the weather is typically like throughout Germany. However, the area around Freiburg (South-west Germany) is the sunniest in all of Germany, whereas it typically rains more in the north and east (Sächsische Schweiz). In general, however, German weather in April and November is pretty crap, though somewhat unpredictable. That means that you may get lucky and have sunshine and warmth, but more than likely it will rain in those two months.
The Germans have a saying for April: "April, April, er weiß nicht was er will." Directly translated, the saying means "April, April, he doesn't know what he wants." You can have sunshine immediately followed by rain/snow, warmth and then a drop in temps, or just solid sunshine for a week followed by solid rain.
November has generally crappier weather than April.

Having said that, you can plan a visit to Germany despite the rain. If it's raining for a week, go to the Frankenjura or further South in Bavaria. You can't climb in Saxony at all unless the rain has ceased for at least 2 days, making this region as difficult to plan as a trip to England, weather-wise. In the Pfalz, you can also climb on the rock no matter what the conditions, just because the sandstone is so much harder than in the Sächsische Schweiz.

Climbing Season

Weather station 28.2 miles from here

1,485 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',102],['3 Stars',307],['2 Stars',451],['1 Star',416],['Bomb',21]

Classic Climbing Routes in Germany

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Germany:
Höllental Standard   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Alpine, Grade IV   Oberbayern Alpine : Zugspitze
Alpspitze Klettersteig (ferrata) Standard route.   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Alpine, 2000'   Oberbayern Alpine : Alpspitze
Fahrradkante   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 9 pitches, 800'   Oberbayern Alpine : Oberreintal
Panische Zeiten   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   Frankenjura : Weißenstein
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Featured Route For Germany
Rock Climbing Photo: Nina in Quergang

Quergang (Traverse) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Europe : Germany : ... : Oberes Diebesloch
This is the steepest route I have ever done, and with the biggest holds. Starts close to the corner and climbs diagonally up and left through the enormous, unbelievably juggy pockets....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Matt Ludwig
Jun 26, 2009
I am living in the Stuttgart area, I will be able to meet up around the end of July when I return from my vacation so we could meet up in the Frankenjura.
By Austin Cooner
Jul 23, 2010

I will be in Germany for 2 years starting this August and would like to get together with some climbers who can show me some awesome stuff in Germany. I will be stationed in Spangdahlem, Rheinland-Pfalz. I will bring all my gear with me, but need someone to show me the local crags. I honestly don't even know where to begin! Thanks!
By Brian Devine
Aug 3, 2010
I am in Kaiserslautern area, let me know when you get in, I've only been here for a couple of months, but there is some descent stuff nearby.
By Braxtron
From: ...
Apr 1, 2011
I'm looking for a reliable climbing partner. The only requirements are: good sense of humor, taste for beer, motivation to climb. PM me if you're interested in meeting up sometime.
By Chris Vredeveld
From: Stuttgart Germany
Sep 7, 2011
Going to be moving to Stuttgart at the beginning of the year/end of the year. Looking to try and find a partner for either the gym or hopefully out in the real world. Haven't been climbing much lately but have led up to 5.9 in the gym. Would like to give alpine a try at some point to. Leave me a message here if your in the area.
By macario
Oct 23, 2012
Just arrived to Germany, will be living here for the next couple of years if anyone in the area of Eschenbach would like to climb send me a message. Id like to get out as much as possible as the months coming will be getting cold I would look to going to Gyms.
By Chitro
From: Bonn, Germany
Aug 17, 2013
I am moving to Bonn this October and would like to climb at Frankenjura on weekends. Anybody interested in partnering up for weekend climbing trips. A group of 3 or 4 would be fine too. I rope and quickdraws and moderate experience. I am a competent belayer and can belay with both gri gri and atc.
By scoTt Millbern
From: Langenfeld, Germany
Aug 21, 2013
Hey Chitro,

The Frankenjura is a little far for a day trip for me (I live just north of Cologne), but for a weekend we could work something out.

I plan on a weekend trip to the Pfalz soon as well if you are interested.
The Schwarze Säulen area has some good climbing as well.

Hit me up at if you are interested or for more beta on the area. also has a map of "some" local crags, mostly more north.

By Mike McDonough
From: Sindelfingen, Germany
Oct 20, 2013
hi im mike-mcdonough
i live in baden wuertenburg.
looking for anyone who wants to climb anywhere
rock or ice
just let me know, im also on FB
By sandy kauf
Feb 24, 2015
I am looking for a guide to climb in Mayen, Germany in May. Anyone have any ideas?
By Daniel Affsprung
From: New Paltz, NY
Jan 28, 2016
Anybody live in Leipzig or around there want to get after it? I'll be living and going to school in Leipzig from March to July and want to sample as much and as many spots and disciplines as possible. Trad, Sport, Bouldering, maybe even Ice if you have spare gear. Message me!

Also looking for partners in Kassel for any kind of climbing in the month of February, although I have a busy schedule.
By moritz ricotomo
Feb 23, 2016
I help to run the website We index buildering locations and routes in Germany, check us out!
By J Lederhosen
Feb 26, 2016
I'm in the Stuttgart area now and will be indefinitely. I regularly climb at the DAV Kletterzentrum in Waldau. Anyone interested in climbing in the BW area shoot me a message.

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