Climbing area - Kofel Südwand

Alpine climbing

Ledge and rock climbing on limestone that is water eroded in many places.

© Author: Birgit Gelder, Source: Ammergauer Alpen GmbH
  • Type Alpine climbing
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 0:25 h
  • Distance 1,2 km
  • Ascent 300 m
  • Descent 0 m
  • Lowest point 839 m
  • Highest point 1139 m


The Kofel's South face is the mountain's classic climbing area.

The South face of the Kofel extends to a height of up to 100 metres. The lower part offers steep ledge and rock climbing on limestone that is water eroded in many places.
Most routes require a high degree of technical skill. The highly demanding Hey Pa requires steady nerves and is a real and unique highlight.
The route most frequently taken is the Sockelkante, which has been climbed around 600 times in the past 50 years.
Caution is required in the upper part of the routes, where the rock tends to be crumbly and does not offer such a secure hold. The exposed rock dries very quickly following rainfall.

Difficulty: 3 to 10

Nature protection: the Kofel South face is located in the Ammer Mountains Nature Conservation Area. Please behave accordingly.

Information on current conditions on the rock is available at 
This section merely contains information on accessing the climbing area.

Access: coming from Oberammgau, go past the Kolbenalmlift, and parking is available on the right-hand side approximately 100 metres further on. There is a further car park below the Calvary statue.

Turn left onto the flat hiking trail (Grottenweg) heading towards the Kofel and follow this path for about 10 minutes until it descends sharply for the first time.
Now turn off right into the woods and follow the "Maxersteig" uphill. The trail will become increasingly apparent. After a further 15 minutes, you will reach the first routes located directly next to the uphill path (Max and Moritz).
You will now see the routes of the Bergwacht climbing crag at regular intervals (every 5 to 10 minutes ). You will need to turn off the path to the left. Continuing to follow the path, you will soon arrive at a gorge. The routes Edge and Bätsch are located at its entrance on the right-hand side.
Nach der Kletterei empfiehlt sich ein Abstecher ins Ortszentrum von Oberammergau um ein leckeres Eis in der Eisdiele Paradiso zu probieren. 
Im Notfall verständigen Sie bitte die nächstgelegene Rettungsleitstelle. Unabhängig vom Standort erreichen Sie diese deutschlandweit unter der Telefonnummer 112.
A95, B23 via Ettal to Oberammergau
Oberammergau, car park at the Döttenbi chl/ Kälberplatte, 100 metres after the cemetery (free of charge)
Bushaltestelle: Oberammergau, Hexenstube
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
Zughaltestelle: Bahnhof Oberammergau
Murnau - Oberammergau

Guests in the Ammergauer Alps Region can use their electronic guest pass or the "KönigsCard" to obtain free bus travel. 

Kletterführer Oberammergau - Autor: Robert Heiland,
Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile