5 Best Climbing Locations in Europe

Fontainebleau, France

Situated 50km south of Paris, the hilly and forested Fontainbleu (AKA Font) is a fantastic bouldering location for all levels of ability.

The sandstone boulders scattered throughout the forest have been used since the 1870s and have become one of the most famous, multi-grade and varied set of problems in the world.

While beautiful surroundings, great camping locations and relatively soft landings make this an attractive climbing location, be prepared to train slopers and mantles ahead of your trip.

Frankenjura, Germany

Widely accepted as the best climbing location in Germany, Frankenjura is a limestone area situated in Northern Bavaria. Offering grades of all levels, this sport climbing location has a challenge for everyone.

The forested area contains a spread of cliffs that allow for climbing in a multitude of conditions. There is a good range of classic and modern routes with new routes being bolted every year.

Dolomites, Italy

Situated south of the Austrian/ Italian border lies the Dolomites. These towering slabs of limestone at times scrape the sky at 3000m and present one of the most varied climbing destinations in Europe.

From scrambling, to single pitch, to extensive trad routes; there is something to excite every level of climber. This paired with the stunning scenery makes for a must visit climbing location.

Siurana, Spain

Siurana is situated in Catalonia, west of Barcelona. The crags and ravines surround a beautiful medieval village of the same name.

With plenty of classic test-pieces, and regular visits from the world’s best climbers, this is definitely a location to tick off the list

SVästervik, Sweden

On the Baltic coast of Sweden, south of Stockholm, lies Västervik. This site is a fantastic alternative to Font and offers some challenging forest bouldering (when it isn’t covered in snow).

Spread out in a similar fashion to Fontainbleau, Västervik has scattered boulders with multiple problems that can keep you occupied for weeks. It’s also in the ideal location to combine with Swedish sightseeing.

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