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Klettersteig Madrisella

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  • / Blick auf den Klettersteig der Madrisella
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  • / Blick von der Madrisella uf die Nova Stoba
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    Photo: Philipp Schilche, Silvretta Montafon
  • / Markierung zum Einstieg
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  • / Erste Wand im Klettersteig
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  • / Mittelteil mit Pausenbank und kurzem Abstieg
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  • / Mittelteil mit Pausenbank und kurzem Abstieg
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  • / Mittelteil mit Pausenbank und kurzem Abstieg
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  • / Querteil nach Steilwand
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  • / Klettersteig Madrisella
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  • / Weg zum Gipfel Madrisella
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  • / Weg zum Gipfel Madrisella
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  • / Abstieg zur Nova Stoba
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  • / Alpe Nova
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Recommended route: Versettla Bahn summit station - Alp Nova - Klettersteig Madrisella - Madrisella - Versettla - Versettla Bahn summit station
Distance 8.3 km
5:30 h
819 m
806 m
The Madrisella via ferrata stretches over an impressive 450 vertical metres along the rocky north wall of the Madrisella. 750 metres of steel cable and mostly natural footholds enable a safe ascent to the top and will reward you with a magnificent panorama after arriving at the summit cross.

The via ferrata takes about three hours with degree of difficulty C/D and is therefore an appropriate challenge even for advanced via ferrata users! From the end point, it takes another five minutes to the summit.

Author’s recommendation

Fantastic view from the peak.
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Julia Eckert
Update: August 17, 2021
C/D difficult
Highest point
2,463 m
Lowest point
1,720 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction
1:30 h
Wall height
450 m
Climbing length
750 m, 2:30 h
1:30 h

Rest Stop

Alpe Nova

Safety information


140 Alpine Notfälle österreichweit

144 Alpine Notfälle Vorarlberg

112 Euro-Notruf (funktioniert mit jedem Handy/Netz)

Tips and hints

Der Klettersteig ist sehr gut abgesichert aber überwiegend mit Naturtritten zu bezwingen.


Versettla Bahn summit station (2,007 m)


Versettla Bahn summit station

Turn-by-turn directions

You will start your loop tour at the summit station of the Versettla Bahn. The trail leads past the Nova Stoba, down to Alpe Nova and on into the Novatal. After about an hour, you will reach lake Seressee, where you can already see the sign to the Madrisella via ferrata mounted on the rocks. It is recommended that you are fully equipped with your climbing harness and helmet beforehand, as there is a risk of falling stones right from the starting point.

Now you turn left and – passing the cairns – follow the approx. 15 to 20-minute ascent to the starting point. An almost vertical wall is your first warm-up challenge and will place demands on your stability and arm muscles. After a short break, you will scale the next wall up to one of the highlights of the via ferrata: a rest bench embedded in the rock, where you can catch your breath and enjoy the view in comfort. Make good use of this break, because the most demanding part will be coming up after a short descent – the 150 metre-high, vertical wall. You’ll climb this wall with several metres of thin air under your feet. Remember to enjoy the surrounding idyllic panorama now and again! Having arrived at the top, a small plateau offers a place to rest. Follow the short ridge and start mounting the last wall of the via ferrata. After the last arduous part, a crosspath and the final, almost vertical metres to the end point await. After approx. 2.5 to 3 hours, the Madrisella via ferrata is completed.

You’ll be rewarded at the end point with a beautiful view. Only another five-minute walk and you’ll arrive at the summit of the 2,466 metre-high peak of the Madrisella, where you can enjoy a magnificent 360° panorama. Don’t forget to take in the impressive view of the via ferrata route at your feet.

The descent to the summit station of the Versettla Bahn or to the Nova Stoba takes about 1.5 hours.

Would you like to try out other via ferratas in the Montafon? Then head to for more information and try out a few others.


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Public transport

Lass dein Auto doch einfach stehen

Die Landbusse der Montafonerbahn verkehren im gesamten Montafon. Die Hauptlinien fahren im Stunden-Takt ab dem Bahnhof Schruns.

Fahrpläne mbs Bus


Anreise mit der Bahn

Ab Bahnhof Bludenz verkehrt die Montafonerbahn im Stundentakt (teilweise halbstündlich). Es gibt auch Direktverbindungen aus Lindau (D) bzw. aus Bregenz.

Fahrplan mbs Bahn

Getting there

Von Bludenz kommend nimmst Du die Autobahnausfahrt Bludenz/Montafon und folgst der L188 ins Montafon bis nach Gaschurn, wo auf der rechten Talseite die Talstation der Versettla Bahn ist.

Hier kannst Du Deine genaue Route planen:


Kostenlose Parkplätze befinden sich direkt bei der Talstation der Versettla Bahn


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Via ferrata set, helmet, waist belt, gloves, headlamp, fixed ankle-high mountain boots.

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Jul Jan
September 11, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? September 11, 2021
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Christian Forker 
July 10, 2021 · Community
Schöner und langer, aber auch nicht zu unterschätzender Klettersteig, insbesondere, wenn am Vortag Regen war. Die Tritthilfen werden im Verlaufe des Steigs immer weniger. Auf einige erdige Stellen folgen Passagen, bei denen auf Reibung geklettert werden muss. Es gibt drei kleine Überhänge, hiervon an einer Stelle ist im Überhang ein Umhängen der Sicherung erforderlich. Herrliche Ausblicke, beeindruckende Tiefblicke. Für Anfänger nicht geeignet. Kinder mit entsprechender Erfahrung ok.
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When did you do this route? July 10, 2021
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Photo: Christian Forker, Community
Photo: Christian Forker, Community
ruud vercammen
August 19, 2020 · Community
first off all... the gps is that was downloaded from this app is real bad. we almost followed it and would have gone up via the emergency exit. Not to difficult the length requires some endurance
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When did you do this route? August 19, 2020
Photo: ruud vercammen, Community
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C/D difficult
8.3 km
5:30 h
819 m
806 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route classic via ferrata


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