No visit to Allgau would be complete without some mountain related activites. The day before we’d visited Breitenberg and decided for a day trip to Kempten when the weather wasn’t looking so hot. Being at the foot of the Alps, Allgau is a dream come true for climbers and skiiers and of course home to a museum dedicate to exactly that. It features the cultural and geological history of the Alps on the first two floors with the topmost being reserved for climbing and skiing.
My 7 night trip to Lake Garda (Gardasee) is over and I’m back in Stuttgart. Luckily, despite the cool weather in Italy (but sunny!), we missed the drastic temperature drop and snow here. While I did not do any climbing in Italy, as I expected, I did take a short day trip to Arco, Italy’s infamous climbing hotspot.
There were dozens of climbing shops lining the old town, almost as numerous as German tourists. There were some good rope deals I saw but otherwise everything seemed priced pretty similarly to if I’d bought it online in Germany from Bergfreunde or Bergzeit. There dozens and dozens of crags, realy an insane amount of climbing all in the area. If you’re willing to drive an hour, then the opportunities move to near uncountable.
For English, the go-to climbing guide is Arco Walls, which you can also find at any shop there. In German, your best bets are Klettern in Arco and Arco Plaisir (which has pleasure/easy climbs). Without further ado, here are some pics.
I’m off soon for a week on Lake Garda and just a short drive from Arco. Being a family vacation, I won’t be planning on climbing unfortunately. However, I do plan to visit Arco and get to know the area a bit in preparation for what I hope to be plentiful future return trips! I also see there are some events scheduled such as the Arco Rock Star and Adventure Award Days. More event info can be found here and I’ll be sure to add more detailed information on visiting and opportunities in the area, once I return.