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Training and family via ferrata on the Knott at Unterstell

Naturno (Naturns)
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Informationen zur Tour Training and family via ferrata on the Knott at Unterstell

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    1:30 h
  • Distance
  • Altitude
    90 m
  • Altitude
    0 m
  • Max. height
    1350 m
The training- and family via ferrata “KNOTT” is located on the rock outcrop upon which a skywalk is anchored. There is a magnificent view onto the individual routes and the climbers from the observation deck.


There are a total of four via ferrata routes on the rock called the KNOTT; one short connector route, a 20 m long suspended bridge and two steep ladders. Here, it is possible to climb and train for as long as anyone desires. There are simple routes, difficult passages, exposed tracks and technical sections. It is accessible any and every time of day, because the access and the descent are short.


The route “Sally” (B–B/C–D) commences right at the foot of the wall, at the lowest point. 50 m of steel cable lead up over two overhangs and to the “big foot bridge”. The approx. 4 m high saucer overhang (Untertassen-Überhang) is the most difficult (D).


The routes known as “Turtle”, “Affele” (little monkey) and “Rocky” can be reached by crossing the “big foot bridge”. “Turtle” is the easiest route (B). 40 m of steel cable lead to the exit. All the difficult sections have been equipped with metal steps to facilitate navigation of this route.


Halfway up the “Turtle” route, the element known as the friction traverse (Reibungs Traverse / A–C) leads to the right. The exit is difficult © and ends at the first sky ladder.


The route “Affele” (a total of 50 m of steel cable) commences with the challenging squirrel (Oacherle) traverse (B –C/D) and leads over the “elephant belly” (Elefantenbauch / C) up to the first sky ladder. The exit (B A) follows.


The route “Rocky” (a total of 60 m steel cable) begins
after the “squirrel traverse”. Subsequently, there is another
traverse (Weg zum Geist) to the right and across
a small overhang (B/C) in order to get to the second,
very steep sky ladder. The rest of the route (A–B) leads
across the “eye” (das Auge) of the Ghost and involves
an easy traverse as well as a ridge climb to the exit.

Starting point

Mountain station cable car Unterstell

Target point

Mountain station cable car Unterstell


Valley station cableway Unterstell

Public transportation

Bus connection (or train) from Merano to Naturno.


From Merano to Naturno. Free parking area at the valley station of the cable car Unterstell

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Christjan Ladurner

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