The Ruhrgebiet makes you think of cities and industry, but climbing…? Taking into account, that it is a densely populated area, you will find nice outdoor climbing spots, for example:

  • Bochumer Bruch
  • Isenberg
  • Avalonia
  • Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord

Details about climbing the Ruhrgebiet

Bochumer Bruch is the most well known and popular spot. This abandoned quarry is home to some 80 sport climbing routes. The difficulties vary so everybody should find something to climb. The protection is very good. To enter the spot, you need to buy a ticket and enter an access code at a pin pad.

Besides that, there is the Isenberg. It used to be a boulder spot but through a lot of digging by the climbing community, you can climb there now. Like the Bochumer Bruch, you find around 80 routes from easy to hard with good protection. There is a nice area to lounge out as well. It is definitely worth the 20-minute approach.

Avalonia is a different story. It is a mixture of a boulder spot and an art project. Right now, you can find a couple of hundred problems from 3 to 8 French scale. Topos are only sold in the area itself during certain times.

Another mentionable spot is Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord. It is by far the biggest climbing spot in the Ruhrgebiet with more than 550 routes. Climbing takes place in the buildings of an old coal mine. You will climb artificial holds as well as the building walls itself. A very cool feature is, that you can find a small ice-climbing and dry tooling area there. This is pretty unique for the whole region and a nice opportunity to train for harder ascents in the big mountains.

Next to these main climbing spots, there exists a bunch of smaller climbing possibilities especially on the southern border of the Ruhrgebiet. Mentionable are the Spreeler Mühle, Steinbruch Wassermangel, Kohlsiepen, the Sünsbruch, and the Aralwand.

Getting there

Getting to the Ruhrgebiet is easy. Being situated in the center of Germany, many motorways lead there. As well, there are two airports in Düsseldorf and Dortmund that make it accessible for climbers from abroad.


As always in middle Germany, the main season is between April and September. During the offseason, you might always be lucky to catch a nice day but generally speaking, the chances are lower.


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