The climbing spot in the Muttental is really lovely. There are two main walls, shaded by trees. This makes it an ideal summer spot. The base of the crag is flat, so you can bring kids. As well, there are some small walls on which you can sit and hang around. Behind it, you can see the Muttenbach and the Ruhr, floating into the Kemnader See. The approach takes something between 15 to 20 minutes but it is a nice, even path with some old mines beside it.

The climbing walls of the Muttental are between 8 to 12 meters high and contain around 42 routes. Difficulties range from 4 to 9+ UIAA and the protection is pretty good. The sandstone is of superb quality.

Climbing is regulated under a user agreement between the owner and the DAV Landesverband NRW. Within this agreement, only climbing at the sectors “Vordere Wand” and „Hauptwand” is allowed, all other walls are closed. The creation of new climbing routes, as well as the installation of modification of bolts or modification of the existing routes is forbidden. Please continue to follow the general etiquette to take your trash away and leave this place as tidy as it should be.

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At the crag, you will find a strange relief. It shows Paul von Hindenburg, the former German Reichspräsident. Next to it, there is a caption “Die Treue ist das Mark der Ehre”. Gustav Oehler, a young and unemployed stonemason created it in the 1930s at the age of 22. He wanted to highlight the difficult situation, in which his generation was in.

Routes total (37)

100 m Height Sea Level
17 mins Approach time
7 m Hm approach
Dries quickly
Mobile reception
Free Access
Baby friendly
Base camp
Approach by car, parking

Adress for the navigation system: Auf der Marta 3, 58452 Witten, Germany

The next motorway is the A 44 or the A43. Leave it at exit 20 “Witten Heven” (in case of the A43) or exit 43 “Witten Zentrum” in case of the A44). You have to take a couple of turns before you reach the address mentioned above. We won’t describe them here, use your navigation system. It is a 15-minute drive. When you reach the street “Auf der Marta”, park on the side of the street right next to the mining museum.

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Approach by public transport

From Witten Hauptbahnhof, it is a 40-minute ride with the bus line 375 to stop “Hardensteiner Weg”. From there, just follow the “Hardensteiner Weg north for 40 minutes until you reach the spot. As well, you can take the Ruhrtalbahn until “Ruine Hardenstein”. This is more or less directly at the spot.

Approach to the spot

From the parking place, enter the street “Auf der Marta”. There is a sign pointing into direction of the Ruine Hardenstein. After 50 meters, a path exits the street on the right side. Follow that path for 8 minutes and you will see the crag clearly on your left side. It is the trail “A1/A3”, that you are follwoing. In case of any doubt, just follow its signs.

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