Even if the toned, sweaty and bronzed man in the picture above is not you, you can still have fun climbing the walls! Several of our Spotters have recommended bouldering as a fun activity to do in the city. Finagle your way across the colorful tracks as a workout (your body is your temple you know), overcome your fear of heights (bouldering also means no ropes!), or just have fun with friends! Here are our locals’ recommendations…
While the first picture shows a (not intended as such) climbing wall outside near Cologne’s Hohenzollernbrücke, the rest of our recommendations are indeed indoors. So no weather-excuses! Pictured above is Natalia’s tip in Stockholm; the Klättercentret. Her and her friends are completely hooked on bouldering and this nice facility satisfies their thirst completely.
Across the Baltic sea in Helsinki, you’ll find Federica’s favorite Boulderkeskus. Rent shoes for a mere € 3, tackle the walls or the gym in the other room and most definitely bring your friends.
Similarly to Boulderkeskus, Brooklyn Boulders in Boston also offers gym equipment. But today we’re all about the climbing. And this one is more than just a place for bouldering, local Cris writes it’s “a place for the locals to gather. There’s counters and tables for people to linger, and wi-fi so that I could telecommute from here if I wanted to. Their events page is festooned with upcoming movies, parties and competition nights.”
Seattle can proudly state they’ve got the largest indoor bouldering gym in the States. While the size is very impressive, you can rest assured that there’s a wall perfectly suited to your needs. No need to climb above your expertise! Our local Daniel Lim is a frequent visitor to Seattle Bouldering Project too.
“Hanging out on the walls at SBP is a fun way to sample something uniquely Seattle.”
San Francisco is also not without its bouldering facilities, and Mission Cliffs is Steven’s favorite place. If you’re not as experienced as Steven is, then worry not and take a class or just stick to the easier tracks (everything is color coded by level.)
“[…] the biggest boulder spot in Northern Germany or shall I say temple […]”
For Daniela, the place to boulder in Hamburg is FLASHH. And you’ll be challenged here, demonstrated by the 360 degree self-rotating boulder-diamond, one of the many other unique features like the evening neon color lit ups.
“[…] the best bouldering option in Zurich [..]”, that’s high praise for Minimum coming from Christine Syrad, who’s been an avid climber for plenty of years now. The beers are local (important factor) and she adds that if clinging to a wall with all your might is not enough of a challenge for you, then you can enter a competition.
Tel Aviv local Sheilla unveils a secret with her tip. While most people are familiar with the climbing area at the Hayarkon park, not everyone knows Performance Rock. And they should! There’s many a great reason to come here as the tracks are changed weekly, you can climb all day and there’s even free entrance for women on Thursdays! And if you’ve come to realize that heights are still not your thing, try a yoga class or hang out at the bar.
Rounding off this list is Davy’s recommendation in Brussels, the Itinéraires AMO climbing gym. It’s one of the cheapest in the city, with challenging tracks and a great atmosphere to boot. Davy himself prefers to climb with ropes to the top, and if he doesn’t make it, he certainly doesn’t mind the freefall down. But bouldering is available here too.
Any fellow boulderers out there with tips of their own? Please share!