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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = via_ferrata
Hermann von Barth Weg MQ.jpg
A mountain route equipped with fixed cables, stemples, ladders, and bridges. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Highways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use

Use highway=via_ferrata to represent a via ferrata ('steel path'; in German speaking countries: Klettersteig) for traversing a mountainside. Usually very exposed and gear required.

See Proposed features/via ferrata for details of mapping.

Although the proposal was heavily disputed, this tag and the related via_ferrata_scale=* is already in use for some years and several renderers such as OpenAndroMaps and OsmAnd support it. The low number of objects mapped this way largely reflects the limited number of real world ferratas.

Relations of type route=via_ferrata have been proposed for more complex situations.

There is some overlap between ferratas and paths with Safety measures on hiking trails and some elements from both proposals can be mixed.

How to map

Draw a way and tag it with highway=via_ferrata.

Add via_ferrata_scale=* and details along the way such as

highway=via_ferrata implies wheelchair=no and unsuitability for bicycles, horses and vehicles. If the via ferrata is walkable without special equipment by experienced hikers add a corresponding difficulty level as sac_scale=*.

In rare cases when the ferrata is extremely steep it can be drawn as a single node.


For walkable (without a ferrata set) paths with an additional security rope or other security elements see Safety measures on hiking trails. The distinction is largely by designation, difficulty and actual usage - do people use ferrata gear there? Paths do not imply anything about usability and access for horses, bicycles etc which should be tagged additionally.

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See also