My hubby and I had been looking for some different ideas for a date day and when I found out there was a ropes course and zip lining at Indian Forest in Vianden, Luxembourg it was a must do! We had a blast, even hubby who is not a huge fan of heights!
To get there you can park in the parking area for Vianden castle, it’s €1/hour, I’d buy it for at least 4 hours so your not rushing, you can get a max of 5 hours. Make sure to buy a parking ticket from the machine as it’s much cheaper than the €19 ticket you can get as someone we know found out the hard way. You can also choose to park for free down by the chairlift and take that up and then hike 15 mins down to the course. Just keep in mind the last return time on the chairlift or it will be a LONG walk down to the village and then to the parking area.
Once you are parked you walk up the path towards the castle and then take a left following the Indian Forest signs. You’ll walk for about 10-15 mins to get to the entrance of the park.
At the entrance there will be a snack shop & ticket area to the left and bathrooms to the right.
You may be wondering what to wear before you go, I know I had to ask around. We wore jeans and a t-shirt with a long sleeve lightweight pull over. We went in June and it stays shady under the trees. The long sleeves helped our arms from getting torn up when we had to lean on the rope (wire) to get over a few obstacles. Also know that necklaces, scarves, etc are not allowed. I was able to wear my bracelets (but they were under my sleeve) and my earrings. If I had remembered I would’ve left my bracelets in the locker. The lockers require a €10 deposit that you get back when you return the key. Also make sure to wear good closed toe shoes.
When you get to the ticket office you have a few choices. You can do just the ropes course, which there are 4 of and should take about 2 to 2.5 hours to complete. This is €18 per adult (ages 15 and over). You can also chose to add on the Black course for an extra €5 per person, this is for ages 18 and over. However this was closed while we were there so not sure when it is open. And you can choose to do the ropes course AND the Zip line course, which is a separate course at the end of the ropes course. That is €23 per adult and is what we chose to do. The zip line course should take 30 mins if there is no one in front of you, longer if there are people ahead of you.
It took us 3 hours including the safety info and short trial course to do the 4 ropes courses and the zip line course. We went on a Monday during the day (arrived around 11 am) and while there were a handful of people there we didn’t end up with anyone in front of us so we could go at our own pace and made good time.
The 4 ropes courses are colored and go from easiest and lowest to highest and hardest. Yellow is the easiest, then Blue, Red, and Green the hardest of the normal courses. I will say that Mr. B and I agreed that none of them are ‘hard’ per say but they do require a bit of upper body strength. I don’t have a whole lot but was able to manage just fine. The ‘hardest’ ones are the ones where you have to maneuver crazy swinging obstacles which require a good grip and not throwing your back out 😉 The photo above shows how long each course should take.
Mr. B is NOT a fan of heights and I was a bit concerned that he was not going to be happy with me for making him go but he did great. Yellow and Blue were fine for him but by Red there was some higher obstacles that made him wonder why he agreed but he was able to push through to finish Red & Green without falling or freaking out.
I will say you have to do some moves that will leave you sore for the next few days but it was worth it, LOL!
Walking on wobbly posts included!
The colored ladders indicate which course you are starting.
Green is pretty high but nothing compared to the zip line course!
The zip line course is a separate course, which is confusing when you read the website and when I was looking for info prior to going. Yes, you DO zip line some on the ropes course BUT on the zip line course it’s only zip line (no obstacles) and it is HIGH, much higher than the ropes courses!
This is the course that Mr. B had height issues with, don’t get me wrong he did awesome and finished the course but I don’t think he ‘enjoyed’ it. I don’t have an issue with heights and thought it was fine, however I will say on this course even I had a moment where I thought what are we doing?! It was when Mr. B was making his way slowly across the wooden plank bridge and I was standing on the tiny tree base up MANY feet from the ground when the tree started to sway a bit and the planks started creaking. I looked around and realized that if the tree went down the lines and us were going with it…so that gave me a moment of ‘what was I thinking?!’ LOL!
So if your not a fan of heights you may want to stick with just the ropes course because the zip line one is super high and you have to climb up these wooden ladders straight up on several spots to get to the zip line station.
We had a great time, even Mr. B, so maybe one day I can talk him into trying out another one with me that I have in mind. It was a fun way to spend the day since ‘date’ options are so limited here. After doing the ropes course we parked down in the village and ate lunch at Cafe Du Pont overlooking the river. Then we took a ride on the chair lift to finish off the day, you can read about that HERE.
Have you been to Indian Forest? What did you think?
Know Before You Go
What: Indian Forest Ropes Course & Zip line in Vianden, Luxembourg.
How To Get There: It’s about 50 mins from Spangdahlem, and 1 hour 50 mins from Ramstein. GPS address: We just put Vianden in the GPS and then follow the parking signs up the village to the burg parking area.
Parking: Is €1/hour, I’d buy it for at least 4 hours so your not rushing, you can get a max of 5 hours. Make sure to buy a parking ticket from the machine as it’s much cheaper than the €19 ticket you can get as someone we know found out the hard way. You can also choose to park for free down by the chairlift and take that up and then hike 15 mins down to the course. Just keep in mind the last return time on the chairlift or it will be a LONG walk down to the village and then to the parking area.
Cost: Ropes course only (4 colored courses) €18 adult (ages 15+) €13 kids ages 5-14.
To add the Black Course which is 18+ only it’s an extra €5 per person.
Ropes course and zip line course is €23 adult (ages 15+) €18 kids.
Traveling with little kids: This is not little kids friendly. Kids have to be at least 5 years old to do the purple course. None for kids under that. I was asked if there was an area to wait with little kids and yes, there is a seating area at the snack shop and they can walk up and down the walk path in a stroller. However this course will take at least 3 hours if you do both the ropes course and zip line course and that is without anyone in front of you to slow you down, so it could be a long wait for a little one and whoever is keeping them.
How long: Plan on at least 3 hours, more if there are lots of people there.