Innsbruck can look back on a long World Cup history. Already in 1991 the first World Cup took place in Innsbruck, however only in the Lead discipline. After some years of waiting and other organizational challenges, the market place in Innsbruck with its breathtaking mountain scenery in the background became the venue for the spectacular Boulder World Cups from 2012 to 2014. In 2016 the Boulder World Cup took place in Innsbruck's Olympic Center for the first time, due to the ever growing number of spectators.
After the Austrian Climbing Federation was busy organizing the Youth Climbing World Championships in 2017 and the Climbing World Championships in 2018, the World Cup format will finally come back to Innsbruck in 2021.
The Austria Climbing Open will take place in June 2021 at the Kletterzentrum Innsbruck and will feature a completely new competition format. Three World Cups (Lead, Boulder, Paraclimbing) and a Speed European Cup will be combined in one event and in one venue.