Eisriesenwelt, Werfenweng

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Explore some of the 42 km (26 mi) of breathtaking formations at Eisriesenwelt, the world's largest ice caves. Erosion by the Salzach river within the Tennengebirge mountains created these underground wonders of limestone ice. The caves were first discovered in 1879, but further discovery in 1912 led to their current popularity. Long walkways have been constructed to allow visitors to walk throughout, and in 1955 a cable car was built to bring tourists up to the unassuming entrance at 1,656 m (5,433 ft) above sea level. Dress warmly, as the temperature inside the caves is usually below freezing. Check the schedule online in advance, and plan to arrive early, as there can be long lines. Put Eisriesenwelt on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Werfenweng trip tool .
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  • My husband and I visited the Eisriesenwelt when we were both stationed in Germany (quite some time ago but the date was not an option in the drop down for the review). It was absolutely breathtaking. ...  more »
  • Crazy beauty and height of the Alps. We've climbed on the bus, long walked, climbed on a rope-way, then kept going. But it was worth it: beautiful high mountains, covered with snow caps, green meadows at the foot of the beautiful pine trees. Every 10 meters, we stopped to make another stunning photo. In the cave again have to climb on wooden stairs. Provide lamps with live fire, leaflets describing tours in Russian. Guide, gregarious, Sung "Katyusha" in one of the halls of the cave. Be sure to dress warmer in the cave is very cold.
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  • Surrounded by the High King and the Tennen mountains market is throwing in Salzburg, known by the Castle Hohenwerfen and the world of the ice giants. The latter is regarded as the world's largest ice cave. Discovered in 1879, 40 km are accessible, from the approximately 30,000 m/3 a roughly 3-hour long guided tour is offered here. Adapted with regard to a temperature of 0 ° C and slopes of over 130 m of ind "winter clothes" and appropriate footwear. You reached the ice caves of ejecting over a 5 km-long mountain road followed by 3 minutes cable car ride (or 1-2 hours walk). The unique ice sculptures, ice palaces and niches, craggy walls of ice, ice organs, illuminated by carbide lamps, are unique. Please cave guide timetable.
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  • Visited this place with Family and friends. not giving 5 stars only because there are several hundred steps that go deep into the caves which was difficult to negotiate while carrying my 2 year son in hand. shame i didn't have a backpack carrier for baby, which would have let us both enjoy it..didn't go all the way into the cave to see the stalagmites in all their glory, but my friends who went all the way reported it was awesome. Hope they make it more accessible..
  • I had an awesome time here. I came with my mother, girlfriend, and sister. My 62 year old mother did have some trouble with all the walking but pushed through and really enjoyed it. The ice in the cave is neat and the massiveness of it is impressive, but that's not what made it a 5 star experience for me. You walk around on plywood boards with steep staircases guided by a gas lamp. The cave feels a bit alien and is fairly unmolested. There's not much between you and the ice and you only have a small lantern to guide you, it felt a bit unsafe and scary and exciting. The whole experience felt authentic and personal, a nice change from most tourist attractions. That's why I personally enjoyed it so much. We had lunch at the restaurant by the cable car and it pretty solid though watch out from the aggressive crows. We also had some strudel where you purchase tickets and that was very good as well.
  • This place looks like a picture straight out of a fairytale, they have cable services but you still have to walk quite a lot. This place is not recommended for people who can't put in some physical efforts, first a long steep walk to the cable car start point, then again another lengthy steep walk from cable car drop point to the ice cave entrance. Once you reach the ice cave entrance be ready to climb vertical steps of about 300steps, but it's totally worth the pain. The panoramic view from the ice cave entrance is just raw.
  • A place which should be first on the list if you visit Salzburg. Place welcomes you with a breath taking view. Has ice sculptures which are formed naturally. Bad thing is that you gotta do a lot of trekking to get to this place! There is a cable car but it's for only 60% of the journey!
  • Unbelievably beautiful and massive!! Went in June - the weather outside was at complete odds with the frozen ice inside - truly remarkable!
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