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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. A visit to Eisriesenwelt represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Werfenweng trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Special caves as fully frozen. Ice everywhere and cold fine. Though just gear up with jacket and running shoes to have no problems, ah ... even a cap does not hurt. You go into the mountains with almost 700 lanterns have gnomes and you type steps uphill. total time over an hour to add the journeys on foot from the ticket office and the cable car. Not suitable for disabled or elderly with problems. The journey from the cable car to the caves is beautiful but tiring. So worth the visit, although inside should be enhanced with light effects that would make it spectacular and unforgettable atmosphere.
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  • The ice cave is a really interesting and dramatic experience. Getting to it is an adventure in itself, in our case including a train, bus, walk and cable car. The cave is large with 700 steps, but wel...  more »
  • Hefty climb and not really suitable for everyone. But then if you are inside, it is absolutely worth it. A pricey (Group of 11 px = 224.0 €-) tour of over 2 hours by a huge ice cave under the guidance of an English speaking guide. This does it is full of enthusiasm and not to notice that it is almost end of season was.
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  • It was a great hike up to the cave (~45 minutes) (even with the cable car) excellent views of the valley. But the cave itself was, just a cave, nothing terribly exciting, a lot of ice, but, just a cave. I read several reviews that said it was amazing beyond belief... but, I would have been just as satisfied to hike up and come back and skip the cave altogether. Certainly not worth the $$ to get inside.
  • Definitely worth the ~40 minutes of walking up (and another 40 back down) the mountain to get there from the parking area. Spectacular landscape views on the way. Caves are really cool, and our guide Felix was great.
  • HOW TO GET THERE BY YOURSELF AND WHAT TO EXPECT ONCE YOU'RE THERE You buy a train ticket to Werfen. If you're lucky, you get to the train station at 8:18, 10:18, 12:18 or 14:18 and get picked up straight from there by a bus. If not, you walk across the bridge (can't miss it, it's a very small station), down the road to the right and walk about 10 minutes to the bus stop, where the bus comes every 25 minutes (there's also a map in the only room in the train station). The bus ride is about 20 minutes. Then buy your tickets (~24 Euros for the chairlift and the caves), walk 20 minutes to the chair lift (or you can hike an extra 90 minutes if you don't wanna take the lift), take a 3-minute (exhilarating!) lift, walk another 20 minutes, and you're in the caves! It's very cold - everything is frozen! I had long pants, a thin shirt and a light winter coat, and I was shivering by the end. An extra sweater would've been better. The caves are gorgeous, a natural marvel. Just the hike would have been worth it. You are at 1600m - we were watching birds drift on air currents below us. The views are stunning, so its worth going on a clear day. You can see glaciers, the Alps, a river winding in the valleys below, an alpine castle in the distance - literally everything you would want from a mountain experience. Highly recommended.
  • A big disappointment. The pictures on the Internet and website are great, but that's not at all what you'll see inside. It's very dark inside, they don't use any special coloured lighting only a flash light and some flares to explain what they're talking about. For the rest prepare yourself for a good walk to the cable lift and to the entrance of the cave. Definitely not for children of elder. Foresee enough time to wait a long time at the ticket desk and the cable lift. Quite expensive for what you eventually get...
  • Visited this cave a few years ago. Nothing flashy inside but various ice formations. Quite a bit of walk, not difficult though, from the parking to the cave. Spectacular views from outside of the cave. The route we took from Salzburg to Werfen was wonderful too.