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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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  • Everywhere you look you're made believe that the walk up the cave is too hard. We did the walk in 45 min and on the way we found an elder man with his dog and a family with 3 children, two of them cle...  more »
  • there are several ice caves in the area and I was uncertain which ones to visit, but I was so glad we did not miss this one. The combination of gondola ride, hiking and stair climbing makes the journe...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • It's a gem among the Austrian Alps missed by a lot of travellers. Beauty of ice at its finest. The trek up might be long and a little but of a strain. But it's all worth it. The caves and the experience inside is mind blowing. Photos, even without flash cannot be taken inside. It's a good thing; you'll appreciate the natural phenomenon even more. Definitely worth a trip while visiting Austria and easily accessible from Salzburg. Don't miss it! The photo is a view from near the top of the mountain before entering the cave.
  • Nice attraction. Go for the combined ticket cave & cable lift. You have to walk anyhow ~20 minutes to the cave. Take a torch with you if you have one alternatively every 4th visitor gets a carbidlamp. Long trousers and a jacket or (vest & raincoat) are reccomended as it is cold in the cave. Taking pictures or videos not permitted inside the cave!
  • The beauty of the nature hold in very original form. Guided in exceptionally old fashion (in positive meanning) - e.g. caves are lightend by burned magnesium.
  • Really interesting and worth a visit. We walked up instead of the cable car which was really nice too. If a bit hard work.
  • a wonder to behold. beware this trip is not for non-athletic tourists. it needs lots of strength and stamina to reach all the way up there, then another set of strength is needed to be able to climb the stairs inside the cave itself. it is once in a life experience. i wished they allowed us to take pictures inside the cave. but it was not allowed at all. it is sort of like the scene in ice age when the baby slips inside the caves and they try to catch it.