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Eisriesenwelt, Werfenweng

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#9 of 18 in Nature in Salzburg Region
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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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  • Unfortunately the first visit back in 2000, the size and shapes of glacier fell by lot, will be climate change, but in the course of four visits there was a difference. If you've never done it is still an interesting experience .... Bring a jacket with Hat (especially if you have problems with cervical and sinusitis) and hot shoes better if hiking boots ... Calculating that one must walk to reach the entrance ... and attention the first part inside is a climb of more than 150/200 steps, throughout the visit are more than 400 ... have fun, go before climate change make it disappear
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  • Really enjoyed the experience, I'm an out of shape 50 year old male and I did get tired on the walk up to the cave and a couple of times during the tour but it was so worth it. Our guide was excellent...  more »
  • Visit the world's largest ice caves in the world was an experience-from the road by a cable car, walking through a cave and her visit with more than 700 stairs. The cave is also available with young children, but it is more difficult for them because of the stairs. Not with prams, baby carrier is not an obstacle. In the cave there is no electricity, each man gets a lamp during a tour of 4-5 and buy this toy train people lit. It's very interesting. If possible, avoid the Sun at noon, because the risk of a long wait for the free parking at the cave (or you can take advantage of the shuttle service from Werfen-the latter is but a fee of approximately € 7.00/person) for the purchase of tickets and cable car. The entrance to the cave is all about. 6 min so it is already without waiting.
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  • In the top of this mountain is an ice cave and there are two ways to get to it. The first costs 12 euro where you have to hike to the top to see the cave. The second way is to climb around 20 min then take a cable car after that you climb another 20 min or less. The cave is cold so make sure you have a jacket with you. In the cave you will climb a total of 700 steps where you will get the chance to see the ice formation inside the cave.
  • Can't film there, so -1 star, I like to film. Another thing that it would be hard too film, because all tour is on the stairs in one line. But I liked the ice and magnitude of the cave. Temperature is 0, take warm clothes and shoes. Tour lasts about an hour. If you have time you can try to climb for 1.5 hours and save 25 EUR of 3 minute lift.
  • 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.
  • It's the World's largest ice cave so why wouldn't you want to see it? It's definitely worth it. The experience involves a bit of walking, a gondola ride and 1400 steps in the cave itself. Since it's an ice cave, dress accordingly.
  • 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!

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