The Eisriesenwelt ice caves in the Tennengebirge mountains, near Werfen in the Salzburg region
Into the heart of the mountain
Yes, you guessed right, this excursion also involves a visit inside the mountain. But at the Tennengebirge it's not about salt, but ice. One thing the magnificent ice caves have in common with other underground attractions – it really doesn't matter what the weather is like. The fabulous view from the outside of the mountain, however, is best savoured in fine weather and good visibility.
Of course, we are the greatest
We're not ones to blow our own trumpet, but the Eisriesenwelt in Werfen are, in fact, the largest ice caves in the world. And well worth a visit! It's interesting to note that the caves were completely undiscovered until the end of the 19th century. The fact that the entrance to the cave is located in a particularly steep and inaccessible part of the mountains, and just finding a way in presented a significant challenge, probably has something to do with this.
Well constructed with good access
The challenge is well managed these days, with a modern cable car running up the mountain. But don't worry, a little bit of walking is still involved. The access point is located on a cliff face in the Tennengebirge mountain range, with breathtaking views across the Salzach valley for as far as the eye can see. The interior of the cave system is immune to changes in weather, maintaining a constant temperature of 0°C. We strongly advise you to dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear.
Not just for athletes
Tours can be adapted to the fitness levels of visitors. You only need to ascend 150 metres to enter the caves. Sturdy footwear with good tread is a must, as the paths and stairs can be wet and slippery. A total of four huts and restaurants along the way can provide refreshments if needed. The largest of these is located by the parking area and visitor centre, and is open from 10:00am to 8:00pm. The view of Salzburg below is particularly spectacular, as the visitor centre is 1,000 metres above sea level.
A few more tips about the Eisriesenwelt ice caves in Werfen
The caves run over 40km under the ground
- They were formed more than 100 million years ago
- The caves and caverns were worn away over thousands of years
- Dynamic ice caves – with connections to both higher and deeper caves
- Air flows down from above, inversely affecting the temperature within the caves
- In winter, cold air flows into the caves, freezing the snowmelt within the mountain
- That's what forms the breathtakingly beautiful ice sculptures in the caves
Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Whatever the weather, a visit to the Eisriesenwelt ice caves in Werfen is always a delight. Children will be particularly thrilled by the beautiful world of ice. Dress warm, pack sturdy footwear and head off to the Eisriesenwelt ice caves in Werfen – you won't be disappointed.
Please see the website of the Eisriesenwelt in Werfen for information about opening hours, prices, special programmes and more. The Landgasthof Kirchbichl team will be very happy to help you plan your excursion. Send us your obligation-free enquiry or give us a call on +43(0)662 6659 00.