Eisriesenwelt Caves are bedecked with all kinds of ice formations like gigantic columns and towers, waterfalls and glaciers. Frozen throughout the year the cave here offers a wonderful view of frosted ice. Chilly air currents running through the cave alter the ice formation every year. Currently around 200,000 tourists come to visit Eisriesenwelt Caves every year.
A visit to this nature's icy magic takes about 5-6 hours, which includes
- the ride up to the cablecar from Werfen
- the walk to the entrance of the cave
- a guided tour of two hours.
Eisriesenwelt Caves, the largest accessible ice caves in the world, are situated near Village Werfen, about 40 km south of Salzburg city. Sitting at the height of 1640m (5380ft), these caves have more than 40km (25mi) of explored passageways. Entry to the caves is regulated and a 75-minute tour takes in several immense caverns containing elaborate ice formations and frozen waterfalls.
Formerly known only to the hunters and poachers, Eisriesenwelt caves were officialy discovered by Anton Posselt, a natural scientist from Salzburg, in 1879. But it was Alexander von Mörk , pioneer of cave exploration in the Salzburg area, who recognised the significance of Posselt's work and truly explored the caves. The site developed as show cave in 1920.
How to Reach
Eisriesenwelt Caves can be reached on the Tauern motorway, on the trunk road from Salzburg or by train. The mountain road up to the parking area, situated at an altitude of 1000 meters, is open for all the vehicles. Local buses are also available from the Werfen village. People who are comfortable walking 5 km can reach on foot also. There are no electronic lights in the cave. One have to guide himself on his own with the help of carbide lamps provided.
It is important to note that caves are closed during winters from November to April due to worse Alpine weather.