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“Giant ice cave”
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Private Tour: Werfen Ice Caves Adventure from Salzburg
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Owner description: These magnificent underground ice caves located outside of Salzburg are some of the largest of their kind in the world.
Reviewed 6 June 2012

in teh middle of spring you can visit that great ice cave. I never saw anything comparable

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Reviewed 17 August 2011

we like to see something which is unique in austrian countryside. this is the largest ice cave in the world makes a nice excursion. we arrived at salzburg by train, picked up some information on the ice cave from visitors centre before collecting our car and drove to werfen, 40 km from salzburg. we stopped at the bottom of the mountain. took the bus up to the visitors center instead of driving. i was told the road is narrow with steep gradient. return bus fare costs over 5 euro and 19euro for the cave and cable car. the walk between the visitor center and cable car is not too bad, 20 min walk from cable car to the cave entrance is much tougher. we waited for 30 min at the cave entrance as a large group had just gone in. we were given lanterns before we entered the cave. it was not too cold inside. i only had thick cotton sweatshirt and light weight jacket. as we walked upthe stairs into the cave generate heat keeping us warm. and there is no wind once we were inside the cave and the door is closed. as this is a big group, some with young children walking slowly, those at the back might not be able to hear when the guide spoke. this is an interesting tour, beautiful scenery at the cave entrance as is anywhere inthe austrian mountain. this place is only for the physically fit. this excursion will take half a day from salzburg. we arrived at the bus stop at 2 pm and departed at 6pm. we continued our drive to zell am see where we stayed the nite before driving to grossglockner where the scenery is just amazing.

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Reviewed 16 August 2011

When Salzburg's weather turns sultry and the streets are crowded with perspiring tourists, it's time to head 40 km (25 miles) south to Werfen, Austria. There, on a mountainside overlooking the Salzach River Valley, you'll find a respite from summer heat in the Eisriesenwelt or "World of the Ice Giants."

The Eisriesenwelt is a vast underground series of caves with some 42 km (26 miles) of tunnels and chambers 40 KM south of Salzberg through some beautiful driving. The ice itself is smooth walls, stalactites, stalagmites, domes, frozen waterfalls, and other ice formations have shaped a crystalline world that deserves a 5-star rating on any list of natural tourist attractions.
What is really wild ( Besides the gondola trip up) is the tour guide will hand evey 5th person some kind of open flame lamp that can be blowen out if you are not careful and what is even better is the guide does not rely on a flashlight they use a some sort of magnesium wire that he lights best way to describe it is a very bright wick . The effect of the intense bluish-white light ebbing and flowing is pretty wild and shows off the ice really well. They could do the whole thing with electric lights but I really like the “old Fashioned approach”
It’s a long walk / climb both to the cave and in the cave and remember to dress warmly remember thi is ice.
Stop for a beer and something to eat at the excellent restaurant at the top of the gondola and below the caves.

Highly recommended.

2  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

We visited Eisriesenwelt as part of a Greyline tour from Salzburg. It turned out that Greyline and Panorama are effectively the same (both groups on the same bus with the same guide) so it didn’t matter which of the two we had chosen - same tours, same times, same prices. The tour departed Salzburg at 1pm.
Eisriesenwelt lies about an hour out of Salzburg in the Alps near the town of Werfen in a large limestone massif. The bus climbed a fair distance up the mountain (Werfen fortress well below us on the opposite side of the river – a nice view) to the carpark and it was about a 5 minute uphill walk to the ticket office. The place was incredibly busy. From there it was a good 15 minute walk uphill to the base of the cable car station. Looks like a basic cafe/snack bar operates there. We only had about a 5 minute wait for the cable car which lifted us 500 metres to the top station (altitude approx 1500 metres I’m guessing) where there is a proper restaurant with great views. From there it was another uphill walk for about 15 minutes to the entrance of the cave, some of it under avalanche covers. We passed a lot of people coming and going on the paths and there were already around 50 people awaiting tours at the entrance of the cave.
We got into a tour group of about 50-60 people after a short wait (they seem to go every 15 minutes or so). About every 5th person was issued with a carbide lamp (Yes, they still exist outside museums) with German speakers at the front of the group and English speakers at the back (the guide repeated himself). The tour takes around an hour and enters the cave to a depth of about 500 metres. In that distance it rises approximately 150 metres – a lot of stairs, both going up and coming down. And no light sources other than the carbide lamps. The guide lights a strip of magnesium to illuminate particular points of interest, so not lit for very long. On the way out part of the trip is through an ice tunnel under the ice sheet. The pace is quick - a lot of people left puffing and some who took smaller kids ended up carrying them. Definitely makes your heart pump!!
But what a cave! The ice is up to 30 metres think in places and is quite impressive. The ice is only in the first 500 metres of the cave, which we were told has been explored for 22 km.
When we emerged from the cave the sky had cleared and we had some great scenery to take in. We had time for a hot chocolate at the restaurant before queuing about 10 minutes for the cable car back down the mountain.
The guide stopped the bus on the way down the mountain so we could have a photo opportunity of the Werfen Fortress – a nice touch!
This was a great afternoon, but it was vigorous exercise. Not one for anyone with a heart condition.

2  Thank ActRegular_traveller
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

Visited this wonderful place on top of the mountain can be reach by 20minutes walking to the cable car going at the top and another 20 minutes walk to reach the the amazing ice cave once your there a kilometer walk going up inside the ice cave with the company of guide whos speaks german will highlight you the ice formation then when you reach the top another kilometer going down really good exercise. We had a great experience especially we enjoy the lovely scenery of clouds sorrounding the mountain. Dont forget to wear a walking shoes and a jacket to prevent frost bites as its freezing cold inside eventhough its hot outside. Also your camera to take the photo of your amazing adventure on the alps.

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