Two people walk up the stairs in the Salzburg Eisriesenwelt © SalzburgerLand Tourismus

Excursion to the Eisriesenwelt Werfen: The largest ice cave in the world

Discover the Eisriesenwelten Salzburg: The Eisriesenwelt Werfen in Pongau

The unique natural wonder of the Salzburg Ice Worlds

The Eisriesenwelt Werfen, also known as the Eisriesenhöhle, is one of the most impressive ice caves in Salzburg and one of the most popular excursion destinations in Salzburger Land. As part of the Salzburg Ice Worlds, it is probably the most gigantic natural wonder in the Alps far and wide. Huge bluish-white shimmering ice surfaces, stalactites and stalagmites have been "built" here by nature over thousands of years. The ice cave stretches 42 kilometres through the Tennengebirge mountains, earning it the title of "largest ice cave in the world".

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To visit the ice cave, you will need sturdy shoes as well as warm winter clothing such as a jacket, gloves and a hat. Although the temperature in the ice cave is below freezing all year round, it is not dangerous to visit. The paths are well secured and accessible so that you can experience the fascinating ice landscape safely and without worry.

In 1879, the Salzburg naturalist Anton Posselt discovered the ice cave near Salzburg and penetrated around 200 metres into the depths. However, he had to turn back due to the steep ice wall and lack of equipment. He marked the turning point with a black cross, the Posselt Cross. Despite its beauty, the ice giant was forgotten.

It was not until 1913 that explorers, including Alexander von Mörk, conquered the Great Ice Wall and crossed the submerged Storm Lake. Behind it, they discovered a huge hall. This was later named after Alexander von Mörk, who died a year later in the First World War.

His last wish to be buried in the icy depths of the ice giant world was fulfilled in the 1920s. He was buried in the Alexander von Mörk Dome, which he had discovered.

The cave has been open to tourists since 1920 and has been equipped with increasingly modern infrastructure over the decades. Experience the cave wonder of the Eiswelt Salzburg near Werfen for yourself and find out about the Eisriesenwelt prices and tickets for an unforgettable excursion.

Ascent to the Salzburg ice cave

The entrance to the Eisriesenwelt, also known as the Salzburg Ice Cave, is located high above the Salzach Valley. The entire tour therefore takes around 3 hours and requires physical stamina.

Ascent with the gondola lift

Even the ascent on the gondola lift, which opened in 2015, is a spectacle. With views stretching for kilometres, it's a leisurely ride up the mountain. Once you arrive at the entrance to the cave, it's worth enjoying the sweeping views across the Salzach Valley, especially in fine weather. The breathtaking view of the mountains of Salzburger Land and Hohenwerfen Castle will enchant you.

It is a 15-minute walk from the ticket office, where you can buy tickets for the Eisriesenwelt, to the cable car and from the mountain station to the cave entrance. In the ice cave, the path leads up and down 700 steps, some of which are steep.

Inside the Werfen Ice Cave in Salzburg

You then enter the icy interior of the mountain, where the temperature is constantly somewhere below 0 degrees. Oversteps and paved paths, you will be guided through the ice cave, which, with a total length of 42 kilometres, is considered the largest ice cave in the world.

Stalactites and frozen rivers

In the middle of the eternal ice, fascinating impressions await you wherever you look. Huge stalactites, frozen rivers and high ice walls adorn the cave. They glow magically in the light of the burning torches. Meanwhile, you will learn interesting facts about the formation and history of Salzburg's Ice Giant World.

The entire guided tour of the Eisriesenwelt takes approx. 75 minutes. Please note the opening hours of the Eisriesenwelt: From the end of April to the end of October daily from 8:00 to 15:00. In July and August even from 8:00 to 16:00.

The spectacular Eisriesenwelt Werfen, often also called the Eisriesenhöhle, is an impressive excursion destination in both good and bad weather. It is suitable for families with children of all ages.

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Experience the Eisriesenwelt in Werfen, a unique natural wonder in Salzburg. Reach Salzburg's ice worlds from Hotel Schere in Salzburg by car in just 50 minutes. The Hotel Scherer, ideally located for excursions in the Salzburg region, is looking forward to your enquiry and to welcoming you as a guest soon.

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