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Ice Caves

Walk into the frozen world during warm summer months


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High above the village of Werfen, there is an entrance to the world’s largest explored labyrinth of ice caves with a length of about 50 km. This world of Ice Giants was discovered in 1879. The first stop is Poset Hall, with the magnificent Posselt Tower stalagmite.

Marvel at the incredible Great Ice Embankment, a massive formation rising up over 22 meters. For an even more stunning effect, the ice formations are sometimes highlighted with magnesium lighting. Eisriesenwelt is a glittering ice empire spanning 30,000 sq m with 42 km of narrow passages burrowing deep into the heart of the mountains.

The guided tours also provide scientific and historical background. At the beginning of the tour the toughest part of the ice cave will be negotiated via cable cars, and from there you'll have an amazing view over the Salzach valley as well as a mountain panorama of the Hohen Tauern.

Hundalm ice cave, in the north of Wörgl in Tyrol, showcases an impressive natural phenomenon. This cave is located on a high plateau in the north of Angerberg and about 3 km north of Mariastein. The Hundalm ice and dripstone caves have been protected and researched since the mid 60's. It has been proven that some dripstones date back to about 120,000 to 350,000 years ago.

The Spannagel cave, which is the highest snow cave in Europe, is located in the area of Hintertux Glacier. Even if it’s hot outside, entering the caves in any season is like stepping into a deep freeze, so remember to take some warm clothes with you.

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