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“You must see that” 5 of 5 stars
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Eisriesenwelt
Werfenweng, Austria
43 06468 5248
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Private Tour
$57*
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Private Tour: Werfen Ice Caves Adventure from...
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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“You must see that”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This is a place you got to see. It is unique in the world and is only 30 minutes drive from the Hotel

Visited June 2012
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“Third time here, always beautiful.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

This was my third time to the ice caves as I have family in Salzburg and have been in the area a few times with friends. I first went when I was 10, then in my teens, and now again at age 24. Apart from the entrance where you buy the tickets, everything remains the same.

I'm no athlete but you do need to be prepared for all the uphill walking and stairs climbing that takes place. The walk to the cable car and from the cable car to the caves are very pleasant, and if you're into insects and botany theres a lot to see.

I've been in Summer all three times and its always been very warm outside, but definitely bring a fleece or something to wear inside the cave as its quite chilly. Normally when you arrive at the cave the guide will ask if anyone wants the tour in English, and he will bring those people to the front of the group throughout the tour. If he doesn't ask this for some reason, just shout out that you're an English speaker and he should have no problem with that.

You are given a gas lantern for light inside the cave and the guide will supplement this by burning magnesium wire periodically along the way. Some reviews here have expressed dissatisfaction at not having more permanent lighting, but as the ice formations grow and move more rapidly than rock would, it could engulf lights, and the heat from lights may melt the ice. Personally I like the dim lighting.

You might want to consider bringing some kind of sugary snack along with you to eat after coming out of the caves as your legs will be like jelly if you're not at a high fitness level. Theres a restaurant back near the cable car where you can get nice traditional food, and you'll be visited by a few Alpine Choughs, a nosey little crow, who'll be very interested in eating your food.

Visited June 2012
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“Definitely worth the hike up, one of a kind.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Firstly, you need to hike quite a distance to get to the entrance to the cave. Its appx 20mins hike followed by a 2min cable car ride followed by another 20mins hike before you reach the cave entrance. The hike alone can be quite tedious to some so please take note. Cave tours are in english or german. The interior of the cave is just spectacular and since no photography allowed inside the cave, your have to go there to experience it yourself!

PS. don't forget you have to hike down the same path you hiked up as well. Wear simple clothing during the hike as your will fell warm once you start hiking. Before the cave entrance, there is a toilet where you can layer yourself with more clothings as the interior of the cave is negative degC (gloves recommended).

Visited June 2012
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“Giant ice cave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

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

Visited April 2012
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“interesting, unique, only for the physically fit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 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.

Visited July 2011
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