Spannagel Caves

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tk920
Zurich, Switzerland126 contributions
Solo
This is a bit more than just a touristic tour. A guide will take you into a real cave, that has not really been modified by man (except for a very few security arrangements). You will need good walking boots (no ski booths and you'll get shoes from the guide if needed) and you will also get a coat (otherwise you'll destroy your clothes on the rocks), helmet, and a headlight. Leave bags, backpacks, and jacket at the guide's office as the cave is quite warm (2°C) and passages are tight. The tour is not for extra-large people as you will need to duck or climb through passages (I'm 170cm/68 Kg and could not go through all passages). Apart from the mild physical challenge the tour is rewarding, especially if you have interest in geology, as this area is quite unique. You'll need to understand what the guide says, however, and in my case the tour was in German (I guess they would also be able to do it in English). If you are not mother-tongue German, however, the Austrian accent might be challenging :)
The basic path is the same for all, but if you are fit and sufficiently agile, the guide might take you into passages which are a bit more difficult (but also more rewarding). The tour takes 45-60 minutes. Meet the guide at its office at the side of the Spannagelhaus (walk down the ski slope at the top station of the second ropeway and follow the signs for about 5 minutes - it might be a challenging walk if slopes are icy and beware the large snowmobiles!). There are not many people visiting this cave, which might give you the chance to have a private tour (especially if the last one in the afternoon). Price (11 EUR as I was there) and times of tours (3 times a day) are costantly adapted. Check with the tourist office for the most up-to-date information (website is outdated).
Written December 12, 2013
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brucerobinson10
Whitley Bay, UK100 contributions
Why not visit the Spannagel caves at the top of Hintertux glacier. You can book your appointment at the info hut at the top of the highest lift. ( just walk out the lift and it's on your left a little way down the hill).
Once inside the info hut, you are shown a plan of the cave excavations, the highlights, and a full safety briefing , then issued with hard hats. Warning! Bring your gloves! Glacier ice is unlike your average ice. When touched, it is so cold it can cause ice burns - quite painful , so take care and listen to the guide. There are a number of steep ladders to negotiate upon which you must carefully descend backwards. It is well lit with good grippy pathways through the ice walls. The highlight of the tour is the 'Under the glacier ice boat tour' which is visually stunning. Oh and don't forget to take your camera for those stunning glacier shots, see attachments.
All in all, a tour that's well worth it and a change from skiing . Just one of the many attractions around Hintertux .
Enjoy!
Written June 1, 2018
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woodielisa
Isle of Wight, UK305 contributions
Family
We took our 6 and 8 year old boys here for a treat and adventure. The cable car ride up to 10,000 feet was spectacular and the final 3rd stage is not for the feint hearted! We were not sure how our boys would take the cable car as it was their first time doing anything like this and they don't like roller-coasters and stuff like that - BUT it was a nice ride and they enjoyed it very much. It was a beautiful sunny and clear day and the views were just spectacular - amazing. The very last part of the 3rd stage of the cable car was a little frightening as we went over a ridge and there was a big sheer drop - our 6 year old gasped and hid his eyes for a moment but then was fine.

NOTE THERE IS NO TOILET UP AT THE 3RD STAGE OF THE CABLE CAR SO MAKE SURE YOU GO BEFORE LEAVING THE 2ND STAGE AREA OR YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT A WHILE!

The ice cave/glacier tour was really fun and quite energetic - there is a walk down a ski slope for about 100 meters to get to the enterance and then you havd to walk back up the ski slope again at the end. At this altitude the walk back up was more difficult that we. Were expecting and we were slipping and sliding about a bit - BUT it did not matter as it was bright sunshine when we were there. We did not have the right shoes to be honest and if we had been better prepared/planning then it would have been a bit easier.

There were lots of metal ladders to climb up and down but none were nore than about 4 meters high. The ice tunnels are quite tight in places and would be no good if you are claustrophobic. There are no large cavernous spaces - it's all tight little tunnels - but there are a couple of small frozen waterfalls which were nice and a small handfull of ice stalactites and a couple of good photo opportunities.
The small inflatable boat ride along the underground river was fun and felt safe and secure. There were no queues when we visited at the end of April which was nice because I have heard it can get very busy with long waits at certain times of year.

The views from the top of the mountain and cave enterance were nothing short of breathtaking and totally amazing when we visited in bright sunshine and no clouds but it was -9C so wrap up warm!

The overall cost of the cable car and the ice cave tour for our 2 adults and 2 children was over €100 I think which was not cheap but it was well worth it for such a stunning experience.
Written May 3, 2016
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Pupcraze
Hong Kong, China68 contributions
Family
Inside the cave you get to climb, slip through small holes and areas, quite fun. But the guide cannot speak English so basically you pay money to go in and look and climb around and you won't learn anything and will get ignored.
Written July 1, 2018
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KhunJen
London, UK36 contributions
Family
Great trip with kids [although a little expensive when you add the cable cars and the cave price]....Ice caves were much bigger than I anticipated. It was about 28 degrees in Hintertux, then 15 mins later we were on a glacier....surreal!
Written June 3, 2018
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George S
Sofia, Bulgaria919 contributions
Friends
It’s nice and naturally beautiful
There are just a few things to be said:
Going there one is going downhill, and after that visit going up back is not so easy,
Also there are parts that are narrow , so if you do not like being in narrow places under the surface better not to go there
Apart from that this is nice and interesting experience traveling in an ice cave next to under- mountain river
Written April 22, 2018
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srcj
London, UK14 contributions
Family
Ok caves, quite tight in places so you are kitted out in waterproofs and its an interesting experience. Dont expect any stalactites or mites. But after a long hot hike it was a good cool destination.
Written August 16, 2015
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Violeta D
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We loved it! my kids 7 and almost 6 did it and loved it! I will enjoy a little more explanation in English but overall is a great experience!
Written July 26, 2021
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Aarones
Limassol City, Cyprus4 contributions
Family
Whilst spending a weeks skiing in the Zillertal valley we opted to go to the Glacier to get above the rain lower in the valley.
Once at the top the visibility was too poor for good skiing, so we opted for the Glacier cave tour.
It turned out to be a real blessing the tour was brilliant and so was Paul our guide.
We took our 8 & 11 year olds and they loved it.
Make sure you have cash on you no cards up there.
Written December 22, 2017
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BETINA T
Switzerland10 contributions
Family
Fantastic not so known marble cave high in the Alps. Easily accessible and fantastic and adventurous tour with excellent guide. Unique geology. Amazing experience, thank you!
Written April 7, 2017
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