The ice caves are very beautiful; that being said, it's extremely time consuming to get there and what should technically take just half a day can easily take all day. We started out from Salzburg and took a train to Werfen. From there, there is a bus that runs every 30minutes (but more like every hour) to take you up to the tourist center. From the tourist center it's a 20minute hike to the cable car. After waiting in line for the cable car (another 20minutes) you have to hike about another 20-30 minutes depending on how fit you are as it's an uphill climb to the entrance. There is usually another line of about 20-30 minutes before you can go in. There are so many people inside the caves when we went that it was basically shoulder to shoulder all the way. It's pretty hard to enjoy the place when it's loud and you're crammed in like sardines. We were so close to the other groups that I was hearing half an english tour and half a german tour at the same time. After the hour-long tour, you have to wait in line to get back down and the bus that takes you from the tourist center to the train runs every hour. The buses are not timed to the trains (which also run every hour) so we spent a lot of time just standing in line. Ice caves were amazing but only if you are prepared to spend lots of time waiting. The view from the top is pretty nice but you can easily find similar views elsewhere (i.e. Untersberg Cable Car)
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