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“Beautiful site but time consuming”

Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave
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Ice Caves, Waterfalls, and Salt Mines Private Tour from Salzburg
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Werfen
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“Beautiful site but time consuming”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

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)

Visited June 2014
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“Strenuous and not for the physically challenged, but well worth a visit.”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

Very unique experience. After taking the cable car halfway up the mountain, you walk about 20 more minutes (slightly uphill but not bad, nice wide path, absolutely ok even if you are afraid of heights) to the cave entrance. The guided ice cave tour itself is safe but includes 1400 steps. Some parts are very steep. The ice formations are breathtaking, the guides very knowledgeable. Temps are around freezing, so be sure and dress in layers.

Visited June 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Nice views”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

Great way to visit the mountains and to get inside of one. This attractions takes out time a bit more than you fould guess, because you have to wait for the toura to go inside the mountain. The tour takes about one our. Dressuo warmly because you will be inside the mountain. A bit more light would make it more fun to be insice and you cant take photos inside. The trip and the cave costs 22€ per adult.

Visited June 2014
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Unfortunately we found this ice cave very disappointing. False advertising with the beautiful well lit cave where you can see the glimmering ice. All you get is a tiny gas flame, and that's every second person. We had to strain our eyes through the darkness to see the ice/sides of the cave and that's when we weren't watching our feet on the 1400 or so steps inside. When is was lit (though briefly and rarely) it was beautiful and the view from the mouth of the cave and on the way up is spectacular though the only redeeming feature. Not much information given by the tour guide about the cave and ice either. Would be so much better if the cave was well lit inside so you could actually see the ice rather than a dark cavern that probably has ice on the walls. They should have a disclaimer that says the tour is not what you see in the pictures, the cave is not lit up!!!

Visited June 2014
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

I stopped in Slzburg and take a tour from there. When the bus starts climbing the mountain on that narrow street seems to go for the clouds. Even the Castle of HoheWerfen seems small. A short cable car ride and then 700 mts up to the entrance. When the door opens the difference in temperature creates wind, sometimes 90 km per hour wind. You have to be well dressed for coldweather. Then yoy climb the stairs in the cave and when the ice statues appear the guide lights a magnesium light. Its amazing. If you dont feel fit enough you can go back. Many people in my group did it. i recommend confortable shoes and adventure spirit!!

Visited July 2013
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