One of the most beautiful and breathtaking natural spectacles, the giant ice world in Werfen in the province of Salzburg, is one of the most popular destinations.
The naturalist from Salzburg, Anton von Posselt-Czorich, discovered the ice cave in 1879 and penetrated about 200 meters into the interior. Despite its many reports, the ice cave quickly fell into oblivion. It was not until the beginning of the last century that the ice cave of the Salzburg speleologist Alexander von Mörk became known again through his numerous expeditions and in the 20th century through explorations by other researchers. So the ice cave was already a popular destination and attracted numerous visitors, who were led through the huge ice caves.
You can take the cable car or hike to the cave entrance, which is 1640 meters above sea level. The cave system of the Eisriesenwelt covers a total length of approx. 42 km and is thus one of the largest ice caves in the world.Only the first kilometer is covered by ice and accessible to you as a visitor.
With a historical carbide lamp, which you will receive before the one-hour guided tour, you will explore the fascinating and unique ice giant world together with a speleologist. You will be led through the individual cave passages into the “Great Icewall” with a height of 40 m and then arrive in the “Hymir Hall”. Here, from several ice columns grows an imposing iceberg, the so-called “Hymir Castle”. You explore the most impressive room, the “Posselt-Hall”, which is filled with 6 m thick Sohlenis and the gigantic “ice palace“.
During your tour of the giant ice world, you will discover ice formations that shine in emerald green light. The cave guide illuminates the bizarre ice figures and ice caves with magnesium light, leaving you with breathtaking and fascinating impressions.
As the average temperature in the ice caves during the summer months is 0°C, you should wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes. The Eisriesenwelt is open daily from 1 May to 26 October from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
To start your trip to the giant ice world rested or to end it relaxing, you can book a hotel in Salzburg. Here, the private hotel “Hotel zu Post” or the “Villa Ceconi” gives you the opportunity to relax and reflect on your unique experiences.
Further Information: www.eisriesenwelt.at