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  • Location:Salzburg, Austria
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Werfen Ice Caves Tour from Salzburg

Visit the largest Ice Caves in the world on this memorable afternoon trip from Salzburg. Your tour meanders south along the picturesque Salzach Valley towards the idyllic village of Werfen, taking in historic monuments, sheer mountain passes and the most imposing castle in middle Europe, Castle Werfen - made famous in the movie "Where Eagles Dare".

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  • Guided tour of the Eisriesenwelt, the largest ice cave in the world
  • Scenic drive through Austria's picturesque Salzach Valley
  • Visit to the village of Werfen
  • Explore the ice cave's labyrinthine caverns with professional guide

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What You Can Expect

Werfen Ice Caves Tour from Salzburg

Werfen Ice Caves Tour from Salzburg

To reach the caves, you combine walking (a safe and wonderful way to enjoy the Alps close up) and a cable car. The Eisriesenwelt is the world's largest ice cave.

You will enter this natural wonder with your guide, who will explain the labyrinths of large caverns, mysterious ice figures and give many added tales of adventure, to make your experience unforgettable. There is more to this cave than its echo!

Important Note:
You will need walking shoes, warm clothes and should be prepared for uphill walking. The climb to the ice caves is 134 meters, which is equivalent to climbing the stairs in a high block of apartments. Each individual should decide for themselves whether he or she is physically able to complete the climb. The beauty and breathtaking dimensions of the cave provide plenty of reward for the effort! Although the speed of the guided tour is tailored to the group, we advise those with serious walking difficulties or heart circulation problems not to visit the caves.

Please note, entrance fees of approx. 18 EUR per adult and 10 EUR per child are not included in the tour price and have to be paid separately on the day.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The best tour I've ever had. The tour guide was terrific. He made sure we were prepared for the climb and encouraged even the slowest climbers. Definitely a 5 star trip. Thank you viatour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The ice caves were an amazing experience.
There is a bit of a hike from the parking lot to the caves themselves, even if you take the cable car, so keep that in mind. Best to dress lightly and take a warm jacket for the caves.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

A fantastic experience. An absolute MUST SEE. Be physically prepared for climbing lots of stairs. A natural wonder.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Two things: Bring extra warm clothes no matter how hot it is in Salzburg! And get to know your guide if you've got Lucas. He is super cool. The tour was totally worth it and took most of the afternoon. Oh and wear good warm walking shoes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

My wife and I, and our two kids, took this tour to the Ice Caves. We are in our late 40's, and have two teenage boys (15 and 13). We all absolutely loved it. It was a wonderful change of pace, having spent a lot of time admiring European architecture, and visiting churches. It is quite a walk, and may be difficult for those not fit and those afraid of heights, but the scenic mountainous views, the caves, and ice formations are quite spectacular.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Well worth it! Scenery outside the cave spectacular and once inside you are transported to another world.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

The caves were amazing and the views on the hike up there are absolutely beautiful! Seeing as you still pay entry this "tour" is only really a taxi ride there and back, but is is definitely worth it if you don't have a car. The drive is beautiful too, and our tour operator was great, very friendly!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

This tour was excellent! Reading all the warnings prior to the trip about being physically fit was a great help - and I stress this to anyone wanting to book the tour. On the bus to Werfen, our tour guide gave us great local information about Salzburg, The Sound of Music, Werfen and the surrounding areas. He also gave us a run down of how our tour would work - he was clear, helpful and quite the comedian. We had beautiful views from the bus not only of the mountain we would soon climb but the towns nearby, castles on hilltops and mountain streams. The bus drops you off at the Ice cave carpark and you take a steep 20 min walk to the cable car. You only have limited time to do this as the tour is all scheduled, so again it is vital to heed the warnings on fitness levels and the difficulty of this tour. Then the quick cable ride up before another 20 min steep climb to you reach the mouth of the cave. This climb holds spectacular views not only down the mountain at the scenary below, but also of the looming cave. We were even lucky enough to see a mountain goat! Once we got to the cave entrance we had about 10 minutes before the guided tours left. These are run by a Werfen Ice Cave company and not our bus tour guide. The tour takes you into 1km of the cave, up 700 stairs if I recall correctly - and boy was it worth it! Beautiful, stunning, breathtaking - it was a winter wonderland! We carried lanterns to help light the path to see this true wonder of the world. Definitely recommend this tour - loved it!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Awesome tour! Really enjoyed being up in the mountains and seeing something so fascinating like these ice caves. The trip between Salzburg/Werfen was gorgeous enough in itself; was great to take a little hike in the Alps while I was in Austria.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

This is a not to be missed tour though I would have preferred it to be tagged with a visit to the Hohen Werfen at a slight extra cost of time and money.That would have made my day.

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