Eisriesenwelt
Eisriesenwelt
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  • Infinitewalks
    Stuttgart, Germany68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience to visit the Werfen Ice caves
    The Werfen ice caves ‘Eisriesenwelt’ are the largest ice caves in the world, a natural wonder. They are located in a small town ‘Werfen’, 55 km South of Salzburg. The scenic train journey through the Austrian mountains is a pleasure. Exploring the largest ice cave in Werfen is divided into 3 parts Moderate hike – 20 minutes Cable car ride – 3 minutes Steep hike – 20 minute It is a natural wonder. In some places, the ice formations are in the shape of a chamber palace, hence called an Ice palace. Overall it was a wonderful experience to visit the Werfen Ice caves. The complete review of my experience is present in my travel blog
    Visited August 2022
    Written 9 July 2023
  • pecorre
    Quebec City, Canada55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ice, ice!
    One of the highlight of our trip in Austria. Our guide was great and he took the time to explain a lot of things along the way. The size of the cave is mind-blowing. Be warned. From the ticket office you have a 20 minutes walk uphill, a short cable car ride and another 20 minutes walk uphill. If you are taking the train from Salzburg, you can take a bus right outside of the station to get there. It's overpriced (it was around 18 € for two persons if I remember correctly), but it's worth it, because it would be a very long uphill walk if you go on foot.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Eni
    Brasov, Romania89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ice wonders
    We booked tickets for visiting this ice cave exactly when it re-opened in the Spring Season in April. The big plus compared to other caves when visiting in Austria is that they offered English tour guide (most of them are only in German for other caves). Each of us got a carbide lamp which was a pretty big responsibility to carry with you during the whole visit, but also special in a way. It is true that once you park your car, you have to go like another 20 minutes on a steep path and then take the cable car, but in April before we got to the cave the whole landscape from 1575 meters was absolutely fantastic. Our tour guide was funny and tried to be loud enough to make sure everyone hears what he is telling about the cave. From my perspective, this cave offered much more than the one in Dachstein. I think there was more ice formations here than on the other one (but that should be a different review). Once you decide to go there, make sure to dress warm, and be prepared for a long and steep walk up until the entrance before. Ticket prices were 35 EUR/person in April, purchased online in advance., at site it will cost you with a couple of euros more.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Britbiztraveller
    Haslemere, United Kingdom160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting cave BUT lots of walking, uphill
    Interesting caves, BUT lot of walking involved. From car park to ticket office 20 minutes uphill; from ticket office to cable car 20 minutes uphill; from cable at to cave mouth 20 minutes uphill. Some sections are steep. Then once in the cave itself, you climb 700 steps on the way up and 700 on the way down. So this attraction is not for the infirm or unfit. Once inside, the cave is pretty interesting and you marvel at how the original climbers managed to explore it, given the constraints of clothing and equipment of the time. The ice formations are interesting and the guided commentary is interesting, too. The guides (English and German speakers) walk at a moderate pace, with numerous stops to explain the cave’s features (and enable you to catch your breath).
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Heather M
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!!
    An amazing visit with Max as an excellent guide. Wrap up warm as it’s obviously cold but lots of steps take you a mile inside. High recommended. Also worth treating yourself to coffee and strudel at the top of the gondola. Best coffee we’ve had on our travels was here!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
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Heather M
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An amazing visit with Max as an excellent guide. Wrap up warm as it’s obviously cold but lots of steps take you a mile inside. High recommended.
Also worth treating yourself to coffee and strudel at the top of the gondola. Best coffee we’ve had on our travels was here!
Written 24 September 2023
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Britbiztraveller
Haslemere, UK160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Interesting caves, BUT lot of walking involved. From car park to ticket office 20 minutes uphill; from ticket office to cable car 20 minutes uphill; from cable at to cave mouth 20 minutes uphill. Some sections are steep. Then once in the cave itself, you climb 700 steps on the way up and 700 on the way down. So this attraction is not for the infirm or unfit. Once inside, the cave is pretty interesting and you marvel at how the original climbers managed to explore it, given the constraints of clothing and equipment of the time. The ice formations are interesting and the guided commentary is interesting, too. The guides (English and German speakers) walk at a moderate pace, with numerous stops to explain the cave’s features (and enable you to catch your breath).
Written 14 September 2023
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Eni
Brasov, Romania89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We booked tickets for visiting this ice cave exactly when it re-opened in the Spring Season in April. The big plus compared to other caves when visiting in Austria is that they offered English tour guide (most of them are only in German for other caves). Each of us got a carbide lamp which was a pretty big responsibility to carry with you during the whole visit, but also special in a way. It is true that once you park your car, you have to go like another 20 minutes on a steep path and then take the cable car, but in April before we got to the cave the whole landscape from 1575 meters was absolutely fantastic. Our tour guide was funny and tried to be loud enough to make sure everyone hears what he is telling about the cave. From my perspective, this cave offered much more than the one in Dachstein. I think there was more ice formations here than on the other one (but that should be a different review). Once you decide to go there, make sure to dress warm, and be prepared for a long and steep walk up until the entrance before. Ticket prices were 35 EUR/person in April, purchased online in advance., at site it will cost you with a couple of euros more.
Written 29 August 2023
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Zsuzsanna W
London, United Kingdom254 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Visited in April 2023. I was really looking forward to this trip and was quite disappointed. The walk from the car park is quite long until you reach the cave and it's not exactly for everyone as it's steep too. There was a cable car ride between two walks, but it is needed, not instead of the walks. Once at the cave entrance you need to wait for either a German or English speaking group. Although they don't exactly have a queue system, so once the group is full,you need to wait for the next one. They say it's 1700 steps, but I counted more and then lost it totallly. The guide is going way too fast and doesn't wait for everyone to catch up with them, so you can miss out on a lot. Also there are a few people in the group who carry lights (I think it's some kind of oil lamp as it smells absolutely horrible.) but otherwise there is no other lights in the cave just the pitch darkness. If you're lucky to see the ice formations when the guide shines their torch it's great. Otherwise there is nothing to enjoy there. I really think these lights give out far more heat than any LED light would, the types that you can put even on your finger , like at concerts. That way you would see far more from the cave and would enjoy it more. There are stricktly no cameras allowed, just so you can buy postcards.Honestly, if people want to buy cards they do anyway, so can't see the point. To make it more enjoyable they could install LED lights at certain points, that would go on motion censors so wouldn't use more energy (and create any heat) than necessary. So overall, I would definitely not visit again, or would go to the Dachstein one, (at least would have been great to compare the two experiences) which was sadly closed when we visited.
Written 5 August 2023
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pecorre
Quebec City, Canada55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
One of the highlight of our trip in Austria. Our guide was great and he took the time to explain a lot of things along the way. The size of the cave is mind-blowing.

Be warned. From the ticket office you have a 20 minutes walk uphill, a short cable car ride and another 20 minutes walk uphill.

If you are taking the train from Salzburg, you can take a bus right outside of the station to get there. It's overpriced (it was around 18 € for two persons if I remember correctly), but it's worth it, because it would be a very long uphill walk if you go on foot.
Written 26 July 2023
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Infinitewalks
Stuttgart, Germany68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Werfen ice caves ‘Eisriesenwelt’ are the largest ice caves in the world, a natural wonder. They are located in a small town ‘Werfen’, 55 km South of Salzburg. The scenic train journey through the Austrian mountains is a pleasure.
Exploring the largest ice cave in Werfen is divided into 3 parts

Moderate hike – 20 minutes
Cable car ride – 3 minutes
Steep hike – 20 minute

It is a natural wonder. In some places, the ice formations are in the shape of a chamber palace, hence called an Ice palace.

Overall it was a wonderful experience to visit the Werfen Ice caves. The complete review of my experience is present in my travel blog
Written 9 July 2023
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Sparklex1
London, UK81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We spent a couple of weeks around the Salzkammergut area: I would rank this as the least enjoyable thing we did. I am surprised so many reviews say it is great.... it is quite exhausting in the heat and I am quite fit.
The first walk is 20mins uphill all the way. Whilst scenery is good, all scenery in Salzkammergut is good so don't go for this... If you are 60 add on 10mins and if you are 70 add on 15mins or you will get knackered. The second walk is also all uphill. Same thing. So if you are 30 all ok. If you are 60+ then you will either walk uphill for minimum 40 to 60mins to get to the entrance.
The cave then has 700 stairs to go up. Here are 2 great tips:

1. Dont take a young child in a back pack as the height of the rock above heads is about 6 feet in many places so they all knock their heads or you have to bend often or worry about them often. Neither is it safe for a young child to walk and indeed i think the whole place if of limited appeal to young children.
2. Get some gloves on as the handrails are metal (very cold) and if you are carrying a lamp, also metal, your hands get cold. You dont need ski jackets or anything - i was in a t shirt and jumper only and was not cold but hands get cold if you want to hold guard rail.
There is little to see - the caves at Rocamadour in France are 1000% better in my view.

Basically this is an hour long uphill walk, followed by 700 steps to see dimly lit massive lump of ice followed by 700 down and an hour down. Totally knackering if you do in the afternoon after doing something else. Everything else we did was better.
Maybe it appeals to cave freaks but there are a lot better caves...

Written 22 June 2023
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LeeAnn H
Bedford, MA298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Absolutely worth seeing! We arrived as the caves were opening for the day, and this seems to be the best time to go: we were among the first tour group in the caves and our group only had about 15 people in it. Our guide later told us that some groups are as large as 80 people! The walk up to the caves is steep and yes, there are 700 steps UP within the caves. While you do not need to be in prime condition, the walk up and steps are something to keep in mind for those who may need longer to get to the cable car or have balance issues. (Steps in the cave have a railing on one side in most places). The caves themselves are spectacular and a natural wonder. As other reviewers have mentioned, every 4 or 5 people are given a kerosene lamp to light the way so be sure to remain aware of those around you. (I asked our guide and was told the lamps are still used to keep with tradition).
Written 6 May 2023
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Tiff
New York148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
I read so many reviews about how strenuous the climb was and was fully prepared. However, it honestly wasn't bad at all (I'm overweight and not that fit, and I was also with my 60-year-old mother who agreed it wasn't too bad). I wore regular running sneakers, a thin sweater, leggings, down coat, and felt I was at the perfect temperature. I would recommend gloves for holding onto the cold railings, but me wrapping my fingers around my sweater was good enough for me.

When you reach Werfen train station, no need to walk across the bridge and walk to your right for 5-10 mins where the actual Eisriesenwelt shuttle bus station is. The driver confirmed he will always drive to the Werfen station to pick people up (look for the yellow sign that's easy to spot once you exit the train station).

You can save a few bucks by reserving your tickets online. The time frame you should reserve for is when you get off the Eisriesenwelt shuttle bus and into the visitor's center where you can line up to buy physical tickets + use toilet. That's the time your ticket is scanned. We had mistakenly thought our ticket scan would happen at the cable cars, so we didn't buy our tickets because we weren't sure how long it would take us to walk from the visitor's center to the cable car (20 mins estimate).

For every 4-5 person in your group, they hand you an open flame lamp. Be careful if you're walking in front of someone who is holding one. The person behind me almost lit me on fire.
Written 15 October 2022
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Erbee64
Leuven, Belgium847 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Too start: bring warm clothes! This is called the 'ice giants world' for a reason: even if it is hot outside, it is freezing cold inside.
The ride to the entrance is a combination of a short walk to the cable car, a short ride with the cable car and finally a 20 minute walk to the entrance of the cave. There are 2 queues: one for the English and one for the German speaking customers. You get an oil lamp (watch out: this is not a led or something, it is real fire, don't burn a hole in your clothes - or worse. You have to be in good shape, as you will have to deal with 700 stairs up - and 700 down. Also take care of your head, as the ceiling can be low.
Now we covered the watch out part, enjoy the rest, it is awesome! Impressive to see how these icestructures are built over t ime. (They open the door in the winter time to let the freezing cold in, and close it in summer to keep the cold in). As a result, the ice mass continue to grow. You walk on wooden/iron stairs/boardwalk, I advice to keep one hand on the handrail to avoid you fall in case of slippery ground. We were here +10 years ago too, and those days, some of the ice structures were illuminated in different colors, that is no longer the case - a pity, as this looked cool.
Nevertheless: this is a 'cool' event!
Written 14 September 2022
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