Due to the limited capacity, entrance tickets should be purchased online in advance. With your ticket, you can set your entry to a 30-minute period of your choice (e.g. entry between 11 and 11.30).
If you miss the reservation time or buy a ticket on site, only the places remaining can be allocated, which may lead to longer waiting times.
Sturdy shoes and warm clothing are recommended. Even in summer, the temperature is usually below 0 degrees.
When visiting the cave, a total of 134 metres in altitude must be overcome. This roughly corresponds to climbing the stairs of a high-rise building. It is the personal responsibility of each visitor to decide whether they are capable of the effort required.
Undoubtedly, however, the beauty of the ice figures and the impressive dimensions make up for any effort. The pace of the tour is adjusted to the respective group of visitors. Nevertheless, those with severe mobility issues or cardiovascular diseases are advised not to visit the cave.
It is the responsibility of the parents whether they think their children are able to walk through the cold cave or not. Experience has shown that this is often too much for small children up to the age of 3 to 4 years. In any case, make sure you have enough warm clothing. Therefore: Please do not forget a hat and gloves.
A visit to the ice cave is particularly recommended on hot, sunny days. The panoramic view from the cave entrance high above the Salzach Valley and beyond the snow-covered peaks of the Hohe Tauern Mountains is impressive.
Of course, the Eisriesenwelt is also open to pets. However, we do not recommend bringing your dog if it struggles with steps.
For organisational reasons, photography and filming are not permitted in the cave. We request your understanding for this unpleasant yet necessary measure!
Up to the end of the 19th century, this cave was still completely unknown - not least because of its exposed location in the high mountains, but also due to the lack of interest in cave exploration at the time.
It was not until 1879 that the Salzburg naturalist Anton von Posselt-Czorich
ventured alone about 200 metres into the darkness of this cave, and thereby officially discovered the Eisriesenwelt. A year later, he published a detailed account of his discovery in the Alpenverein magazine. Nevertheless, the cave was forgotten about once again.
After the First World War, pioneering explorations of the kilometre-long labyrinths of this cave system followed by other explorers, such as Friedrich and Robert Oedl or Walter Czernig.
With increasing awareness of this unique natural wonder, its tourist value soon grew. As early as 1920, an “explorer’s hut” and the first primitive climbing facilities to and in the cave were built in order to make it easier for visitors to visit the cave.