One of the most important natural phenomena in the world is located in the middle of the Tennen Mountains south of the State capital Salzburg. Sir David Attenborough, English naturalist and nature film maker, ranked the Eisriesenwelt among the “Great natural wonders of the world” in a BBC documentary. There are hundreds of stalactite caves around the world, but only a handful of ice caves that are open to interested visitors.
Starting from the village of Werfen, a 5 km long, asphalt access road (toll-free) leads to the Eisriesenwelt car park next to the visitor centre.
Especially in the months of July/August on rainy days, parking spaces can become scarce. In this case, there is a shuttle service from Werfen.
Access via the mountain road to the Eisriesenwelt visitor centre with motorhomes is permitted, but not recommended due to the steep roads and difficult parking situation. Please leave your motorhome in the free car park next to the point of departure for the local shuttle bus service.
The driving of motorhomes is officially not permitted.
The winding access road is a source of great enthusiasm for all motorcyclists. Nevertheless, we ask you to take the necessary precautions and considerations into account! A separate motorcycle parking space and a storage facility (lockers) for motorcycle helmets are available at the visitor centre.
At the bus departure point in Werfen, directly on the access road, bicycles can be parked and excess luggage can be stored. From here, the shuttle bus service (see below) will take you directly to the Eisriesenwelt car park/visitor centre.
Buses (with the exception of extra-long buses with a length of more than 14m) can use the 5 km long and up to 21% steep mountain road almost continuously in two lanes. In some places, in case of heavy traffic, particular attention must be paid to oncoming traffic. Shortly before the visitor centre, there is a turning point and sufficient bus parking. The journey time is approx. 20 minutes.
There are signposted hiking trails from Werfen and Tenneck to the Eisriesenwelt. The ascent from the valley to the cable car takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. If the cable car route (exposed mountain climb – only for experienced people!) is to be covered on foot, an additional ascent time of around 1.5 hours should be planned for.
Note: The footpath from the cable car to the mountain station is a secure alpine trail in an exposed location. A head for heights and good hiking equipment are required!
The bus from Werfen to the Eisriesenwelt car park/visitor centre is available several times a day.
From Werfen station, the regular bus departs at 08:18, 10:18, 12:18 and 14:18. Outside these times, transfer is offered every 25 minutes from the Gries bus stop (about 5 minutes walk from the train station) - directly on the access road to the Eisriesenwelt. Groups are recommended to book in advance.
The descent from the visitor centre also runs every 25 minutes approx. in the peak season. Pre and off-season 1/hour at 32 minutes past.
The last descent is at 17:32. If a tour finishes after this time, we will of course make sure that you get back to the valley safely by bus.
Special information and registrations (especially for groups) also on +43 (0) 6468/5293 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the city of Salzburg, various travel companies usually offer a daily tour of the Eisriesenwelt. Please inform yourself independently about possible offers.
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