Eisriesenwelt
Eisriesenwelt
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  • 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, Romania93 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
  • Rebecca R
    Kendal, United Kingdom46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing an absolute must!
    Most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. An absolute stunning ice cave, mind blowing. Separate guided groups for English and German speaking, friendly knowledgeable entertaining guide. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Worth every penny. Wrap up warm and big uphill walk and steep stairs inside the cave. If you can manage all that it’s an absolute must.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 June 2024
  • luzpaz
    West Palm Beach, Florida22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very fun adventure!
    My two children (11 and 13) and I visited the ice caves on July 1. It was a great experience! The hike up to the cave entrance is strenuous, and perhaps not suitable for younger children, or people in poor physical condition. I found the gondola to be quite frightening due to the seemingly near vertical assent. However, most people found it thrilling. Yes, it is dark in the ice caves, but that added to the excitement. We really enjoyed the whole experience. I would recommend that you bring a pair of gloves (the rails are freezing, and you need to use them to ascend and descend inside the caves) and your own light to use inside the cave. The open-flame lanterns are not very useful, although they are cute and old-fashioned. The entrance to the caves state that no photos or videos are allowed, but in practice this is not the case. We were encouraged to take photos.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2024
  • Sam MMH
    450 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and well worth visiting from Salzburg.
    We are so glad to have headed out of the city to catch a tour of the ice caves. Prior to going, we had no idea this place was the world’s largest ice cave. It is a total of 42km, but the tour only takes you about 1km in, which is where the most beautiful formations are. Be sure to dress warm, as it is below freezing inside. And wear sturdy shoes as not only do you climb the mountain to get to the caves, you also climb 700+ steps inside. But it is well worth it!!
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 July 2024
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David S
London, UK180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Of all the experiences we enjoyed on a recent holiday to Slovenia and Austria, our visit to the Eisriesenwelt was for me the most wondrous and will stick in my mind for the rest of my life. I've visited quite a few limestone caves down the years: with its astonishing ice rivers and frozen sculptures this was by far the best. Of course at EUR 35 per adult it's not cheap, but in my view well worth the expense.

From what I've read it seems there is a widespread perception that this is a wet weather attraction. Had the cable car directly connected the visitor car-park to the cave entrance the assertion would have some validity but on either side of the cable ride is a 20 minute walk, much of which is along an uncovered mountain track. With the multitude of steps inside the caves, a reasonable level of fitness is a necessity.

The caves aren't lit and visitors share naked flame lamps to help illuminate the wooden steps and walkways that take you across the ice. The guide lights flares to illuminate the best features and gives some reasonable explanations as you go round (in the larger groups it can be a little difficult to hear). And take heed: you will be in temperatures just below or above freezing point (depending on the season) for around 70 minutes so, notwithstanding the exertion of climbing so many steps, warm clothing is essential.

When we visited in May the temperature was still below zero and ice crystals sparkled in the rock like quartz. It was just magical.
Written 2 June 2022
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Simona R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Warm up before entering the giant ice cave itself walking up to it and enjoying great panoramatic view. Led tours in english and deutch. The ice sculptures are amazing but the very best part really is that there is no electricity inside. You get a tiny fire lamp and the guide has a magnesium string, its white flame makes the ice look even more beautiful :). This was really the very best part of it. But they are considering to put electric lights there, so hurry up for this great experience, because it may sadly not last long :(.
Written 31 August 2020
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Me L
London, UK414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Solo
The wonders of nature in all her glory is what you can expect from a visit to the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves. If you are travelling anywhere near the vicinity, it is seriously not to be missed.

I took the shuttle bus from Werfen, and it was all very straightforward. The bus sometimes stops right in front of the station, but if not as you exit the station, there is a bridge in front of you, cross it and turn right immediately and walk along the river for 5-10 minutes and you will find the bus station.

When you get to the visitor centre. There is a 20 minute hike, then a 3 minute cable car ride, and another 20 minute hike to get to the cave entrance. The scenery along the way on the hike is spectacular. That was an experience on its own.

You do build up a sweat getting to the cave, but that body heat comes in handy as you enter the icy cold caves. Bring something warm even on a hot day.

The guided walk in the caves was simply magical. The beautiful structures formed by the ice over the years are a sight to behold. Catching the light from the old fashioned lamps, at times the walls sparkle like a starry night.

I would recommend getting there as early as possible, as there is less crowd. The walks are divided into English & German groups. Because our group was quite small, we were allowed to take photos when the group stopped, something not normally allowed.
Written 20 June 2022
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Magdalena C
Cartersville, GA206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Are you fit? Can you walk uphill for 40 minutes? And then go up 700 stairs in a dark and very cold place? Then you can visit thee Eisriesenwelt - the biggest ice cave in the world! It is an amazing place. It takes about 3 hours from the moment you park your car, hike up the mountain, take the cable car, walk some more and then finally get to the cave. The whole experience is very intense but so rewarding! Inside the cave it is pretty cold - 32F/0 Celsius, so please get dressed properly. I would suggest you do not go when it is too hot outside...I wish they had the possiblity to do a shorter tour inside...Our took more than an hour, and some older people could barely keep up with everybody else.
Written 9 May 2022
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Eni
Brasov, Romania93 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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Erbee64
Leuven, Belgium849 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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Sarit N
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
It's an incredible ice cave, but you need to be fit to do it. It starts with a 20 minute hike at a steep incline to get to the cable cars. Once you take the cable car up it's another very steep hike up the mountain to get to the entrance of the cave. Once you are inside the cave you walk up 700 stairs (~40 flights) and then walk down 700 stairs. It's also freezing. We are pretty fit and young and we had a hard time. That being said, there were kids doing it and parents with children on their backs.
Written 6 July 2022
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pecorre
Quebec City, Canada55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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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LeeAnn H
Bedford, MA295 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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