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Eisriesenwelt, Austria

From series “The Most Mysterious Geological Formations on the Planet”
Lenght: 40 km.

The largest ice cave in the world is Eisriesenwelt also known as ‘Residence of ice giants’. It’s situated in Austria, its entrance is located on Hohkogel hillside. The depth of this amazing cave is more than 40 kilometers. About 200,000 travelers from all over the world come to admire this amazing site every year. Despite the enormous size of the cave and its promising title, only 1/40 part is completely covered with ice.

Eisriesenwelt, Austria Even one kilometer ice-covered walls would be enough to make the cave a world leader in scale. Rapid flow of the Salzak River contributed to cave formation. Large ice outgrowths appeared because of melting of snow on the slopes. Ice doesn’t melt in the cave all year round, even in midsummer low temperature is kept there. Coolness is felt just at the entrance.

The discoverer of the cave was Australian naturalist Anton Posselt; he has made this unique discovery in 1879. The cave is open to visit only from early May to late October. Even in summer, visitors have to wear a winter outfit. The cave is equipped with comfortable wooden walkways and platforms from which you can admire the picturesque view over ice sculptures. Before entering the cave visitors are warned that nobody can take pictures inside, but some neat-handed tourists still manage to make some spectacular photos of this amazing place. Next - The Wave

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Volksbank Raiffeisenbank Oberbayern Südost eG - Geschäftsstelle Schönau' located in 19 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Autohaus Ortner GmbH' is located in 9 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'BP' in 4.84 km
Supermarket: 'ALDI Süd' in 20 km
Parking: 'Contipark Parkgaragen GmbH Maximilianstraße' in 20 km
Apotheek: 'Sonnen-Apotheke' in 2.93 km
Police station: 'Polizeiinspektion Werfen' in 3.03 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Gasthof Hochkogl' in 1.52 km
Railway station: 'Tenneck' in 1.32 km

Nearest airports:
 »  W. A. Mozart Airport SZG - in 35 km
 »  Blue Danube Airport LNZ - in 110 km
 »  Klagenfurt Airport KLU - in 128 km
 »  Munchen Airport MUC - in 141 km
 »  Belluno Airport BLX - in 145 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Eisriesenwelt


Located in 2 km from Eisriesenwelt
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Rooms: 25
All rooms at Werfenerhof Hotel include cable TV, large beds and en suite bathroom with shower. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding … More: photo, rates and booking
Holiday Home Haus im Wald Pfarrwerfen

Located in 3 km from Eisriesenwelt
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Rooms: 1
The restored Alpine chalet come with a balcony and a terrace, and has barbecue facilities available for guests' use. The unit comprises a sleeping … More: photo, rates and booking
Pension Vocario

Located in 4 km from Eisriesenwelt
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Rooms: 13
Rooms at the Pension Vocario have a bathroom with a shower and toilet, and cable TV. Some units have a balcony. Breakfast is served each morning and … More: photo, rates and booking

Located in 5 km from Eisriesenwelt
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Rooms: 3
All apartments feature a balcony with panoramic mountain views to the Tennengebirge Mountains, satellite TV, a well-equipped kitchenette, and a … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Eisriesenwelt - Salzburg

Fans of excursions will be interested in visiting the home of Mozart. In this house was born and spent his childhood this internationally famous music genius. The atmosphere in the house restores past times as close as possible, so visitors can see how has lived little Mozart. Don’t forget to visit the ballroom, which is considered the most beautiful room of the mansion. There is another landmark that is connected with the name of the great composer – the Viennese garden pavilion. Here Mozart was working over one of his great works - "The Magic Flute". Nowadays this place is very popular among composers and musicians, who visit this historical site in order to find inspiration.

Salzburg Cathedral is the best-known religious landmark of the city. Originally a Romanesque church stood on the site of the magnificent cathedral. Today only a survived ancient font remains of that church. This is the place where took place the christening of Mozart. The interior decoration of the cathedral was performed by the famous architect Santino Solari. Even nowadays visitors of the cathedral are amazed by unforgettable beauty and atmosphere of this place. Salzburg is also home to one of the oldest castles in Europe - Hohensalzburg. The construction of the castle was completed in the 11th century. The fortress really has dark and unapproachable look. Behind the massive walls of the castle are hidden luxurious rooms that are decorated with skillful wooden carvings and gilt trim. The famous fortress keeps many rare and precious artifacts, the most famous of which is the ancient organ named "Salzburg Bull".
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