The World of the Ice Giants

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Location: Near Werfen (Salzburg). From Werfen use the Eisriesenwelt road (only cars, taxi from Werfen centre) to the parking lot. 10 min comfortable walk to the restaurant Wimmerhütte (1080 m) and the station of the Eisriesenwelt cableway. It takes 4 min to the Dr. Friedrich Oedl-Haus on top of the Achselkopf (1575 m asl), starting point of the guided tours.
Open: MAY-JUN daily 9-15:30, tours every two hours.
JUL-AUG daily 9-16:30, tours every hour.
SEP-OCT daily 9-15:30, tours every two hours.
Fee: Cable car plus cave: Adults EUR 20, Children (4-14) EUR 10, Cavers EUR 18, Mountaineers EUR 18.
Groups (15+) Adults EUR 18.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave, Explainice cave.
Light: Carbide lamps and magnesium ribbon.
Dimension: VR=-407m, L=42,000m, A=1,641m asl
Guided tours: D=120min, 15 min walk to the cave entrance included. L=800m. V=200,000/a
Bibliography: Nikolaus Schaffer (1987): Alexander Von Mörk 1887-1914, Der Entdecker der Eisriesenwelt als Maler
27 pp 19 B&W 20 colour photos. HB In German.
This is a luxurious book, printed on art paper, to commemorate the birth of Alexander von Mörk, the discoverer of the Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave, near Salzburg in Austria. Alexander von Mörk was a noted artist and many of his paintings illustrating local caves are reproduced herein. Complete with potted biography, this is an interesting account of a famous Austrian caver, tragically killed in the first months of the Great War.
O. Lehmann (1922): Die große Eishöhle im Tennengebirge (Salzburg). (Eisriesenwelt)
[The Great Ice Cave in Tennengebirge (Salzburg). (Eisriesenwelt)]
in: Speläologisches Jahrbuch [Vol] III. Jahrgang, Heft [Part] 3/4 1922. [Speleological Year Book published in Vienna by the Speleological Institute.] 51-168 pp 27 plates 75 figs etc.
R. Oedl (1922): Die Vermessung der grossen Eishöhle im Tennengebirge (Salzburg), in: Speläologisches Jahrbuch [Vol] III, S. 5-30, Salzburg.
Address: Eisriesenwelt Gesellschaftm.b.H., Getreidegasse 21, A-5020 Salzburg.
Dr. Friedrich Oedl-Haus, Tel: +43-6468/248. E-mail: contact
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1849 discovered.
1912 first expedition into the cave.
1920 developed as show cave.


Image: the mountains near Werfen from the valley. The Eisriesenwelt is located in this mountain face, but not visible on this picture.

The Eisriesenwelt is the largest ice cave of the world. The halls are decorated with all kinds of ice formations, gigantic columns and towers of ice, ice waterfalls and glaciers.

This cave is a so called dynamic icecave. The cave is located in a height were the average temperature is below zero. Several entrances to the cave allow chilly air currents to flow in. So the ice formations change slightly every year.

It is located in the west wall of the Hochkogel in the Tennengebirge. On days with good weather there is a spectacular view of the surrounding mountain ranges of the Hohe Tauern from the huge cave entrance.

The caves were formed during the late Tertiary.

The entrance to the caves is not visible from the valley. Since this steep, tricky rock was very hard to accede in former times, the cave was not discovered until 1849. Even though an enthusiastic report was published about the exploration, the world did not take notice of the caves for another 30 years. Currently about 200,000 tourists come here every year.

A mountain road from Werfen leads up to the cablecar station. You should be aware, that a visit to this natural monument takes about 5-6 hours, including

There is no electric light in the cave. Visitors wear carbide lamps and the most spectacular sights are illuminated with magnesium ribbon.