Dachstein Eispalast

Dachstein Ice Palace


Useful Information

Location: Cable car from southern side, Ramsau. Upper end of Dachstein glacier, 10 minutes walk from Dachstein Cable Car.
Open: JAN to JUN daily 9-16.
JUL to mid-SEP daily 8:30-16:15.
Mid-SEP to DEC daily 9-16.
[2020]
Fee: Combi ticket Ice Palace, suspension bridge, and stairway to nothingness: Adults EUR 10, Children (16-18) EUR 8, Children (6-15) EUR 5.50.
Groups (+): Adults EUR , Children (5-15) EUR .
Cable Car: Adults EUR 40, Children (16-18) EUR 30, Children (6-15) EUR 20.
[2020]
Classification: Subterraneaglacier grotto
Light: electric/natural
Dimension: A=2,600m asl.
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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Address: Dachstein Gletscherbahn Ramsau, Schildlehen 79, 8972 Ramsau am Dachstein, Tel: +43-3687-22042-810. E-mail:
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History

2007 Dachstein Eispalast created.
2019 exhibition Journey through Europe.
2020 exhibition icy time travel through history.

Description

The Dachstein Eispalast (Dachstein Ice Palace) is a glacier grotto cut into the upper end of the Dachstein glacier six meters below the surface. It is a series of passages with numerous small chambers filled with ice sculptures. There are various topics like cartoon figures (Simpsons, Disney and more) and fairy tale scenes, historic sculptures like Nofretete, and architectonic structures like facades of greek temples. There is a throne room with a throne of ice and a book of ice with an ice quill and ink. It is mostly intended for families with children.

In 2020 the exhibition was extended by the icy time travel through history. Starting off-topic with dinosaurs, it shows important events of history. This includes pharaoh Tutanchamun, the invention of steam locomotives, the invention of the lightning bulb, and the first landing on the moon. The 2019 exhibition was Journey through Europe, including Wiener Riesenrad, Brandenburger Tor, Manneken Pis, windmills of the Netherlands, and the Eiffel Tower.

The Eispalast is managed by Hans Böhmer and Peter Strassegger. The artist is sculptor Michael Bachnetzer and his team.

At one point a natural glacier crevasse was cut accidentally when the tunnels were dug first. The crevasse is 40m long, 17m deep, and 2m wide. It is partly filled with water. To protect it from the different temperature inside the Eispalast, a plastic coppola was installed. This way it is possible to have a good look into the crack with its huge ice crystals, without destroying it.