Experience a miracle of nature visit the World of Ice Giants the largest Ice Caves in the world. One of the true wonders on earth, the Werfen Ice Caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations. Discover a world of natural beauty.
High above the village of Werfen, amid the magnificent mountain world of the Tennengebirge, we find the entrance to the world’s biggest explored labyrinth of ice caves, explore the panoramic view of Salzburg’s giant ice caves in Werfen on this truly unique journey. On our way back to Salzburg we will stop near the fascinating late gothic pilgrimage church of St. Nikolaus, to visit the beautiful Golling waterfalls, the falls plunge 75 metres down two giant steps into the valley below. The thunderous Golling falls are one of the provinces most attractive and romantic natural monuments.If you want to experience a miracle of nature – this tour will provide it.
Meet your private guide at your Salzburg hotel and settle inside your private, deluxe minivan for your 1-hour journey south through the Salzach Valley and the rugged Tennen Mountains of the Alps.During the drive up to the Werfen Ice Cave, pause to admire Hohenwerfen Castle, an iconic hilltop castle used as a stunning backdrop in many films, including The Sound of Music.On arrival at the main entrance, purchase your tickets (own expense) and let your guide accompany you on the approximately 20-minute walk to the cable car. Then, enjoy the breathtaking 3-minute cable car ride and walk for another 20 minutes to the caves proper, soaking up the spectacular mountain views on the way. At the cave opening, step inside the vast labyrinth of icy chambers, which extends more than 26 miles (42 kilometers) through the heart of Hochkogel Mountain, making it the world’s largest ice cave.As this is a private tour, explore at a pace that suits you. Take your time to marvel at the magical-looking ice sculptures, icicle cascades, and frozen waterfalls, all of them formed around 1,000 years ago in the millennias-old caverns.After returning from the cave, travel onward to the village of Golling and stop near the late Gothic pilgrimage church of St. Nicholas to visit the Golling waterfall, one of Austria’s most beautiful cascades. The fall plunges 246 feet (75 metres) down two giant steps into the valley, creating one of the most romantic sights in the region.Having taken in the falls, return to your vehicle and drive back to Salzburg, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.Please note: Sturdy shoes or trainers, together with warm clothing, are recommended for your outing to the Ice Cave as temperatures are usually below freezing. At the entrance, lamps are handed out and during the tour, additional magnesium lighting highlights the ice sculptures to great effect. The Ice Cave is a national monument and may only be entered by authorized guides. You will need to walk uphill for 20 minutes twice to reach the cave entrance and once inside, you climb 439 feet (134 meters), the equivalent of climbing the stairs of a high block of flats. You will therefore need to decide whether you are physically fit enough to make these climbs, although the beauty of the cave will more than reward your effort!Although the speed of the guided tour is tailored to your group, we advise anyone with serious walking difficulties or heart circulation problems not to visit the caves. When it comes to children, parents must decide for themselves whether the relatively long walk and cold temperatures are manageable for young children. Experience tells us that the visit is not suitable for children up to the age of four or five. If you are attending with children, they should wear warm clothing, including a hat and gloves.