Join a private guide to explore the largest ice caves in the world, the Werfen Ice Caves (Eisriesenwelt), on this private tour from Salzburg. Travel by luxury minivan through the Salzach Valley to the idyllic village of Werfen, crowned by Hohenwerfen Castle, and step inside the Werfen Ice Caves on a guided walking tour. Marvel at the deep caverns and towering ice figures, and learn how the caves were discovered and why they were once avoided by locals. Entrance fees not included.
Meet your private guide outside your Salzburg hotel and get comfortable in an 8-seater luxury minivan for a 1-hour drive south through the Salzach Valley and the Tennen Mountains (Tennengebirge) section of the Alps. Arriving in the market town of Werfen in the historical Pongau region, stop to admire Hohenwerfen Castle, an iconic hilltop castle used as the backdrop in many films. Enter the Werfen Ice Caves (own expense), a vast underground labyrinth of icy caverns extending more than 26 miles (42 km) through the heart of Hochkogel mountain. Though officially discovered in 1879, according to Austrian legend locals knew about Eisriesenwelt long before, but they never explored it because they believed it was the entrance to Hell.Take a cable car and walk through the caves, pausing to take in the mysterious caverns and surreal ice formations. Learn about the history, formation and discovery of the caves from your guide. As this is a private tour, you can tailor the pace to your needs.After experiencing this breathtaking natural wonder, journey back to central Salzburg, where your tour concludes.