Ice Caves Salzburg

Visit the ice caves in Werfen and the Castle of Hohenwerfen

The imposing mouth of the caverns can be recognized even from afar; it is 20m wide and 18m high.


The entire cave network extends over a total distance of approx. 42 km, of which, however, only approx. 1 km is covered by ice.

This latter section forms that part of the caves on display which visitors can access by taking part in guided tours.

What you need for a visit

Inside the caverns, the average temperature in summer is approx. 0°C, so warm clothing is most highly recommended for the tours, which last roughly an hour.

To make the most of this tour it is essential to wear warm clothing, sturdy footwear and have a certain amount of fitness for the walk up to the caves and the journey through the fascinating dream-like world inside them.

Hohenwerfen Castle - Castle of Adventure

Hohenwerfen Castle towers above the Salzach Valley as a strategic bulwark built atop a 155 meter rock.

The castle is majestically surrounded by the mighty Tennengau and Hagen mountain ranges.

The fortification is a "sister" of Hohensalzburg Fortress and also dates back to the 11th century.

Medieval prison, film set and event location

Hohenwerfen served as a prison for many centuries.

Rulers such as Archbishop Adalbert III (1198), Graf Albert von Friesach (1253), the Styrian governor Siegmund (1525) and Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau (1611) were held captive here.

Hohenwerfen Castle became widely known for providing the backdrop for the movie "Where Eagles Dare".

Today the castle is used as an "Adventure Castle" featuring a variety of events such as concerts, theatre performances and folklore evenings as well as castle celebrations.

The historic Falconry Centre is a special attraction, offering daily flight demonstrations by various birds of prey.

getting there
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