Eisriesenwelt Werfen - Ice Cave
Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave Entrance, Werfen, Austria
Eisriesenwelt Werfen is said to be the largest ice cave in the world. It is a constantly evolving ice sculpture with a beautiful bluish hue. The tour is about 1km in length to cover the icy portion of the 40km cave system in the Austrian Alps. There are 700 steps up into the cave, 700 steps down and out of the cave. Our tour guide was very good at stopping in strategic places to allow people to catch their breath on the way in. The cave is dark inside, but lamps were provided to help light up the way. We dressed in layers to keep warm and did not feel chilly until we started making our way down. Our youngest who was 4 years old at the time was able to make the tour with some help from dad. It is a shame that pictures were not allowed inside the cave. To get to the entrance of the Ice Cave, we took a couple of cable cars, which afforded amazing views of the surrounding Alpine mountains. We also got to walk a little along the side of the mountain to enjoy the views at a slower pace.
View of the Alps from the trail to the entrance of the Ice Cave, near Werfen, Austria