Werfen Travel Guide

  • Eisriesenwelt - the hole at the entrance
    Eisriesenwelt - the hole at the entrance
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  • Eisriesenwelt - the path
    Eisriesenwelt - the path
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  • Eisriesenwelt - Werfen valley seen from path
    Eisriesenwelt - Werfen valley seen from...
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Werfen Things to Do

  • Eisriesenwelt - Fantastic ice caves

    Eisriesenwelt makes for a fantastic visit. I can very much recommend it as a visit for the entire family. The only thing you have to take into consideration is that inside the cave you have to climb a lot of stairs, 700 up and then 700 down again.The walk to the caves is on a decent path but goes uphill the entire way. About the Werfen cavesThe...

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  • Eisriesenwelt - the way up

    I think the way up to the Eisriesenwelt ice caves deserves a review of it's own.on a clear day you have a stunning view over the underlying area. On top of that you have a marvellous view at the Festung Hohenwerfen.You start at the visitor centre where you buy the entrance tickets. You now have to walk for 15-20 minutes to reach the cable car...

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  • Fortress Hohenwerfen

    One of our favorite visits when in Austria is this fortress. We've been there so often already, but still love it.The fortress lies on top of a 113 metres high hill, overlooking the Salzach valley.When driving to Werfen, you can already see it dooming up in front of you long before you reach the town itself.The best view is when coming from the...

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  • Fortress Hohenwerfen - the state...

    The state falconry - housed here in fortress Hohenwerfen - is the location of the first ever museum of falconry in Austria. It offers an interesting exhibit on the history of falconry in the world. The explanation on birds of prey is quite thorough. The explanation for the falconry being here is simple: in the past, one of the uses for Hohenwerfen...

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  • Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen / Werfen castle

    Werfen castle: a great daytrip from SalzburgThe castle of Werfen can be visited easily on your own, you can walk uphill or take the newly built funicular. Already at the ticket-box at the large parking you have the possibility to fix certain times for the tours on your ticket ! Audioguides are available in English, French, Italian, Dutch, Magyar,...

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  • Eisriesenwelt - a giant ice-cave in...

    Eisriesenwelt - a giant ice-cave in WerfenEisriesenwelt is the place most of the tourists are coming to Werfen for. I did not go there, because photography is forbidden inside that ice-cave !A cable-car is taking you uphill, and then you have to walk quite a bit before you get to the caves, lots of bustours are going there from Salzburg and...

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  • Fortress of Werfen

    Hohenwerfen castle which is situated high (155 m) above the river Salzach was built by the archbishops, who ruled Salzburg as independent princes until the Napoleonic Wars. The fortification is a "sister" of Hohensalzburg Fortress and also dates back to the 11th century. It was an important fortress controlling the approach to Salzburg from the...

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  • Hohenwerfen as an Adventure Castle

    The fortress also houses the Austrian Museum of Falconry. In 1990 began the first public demonstrations of the art of falcon hunting, which has proved to be a great success. Nowadays they offer daily flight demonstrations with various birds. The demonstrations take place daily at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and they last approx. 40 minutes each.Rates...

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  • Eisriesenwelt - a giant ice-cave

    EisriesenweltEisriesenwelt is the place most of the tourists are coming to Werfen for. I did not go there, because photography is forbidden inside that ice-cave !A cable-car is taking you uphill, and then you have to walk quite a bit before you get to the caves, lots of bustours are going there from Salzburg and sometimes it gets quite crowded, so...

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  • The place to watch the valley of the...

    Of course such a large castle in a narrow valley had the sense to protect at one hand the people living in that area, and at the same time toll had to be payed by all merchants passing by on the pass-road or on the river. And of course it was essential for the guards at the castle to know exactely, what time and how many merchants, soldiers or...

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  • Karl's Room

    Karl's Room was made for Archiduke Eugene with furniture of the 17th and 18th century. It might have made sense to call it Eugene's room then, but for some reason it is called Karl's Room anyway according the inscriptions in the castle. This is one of the rooms that you may see when taking a look through a window 1 floor above the place, where the...

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  • the small castle kitchen

    The small castle kitchen is another of the rooms that you may see through a window, while walking through the castle on your own. This furniture dates back to the 17th - 19th century and this chamber is just above the place, where you get out of the funicular. For sure it is a good time to start exploring the castle at 09.00a.m. like I did, so you...

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  • Fuerstenzimmer / State Room

    Fuerstenzimmer is one of the most beautiful rooms of the castle and you will get there at the very end of the guided tour. The original room dates back to the year 1566 but unfortunately it burned down completely in 1931. In 2003 it was rebuilt according to old photos by a local artist, specialized in wooden works of art. A small part of the...

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  • The chamber for the castle-guards

    The chamber for the castle-guards is a small room that you may look into through a window and it shows some old furniture and a tiled stove and of course that funny iron armour, so the knights did not have to hang their clothes at night over the chair, BUT it was standing alone and waiting for them during the night.There are several such rooms that...

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  • The world´s largest ice cave

    Conceald within the Tennengebirge mountain range is a system of caves over 40 km in length containing a unique natural phenomen. The lower parts of the cave are colled by the passage of cold wind in winter and the thaw water freezes as it trickles in, forming gigantic ice figures. This is the largest ice cave in the world and the kilometre of...

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  • Historic falconry

    Guided tours of the fortress, weapons exhibition and adated state room daily.Audio guideSound and light installation about the history of the castle.Spectacular festival weekends with countless attractions.Historic fortress tavern, Medieval knights shop.Panorama liftMuseum History Point HohenwerfenHistoric falconry with daily flight performances:...

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  • Walk around the town

    This is a pretty small town, but it is worth walking around the center of town. Markt street is a nice place to start. It is lined by a row of guesthouses, restaurants, a church and some antique stores. Everyone is very nice here. There is also a tourist center that will give you tips on the area around.

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  • Eisriesenwelt Werfen

    This is an amazing cave is located 1641 m above sea level near the town of Werfen. It has ice formations that have been growing for the last 100 years. The guided tour takes you along a path through various rooms that contain strange ice formations. The formations are very different from the normal stalagtites and stalagmites you see in normal...

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  • Eisriesenwelt

    These are the world's largest ice caves. Essentially, water comes through the cracks in the mountain and freeze there over winter. There are huge ice formations (one is 30 feet high!) and caverns made of just ice. The largest is at the top, a 60m x 40m room of sheer ice. It looks like crystal!There are no lights in the caves (to keep the ice from...

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  • Tour Hohenwerfen

    Why was this so special?--because my son and his wife were married in the chapel at Hohenwerfen Castle. After the wedding, coffee and strudel was served. While the bride and groom posed for photos, guests were treated to a tour of the castle. Audio guides are available in various languages, so both the German and English speaking guests were able...

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  • Hohenwerfen Castle

    Approx. 40 km south of the city of Salzburg, 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. The Salzburg...

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  • Hohenwerfen Castle

    Approx. 40 km south of the city of Salzburg, 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. The Salzburg...

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  • Hohenwerfen Castle

    Approx. 40 km south of the city of Salzburg, 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. The Salzburg...

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  • Hohenwerfen Castle

    Approx. 40 km south of the city of Salzburg, 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. The Salzburg...

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  • Giant Ice Cave

    The astonishing Werfen Ice Caves are the largest in the world. The cave network disappears 42 kilometres into the mountainside, but only the first kilometre, walls encrusted with ice, is open to the public.Guided tours which last an hour show visitors the ice palace, reached by cable car from the valley floor below. The whole tour involves climbing...

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  • Giant Ice Cave

    The astonishing Werfen Ice Caves are the largest in the world. The cave network disappears 42 kilometres into the mountainside, but only the first kilometre, walls encrusted with ice, is open to the public.Guided tours which last an hour show visitors the ice palace, reached by cable car from the valley floor below. The whole tour involves climbing...

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  • Falcons at Hohenwerfen

    The flight demonstration was rather impressive to see. Also after the demonstration the falconier came with the bird and answered questions while the star himself was posing for cameras as you can see here ;)))

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Werfen Transportation

  • How to get to the Ice Caves

    When you leave the train station, cross the bridge and follow the path on the right side of the road with the small sign saying "Bus to Ice Caves". This will take you to the minibus stop, which will take you 5 km up the mountain (5,90 euro roundtrip). There is a 20-minute walk uphill to the cable car (15 euro roundtrip including entrance to caves),...

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  • Organized Bus Tour

    To save time and trouble, I chose an organized bus tour. I forgot the name of the tour. I'll look for it. It was not cheap though, around 60 euros (Sept, 2004). It's got a hotel pick-up, and it leaves from Salzburg around noon and comes back around 6 or 7 pm. I was happy with it.

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  • Munich to Werfen

    We picked up our rental car in Munich. Thanks to a VT member, I had gone to Via Michelin city maps and had my handy dandy printout. A1 to A10 - no problems. In contrast some wedding guests were in a back -up due to an accident on the highway. But driving on the main highways was quite easy. Just do your research on road signs before you depart.By...

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Werfen Local Customs

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    Flying falcons at Burg Werfen

    by globetrott Written Jul 10, 2010

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    In the "Falkenhof" of Burg Werfen there will be daily performances of falcons flying in just a small distance from the audience, that is a really great experience !
    Normally I never cared about such performances, BUT this time I had payed for it in my ticket already and it started exactely when the guided castle-tour was over, so I had a look and it was one of the best shows I ever saw : a lady and a man took position at different places of the large falconry-court, one of them had the falcon, eagle and other birds sitting on the arm and after a signal they were flying to the arm of the other person and landed there again, passing by the people in the audience without even noticing them, although the distance was less than 1 meter in many cases. It is a pity that my digital camera is very slow and takes a picture about 3-4 seconds after I press the button, so all I could do is press the button as often as possible and hope for some good snapshorts.
    Some of them are quite good, some could have been better, next time I will be there with a more modern camera...
    The Falconry-performances are in the "Falkenhof", step down the stairs at the restaurant, pass by the Casemattes, get out into the next court and walk down the steep path to the right !

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  • Giant Ice Caves at Werfen

    The Giant Ice Caves at Werfen are well worth a visit and contain miles of tunnels. The caves are freezing cold so take a coat or sweater. You have to go around with a guide who will show you the finer points of the caves. There is a certain amount of climbing up & down as you go around. There is a 20 minute walk from the car park to the cable car....

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  • Entrance to the Giant Ice Caves

    This is the view to the entrance of the Giant Ice Caves. On the walk up, one of the guides at the entrance to the caves, was beating a drum to encourage your efforts.http://www.eisriesenwelt.at/site/content/CB_ContentShow.php?coType=home&lang=EN

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  • Cable car

    You can use the cable car to reach the Gaint Ice Caves at Werfen which takes 3 minutes. The views from the cable cars are impressive. Or you can spend 90 minutes walking up the mountain, it costs 5.50 euros going up or 5 euros for the descent using the easier cable car...

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