Werfen Travel Guide

  • Eisriesenwelt - visitors centre entrance
    Eisriesenwelt - visitors centre entrance
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  • Eisriesenwelt - the hole where the entrance is
    Eisriesenwelt - the hole where the...
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  • Eisriesenwelt - the path
    Eisriesenwelt - the path
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Werfen Things to Do

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Town of Werfen

    Werfen is a small town with basically one main street, several Gasthöfen and shops, but it has an impressive, beautiful location in a valley between mountains. There's a tourist office on the main street (open from Mon-Fri from 8 till noon and again 2-5pm, Sat 8 to noon. (Tel 06468/5388) with a small list of private rooms to rent (under öS...

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  • Walk in ice caves!!! (Eisriesenwelt)

    These caves is a really must to see if you are in that districkt!!! I had never seen such a beauty before! Normally people in wintertime go to see the summer but I went to see the ice in summer. Don`t forget that it is really ice and even it is very hot outside you should take some jacket with you as the temperature in the caves is around zero...

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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 Favorites

  • 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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