The world's largest ice-caves

The World of Ice Giants brings you into the largest ice caves in the world. One of the true wonders on earth, the caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations.

High above the village of Werfen, in Austria, amid the magnificent mountain world of the Tennengebirge, is the entrance to the world's biggest explored  labyrinth of ice caves  with a length of  almost 30 miles.

The World of Ice Giants , discovered in 1879 is a dynamic cave, meaning that the corridors and the crevices connect lower lying entrances to higher openings, hence making it possible for draughts of air to circulate - similar to the effect in a chimney. During spring melt water seeps through the cracks in the rock and when it reaches the still cold and frozen lower areas of the caves it freezes and turns slowly into the wonderful ice formations visible inside the caves.

Lamps are handed out  before visitors head into the caves for the 1-hour tour. The first stop is the Poselt Hall, with the magnificent Poselt Tower stalagmite. There you can marvel at the greatest area of ice growth, the Great Ice Embankment, a massive formation rising up to over 75 feet. Stalactites in Hymir's Castle created the so called ice organ.  For an even more stunning effect, the ice formations are sometimes highlighted with magnesium lighting. The caves are open May to October and  of course you will need to be dressed for the cold, even during summer months.

 

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