When translated, Eisriesenwelt means “World Of The Ice Giants”. Eisriesenwelt is not only an impressive cave system of over forty kilometres in length, it also experiences the natural phenomenon that makes it an ever-changing ice cave. When the water on the mountain above melts, it finds its way through cracks and fissures into the caves, then inside the caves the water freezes due to the temperature and creates unique ice sculptures.
Tours depart every six minutes and the length of the tour inside Eisriesenwelt is seventy-five minutes. A visit to Eisriesenwelt means a lot of steps, and climbing 134 metres, for tourists in the caves as well as a cable-car ride to get to the tour. The site is open from May to October. There are several restaurants in the area, with Dr. Oedl-Haus located near the caves, Wimmerhutte located at the base of the cable-car service and Gasthaus Zaismann on the road leading up the mountain.
Eisriesenwelt is a pleasant drive from Salzburg, and a train service to Werfen will also take visitors to the area. A bus from Werfen is available to take visitors to Eisriesenwelt. Tourists will want to visit the many historical areas of Salzburg, including Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Birthplace and Hohensalzburg Castle.