Giant Ice Cave
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Dachstein Rieseneishöhle/ Giant Ice Cave

Dachstein Giant Ice Cave

Spectacular NEW stage concept

Cave bears, rope bridge, light & sound show: The completely reconstructed Dachstein Giant Ice Cave offers you the chance to embark on a breathtaking adventure through rock and ice.

Your eyes gradually get used to the shadows of the rocks, cracks and crevices. The origins of this jewel of nature are revealed by stalactites in every colour. Suddenly the passageways and halls are filled with the sound of roaring: the cave bears 'Ben + Boris' have awoken!

Then the ice with its fascinating, glistening shapes and figures, is immersed in light and music. And the abyss with its gleaming 30 m depth rope bridge – you'll need nerves of steel here.

The guided cave tour will whisk you away into the fantastic under world of the Dachstein and features some spectacular new highlights. Are you ready for adventure?

You can enjoy the time until your guided tour in the cave starts at the idyllic Schönbergalm and visit the exhibition 'climat change at the Dachtein', kids adventure cave, discover geology experiences trail. 

Guided cave tour Dachstein Giant Ice Cave

Starting point: middle station Schönbergalm (section 1)
Walking time to the Cave: approx. 15 to 20 minutes
Duration of the guided cave tour: 50 minutes
Temperature: -2 °C (26,6 °F)

Can children visit the cave?
Thanks to the fantastic infrastructure, the Dachstein Giant Ice Cave is also perfect for visits with kids of any age. 

Registration for the guided tour: 
Please register for the guided tour in the Dachstein Giant Ice Cave on site at the cave ticket counter in the middle station Schönbergalm, there you get the number and time for your cave tour. Guided tours take place on an ongoing basis. 

Registration at cave ticket counter is required for individuals and all groups! To set a fix time of a guided cave tour is only possible, when booking a "special guided tour" at a 'single guide surcharge'.

Mittelstation » Panoramakarte // middle station » panorama map
Naturpark Schönbergalm
Dachstein Rieseneishöhle/ Giant Ice Cave
Einzeltarife Sommer | single tariffs summer

In which languages are the tours offered?
The guided tours are held by the cave guide in German and English. In addition, you can enjoy the guided tour with the free App Hearonymus. Tip: Use the FRE Wi-Fi hotspots onsite. 

Themed trail

‘Walk through the Alpine flora’

A rich world of plants flourishes from the Hallstättersee lake to the peak of the Dachsteintransforming the Alpine region into a magnificent floral splendour. 

The Alpine flora of the Dachstein is explained on information panels along the way from middle station Schönbergalm to the Dachstein Giant Ice Cave. 

How is the ice formed?

The Dachstein Giant Ice Cave lies high above the Trauntal valley and is just a few minutes’ walk away from the Schönbergalm. The ice is formed by water which seeps from the Dachstein plateau down into the cave through small cracks and joins in the cliff.

When outside temperatures lie above freezing but the caves still contain very cold air, the penetrating water freezes and forms magnificent ice shapes which define the magic of the giant ice cave.

Even when the water which seeps into the cave is warm in Summer, leading to a slight melting of this ice, the overall balance is one of growth; the winter-spring growth exceeds the summer-autumn ice loss and thereby guarantees the survival of this magnificent natural showcase.

Note: Warm clothing!

When visiting the caves (only permissible with a trained guide), we recommend that you wear robust shoes and warm clothing. Temperatures in the Ice cave rarely exceed freezing point and there is only an average temperature of -2 °C (26,6 °F).

Tariffs summer

Info on tickets

Food & Drinks

Erlebnisrestaurant Schönbegalm