In the municipal area of Angerberg, on the Hundalm mountain pasture, there is the Hundalm Ice and Dripstone Cave.
The Hundalm Ice and Dripstone Cave is the only publicly accessible ice cave in the west of Austria and the only cave in the North Tyrolean Alps with ice formations and stalactites and stalagmites. It can be found on the high plateau north of Angerberg, about 3 km north of Mariastein. The path leads on a marked trail from the Inntal valley via the Buchacker alpine pasture to the cave, or you choose the alternative hike from Lake Hinterthiersee via the Kögl alpine pasture.
The main entrance to the Hundalm Ice Cave (Hundalm Eishöhle, in German) is located on 1,520 m a.s.l. Stairs and steps lead 45 metres down below the surface. Since 1956 the Hundalm Ice Cave has been protected, while researches started in the mid 60s - it has been proved that some stalactites and stalagmites date back to about 120,000 to 350,000 years ago. In 1966, however, the cave was expanded to be the only show cave of Tyrol, which commenced operations in 1967.
In fact, the glacial cave is an astonishing natural phenomenon! The tour takes you first to the main chamber with its ice formations, whereas on the southern end of the cave there are the above mentioned stalactites and stalagmites. The round walk proceeds also to the lowest point of the cave, 35 metres below the cave entrance, where the oldest ice layer can be found - it dates back to 1,300 years ago. Another lower lying and ice-free area of the Hundalm Cave is not accessible to the public. We recommend to wear gloves and warm clothes, as the temperature here even in high summer doesn’t reach more than 0 degrees C.
Where: on the Hundalm mountain pasture (1,515 m a.s.l.), north of Wörgl in the Inntal valley
Characteristics: the only publicly accessible ice cave in the west of Austria and the only cave in the North Tyrolean Alps with ice formations and stalactites and stalagmites
Further information: phone: +43 57507 7000, firstname.lastname@example.org
from mid-May to September 2020
8.00 Euros (guided tour)