The Spannagel Cave, the highest located show cave of Europe, is located in area of the Hintertux Glacier.
In the rear Tuxertal, a side valley of the Zillertal, there is the 10 km long Spannagel Cave, a marble show cave. In order to reach this natural phenomenon, you take the funicular from Hintertux and afterwards the Glacier Bus 2 to the Tuxer Fernhaus at 2,660 m a.s.l. In a 10-minutes' walk you reach the Spannagel Mountain Hut where you are equipped for the descent into the cave.
It was detected in 1919 by Alois Hotter, the former landlord of the Spannagel Mountain Hut. The Spannagel Cave (Spannagelhöhle) was named after Dr. Rudolf Spannagel, the president of the Austrian Tourist Club from 1902-1904. Since 1964, the cave system has been under monumental protection, and since 1994 the cave has been opened for the public.
The cave is covered by the thick ice layer of the Hintertux Glacier, and is located in a marble layer (crystalline lime) which is a geologic peculiarity of the Alps. This marble layer replaces the prehistoric primary rocks, and stretches from the locality of Hintertux to the Spannagelhaus. Both simple guided tours and more challenging tours are offered: During a cave trekking with certified cave guides you experience the parts of the cave that normally are only accessed by speleologists.
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tour 1 - show cave tour (approx. 1 hour):
€ 15.00 adults, young people (16-18 years)
€ 13.50 adults, young people (with guest card)
€ 8.00 children and young people (6-15 years, min. 1.20 m of body height)
tour 2 - cave trekking (approx. 3 hours):
€ 75.00 per person (from 16 years on)
tour 3 - sportive trekking tour (approx. 4.5 hours):
€ 120.00 per person (from 18 years on)
tour 4 - easy trekking without climbing (approx. 2 hours):
€ 50.00 per person (from 14 years on)
tour 2, 3, or 4 all year round only on prior reservation
ascent and descent by Hintertux Glacier Cable Car:
€ 27.00 adults, young people (16-18 years)
€ 17.00 children and young people (10-15 years)
free for children under 10 years
daily show cave tour without reservation in summer:
June 1 - July 9, 2021, at 11 am, noon time, 1 pm, and 2 pm
July 10 - Sept 9, 2021, at 10 am, 11 am, noon time, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm
Sept 10 - Oct 14, 2021, at 11 am, noon time, 1 pm, and 2 pm
daily guided tours in winter on reservation (until the previous day at 3 pm)