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Spannagel Cave

The Spannagel Cave, the highest show cave in Europe, is located in the area of the Hintertux Glacier

In the rear Tuxertal, a side valley of the Zillertal valley, lies the Spannagel Cave: 13 km of it have been explored. The show cave section in the entrance area of the cave, a 500 m long tour, has been open to the public since 1994. The cave lies in a marble vein (crystalline limestone), a geological peculiarity of the Alps: This marble layer replaces the primary rock and extends from Hintertux to the Spannagel Mountain Hut. Both simple guided tours and longer tours are available: On the treks you explore parts of the cave that otherwise only speleologists get to see.

From Hintertux, the Glacier Cable Cars 1 and 2 take you up to the Tuxer Fernhaus Mountain Hut, which lies at 2,660 m a.s.l. A 10-minute walk away is the Spannagel Mountain Hut, where you can get the equipment for a descent into the cave. Winter-proof clothing and shoes are required.

The cave was discovered in 1919 by Alois Hotter, at that time innkeeper of the Spannagel Mountain Hut. It was named after Dr. Rudolf Spannagel, president of the Austrian Tourist Club from 1902-1904. Already in 1964, this cave system was placed under monument protection.

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Opening times

  • Sun 21 Apr 13:00 - 14:00
  • Mon 22 Apr 13:00 - 14:00
  • Tue 23 Apr 13:00 - 14:00
  • Wed 24 Apr 13:00 - 14:00
  • Thu 25 Apr 13:00 - 14:00
  • Fri 26 Apr 13:00 - 14:00
  • Sat 27 Apr 13:00 - 14:00

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Guided cave tours - winter 2024 (08/01/2024 - 30/04/2024)

  • Mon 13:00 - 14:00
  • Tue 13:00 - 14:00
  • Wed 13:00 - 14:00
  • Thu 13:00 - 14:00
  • Fri 13:00 - 14:00
  • Sat 13:00 - 14:00
  • Sun 13:00 - 14:00

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 13:00 - 14:00

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 13:00 - 14:00

Admission

tour 1 - show cave tour (approx. 1 hour):
€ 20.00 adults
€ 20.00 young people (16-18 years)
€ 12.00 children (6-15 years, min. 1.20 m)

discount with the guest card
discount with the Zillertal Active Card

tour 2 - easy trekking without climbing
(from 14 years on, only on reservation, approx. 2 hours):
€ 75.00 per person

tour 3 - sportive trekking tour
(from 16 years on, only on reservation, approx. 3 hours):
€ 100.00 per person

ascent and descent by Glacier Cable Car 1 and 2:
€ 32.00 adults
€ 32.00 young people (16-18 years)
€ 20.00 children and young people (10-15 years)

free for children under 10 years

More information

In winter daily show cave tours without reservation at 1 pm and 2 pm. Tour 2 only on reservation, tour 3 will be offered again from the 1st of June 2024 (start summer season).

Only cash payment. Dogs are not allowed. Surefootedness and no claustrophobia are necessary for all tours. For security reasons, children have to be at least 1.20 m high.

The cave stays open all the year and offers daily show cave tours, in May only on reservation. Every year on June 6, the International Day of Caves and the Subterranean World takes place.

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