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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

  • Wed 07 Dec 11:00 - 14:00
  • Thu 08 Dec 11:00 - 14:00
  • Fri 09 Dec 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sat 10 Dec 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sun 11 Dec 11:00 - 14:00
  • Mon 12 Dec 11:00 - 14:00
  • Tue 13 Dec 11:00 - 14:00

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Full timetables
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Guided cave tours only on request - autumn 2022 (10/15/2022 - 11/30/2022)

  • Mon 11:00 - 14:00
  • Tue 11:00 - 14:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 14:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 14:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 14:00

Guided cave tours only on request - winter 2022/23 (12/01/2022 - 03/31/2023)

  • Mon 11:00 - 14:00
  • Tue 11:00 - 14:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 14:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 14:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 14:00

Guided cave tours only on request - spring 2023 (04/01/2023 - 05/31/2023)

  • Mon 11:00 - 14:00
  • Tue 11:00 - 14:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 14:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 14:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 14:00

Admission

tour 1 - show cave tour (approx. 1 hour):
€ 18.00 adults
€ 18.00 young people (16-18 years)
€ 10.00 children (6-15 years, min. 1.20 m)

discount with the guest card

tour 2 - easy trekking without climbing (approx. 2 hours):
€ 50.00 per person (from 14 years on)

tour 3 - sportive trekking tour (approx. 3 hours):
€ 75.00 per person (from 16 years on)

tour 2 and 3 all year round only on request

ascent and descent by Glacier Cable Car 1 and 2:
€ 28.50 adults
€ 28.50 young people (16-18 years)
€ 18.00 children and young people (10-15 years)

free for children under 10 years

More information

The cave stays open all year round, in the cold season (Oct 15, 2022 - May 31, 2023) daily guided cave tours on request, reservation till the day before at 3 pm. Surefootedness and to not suffer from claustrophobia are necessary for all tours. The summer season 2023 will start on June 1.

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