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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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
Daily show cave tours without reservation:
till September 15, 2023, at 10 am, 11 am, noon time, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
from September 16, 2023, on at noon time, 1 pm and 2 pm
Tours 2 and 3 only on reservation. 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 Spannagel Cave stays open all the year, also in winter, and offers every day the show cave tour, in May only on reservation.