Lost World Of Eisriesenwelt World’s Largest Ice Cave, World of the Ice Giants
23-04-2017 8:05am | by Geeta Rai
What you have been missing about the world’s largest ice cave, Eisriesenwelt :
The Eisriesenwelt is a German word for World of the Ice Giants is an ice cave which is located in Werfen, Austria about 40 km south of Salzburg. The cave is inside the Hochkogel Mountain in the Tennengebirge section of the Alps which runs for more than 42 km and often visited by about 2,00,000 tourists on an average every year.
The crowd will be guided by a specialist guide who is own by the company who is looking for the maintenance and to reach the most beautiful point, you need to climb 1,400 steps.
The view of Eisriesenwelt is breath-taking and as mesmerizing as you will find yourself surrounded by big giant sculptures and different shapes carved by nature which is worth your hard work and the energy you exhausted while reaching the point.
All the natural sculptures are which are lit only by the lamps which are carried by the guides and the visitors as there is no source of electricity and will be no development as it cause ice to melt at much higher rate than lamps. There are hundreds of sculptors which demolishes every year with the rise in temperature and refreezes with the unique shape when the temperature drop down once again as the people will notice the change in the shape and size of the sculptures every year.
The passage is about 42 km but for the public, it is open as far as one thousand meters which take about one and a half hours for a round trip covering all important aspects of the cave. If tracking or climbing is not your forte, you can choose to travel by a cable car which can be occupied by the nearby town of Werfen.
There are certain limitations as the tour is limited to 2,500 people a day and it only runs from May 1 to October 26 of every year due to changing weather conditions in the area. Its operating hours are 9 to 4:30 pm in July and for rest of the months the time changes to 9:00 am to 3:30 pm every day. Photography is not allowed once you will enter the cave and the temperature usually inside the cave is below 0 degrees and it is recommended to carry or wear warm clothes throughout the tour.
The tour ends at the first cave and beyond that only authorized officials are allowed to enter for research purposes.
As per the history, Austrian hunters who used to live in the mountains were aware of the location but it was forgotten in the history but in later years, Anton Von Posselt-Czorich, a naturalist from Salzburg, officially discovered it again. He was only able to get only 200 meters into the cave and marked the place with black cross mark to recognize it later.
The discovery of the cave made it possible to see the true nature and the scientists and their crew who helped in the discovery would don’t imagine that it would be used as an Olympic ice skating rink in the future.
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