Daily tours through the Dachstein Mammut Cave in Obertraun

Date: Sat, Oct. 22, 2016
Location:  Dachstein-Rieseneishöhle, Obertraun
Info: Daily guided tours from 7th of May until 30th of October 2016. Firste tour at 10:15 hrs.

© Schöpf | Tägliche Führungen durch die “Dachstein Mammuthöhle“ in Obertraun


The endless expanse of the Dachstein massif from inside – the giant Mammut Cave is sure to impress with its vast size and interplay of colours – something you would never expect to see beneath the ground in of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut in Austria! The name ‘Mammut Cave’ (Mammoth cave) was chosen by explorers due to the astonishing dimensions of the underground spaces and passageways contained within this cave system. At present, more than 70 km of these passageways have been explored – around 1 km of them can be viewed during the guided tours.

This exciting tour awaits you in the Mammut Cave

During 1 hour tours of the Mammut Caves, visitors gain insight into how the caves developed and the work of the cave researchers. They learn how powerful volumes of water once gushed through the mountain as well as the problems which confronted cave researchers in the ‘Midnight Dome’ during their multi-day expeditions of the inside of the mountain. In this ‘Kingdom of shadows’, there are no boundaries to the imagination. Here, nature has created its own images from the white mountain milk and brown iron oxide, generating names such as ‘Cave Venus’ and ‘Woman with Hooped Skirt’. And finally, installations from the Linz University of Art (such as the incidence of light and cave scan projects) never fail to impress.

Art in the mountain

Light and shade in the Mammut cave – the ‘Laser scan’ and ‘Incidences of light’ installations captivate in the endless gloom of one of Europe’s largest caves. A swivelling laser beam highlights the surfaces of the cave and brings to life bizarre aluminium objects through the interplay of light and shade. Particularly impressive is the projection of a mediaeval church window which emerges from the cliff as if from nowhere. Plenty of surprises guaranteed!

The history of the Mammut Cave

The West entrance to the Mammut Cave was used as a cellar for many centuries. Poachers, once numerous in the Inner Salzkammergut area, also used the area to store any game they caught. In 1910, exploration began of the seemingly endless corridors of the Mammuth Cave from the western side. On the East side, facing the ice cave, several ice entrances were identified which were finally linked with the western section in 1914. The First World War brought a halt to the research activities. After the end of the war, the military built a route through the Mammut Cave which was then improved over the decades which followed.

Today, over 60 km of the Mammuth Cave have been researched. The impressive size of the passageways and the hope of finding one of the longest caves in Europe prompted researchers to choose this name (transl. Mammoth Cave). Over the last few years, artistic installations have made the Mammut Cave even more attractive and the Dachstein caves are now impressing visitors with their new look.

Tours in 8 languages

Tours through the ice and mammoth cave will become even more exciting and interesting with the Audio-Guide-App! Download the free "Audio Guide for your Smartphone" using the QR code via WiFi. The points for the languages English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Czech, Italian and Hungarian can be found in the base and middle stations (access to the Cave Worlds) of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car - and if you do not have headphones for your smartphone with you, you obtain a disposable headphone for €1 at the base station. We hope you enjoy your journey of discovery through the impressive Cave Worlds of the Dachstein.


Date: Sat, Oct. 22, 2016
Ort:  Dachstein-Rieseneishöhle, Obertraun
Daliy open from 30th April to 30h October 2016.


© Schöpf | Tägliche Führung durch die Dachstein Eishöhle in Obertraun

Adventure world for cavers and mountaineering fanatics

Whether you take a short trip with the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car to sunbathe on the vast Gjadalm, or visit the "Lodge am Krippenstein" for the unique panoramic view of the impressive Dachstein mountains - unforgettable mountain moments that can simply not be missed during a holiday in the Salzkammergut! Mountaineers of all ages will find a perfectly marked network of trails and unforgettable nature experiences at over 2,000 m: hiking on the Nature Trail via the Wiesberghaus to Hallstatt, a tour of discovery through the impressive karst landscape on the Heilbronner circular trail or a hike with overnight stay to the Simonyhütte. Many unforgettable sights, such as the spectacular "5fingers" viewing platform, the ship-shaped World Heritage spiral, fascinating cave worlds, or the iconic prehistoric shark, complete the wide range of excursions in the Dachstein hiking world. The mountains are calling - when will you call back?

Information at a galnce

  • Tips for your visit to the Mammut cave:
    When visiting the Mammut cave (only permissible with a trained guide), we recommend that you wear robust shoes and warm clothing. Temperatures in the cave rarely exceed freezing point and there is only an average temperature of 3 °C. Note

  • Opening times Mammut Cave in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt
    The Mammut Cave is open from 7th of May until 30th of October 2016. Tours run from 7th of May to 10th of June continously at 10.30 a.m until 2.00 p.m, from 11th of June. to 11th of September . contionously at 10.15 until 14.30 hrs. and from 12th of September to 30th of October continously from 10.00 until 14.00 hrs. Please take note of the information at the Schönbergalm where you can find out the exact time of your tour. The meeting point for the tours is directly in-front of the cave. We recommend planning the mountain ascent for 13.00 hrs. the latest. Prices & more....

  • Saving Tip: Discover this destination with the Salzkammergut Adventure Card and save money! The small card is available from all tourist offices of the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region and is free or charge when you stay 3 nights or more. More information ...

  • On the move with the Postbus through the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Current timetable as a PDF download. (568KB)

  • Accessibility/arrival
    By car: Salzburg - Highway A1 – Exit Thalgau – Bad Ischl – 25 km to Obertraun
    From Vienna - Highway A1 – Exit Regau – Bad Ischl – Hallstatt - Obertraun
    From Villach - exit Golling or St. Martin - Richtung Gosau - Hallstatt - Obertraun
    From Graz - Liezen - Bad Aussee - Obertraun - Hallstatt - Obertraun
    By train: Vienna: Railway station Vienna West – Attnang Puchheim – Obertraun
    From Salzburg: Salzburg – Attnang Puchheim – Bad Ischl – Obertraun
    By bus from Salzburg: Salzburg – Bad Ischl – Hallstatt - Obertraun

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