Posted by Carter | Under Where to?
Thursday Jul 7, 2016
Salzburg Ice Caves Tour: Vienna to Salzburg Day Trip
Austria’s famous capital city is a force to be reckoned with. Its cultural and artistic legacy lies in the hands of the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Freud. Highlighted by the vast number of palaces and art pieces that are dotted throughout the city, Vienna is a place to truly experience Europe’s grandiose past.
But did you know that Vienna is also a great place to base yourself for a day trip to the Salzburg Ice Caves tour? The unmissable Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave is located just outside of the city of Salzburg, and can be reached on a Vienna to Salzurg Day Trip by car.
Take the back roads and take your time when you rent your own car on this incredible trip across Austria.
The town of Melk is dominated by its majestic abbey, Melk Abbey. One of Europe’s most iconic sights, the abbey was first built in the 11th century, but rebuilt in the 18th century in a Baroque style. Explore the abbey’s impressive interior, including the Marble Hall, ceiling frescoes, and museum, as well as the incredible exterior that is accentuated by a 200-foot-tall dome.
Once the center of Europe’s metal trade throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the city of Steyr is another Austrian historic masterpiece. Explore the main square (Hauptplatz) and its many opulent Baroque murals. The city also boasts an impressive City Hall, which dates back to the late 18th century.
Discover some of the same fine architectural work you admired in Vienna in the quaint town of Admont on the River Enns. Visit the famous baroque Admont Library at the monastery of Admont Abbey, which was designed by architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and is the largest monastery library in the world. The town itself is low key and revolves around its monastery, so is the perfect place to take a break and relax.
In the heart of Salzkammergut, St. Wolfgang lies in an out-of-this-world region of the Alps, with green lakes and small mountains. This wooden medieval town sits above the lakes and is full of history. Visit the 15th century church in the center of the town, one of the greatest examples of Gothic woodcarving still standing. The town has a number of incredible hotels and restaurants with spectacular views of the Alps.
Discover the scenic Alpine town of Fuschl and its stunning medieval castle, Schloss Fuschl. Located a few miles from the town center, the castle was built in the 15th century and has breathtaking views of Austria’s endless green fields and the lake below. Today the castle itself serves as a fancy hotel, although it was once an official guest house during the German occupation of Austria in the Second World War.
Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave
After just over three hours of driving and making pit stops (depending on how much time you want to spend in each place) you will arrive at the unique Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave. Composed of natural limestone, the cave is the largest ice cave in the world at more than 26 miles across! The cave is open for tours throughout the spring, summer, and autumn, but be aware that temperatures inside usually reach freezing so bring warm clothing.