The World’s Most Intricate Ice Caves: Eisriesenwelt, Austria

Intricate Ice Caves Eisriesenwelt

Located forty kilometers south of Salzburg, Austria on Mount Hochkogel, the Eisriesenwelt cave is the largest ice cave in the world. Discovered in 1879 by natural scientist Anton Posselt, the name translates to the “World of Ice Giants,” which is a rather apt one given that the ice and limestone covered wonder stretches for 38 kilometers.

While the Salzach River erosion process formed passageways in the mountain to create Eisriesenwelt, other ice caves in the region were formed by snow thawing, seeping into the slots and eventually freezing there during the winter.

Eisriesenwelt Cave

Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves

Eisriesenwelt Cave

Eisriesenwelt Austria

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