Werfen

Travel Guide Europe Austria Salzburg Werfen

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Introduction

Werfen is located approximately 40 kilometres south of Salzburg. It is mainly known for 2 sights: Eisriesenwelt and the castle of Hohenwerf. The first located in the mountain above the town, the latter on a hill in the middle of the Salzach valley overlooking the town and its surroundings.

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Sights and Activities

Eisriesenwelt

Ice Cave

Ice Cave

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In the mountains above Werfen lies the ice cave of Eisriesenwelt The caves are open for the public between May and early October. From the parking lot in Gries/Werfen there are bus services going up the mountain that take you to a parking lot. Drivers who have experience in driving in the mountains, can drive up the mountain for the first piece on themselves. (forget driving up with a caravan). Near the parking lot you buy the tickets, and walk the 20 minutes to the cable car that takes you even further up hill. After another short 15-minute walk, you will reach the entrance to the cave. The guided tour takes just over an hour. Remember that you are visiting an ice cave, so bring appropriate clothing, also keep in mind that you will have to master around 700 steps up, and 700 down again. During the visit tour that takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes, you will be climbing a total of 134 metres or 700 steps. During the tour there are stops around every 5 minutes, for you to catch your breath, and for the guide to explain more about the cave. The tour covers the first kilometre of the total 42 kilometres that are discovered at the moment. Only the first kilometre is covered with ice, and is the most interesting one for visitors.

Castle Hohenwerfen

The Burg Hochwerfen was built from 1075 to 1078 by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg on a 150-metre high rock north of the village Werfen and expandet in the 12th and 16th century, also used as a residence and as a hunting retreat. Today it is a museum. Closed from the 4th of November to the end of February. Get there by suburban railway (S-Bahn), taking 30 minutes from the city of Salzburg to Werfen (this brings you als to the Eisriesenwelt). Then a 30 minutes footpath to the castle. By car take the “Pass Lueg” exit on the A10 Tauern Autobahn, then south on the B159. You can do it also as a tour with or without the Eisriesenwelt.

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Getting There

By Train

From Salzburg you can take the train to Werfen. Check the timetable at ÖBB.at, the trip takes 40 to 54 minutes. From the station there are buses leaving to the visitor centre at Eisriesenwelt at 8:20am, 10:20am, 12:20pm, 14:20pm, and by prior arrangement. call 0043/(0)6468/5293 or mail: eisriesenwelt.linie@aon.at.

By Car

Werfen is located about 40 kilometres south of Salzburg, from there you can take the Tauern motorway (A10) south.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.

Post

For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.

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