Hundalm Eis- und Tropfsteinhöhle

Hundalm Ice and Dripstone Cave


Useful Information

Location: By car to Unterangerberg, near the Church Maria Stein. Walk to the Restaurant Alpengasthof Buchacker (2 hours, 1420m asl) and on a marked track to the cave entrance (45 min).
Open: JUN, SEP Sat, Sun, Hol 10-16. JUL-AUG daily 10-16.
Fee: Adults EUR 5, GuestCard owners EUR 4, Children EUR 2,50.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave, Explainice cave, fissure cave, Wettersteinkalk.
Light: Carbide lamps.
Dimension: A=1,520m asl.
Guided tours: D=25min., L=144m, VR=35m.
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Address: Tourismusverband Wörgl, Tel: +43-5332-76007.
Tourismusverband Angerberg, Tel: +43-5332-6305.
Josef Kogler, Tel: +43-5332-71664.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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History

1921 first exploration by Otto Engelbrecht.
1956 declared a Naturdenkmal (Natural Monument).
1967 opened to the public.

Description

The name Hundalm Eis- und Tropfsteinhöhle is translated above. Some more explanations may be necessary for the name Hundalm. Hundalm is the name of the area, a typical name in the German speaking Alps. "Hund" means dog, "Alm" means high pastures, so put it together and you will get "pastures of the dog". However, sounds better in German....

The cave is located on an Alm, an area high above the valley with its villages, where only gras and shrubs grow. Winter is here very strong and lasts very long. But it is possible to bring cattle up here during the summer. A few people, mabe only a single man or woman, live here the whole summer to look after the cattle and produce cheese from the milk. In autumn the cattle is brought back to the valley, a big event called Almabtrieb, similar to the American Thanksgiving Day.

The Hundalm Eis- und Tropfsteinhöhle is located on the Hundalm. The cave is managed by the Wörgl section of the Landesvereins für Höhlenkunde in Tirol.

You will see an ice filled hall and fossile dripstones. The trail leads beneath the ice. Most parts of the cave are rather narrow, looking like a widened fissure.