Mammoth Cave

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Location: Obertraun, Salzkammergut. A1 (E55) exit 234 Gmunden, follow B145 through Gmunden, Bad Ischgl, and Bad Goisern. Behind Bad Goisern turn right onto 166 to Gosaumühle, turn left along Hallstatt lake through Hallstadt to Obertraun. Take Dachstein Cable Car. 15 min walk (700m walk, 70m uphill) from Schönberg Alp, 1st station.
Open: 12-MAY to 08-JUN daily 10:15-14:30.
09-JUN to 09-SEP daily 9:15-15.
10-SEP to 16-SEP daily 10:15-14:30.
Times of first and last tour at cave entrance, allow time for walk plus cable car. [2007]
Fee: Adults EUR 8.80, Children (5-15) EUR 5.20, Children (0-4) free. Groups (20+): Adults EUR 7.50.
Mammuthöhle + cable car: Adults EUR 23.70, Children (5-15) EUR 13.80, Children (0-4) free. Groups (20+): Adults EUR 22, Children (5-15) EUR 11.90.
Combi Rieseneishöhle + Mammuthöhle: Adults EUR 12.30, Children(5-15) EUR 7. Groups (20+): Adults EUR 11.10.
Combi Rieseneishöhle + Mammuthöhle + cable car: Adults EUR 28.60, Children(5-15) EUR 16.30. Groups (20+): Adults EUR 26.70, Children(5-15) EUR 14.50.
Long cave trekking tour (Höhlentrekking): Groups (4-10): per person EUR 77; Groups (10+): per person EUR 50.
Short cave trekking tour: Adults EUR 35, Children EUR 28. [2007]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: VR=1,207m, L=60,449m, A=1,455m asl.
Guided tours: Tourist tour: D=90min., L=800m. (English Deutsch - German Italiano - Italian Français - French Español - Spanish)
Long cave trekking tour: D=1day.
Short cave trekking tour: D=3h.
Bibliography: Ing Hermann Bock et al. (1913): Höhlen im Dachstein und ihre Bedeutung für die Geologie, Karsthydrographie und die Theorien über die Entstehung des Eises, Dem Andenken weiland Prof Friedrich Simonys. 151 pp some fine sepia photos, illus, maps etc. HB
Günter Stummer (Red) (1980): Atlas der Dachstein-Mammuthöhle 1:1000. Wiss. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift "Die Höhle" Nr. 32.
Address: Dachstein & Eishöhlen GmbH & CoKg, Winkl 34, 4831 Obertraun, Austria, Tel.:+43-6131-531-0, Fax: +43-6131-531-4800 E-mail: contact
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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2007 start of renovation of all three caves by the Kunstuniversität Linz, Institut für Raum- und Designstrategie.
MAY-2008 renovation completed.


In the Dachstein district there are 200 caves of which Mammuthöhle is the largest. The size of the cave passages just have to be seen to be believed, on either side there are banks of mud with distinct layers which have been laid down by water. There are great dome shaped halls, with planes of repusse, and giant key hole shaped passages 20m high and 12m wide.

There are vertical grooves on the walls indicating running water, and there is red-brown staining from the iron mineral deposits. The only formations are the great white sponge deposits called Bergmilch which cover the walls.

The palaeolithic bed of the River Traun, long drained of water forms a gigantic tunnel and leads to the Mitternachtsdom (midnight dome), an enormous chamber over 40m high which contains a multivisual slides show. It introduces visitors to the dangerous but exciting work of the speleologists (cave explorers).

Three rare species of beetle are found in this cave together with many cave bear bones. The cave is called Mammoth Cave, not because mammoth bones were found here, but because of its large dimensions.

Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.