Prax Eishöhle St. Martin / Lofer
The breath-taking Prax Glacial Cave
A nature experience for sportive and an insiders tip amongst the places of interest within the state of Salzburg. Nearly nobody knows the Prax Glacial Cave!
The Prax Glacial Cave is the only developed passageway glacial cave in the Pinzgau Alps. The cave can only be visited from spring till late autumn, as long as the snow situation permits. The guides are undertaken by government-recognized cave guides.
The entrance is located at 1600 metres above sea level, above St. Martin near Lofer. The walking time is 2.5 hours and leads over Maria Kirchental. The temperature in the cave is about +2° celsius.
The Prax cavern originated from the tertiary and in the ice age, millions of years ago. The eroding effect of condensation and glacier water and the disrupting power of frost once formed the Prax cave.
The way in the Prax cave, with a length of about 1 km leads you through romantic corridors, tunnels and large halls. You discover along the same way, that the glacial water took. You come outdoor again, in the middle of the Black Wall, offering you a fabulous view to the northern stone mountains with the beautiful Schmidt-Zabierow hut, the Grubhörndel area at the Lofer Alp and the bordering mountains of Bavaria. Depending on the season, you can admire the imposing ice pillars, ice drops, ice cudgels and nice ground ice.
You find many alpine flowers along the way to the Prax cave, as well as rare plants. If you are lucky, you can also encounter wild animals. Animals like cavern butterflies and bats can be observed in the Prax cave. Discover fossils and petrifactions from the creation of the Triasmeer.
The total time for the guide is between 7 and 8 hours. The time inside the Prax cave is not less than 2.5 hours. A minimum age of 15 years and good physical fitness are required!
Strong mountain shoes, spare shirts, cap, pullover, anorak and a rucksack are required for the ascent into the Praxis cave. You will receive cave equipment such as helmet with light, waterproof trousers, gloves and a waterproof jacket from the cave guide!