Up to Hintertux Glacier in Zillertal

Become immersed in another world at 2500 metres


There are two unique natural gems at Hintertux Glacier in Zillertal. The Hintertux Glacier Ice Palace and the Spannagel cave are two very special excursion destinations.

In the Natural Ice Palace on the Hintertux Glacier you are immersed in the sparkling world of eternal ice. In the Spannagel cave right at the Spannagelhaus you get to explore a unique cave system. Both these excursion destinations are open year-round, irrespective of the weather and provide real adventures for all the family. 

Natural Ice Palace

inspirational ice


Glaciers are a fascination in themselves and often conceal special secrets that are there to be explored as part of your holiday in the 5 star Superior STOCK resort . The Nature Ice Palace on Hintertux Glacier, 30 metres below the ski pistes, invites you to enjoy an impressive exploratory tour. Walk through the ice crevice – just three to four minutes walk from the mountain station for the Gletscherbahn – and you enter a sparkling world of ice, summer and winter alike. Frozen waterfalls, stalactites and a glacier lake make it into a magical place.

Ice Palace in Hintertux Glacier
Ice Palace in Hintertux Glacier

Extended basic tour in the eternal ice


For an additional fee, book a VIP tour with boat trip to the subterranean glacier lake, or take yourself to your own personal limits while stand-up paddling or even ice swimming. In any case, a leap into the ice cold water (fee payable for this too) is an extreme experience that you will remember for a long time to come. 

  • Entry: aged six and over
  • Temperature: a constant zero degrees
  • Highlights: ten metre long icicles and bizarre ice formations, the deepest exploratory shaft of any glacier in the world, a glacier lake 30 metres beneath the ski piste, Eiskapelle and various ice caves, Tuxer Riese (legendary figure)
  • Clothing: warm clothing and sturdy footwear (available to hire in the sports shops at Hintertux Glacier)
  • Booking and guided tour: Natursport Tirol – Tel.: +43 676 307 0000
  • Meeting point: Nature Ice Palace container at the mountain station for Gletscherbus 3 – Gefrorene Wand. Redeem your panorama ticket ‘Faszination Eis’ at the pay station and allow around 30 minutes for the gondola ride from the valley up to the start point for the guided tour.
  • Tickets for guided tours (at 14.30): available direct at the Nature Ice Palace container. Registration recommended online at natureispalast.info Registration also recommended for the extended basic tour with boat trip.

Spannagel cave natural monument


hidden wonder


The Spannagel cave, which is around 13 kilometres in length, at the glacier in Zillertal, is one of the biggest rock caves and the only marble cave in the Central Alps. You can walk around 500 metres into the depths of exhibition Spannagel cave during a guided tour. The entrance to the Spannagel cave at the Zillertal Glacier is directly beneath the Spannagelhaus and is also the uppermost point of the cave system. You can learn lots of interesting information about the history of this place and the cave climate, marvel at the marble layering, crystals, bone finds and much more. 

Well-equipped and into adventure


Expect to encounter snow year-round on the Hintertux Glacier, and with that in mind, winter-proof clothing and shoes are required for the descent to the Spannagelhaus. All tours start at the entrance to the exhibition cave right at Spannagelhaus.

  • Entry: aged six and over
  • Clothing: warm clothing and sturdy footwear (available to hire in the sports shops at Hintertux Glacier)
  • Guided tours available without advance registration: October to 30.04.24 daily at 13.00 and 14.00. In summer 2024 11.00, 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00
  • Guided tours available with advance registration: 01.05.24 to 30.05.24 (+43 5287 87251)
  • To register in advance telephone +43 5287 87251 or mail info@spannagelhoehle.at , for cave treks which take several hours and head deeper into the branched natural cave system beneath the Hintertux Glacier. 
  • Meeting point: Spannagelhaus (ascent by gondola to Tuxer Fernerhaus at 2660 metres, a ten minute walk to the Spannagel cave at Spannagelhaus)