Holidays at the heart of Salzburg

Located some 40 kilometers south of Salzburg, the picturesque town of Werfen offers innumerable recreational activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Explore the wild and romantic surroundings in the course of walks and cycling tours, or take some time out to discover treasures of local heritage and culture. Do not miss out on Werfen’s major attraction: the Eisriesenwelt ice cave. With an overall length of 42 kilometers it is the world’s largest ice cave and definitely a must-see, as is the Hohenwerfen fortress, which features stunning views.

Werfen: Summer holidays & historic sites

Werfen has something in store for people of all ages and interests. Located at the heart of the Province of Salzburg, Werfen is indeed a lovely and charming place to spend a summer holiday. Make sure you don’t leave without having visited the Werfen Eisriesenwelt: A guided tour of the world’s biggest ice cave will create memories that last a lifetime. The second attraction is the Hohenwerfen fortress, which has been sitting highly enthroned above Werfen for some 900 years now. It has gained a reputation not only for its spectacular view of the Salzach Valley, but also for the fantastic birds-of-prey shows. However, Werfen also caters for the needs of sports and outdoor enthusiasts, as it makes a splendid base for a variety of hiking and cycling tours in the Province of Salzburg.
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Family winter break in Werfen

The charming town of Werfen nestles at the heart of the Province of Salzburg, at an altitude of 548 meters. It makes a fine destination when it comes to winter holidays: Enjoy outstanding skiing at the family-friendly Werfenweng ski area with its wide and spacious slopes for skiers of all ages and ambitions, as well as quaint mountain lodges, pubs and restaurants. The picturesque surroundings lend themselves to nature exploration, winter walking and ski mountaineering. Families will enjoy off-piste activities such as Eisstock curling and sledging. Thanks to its convenient location, Werfen offers easy access to several ski areas, including the renowned Salzburger Ski- und Sportwelt Ski amadé, as well as to the city of Salzburg.

More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board

Welcome to Werfen - Holidays in the heart of the province of Salzburg! The historic village of Werfen lies in the Salzburg region, embedded in a wild romantic mountain landscape between Hochkönig, Tennengebirge and Hagengebirge mountain range. The "Eisriesenwelt" is a world-famous sight - it is the world´s largest ice cave. Or visit the impressive castle of Hohenwerfen which offers guided tours and birds of prey shows and the 1st falcon´s museum. Werfen is well known for its culinary delights. Traditional inns and knight´s meals, gourmet dinners - everything you could possibly desire - try the Restaurant Obauer which has won several prizes or one of the other inns here in Werfen.
Werfen is wonderful for hiking and due to its central location you can reach the numerous sights and outing destinations in very short time.

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The ice cave and the Hohenwerfen adventure castle

The world's largest ice cave is the famous landmark of Werfen and the Hohenwerfen adventure castle are popular outing destinations. The "Eisriesenwelt Werfen" ice cave is open from May 01 - approx. Oct 26. The adventure castle is open from Mar 21 - Nov 02, 2008.
Welcome to Werfen! The historic village of Werfen is situated in the Salzburg region, embedded in a wild romantic mountain landscape between Hochkönig and Tennengebirge mountains.

Due to its central location in the Tennengebirge mountains numerous ski areas can be reached easily from Werfen.
Sports fans will find various facilities in Werfen. Marvellous winter hikes, ice skating, alpine curling and sledding as well as a modern shooting range are at your disposal.
In winter the longest downhill piste of the Eastern Alps (16 km) makes Werfen a paradise for fans of ski mountaineering. Traditional inns and knight´s meals, gourmet dinners - everything you could possibly desire - try the Restaurant Obauer which has won several prizes or one of the other inns here in Werfen.

Short ascents - long downhill glides

Werfen is the ideal starting point for your winter holiday. The historic market town of Werfen is surrounded by the most beautiful ski areas. Within a radius of 25km you'll find more than 100 ski lifts and many cross-country skiing slopes. Only 12 minutes by car (8km) are the ski lifts of the Ski-Board-Arena Werfenweng, which can also be reached easily by ski shuttle bus. With only one ski pass you can enjoy borderless skiing in the Salzburger Sportwelt Amadé. 860km of slopes and 270 lifts invite to enjoyable skiing. You stay in the quiet and picturesque Werfen and reach the ski resort of the Skiverbund Amade the following way: Hochkönigs Winterreich in Mühlbach: 18km, Alpendorf Bergbahnen: 21km; Flachau: 30 km, Flachauwinkel: 35 km; Zauchensee: 37 km; Wagrain: 26 km; Großarl: 39 km; Schladming: 49 km; Bad Hofgastein: 46 km; Bad Gastein: 53 km; Dorfgastein: 38 km; Altenmarkt: 26 km. The glacier ski areas are within easy reach: Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn: 57km; Obertauern: 50km.
Exercise lift for beginners is the Zehenthof lift in Pfarrwerfen (2,5km away) - a 400m long T-bar lift.
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Arrival & Address

From the north: via the Tauernautobahn motorway A10, exit Paß Lueg or Werfen;
From the south: motorway exit Pfarrwerfen/Werfen; from here approx. 2km to the center of Werfen.
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Werfen train station (some fast trains also stop here); Tenneck bus stop, Pfarrwerfen bus stop, IC/EC train station Bischofshofen (approx. 6 km)
Salzburg airport (45km), flights already from EUR 19,90 including taxes. Taxi transfer from the airport to Werfen approx. EUR 70 (up to 8 persons), phone Taxi Seiwald: ph 06468-5381.
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Tourismusverband Werfen
Markt 24
5450 Werfen, Austria
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