Field trips


Accompanied Caving Trips


Please note that all bookings for guided pre-excursions & excursions have to do in advance over the booking platform on this side. To book an excursion, you need to register for the congress first and pay the registration fee. Depending on each excursion, different terms for cancellation apply. Please find more information on guided tours at 3rd Circular (PDF).
Booking will be possible at 1st. May 2018 here!

Cavers in Austria invite you to join a variety of field trips and precamps!


Most trips are located within the Salzkammergut area. Some points of interest are nearby Salzburg and we visit the Nationalpark Kalkalpen and the Waldviertel.
You can experience the caves in Dachstein, Höllengebirge, Totes Gebirge, Salzkammergutberge, Taugl, Untersberg and Waldviertel.
Last but not least we cross lakes, visit museums, search for salt and look through geological windows.


We organise one-day field trips on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
For longer tours we are planning a few precamps. Tours of two or three days are scheduled from Friday, 17th Aug. to Wednesday, 22nd Aug., the week before the conference.
On Saturday, 25th we only offer short-excursions and encourage you to take a break from caving and join the sessions at the conference.
Ebensee is also a good starting point for your personal hike. The train stops in Ebensee and takes you to towns next to the Salzkammergut lakes: Gmunden, Traunkirchen, Bad Ischl, Bad Aussee and Obertraun at the south end of the Hallstättersee are some of them.


All trips are rated in terms of the experience and gear needed ranging from 1 to 3.
1 is easy. For tours rated 1, you don’t need a caving overall and a torch is sufficient.
2 is sportive and in most cases you will need an overall and a helmet with headlamp. Some tours also require gear for ascending and descending on a single rope.
3 is for experienced cavers, who are very familiar with ascending and descending on a single rope. Complete caving equipment is needed for these demanding tours.


We are planning field trips in all of these three categories on each day during the congress.


If you come to visit us, a short list of frequent German words might be useful.
Here it is:
1st: The word “See” means lake. There is no sea in Austria. We are sorry for that.
2nd: “Berg” means mountain, but don’t be confused. “Gebirge” basically also means mountain and “Stein” often refers to a mountain as well.
3rd: We use “Höhle” to say cave. Some people want to disguise their cave as “Loch”, “Schlund” or “Lucke”, but you will be clever and know it’s just a cave.
Now you are perfectly prepared for your trip (and the list below).


Hirlatzhöhle, which is one of our longest caves, well known
Dachstein-Rieseneishöhle with 13.000 m³ ice,
Dachstein-Mammuthöhle is also good for kids,
Mörkhöhle if you like it deep and narrow,
Schießerbach- and T-Höhle are nice and neat,
-200 m Totengrabenhöhle hides pyrite inside,
the never ending road into Verborgene Höhle has not found an end yet,
huge Schönberg-Höhlensystem with Feuertal is a magnet if you like it long and deep,
Gassel-Tropfsteinhöhle offers beautiful flowstones,
Hochlecken-Großhöhle “ends” in front of a -343 m drop,
Koppenbrüllerhöhle extended is a safe place to get into caving,
Flaschenschlund— you notice: it’s also cave,
Elmhöhle, Pießling-UrsprungHöhle, Kalmooskirche, Höllenloch, Schwarzenbachloch, Höherstein Wasserhöhle, Naglsteghöhle, Gmundnerhöhle, Saubachlhöhle if you like it wet and many more.


Prehistoric salt mine of Hallstatt (with in situ relicts!), coal mine in Timelkam, a mine tunnel from WWII in Ebensee, a museum for natural history and a grindstone-quarry are waiting for you to visit.


Tauglboden and Lengfeldkeller, Langbathsee, Hirschlucke, Feuerkogel, Traunsee-Ostufer and its caves, Hirschbrunn, Karstquellen in Abtenau und Scheffau, Pießling-Ursprung and some more.


All details will be online soon. The early bird catches the worm!