Avalanche Dome & Glacier World

Feel the ice and snow up close

Immerse yourself in the natural forces of the high mountains in the 270° Avalanche Dome cinema box. The course of the water swells into a mighty waterfall. You stand in the midst of the falling waters. An avalanche breaks in the white expanse of the high mountains. It thunders down the valley and surrounds you with its dusty masses.

Glacier world

A large block of ice cools the glass room. "Grasp" the icy beauty of the glaciers here. In total, you will find 342 glaciers in the Hohe Tauern National Park, covering an area of 35 km².

Pasterzen time wheel

Here, the "life" of the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps can be traced. Around 20,000 years ago, at the height of the last ice age, the entire Alpine region was covered by a huge ice flow network. During the subsequent warm period, large masses of ice melted and the Salzach Valley finally became ice-free from about 15,000 years ago.

Climate cooling and warm periods followed. Since then, however, the glaciers have retreated almost constantly, interrupted only by a few brief advances. Humans are making a decisive contribution to global warming. If this trend continues, the glaciers in the Tauern region will largely disappear within the next century.