The snowfield varies in size and extent from year to year. After a snowy and cold winter, it can happen that even in June nothing can be seen of the ice chapel and the ice / snow field still extends far into the valley. In mild winters with little snow, the cave in danger of collapsing (!) Often forms in spring. The snow field is the deepest, year-round snow field in Germany!
November 13, 2017
The ice chapel below the Watzmann east face is a very impressive natural phenomenon. Throughout the year you will find a firnis field, inside of which there is a large cavity, the Ice Chapel. The view is really terrific, depending on the season but different. In the summer, shafts are formed, which are up to 15 meters high. But even the way to the ice chapel is well worth it and also the transition over the river is really fun.
August 3, 2018
In autumn it can be difficult to reach the ice cap. Since all originally existing bridges are no longer existent and in strong rain, the main stream swells very strong, under certain circumstances, this can not be crossed, so that you can see the entry of the ice poplar maximum from a distance (as happened to us). Unfortunately, there is no information at the start of the hike, so try and error.
October 7, 2019
Unique!!! You must have seen this and the ice cave just above. The last part of the hike is no longer marked because it leads over a boulder field, but it's really worth it. Above all, the temperature difference directly at the cave entrance to the temperature at the scree field is clearly noticeable.
Note: Sure-footedness and sturdy footwear are extremely helpful.
Yesterday I overtook a Japanese in a suit and low shoes and a "Wanderer" in sandals ...
October 16, 2018
Below the Watzmann east face is the deepest permanent ice field in the German Alps: the ice chapel! Although the summer snow line is almost 2,000 meters higher, this firne ice field exists all year round.
You should really only do the last part with good hiking boots. Very difficult terrain
October 10, 2021
You have to see the ice chapel. However, the way there is not to be underestimated. The path is easy to walk until the signposted end of the path. From the "end" it is mostly over scree in the river bed. Depending on the water level, the ice chapel cannot be reached. Good shoes and whatever else you have to bring with you for alpine terrain are compulsory here. Entering the ice chapel is life threatening. The area in front of the chapel is also not to be underestimated, as some people climb around on the outer flanks, they often kick rockfalls here.
Take care up there and take something warm to wear.
October 14, 2019
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