Summer in Kaprun
Discover amazing summer holidays in Kaprun
Kaprun is nestled at the base of the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, surrounded by mountains and lush valleys. You’ll be delighted by the multitude of sporting adventures, relaxation experiences and breath-taking natural landscapes- all in one village. The Salzburger Platz is the heart of the village, where you’ll find shops, bakery, café-bars and restaurants. The village church, perched up on a rocky crag, looks down upon the village with its distinctive A-framed chalets and the 12th century Burg (Castle) Kaprun, in the distance. The Burgfest is held annually in July and the castle courtyard is transported back to Middle Ages with visitors experiencing the everyday life of knights and noblemen. Throughout the year, the Burg hosts music events, tours and markets.
Here are our top tips for exploring Kaprun in the summer!
Maiskogel - a nature lover's nirvana
The Maiskogel Mountain is in the heart of Kaprun. In the summer, the lush green slopes become fertile grazing grounds for the alpine cows who nonchalantly share the pistes with the hikers and mountain bikers.
The Maiskogel is starting point for a number of hiking routes- from leisurely to a full-scale ascent of the Maiskogel or Kitzsteinhorn. A walk along level paths takes you from the Maiskogel Alm Ranch and petting zoo (open May to End October) to Unterbergalm (Open June to September- closed Wednesdays) and return via the Alpengasthaus Glocknerbllick 1,670m (Open end June to September- closed Mondays). The Alms and Gasthäuser sunny terraces are the ideal spots to sit back and relax while you enjoy the valley and mountain vistas. Try to spot the cattle perched somewhat precariously on the slopes! After your hike, reward yourself with typical Pinzgauer Brettljause, (akin to a "ploughman's lunch") with a mug of beer, schnäpse or a mug of fresh milk or buttermilk.
Adrenalin rush on the Maisiflitzer
At the base of the Maiskogel, you’ll find the unexpected thrill of the Maisflitzer Alpine Coaster- an adrenaline rush for kids young and old.
Fasten your seatbelt and you soon will be traveling down the 1.3 km of track, reaching up to 40 km/h as you race towards the valley below along bridges, waves, jumps and banked loops.
Experience the Power of Water at Sigmund Thun Klamm
Around 14,000 years ago, a retreating glacier carved a 32-meter-deep and 320 m long gorge in the valley, leaving behind striking rock formations, waterfalls, eddies and whirlpools. The Sigmund Thun Klamm (Gorge) is a series of timber boardwalks and bridges leading over the rushing glacial waters of the Kapruner Ache River and through the narrow Sigmund-Thun Gorge. At the top of the gorge, the trail continues around the Klammsee. At the southern end of the lake there is a kiosk, playground and a bus stop that will take you back to Kaprun. The circular path returns to the Sigmund Thun Klamm info-centre where there are interesting displays on the production of hydroelectric power in Austria.
The boardwalk and stairs are well maintained, but suitable shoes and a waterproof are recommended. The walk through the gorge is relatively easy so it is suitable for families.
The Sigmund Thun Klamm is approximately 4 km from Kaprun.
Explore the Kaprun High Mountain Reservoirs
Every year more than 100,000 tourists visit the Kaprun High Mountain Reservoirs (Hochgebirgsstauseen). The famous Lärchwand inclined lift, Europe's largest open lift, transports you up a 431m incline toward the majestic Wasserfallboden (1,672 m) and Mooserboden (2,036 m) reservoirs which appear fjjord-like with their turquoise waters surrounded by 3000 m peaks.
The “Power and Ice Adventure World “, located at the end of the Mooserboden dam, has information on the history of dam construction and their operation. There are several High Mountain trails which offer sweeping views of the Mooserboden and Wasserfallboden dams and surrounding Alpine peaks. The easy Herbtrail begins at the Bergrestaurant Mooserboden (open end of May to mid-October) and leads down to the Fürthermoaralm (Open mid-June to end September).
Located a short drive through the Kapruner valley, a bus transports you to the reservoirs from the Kesselfall-Alpenhaus (9 km from Kaprun).
The reservoirs are open from the end of May to mid- October (8:00am to 3:30 pm).
Revitalise on the Kitzsteinhorn
The Kitzsteinhorn (3,203m) is a mountain in the High Tauren range and the highest mountain in Salzburger Land. The Kitzsteinhorn is a summer playground with an overabundance of activities for everyone - ranging from leisurely to adventurous.
It's easy to reach the Alpine Centre (2,450 m) - either from the Kitzsteinhorn valley station or from the Kaprun Centre in the heart of the village. Continuing to the summit of Kitzsteinhorn, the breathtaking Gondola ride takes in panoramic views of the craggy mountain whilst floating almost 60 m over the glacial pistes. You’ll instantly feel revigorated as you breath in the pristine mountain air.
Sitting at the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park, Gipfelwelt 3000 provides majestic views of the Kitzsteinhorn and the Hohe Tauern mountains. Be amazed as you enter the National Park Gallery, a 360-meter mine shaft cut through the Kitzsteinhorn peak. The gallery has five information stations on crystal treasures, gold, silver as well as the formation of the Alps. The Top of Salzburg is a skywalk 50 m above the glacier which provides breathtaking views of the endless magnificent mountain ranges.
When the mercury is tipping 30°C in the Kaprun valley, you’ll be enthralled to find snow covered slopes. The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier is the only place in Salzburger Land where skiing in July is possible. So grab your skis and hit the slopes in the early morning. In the afternoon you can enjoy the sun and explore the hikes and other activities on the mountain.
Biking Adventures in Kaprun
There are a number of leisurely and easy paced cycling trails that will take you around Kaprun, Piesendorf, Bruck and Zell am See. The speed limit in the village is 30 km, which makes biking in Kaprun safe for families.
Kaprun lies on the Tauern Cycling Trail (Tauernradweg), providing the opportunity to explore the Pinzgau region. The trail begins at the foot of the Hohe Tauern’s snow-covered mountains and follows the Salzach River through lush green meadows via Salzburg to Passau. The trail is normally completed in stages over 5-7 days, but a beautiful section of the trail to Krimml can easily be enjoyed from Kaprun.
For the more adventurous, there are many mountain bike and freeride tours and trails. The region has over 30 mountain bike tours catering from easy to difficult terrains. At the Maiskogel, there are several challenging climbs or if you prefer a less arduous ascent – you can take a gondola up the Maiskogel and enjoy some downhill fun. From the Kitzsteinhorn Alpine Centre (2,450m) there are 3 mountain biking freeride trails with a total length of 12 km. A bit further afield in Saalbach- Hinterglemm (28 km from Kaprun) mountain bikers will discover paradise with over 400 km of mountain trails to explore.
Day trip to Krimml Waterfalls
The Krimml Waterfalls is the largest waterfall in Europe and the 5th highest in world! The village of Krimml is located approximately 50 km east of Kaprun and can easily be reached by car or by the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn (train). The waterfalls begin at the end of the Krimml Ache Valley and at first gently flow over 20 km before they are transformed into a thunderous glacial stream which cumulates into the Krimml Waterfalls. Scientific studies have proven that breathing in the curative energised air at the Krimml Waterfalls alleviates asthma and allergies!
Top Hint: For a full days adventure- take your bike on the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn (train) to Krimml. Return by riding the mostly downhill route from Krimml to Kaprun (67 km)
Need a break from your holiday?
After a few days of exploring you may need a break from your holiday? You’ll appreciate the Tauern Spa resort located in Kaprun, the largest spa and wellness centre in Austria. Relax away your worries and muscle aches in the spa, aqua & sauna world. This facility has 13 saunas; 12 pools including outdoor and saltwater pools, nourishing baths, beauty treatments and 3 restaurants. Kids can also rejuvenate in the children's area which has an outdoor water park with water slides, play pool, a baby pool, youth pool, volleyball court and climbing wall.