Zell am See-Kaprun Attractions
The Kitzsteinhorn (3,203m) is a mountain in the High Tauren range and the highest mountain in Salzburger Land. The Kitzsteinhorn is a summer and winter 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.
Schmittenhöhe on top of Paradise
The Schmittenhöhe Mountain (1,965m) sits proudly above Zell am See. The summit provides amazing view of up to thirty 3,000m mountains including: Kitzsteinhorn, Groβglockner and Groβvenediger of the Hohe Tauren Range and to the east the Steinernes Meer.
The mountain has various family-friendly activities and trails as well as the starting point for more adventurous hikes. The Sisi Roundabout Trail (about 2 km long), dedicated to Austria’s former Empress, is a family-friendly trail and takes you around the Schmittenhöhe summit, starting and finishing at the Elisabeth Chapel.
There are plenty of mountain Alms and Gasthäuser on the Schmittenhöhe Mountain where you can relax, soak in the panoramas and the summer sun while you enjoy one of the many Pinzgauer specialities.
The summit of Schmittenhöhe is also a popular starting place for paragliding into the valley below.
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.
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).
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.
Alpine driving Adventure on the Grossglockner Road
Visiting Zell am See in summer provides the opportunity to drive one of the most memorable alpine drives in the world. Discover your very own Fahrvergnügen (driving pleasure)
The Groβglockner High Alpine Road (~20 km from Zell am See) leads up Austria’s highest mountain, the Groβglockner and its glacier, the Pasterze. Its 48 km of 36 hairpin turns and serpentine bends ascending to 2,504 m is one of the greatest alpine drives. The Groβglockner Road can be travelled by car, bus, motorbike or bicycle.
The Groβglockner Road leads from Fusch-Ferleiten in Salzburger Land to Heiligenblut in Carinthia via the Fuscher Törl and the Hochtor Pass at 2504 m. At every turn, there are vistas of snow-capped peaks, forested slopes and wildflower covered pastures. Towering above the road are the peaks of the Groβes Wiesbachhorn (3564 m) and the Groβglockner (3798 m). The Edelweißspitze viewpoint, takes you to the highest point of the road (2, 572 m). The Edelweißspitze restaurant (open from 7:30 am) has a beautiful sunny terrace where you can view 37 of the 3000m peaks and 19 glaciers.
Further along the road, the Franz Josefs Höhe a stone terrace named after the Emperor, who once visited the site. Now there is a parking garage, visitors’ centre, observation tower and 3 restaurants. It is also the starting point for hiking trails leading to the Pasterze glacier.
Open from early May to early November (weather permitting) from 6 am to 8 pm.
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.
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