Zell am See - Kaprun
Situated in the Salzburger Land, Zell am See and Kaprun build the “Europe Sport Region”. Visit the heart of the Pinzgau and find 200 km/124 miles perfectly groomed cross-country ski tracks through a winter landscape. 210 km/131 miles of slopes promise a great ski vacation. Tobogganing on illuminated runs is fun for everyone in the family and horseback riding through idyllic scenery is not an everyday treat. For romantics, horse drawn carriages show you the fairy tale wonderland.
During the warmer time of the year, Zell am See and Kaprun offer a wide variety of summer activities like hiking, mountain-biking or paragliding to just name a few.
Once called “Cella in Bisonzio” around 740 AD, Zell am See became a spa resort in 1961 and is nowadays an idyllic village which even produces its own drinking water.
Kaprun was known as “Chataprunnin in Pisconcia” around 931 AD. In 1280 AD the castle Kaprun was built. Later in 1955 hydroelectric power stations were constructed and soon Kaprun was well known in Austria.
Spend your vacation in the “Europe Sport Region” – you won’t get bored for a minute!
Attractions and Activities
Winter and summer skiing for all levels, cross-country skiing through a beautiful landscape, hiking and biking – Zell am See and Kaprun sure have a lot to offer.
About 132 km/82 miles of slopes await you at the “Kitzsteinhorn”, which is already open in October due to its altitude of over 3000 m/9842 ft. Ski or snowboard through powder snow and find your challenge. The “Schmittenhoehe” goes up to 2000 m/6542 ft and offers 77 km/42 miles of slopes. If you like to paraglide or hang-glide, the mountain slope is the perfect runway. The “Maiskogl” is known as the family mountain. Take a look at all the ski areas and find the perfect slopes for you.
The Zeller See is a place for all kinds of winter sports: skate or play ice hockey,
try to play “Bavarian ice curling”, walk across the ice or put on your cross-country skis and circle on the cross-country trails. For the courageous ones, the Zeller See is the ideal place to snow kite. With the skis or snowboard on the feet and a kite you can go as fast as 75 km/ph (47 miles/per hour).
Flying fans find their freedom in the air while parachuting or paragliding over this beautiful region. Enjoy the view of the Alps and the “Hohe Tauern Nationalpark” in this peaceful way and land safely at the airfield of Zell am See. If you prefer to watch the fantastic scenery from the window of a small plane then board one of the alpine sightseeing planes.
Art on the mountain
At the “Schmittenhoehe”, artists from Austria, Germany and Italy exhibit their art since 1995. Around 30 wooden sculptures are placed along the ski slopes. The gigantic art objects can easily be reached and are therefore accessible by everyone – even in summer. Why not visit an open-air exhibition?
Swimming pool and sauna world
If you like to relax your sore muscles then pay a visit to the “Optimum” in Kaprun. Not only will water rats have their fun. Let off some steam in the sauna or simply soak in the warm Jacuzzi. Children will love their own pool, their kid’s corner with toys and probably will not like to leave the gigantic slide.
2 spacious 18-hole courses await you. The course “Kitzsteinhoehe” and “Schmittenhoehe” are beautifully set in the middle of the Alps. Bernhard Langer, Germany’s best golfer, still holds the record at “Schmittenhoehe” golf course of 66 shots. Don’t forget to bring your driver along and try to improve your handicap.
In summer, Zell am See and Kaprun are also preferred vacation spots. Squashers and tennis players find courts in both villages. Mountain-bike lovers can explore the area on 1200 km/746 miles of cycle paths.
Hiking is fun, but how about doing it with llamas who accompany you? They carry your luggage. Like that you could also hike for the whole weekend with spending the night in the mountains.
If you like to see caves that are millions of years old, try out “caving”. However if you suffer from claustrophobia or dizziness you should not climb through the narrow clefts. You can also discover more than 40 km/25 miles on foot. A very special experience.
Getting to Zell am See - Kaprun
The closest airport is in Salzburg (less than an hour away).
Zell am See and Kaprun are located in the district Salzburg, approx 80 km/50 miles from Salzburg, 180 km/112 miles from Munich and 390 km/242 miles from Vienna.