Zell am See-Kaprun
With an entrancing combination of glacier, mountains and lakes, this area offers a vast range of activities to fully immerse yourself in nature.
This unique natural paradise lies at the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the most significant nature reserve area in the Alps. From the town of Zell am See, located by a bright blue lake, and the nearby town of Kaprun, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier region opens up with hundreds of trails, tours and routes for hiking and biking. The local Schmittenhöhe mountain offers myriad opportunities for walking. As well as panoramic views over some 30 3,000m mountains, it’s perfect for guided herbal walks or around the 4 lakes art walk that takes in art installations on the mountain.
The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Schmittenhöhe mountain and the impressive Maiskogel are all starting points for grand Alpine adventures along some 400km of hiking trails. The hiking trails are categorised into three levels of difficulty and duration so everyone can find their perfect path. A digital hiking map can be used to plan the tours. No wonder it’s a magnet for hikers, bikers, trail runners and paragliding. It’s also a great place to try discgolf and E-motocross.
One of the highlights of the area is the mighty Kitzsteinhorn Glacier at 3,000m above sea level. The adventurous can climb trails along the glacier, but it can also be ascended by cable cars. The views from the top, over Austria’s most prominent mountains, are magnificent, especially from the viewing platform.
There are dozens of cosy chalets and quaint mountain guesthouses that offer hikers a place to take a break and enjoy regional specialities such as mountain cheese, elderflower juice or home-made schnapps.
Whether it’s scaling the mountains by mountain bike or taking a gentle cycle with the family around Lake Zell, everyone will find what they’re looking for on the 240km-long cycling network in the region. The three designated freeride trails on the Kitzsteinhorn are highlights for mountain bikers. The Maiskogel is the perfect place for uphill cyclists and freestylers can let off steam in the bike park in Kaprun. A more relaxed option is to travel by E-bike onto the Schmittenhöhe mountain for unbelievable views.
Photos: ©Schultheiß • Schmittenhoehebahn
Zell am See-Kaprun • Gletscherbahnen Kaprun