- In 931 it is reported that the village of Kaprun was founded
- Kaprun has around 3000 residents
- Kaprun is at a altitude of around 800m above sea level
- Around 1200 Kaprun castle is built
- 1828 The date of the first reported climb to the top of the 3029m high Kitzsteinhorn is reported
- 1938 Start date of the construction of dams and hydro power plant Glockner – Kaprun
- 1965 The Kitzsteinhorn glacier area opens for public Skiing
- 2010 Kaprun has 3000 inhabitants it also has accommodation for 8000 visitors.
|Extract of a map showing Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn mountain area, alpine walks|
Part map of the Kaprun valley showing village, walks, dams, cable cars and reservoir locations
Thing to do a see in and around Kaprun & Zell am See.
There is lots to see and do in the immediate area of Kaprun and Zell am See. But for those who would like to spread their wings a little further how about these for a few idea:-
(Journey times are from the Kaprun / Zell am See area.)
1) Visit to Salzburg about 1 hours and 20 minutes by car also accessible by train with a similar journey time.
2) A visit to the Krimml waterfalls about 50 minutes by car / bus, it is also possible to get there by the quaint local train from Zell, and a further possibility is to hire some bikes, put them on the train and cycle back down the valley, there is a superb cycling network, but I would advise book your place on the train in advance of hire of the bikes.
3) Visit the Ice caves above Werfen Castle, they are the largest in Austria, very worthy of the climb / cable car ride to the top. Located just off the motorway to the South of Salzburg
Werfen castle "Where Eagles Dare" was filmed worth a visit with falconry display.
4) Werfen castle around 40 Km to the south of Salzburg, is a truly awesome setting, if you don't fancy the the walk from the town, there is a funicular railway from the back of the castle. Both the ice cave and Werfen castle can be visited quite easily in one outing.
5) The Olympic city of Innsbruck, again by car, bus or train at just under two hours away. Plenty to see and do, at any time of the year.
6) Close to Innsbruck is Crystal World home of the Swarovski Crystal business.
7) Visit the Gastein valley, famous for it naturally heated thermal springs / spas. There is Ski, mountain Gastein spa complex at the head of the valley in the interesting Victorian spa town of Bad Gastein, accessible by train from Zell am See.
8) If you don't want to travel as far up the valley at Hofgastein there is the Alpentherme spa complex. In terms of both spas set aside 3/4 hours to get the full enjoyment of the "wellness experience. To find out a bit more about the Tauern Spa world Kaprun click on the link to get to the blog, it opened in November 2010, and a great place visit all year round.
9) Grossglockner Valley pass (the peak of the mountain), starts just a few minutes drive away from Kaprun and Zell am See, from the traditional village of Bruck. To get the most from the trip, aim to do the trip on a day when there is good visibility, there is certainly plenty to see, and different places to stop. The trip up the side road up to the glacier, complete with museum and multi-storey car-park is well worth the effort.
10) A day trip to Venice is not out of the question but an early start is recommended because the car journey comes in at 4 hours! But if you set off at 6.00 am you will be there for 10.00 Am. The quickest route is via Mittersill.
11) Kaprun dams not too far for an outing, open from late May until the Autumn, in a stunning setting and awe inspiring engineering work, to get a better picture of the attraction click on the dam video link
12) Liechtenstein Gorge is not only one of the beautiful gorges, it is also one of the deepest and wildest chasms in the Alps. It is a magnificent natural phenomenon and very much worth a visit. It is close to the alpine town of St Johann im Pongau and the alpine resort of Alpendorf.
13) Another possibility is to take a flight from the Aerodrome which is located on the local road between Zell am See and Kaprun. Parachuting is even a further possibility!
14) In Kaprun there is the castle, village church, village museum and a motor museum all worth a visit in their own right.
|Fantastic mountain walk in and around Zell am See - Kaprun|
For sporting possibilities, to give you a clue the area was formerly know as the Europa-Sports region, which does give you a direct idea to the further possibilities. There are too many to list, a separate article would be required.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay for between 3 - 9 persons, then please consider staying at Austrian holiday apartments in Kaprun
|What a view of the lake at Zell am See|
Parachuting above the lake at Zell am See, Austria