46 things to do in Spring, Summer & Autumn in Kaprun, Zell am See area.

Kitzsteinhorn Ski lift above Kaprun
Salzburg a super City to explore and enjoy.
Kitzsteinhorn ski lift above Kaprun

A while ago we produced an article entitled "30 great reasons to visit and stay in Kaprun / Zell am See in the Salzburgerland area of Austria in the summer" a bit of a long winded the title!  but the article got some interest and comments.   Of course as time goes by, we have discovered that there were more and more things to do on your holiday.

So this list  has been updated, and will be added to from time and time, and of course, the area is not just great for the summer, there is plenty to do either side of the winter season in the Autumn and Spring so here is the updated list of 43+ suggestions, please do suggest your own and other peoples  ideas for inclusion:-

View from the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier in Summer - lake Zell am See in the far ground
  1. Scenery and views to inspire you.
  2. Climb a mountain, walk a ridge, mountain holidays give you natural highs!
  3. In the summer moonlit walks down from the Schmitten mountain
  4. Fresh clean alpine air to breathe in.
  5. Paddle in a stream, swim in a village lido or mountain lake
  6. New restaurants and foods to discover  with perhaps a glass of or beer?
  7. The sports centres, indoor pool, spas, Tauern Spa Kaprun is in an outstanding  world of its own, with  a smaller communal try the one at Zell am See.
  8. A trip to Salzburg a mix of history, culture and shopping.
  9. Sit in a mountain meadow, listening to the cow bells ringing.
  10. Drive the Grossglockner high alpine road go and see the glacier (motorbike, car or cycle!), take the scheduled bus from Zell am See?
  11. A trip to Innsbruck, to see the golden tiles, and soak up some history, sit by the river, take a mountain railway ride.
  12. Open air bathing in a mountain lake:- Zell am See  Lake Zell
  13. Water sports galore, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and wild water rafting.
  14. Swimming in an Austrian mountain lake
  15. Adventure sports canyoning, rafting, climbing, mountain biking.
  16. Hiking trails at all altitudes, with different challenges, and different views.
  17. Cable cars up to 3,000 m above sea level
  18. Play at  one of Austria’s golf clubs with two 18-hole golf courses in a spectacular location at Zell am See - Kaprun.
  19. Over 200 km route of the bike cycle route called the "Tauernradweg", hire an e ( electronic ) bike to take the strain.
  20. Over 700 km of well defined mountain bike routes some used in the mountain bike downhill World cup competition. See bikemap to check out the many the different routeing options.
  21. Over 25 km of bridle paths and tracks, for you to enjoy horse riding with a number of stables to choose from with two close to Kaprun castle.
  22. Over 40 different types of  sports in the area for all the family to enjoy, Parascending is one such sport.
  23. Summer skiing up on the on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier (weather dependent)
  24. Sit on the summer snow beach and get a tan on the Kitzsteinhorn, borrow a sledge in your swimming costume!
  25. Kaprun burg / castle festivals.
  26. Village, lake, city and alpine festivals.
  27. Visit a gorge, there are many, to visit and the Sigmund-Thun-Klamm is close to Kaprun, on the route up to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. In summer they do a much acclaimed candlelit walks
  28. Concerts, theatres, exhibit, museums, galleries locally and in Salzburg and Innsbruck. Summer street bands on Wednesday nights in Zell am See in July and August
  29. Taxenbach canyoning, river rafting, climbing, mountaineering, paragliding, mountain biking and so many more adventure sports in and around Kaprun.
  30. A varied program of events for children and their parents.
  31. A game of crazy golf, or 36 holes on a championship golf course.
  32. A visit to Kaprun’s reservoirs, go on a sunny day to take in the views, prepare to be impressed with the engineering and scenery! walk inside the dam wall, see the glaciers.
  33. Railway trips Salzburg or Innsbruck check out ORB for railway tickets, sometimes cheaper at quieter times after 09.00 or at weekends..
  34. Visit Krimmel waterfalls perhaps taking you cycles on the train, and cycling back down the valley what a day to remember. A great 30 minute walk up from the bottom to a half way restaurant, mind the spray! 
  35. Go on the Salzburg Sound of Music tour, better than you would think?
  36. An alpine drive over the Alps on the Grobglockner a road only open May to October!
  37. Alpine wellness, spas, relaxation a time to chill, two!! in the Gastein valley, also Tauern Spa Kaprun free admission on your birthday, take proof of age.
  38. Visit a Salzburg  Salt mine, ride a railway and mega slide underground!
  39. Castles to visit, including Werfen castle with the display of birds of prey and falconry displays.
  40. Visit a the superb ice cave above Werfen castle only discovered just over 100 years ago.
  41. A 7 mile walk around the lake at Zell, places to stop and rest, unwind and relax.
  42. Sit and have a coffee at the Grand Hotel and take in the views and ambience.
  43. Keep up to date with Kaprun and Zell am See on Twitter?
  44. Take a hike, the train up to Krimml waterfalls, highest waterfalls in Europe
  45. Relax you are on holiday.
Summer Map of the Zell am See and Kaprun

Map of Kaprun , Zell am See,  & the  mighty 3000m+ Kitzsteinhorn complete with glacier  

 And for the future

46A brand new new spa / wellness complex, called Tauern Spa World Kaprun  has now opened its doors, it promises to be an all year round attraction and at a 90 million Euro investment it is something very special!! worth coming back to the area to visit, and to see what is new?

 Tauern Spa Kaprun Opened in November 2010

A separate list is required for the a similar list of things to do in the winter watch this space.

Some places have variation of opening times depending upon the time of year and weather conditions, you are advised to check out in advance of your trip.
Salzburg Holiday tourist poster
 View of Salzburg complete with castle from a LNER holiday poster from the 1920 or 30's?

Looking for somewhere to stay in Kaprun ?  then please have a look at Austrian-holiday-Apartment-Kaprun it sleeps from 3-9 guests in comfort, and has the benefit of 3 bedrooms and 3 bath / shower rooms.


  1. I like your list a lot. All 38 things are great. I like your content. whenever i go to Kaprun i will keep in mind your all points. Thanks for giving us this nice information.

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  3. Thanks for sharing mind blowing tips and really amazing picture.. on your blog.. I like it.. dear..

  4. WOW, those pictures are jaw dropping!! Thanks for the great list of things to do. I'm definitley going to Austria next summer! You've convinced me. Kaprun looks amazing.

  5. Great list for a good traveler! I have never been to Austria but your blog says it all, one should put it in his list! Its in mine already!

    Why not try going on a trip to the English Riviera and go on a Torquay holiday ? They have all weather attractions, beaches, family cafes and a lively nightlife - truly promising for guests of all ages.

    This is also one on my bucket list. =)


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