|Skiing above the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier near Kaprun|
Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun where it possible to ski in the Summer months.
Thinking about winter holidays? or skiing holidays in Austria? I started a list off to count up the options, of things to do, places to go, got to twenty suggestions and the ideas still came flooding out. But it is reasonable to say that there is plenty to do and see on a winter / ski holiday in Austria.
If you are looking for a list of events and happenings in the Kaprun and Zell am See ( On the internet sometimes spelt ZellamSee ) ski area click on the link here.
|Salzburg a superb city to visit whatever the time of the year.|
Salzburg in winter, a fantastic city to visit, explore and to shop in.
36 things to do on a winter holiday in Austria
- Go in search of Apre Ski. (what you do after a day on the slopes, eat, drink & party).
- Visit an Art gallery in Salzburg, Vienna, Linz, or Innsbruck, cities of culture.
- Visit a local museum Bad Gastien, Kaprun, Zell am See or Saalfalden are pretty interesting ones.
- Visit a Wellness, Spa or Beauty centers, relax, unwind, ease away aches and pains. Tauern Spa Kaprun and the spas in the Gastein valley are fantastic places to chill.
- Skittles or indoor Bowling great with a beer!
- Children's playgrounds, children still like them in the snow!
- Visit the cinema, improve your German! some have international day showings.
- Cleared footpath walks to follow, stopping at a mountain restaurant for a hot chocolate or something stronger!.
- Cross Country Skiing across the valley bottom.
- Curling on ice or even on a frozen lake?
- Horse riding in the snow, or maybe a sleigh ride.
- Ice-skating inside or outside
- Ice-sailing something different
- Indoor tennis at Zell am see.
- Outdoor fitness course, take a run
- Nordic Walking - walking with poles, give that body a workout.
- Top up the sun tan, bright and sunny in the snow.
- Spa, sauna, steam room, Spa-World-Kaprun well worth a visit, or try the Gastein valley with 2 fantastic thermal spas, at Bad Hofgastein the alpentherme.com or at Badgastein Felsentherme.
- ? Make this one up for your self? or go and see an ice hockey match in Zell am See
- Snow shoeing, walking across snowy slopes through trees and across snow covered meadows.
- Have a ride on a horse drawn sleigh
- Skiing an independent view point
- Sit have a coffee or a Glühwein and soak soak up the atmosphere and history of the place.
- Snow Kiting
- Visit a Sports centre with a gym.
- Squash or tennis.
- Swimming pool inside or out?
- Sledging or tobogganing there is a great one in Kaprun
- Winter markets, shopping at Zell am See or Salzburg market in the snow.
- Sit down have a hot chocolate, take in the views and relax, you are on holiday.
- Have a meal to remember having burnt off the calories.
- Hot air ballooning over snowy mountains! Balloon festival at the end of January (now moved into January) in Kaprun and Zell am See
- Take a cable car to the top of a mountain and take in the view. Schmitten views, history and activities
- You are on holiday you decide?
|Winter Ski map of the Kaprun and Zell am See area.|
Looking for somewhere to stay in the Kaprun area then please consider looking at
|Convenient and Spacious accommodation for your holiday stay in Kaprun|
Attached was added at a later date and is copied with permission from an interesting blog found / written by an American teaching assistant by the name of Rebecca, who was based in the Austrian City of Graz, on her work experience trip in Austria.
"Under the heading I'm thankful" it adds to quite a list of 79 things about Austria.
- for a city that's safe at night
- for a city that's safe during the day
- for a fantastic church home
- for a rich national history
- for accessible and affordable operas
- for affordable housing
- for an abundance of castles
- for an orderly and cheap laundry system in my apartment building
- for Austrian school and office supplies -- so much cooler!
- for balls (i.e. dancing balls, like Cinderella went to a ball)
- for bike paths
- for cheap but good wine and beer
- for cheap sparkling mineral water
- for cheap, convenient and reliable train travel within Austria
- for cheap/easy/convenient opportunities to travel within Europe
- for church bells that ring at 7 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, and 7 pm
- for consistently good coffee
- for cute, quaint villages
- for dialect and its accompanying amusements, puzzles and challenges
- for everyone who helped me and/or made phone calls to figure out all the bureaucratic visa stuff
- for everything pumpkin out of Styria: pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin cream soup, pumpkin bread, etc.
- for exclusively Austrian Sturm, Glühwein, Christmas markets, and Buschenschanks
- for ex-pats
- for friends
- for good bread and cheese
- for good health insurance and no referrals
- for good places to run and bike
- for having 38 public holidays
- for having the Mur river running though town
- for hospitality
- for how Austrians will really pull through for you
- for incredible scenery
- for kebabs
- for Labello
- for lackadaisical passport control officials
- for living in a bike-friendly city
- for meeting so many cool people from all over the world
- for my connections
- for my fellow foreigners
- for old European streets, houses, and architecture in general; especially how this everyday cityscape stayed fresh and new for me
- for reliable public transportation
- for skiing and Austrian-style sledding
- for so much free/leisure time
- for sturdy toilet paper and tissues
- for the abundance and coexistence of kitsch, history, and design
- for the Austrians who adopted me and introduced me to Austrian life and culture
- for the comfortable pace and quality of life
- for the coziness of Graz
- for the insanely cheap price of a chunk of fresh mozzarella
- for the lack of cockroaches, poison ivy, and poisonous spiders and snakes
- for the ubiquitous ice cream stands in the summer
- for traditional clothing and accordion music
- for tram and bus drivers who will stop the vehicle and wait for you if they see you running to catch a ride
- for wearing slippers at home or as a guest in someone's home
- for wonderful room mates and a flexible landlady
- that Austria takes care of its people
- that dogs are so well-behaved here and are allowed to go everywhere
- that even in Austria I can be BFF with my bank teller(s)
- that Graz was the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003 and therefore has lots of spiffy new buildings and such
- that having a car is so unnecessary
- that having a real Christmas tree with real candles is the only tree most of them have ever known
- that I can leave my bike simply standing and loosely locked anywhere in the city and it will still be there when I come back
- that I can understand German on the phone
- that I can walk in to the doctor's office without an appointment and actually be seen
- that I could live in the same apartment for over 2 years - longer than any other apartment I've ever had
- that I had so many visitors in the past couple years!
- that I lived for 2 years without a deadbolt and it never bothered me
- that I'm no longer pre-judged on the basis of my president
- that it is so easy to split the bill in a restaurant
- that my room doesn't face a street
- that nearly everything you ever use is recycled
- that people have stopped introducing me as, "This is Rebecca. She's American."
- that receiving phone calls is free on your mobile phone
- that Styria has it all -- mountains, hills, vineyards, thermal baths…
- that tax is included in all your purchases and tipping is practically nonexistent
- that the country is very stable and doesn't have any severe political or international problems
- that there are so many old people who are out and about
- that there are very few Americans in comparison with other Austrian cities
- that there are very few tourists in comparison with the other Austrian cities"
Quite a list, we would welcome other suggestions about what is good about Austria.