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9 Summer Activities in Kaprun

Summer Holidays 

Kaprun lies in the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier valley in the historic Pinzgau region, south of Salzburg. Kaprun was once an alpine farming village, but since the end of the 19th century it has become known as a holiday destination.  Farms still dot the countryside with cattle grazing on the summer mountain pastures.

 

Kaprun is a well-known winter skiing destination.  But when the snow melts and the warm spring days arrive, the mountains are transformed. The days are long and the sun rises high.  The grassy slopes become fertile grazing grounds for the alpine cows who nonchalantly share the pistes with the hikers and mountain bikers.

Where else can you swim in a pristine lake – enjoying the beautiful summer sunshine – only to be transported 30 minutes later up the slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn where you can be skiing or sledding down a snowy glacier piste?   

The plenitude of activities makes Kaprun an ideal location for a summer holiday.

I have compiled the Top 9 Activities to do in Kaprun this Summer– sure to keep any family happy.

Take a leisurely walk through Kaprun

 

Kaprun is a pleasant  village lying at the base of the Kitzsteinhorn Mountain.

The village has all the amenities within a few minute walk: banks and ATM, Grocery store, Pharmacy, Tabak (buy postcards, stamps, newspapers etc.), Tourist Information and Sport Shops.

 

 

The Salzburger Platz is the heart of the village, where there are shops, bakery, café-bars and restaurants.    The village lanes behind the square provide glimpse into the typical A-framed chalets.

Across the Kapruner Ache River up stone steps carved in the rocky hill you will find the village church.  The St. Margaret Parish Church, is located high up on a rocky crag,  visible from any point in town. A church has been on this site since the late Middle Ages.  The current Neo-Romanesque-Gothic hybrid style was redesigned in 1898.

Learn about the history of Kaprun

Further along Kirchplatz, the Kaprun Museum is located in the 400 year old farmhouse “Steinerbauer“ .  The museum’s exhibits cover the prehistory and the evolution of tourism as well as the construction of the Alpine reservoirs and glacier ski area.

Open from early May. Wednesday 10:00 am to noon; Friday 10:00 am to noon and Sunday 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Adults € 4,50, children (6-14 years) € 3,10; family card € 10,70

Visit the Burg Kaprun

A short walk or bike ride from the centre of the village along Schloβstraβe will bring you to the Burg (Castle) Kaprun.   The Burg was built in the 12th century by the Counts of Falkenstein, as a fortress and sanctuary. The Burg Kaprun still radiates the atmosphere of the original fortress, sitting above the valley.  In 1526, the castle was burnt down by rebelling peasants and rebuilt in its current layout by Josef Hundt of Ainetperg in 1600.  In 1984 the Castle society acquired the Burg and started extensive renovations.  

 

The chapel of St. Jacob, located next to the Burg Kaprun, dates back to 1562.

The Burgfest is held annually in July and the castle courtyard is transported back to Middle Ages with over 4,000 visitors experiencing the everyday life of knights and noblemen.

Burg tour– in English and German: Every Monday at 4 pm (all year round).  Admission for adults is €5 and free for children.

And throughout the year, the Burg hosts music events including a “Heimatabend” with traditional Austrian music and folk dancing – every Tuesday at 8 pm, From 4 July to 5 September.

Visit the Kaprun “Old timer museum”

Located in the Hotel Vötters Sportskristall, you will find Vötters Oldtimer Museum.  The passionate vehicle enthusiast and proprietor has created a magnificent world of technology. On display are over 200 exhibits from the 50’s to the 70’s and even older: cars, motorbikes, scooters, tractors, old Kitzsteinhorn cable car, an apartment from the 50’s and the biggest convertible in the world.

Schloßstraße 32, Kaprun.  

Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.          

Adults € 9,90, children (6-14 years) € 4,90; family card € 19,90

Mountain Hikes

 Kaprun is nestled in the Kitzsteinhorn valley surrounded by beautiful mountain hikes.  

The Maiskogel valley station, located in the heart of Kaprun, is the starting point for a number of walks and hikes.  Located a few kilometres away is the Sigmund Thun Klamm where you follow the boardwalk through the mighty gorge.  Head into the mountains and visit the impressive Kaprun High Mountain Reservoirs.  Take a gondola up the Kitzsteinhorn and feel like you are on top of the world.  At over 3000m you are at the highest point in Salzburgland- enjoy walks, hikes, viewing platforms, restaurants and skiing in July!

 

 

Relax at the Tauern Spa

After a few days of exploring and hiking you may need a break from your holiday?

 The Tauern Spa is 4-star spa resort in the heart of Kaprun.   Relax away your worries in the spa, aqua & sauna world.  This facility has 13 saunas from Finnish to herbal saunas; 12 pools including outdoor and saltwater pools; 17 treatment rooms for massages, wraps, nourishing baths or beauty treatments and 3 restaurants.  The fitness area offers a wide range of weight training and cardio equipment.  Kids are also taken care of in the children’s area, including an outdoor water park with water slides, play pool, a baby pool, youth pool, volleyball court and climbing wall.

 

Ride the Maisflitzer Alpine Coaster

 

In the heart of Kaprun, at the base of the Maiskogel, you will find the Alpine Coaster- an adrenaline rush for kids young and old.  In fact, our kids (ages 10 and 14 years) seemed to gravitate to the Alpine Coaster daily.

First you are seated and given a quick instruction on how to break (very easy) before you are pulled up 730 m to the top of the run.  Traveling down the 1.3 km of track on rails, you will reach speeds of as much as 40 km/h as you hurtle towards the valley below along bridges, waves, 5 jumps and 5 banked loops.

Open year-round from 8:30 am daily.

 

 

Located also at the Amusement Park is the playground “Maisi’s Mini World” with jumping castle- nest swing, net bridge (entry free) and Superslides.  Next to the Amusement park is a 2000 m2  bike park with drops, banked curves and kickers open area with wooden pallets bridges and steps.

Directly next to the Alpine Coaster is the Maisi-Alm restaurant where you will find refreshments, snacks and light meals.

Enjoy a round of Golf surrounded by mountains

Two 18-hole championship courses named “Kitzsteinhorn” and “Schmittenhöhe” are available at the Golf club Zell am See-Kaprun. The “Schmittenhöhe” championship course has tough and challenging 18 holes with tricky bunkers and ponds. The “Kitzsteinhorn” course is slightly shorter and offers straight fairways and generously sized greens.

 5 km from Kaprun village centre at Golfstraβe 25.                                  

Open from April until November

 

Explore Kaprun by bike

One of the best ways to explore Kaprun and its surrounds is by bike on one of the many paths that meander through the pastoral mountain scenery.  The speed limit in the village is 30 km, which makes biking in Kaprun safe for families.

There are a number of leisurely and easy paced cycling trails that will take you around Kaprun, Piesendorf, Bruck and Zell am See.

From Kaprun it is a mostly flat ride to the centre of Zell am See (8.5 km).  The Lake Zell bike trail is ideal for families and along the 11 km most flat journey, you will be able to circumnavigate around the lake.

 

 

 

 

Kaprun also lies on the Tauern Cycling Trail (Tauernradweg).  The trail begins at the foot of the Hohe Tauern’s snow covered mountains and follows the Salzach River through lush green meadows via Salzburg to Passau.  The trail is normally completed in stages over 5-7 days, but a beautiful section of the trail can easily be enjoyed from Kaprun.

For the more adventurous, there are many mountain bike and freeride tours and trails.  The region has over 30 mountain bike tours catering from easy to difficult terrains.  At the Maiskogel, there are a number of challenging climbs or if you prefer a less arduous ascent – you can take a gondola up the Maiskogel and enjoy some downhill fun.  From the Alpine Centre (2450m) on the Kitzsteinhorn, there are 3 new mountain biking freeride trails with a total length of 12 km.  The Grossglockner High Alpine Road (14km from Kaprun) offers the ultimate mountain tour for experienced cyclist with an 1766 m ascent along the 48 Km road with 36 bends.

Whether you are visiting in Summer or Winter – whether you are looking for sporting adventures or blissful relaxation – you’ll be overwhelmed with the activities on offer.

When we are not living the great outdoor life in Kaprun & Zell am See …..you’ll find us exploring all the other gems Austria has on offer.