Zell am See-Kaprun | Adventure Travel Guide
Looking for an epic mountain adventure this summer? This stunning Austrian region has what you want.
Just because something's tricky to pronounce doesn't mean you shouldn't consider paying it a visit this summer. With that in mind, have you given much thought to Austria's Zell am See-Kaprun region? It's our adventure destination of the week and, quite frankly, we think you'll love what it's got to offer.
Whether you're tackling the mountains with a mountain bike or going for gentle cycles with the family around Lake Zell, there's enough happening in these parts to keep cyclists occupied till the cows come home.
Mountain bikers hitting up the area definitely need to check out the three designated freeride trails up on the Kitzsteinhorn. For those who love a bit of uphill cycling, the Maiskogel is where it's at. Freestylers and all-round trick merchants, meanwhile, should check out the rad bike park in Kaprun.
If you love an easy life, and are looking for more of a chilled out vibe, E-bikes are a great way to explore the region's mountains and valleys. Oh, and don't worry about navigation as clear maps display the nicest routes for casual cyclists, mountain bikers, and hardcore racing cyclists alike.
"For those who love a bit of uphill cycling, the Maiskogel is where it's at."
If you're an experienced hiker coming to this part of the world, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the views of spectacular well-known summits such as the Großglockner and Großvenediger.
Or, alternatively, you can pay a visit to the highest viewing platform in the Salzburg region on the Kitzsteinhorrn. From here, you'll be treated to a panoramic view that takes in countless 3,000 metre peaks as well as the lovely Hohe Tauern National Park.
Up on the viewing platform, mountain enthusiasts have the option to go on a guided tour up to the 3,203 metre high summit and experience the ultimate in alpine freedom. Worth taking a camera for this, by the way, because you're definitely going to want to photograph the incredible sights you'll see.
If you're hooked on all the jaw-dropping views, and want yet another fix, the "Alexander Enzinger Weg" starts on the Kitzsteinhorn and takes hikers on a beautiful stroll to the Maisgokel or down into the valley.
If water sports are what you're into, Lake Zell offers a wide range of fun activities for you to get your teeth stuck into. Visitors here are encouraged to swim, sail, water ski, and stand up paddle board to their heart's content.
Alternatively, why not take to the air and do some hang-gliding, or some para-gliding, or, if you're feeling particularly brave, some skydiving? The scenery in these parts means it's guaranteed to be a flight you'll never forget.
Golf fans are also well catered for with the region's golf club widely considered to be one of the best in all of Austria. For those looking to try something a little different, there's also a disc golf course on the Schmittenhöhe. Disc golf is like normal golf, except you play with 'frisbees' and baskets instead.
And, of course, we couldn't finish a discussion of the region's activities without giving a shoutout to the "Maisiflitzer." The "Maisiflitzer" is an all-year round toboggan run on the Maiskogel. The Alpine Coaster covers a distance of 1,300 metres and sees users hit speeds of 40 km/h. Guaranteed fun for adults and children alike.
Where To Stay
After knackering yourself completely by doing all the outdoor activities that are offered by Zell am See-Kaprun, you're probably going to want somewhere nice to rest your head when the sun goes down. Fortunately for you, and your travelling companions, the region has a plethora of excellent bed opportunities suitable for a wide array of budgets.
The Alpen Wellness Hotel Barbarahof, for example, is a sophisticated and modern hotel that could make an ideal base for a summer adventure in Austria.
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Where To Eat
When you find yourself in Austria, eating a traditional Austrian meal from time to time is the done thing. For some suitably tasty Austrian cuisine, in a traditional setting, Steinerwirt in Zell am See-Kaprun should be right at the top of your list. The wine cellar here dates all the way back to the 14th century. Lovely atmosphere, mouth-watering local dishes; this place is the real deal.
If decent Thai food's what you're after, and let's face it there's always room for decent Thai food in our lives, the Ban Thai restaurant comes highly recommended. Top level pizzas, meanwhile, can be found all over the region; with Pizzeria Zum Casar offering the dream combination of affordable grub and friendly service.
Where To Drink
If drinking, dancing, and having a good time are your sort of thing...check out Baumbar. With a feel-good mix of music events on throughout the year, a delicious food and beverage selection to work your way through, and a much loved atmosphere to boot, it's little wonder that Baumbar has built up a reputation as the ultimate place to party in Zell am See-Kaprun.
Those looking to sip their drink down in a more peaceful and tranquil environment should head on down to Beachclub Zell am See-Kaprun. Situated right next to Lake Zell, it's the perfect place to watch the world go by on a summer's day.
What The Locals Say
"Whether you're an adrenaline-junkie or a chiller-with-family person, Zell am See-Kaprun is the perfect summer destination. I could not imagine living somewhere else."
Christine Kerbl - Lived in Zell am See-Kaprun for 37 years