Summer holidays to Kaprun, Austria for summer 2023 & 2024 with SNO® Summer holidays to Kaprun, Austria for summer 2023 & 2024 with SNO® Summer holidays to Kaprun, Austria for summer 2023 & 2024 with SNO®
Highlights: • Lots of different cycling routes • Water sports on Lake Zeller • Attractive walking trails
The landscape is oh-so typically Salzburg, making this one of Austria’s most beautiful hiking destinations. Explore the miles of terrain that sprawl around the nearby reservoirs, gorges and Lake Zeller, or tread the rocky trails and pastures of the Schmittenhöhe and Maskogel. Save the Kitzsteinhorn for a clear day - from the tip of the glacier you can glimpse Grossglockner (the country’s tallest peak). The walk to Klamsee is easier if you’re here with children or just prefer a leisurely ramble; we also like the woodland routes leading down to the old castle and the lakeside paths around Zell am See. Treat the kids to some time at the petting zoo after a walk to Maiskogelalm and see if it’s still possible to do Llama treks for something a bit different; 4Motion have done this in recent years alongside introductory sessions to Nordic walking.
A regular host of the UCI Downhill World Cup in the 90’s and early noughties, Kaprun’s long been known as a cracking area for mountain biking. Thankfully it’s only improved with age, and there’s a really diverse range of riding options; from hurtling over tabletops at 40mph to spinning through forest glades in total silence. The Maiskogel Mountain is where most of the downhill action is - get to the top by gondola or if you’re feeling really energetic, pedal power! There are loads more XC-oriented trails in the surrounding area for those who prefer a good bit of exercise; these aren’t waymarked so be prepared to go exploring.
Kaprun is on the famous Tauern cycle path, which takes you along 270km of bike paths and side roads. You don’t have to do the whole hog but however far you go, make it anticlockwise unless you want miles of uphill... The Salzachpath is a great route for family bike rides along the river and there’s a lovely path around the lake in Zell am See.
E-Bikes make things easier if you’re travelling as a group but don’t want to leave any less experienced cyclists behind – the battery makes light work of climbs and gives legs a bit of a rest without letting anyone fall behind. You can hire them from Intersport Bründl and Vötters Fahrzeugmuseum in Kaprun, and there are charging stations around the Zell am See – Kaprun area.