That giant peak towering over Kaprun – that’s the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, one of the tallest in the area at over 3,000 metres. You can count on it being blanketed in snow between October and late spring, but come summertime, this winter haven transforms into a hiker’s dream.
If hiking 3,000 metres high on your holiday to Austria doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, don’t worry – Kitzsteinhorn Glacier is also home to a network of mountain railways and the highest cable car in the world.
Up at the top, you’ll find a restaurant and viewing terrace known as the Top of Salzburg, seeing as it’s the highest panorama platform in the area. Not to mention, top hiking and mountain biking trails.
Natural good looks
Kaprun is one of those resorts whose beauty you can’t escape – from the mountains surrounding the resort down to the 12th-century era Kaprun Castle keeping watch, you can’t escape the resort’s good looks.
Located at the southern base of town is the Sigmund-Thun Gorge, a woodland-lined opening carved into the mountains. The gorge follows a natural waterway, but there’s a timber walkway trailing the path too which is packed with views.
There are also a few marvels of the modern variety, like Kaprun’s two huge, manmade dams and reservoirs hidden high up into the mountains. To get there, you can take a bus from the visitors’ centre and scale the steep incline upward via the Larchwand Lift, the largest open lift in Europe. From there, it’s all hiking and views of Austria’s version of the fjords.
Fun for the family
Outdoorsy families will have no trouble getting little ones excited about holidays to Kaprun. The hiking trails come in a variety of difficulty levels, plus there are guided tours specifically geared toward those travelling with children.
Maiskogel is known as Kaprun’s ‘family mountain’, equipped with family-friendly activities that run all year round. In the summer, the mountain comes alive with slides, bouncy castles and a merry-go-round, plus a hiking adventure bus will take you to the top of Maiskogel where trails await.
But Maiskogel’s most-loved feature is undoubtedly the Alpine Coaster Maisiflitzer. It’s an all-year toboggan ride whose tracks cut up and down the mountain at adrenaline-spiking speeds.
The dining scene in Kaprun comes in all shapes and sizes, though the overarching theme is undoubtedly cosy Austrian pubs and ski lodge spots. Out here, the apres ski warmth extends all the way through summer, even when there’s no snow on the ground.
Austrian and wider European fare – especially German – are understandably the dominant cuisine in Kaprun, though there are a few trendy bistros and pizzerias to keep things interesting. What’s more, an even wider menu of restaurants await in nearby Zell am See, so whatever you can’t find lurking in these parts, you’re bound to find next door in Kaprun’s sister city.
Spa days are just as popular in Kaprun as active ones – and this little Austrian resort blends fire and ice perfectly. After a day of breaking a sweat on the hiking trails, you’ve earned your place at the spa.
Kaprun’s TAUERN SPA is a full-blown wellness resort of its own, equipped with thermal spring pools, an incredible 13 saunas including a trendy Finnish sauna, plus a saltwater pool with underwater music. For an Austrian holiday here, relaxation is the name of the game.