Kaprun, also known as “Zell am See-Kaprun” is an important tourist destination well known for the glacier Kitzsteinhorn. It used to be a mining village in the past, and today it has a population of 3,000. Since Kaprun is near to the glacier skiing area, the ski season starts here earlier and you can have your winter holiday here starting from November.
Kaprun is really easily accessible thanks to the neighbouring Zell am See via bus, train and car. You can arrive at the Zell am See train station and take a bus or a taxi to get to your accommodation. There is good access to motorways so you can arrive by car and enjoy the beautiful mountain landscape.
The nearest airport is Salzburg, around 80 km from Kaprun. You can use public transport for your ski transfer, with regular bus lines to Kaprun, as well as railway connection from Salzburg main station to Zell am See. You will need to catch a bus or an airport taxi from the Salzburg airport to the railway station in Salzburg.
In order to avoid switching between different transport types and have a pleasant journey to Kaprun, you should book a private airport transfer. There are several Salzburg airport transfer providers which offer door-to-door service from the airport to Kaprun in a comfortable vehicle of your choice: car, van or bus. Although many think that this is an expensive airport transfer type, in reality, it may be very cost effective. Since the price for the Kaprun taxi transfer is fixed and per vehicle, the cost is split among the travellers. For larger groups, this is the perfect airport transfer solution to get to Kaprun.
Once you’re there, you can relax and start your holiday. There are so many fun things to do Kaprun, but we highlighted the top 5 things you should do while you’re staying in Kaprun.
1. Sigmund-Thun-Klamm walk
A must see when in Kaprun is the Sigmund-Thun-Klamm. Enjoyable gorge walks with waterfalls and a river between the rocks it’s a well time spent in nature. It’s not so hard to walk through wooden stairs and the water under them, and you can get back walking in the forest. There is a perfect opportunity to take photos along the canyon filled with small waterfalls.
Through the top gate, you can go to the Kapruner Ache Lake which can be walked around and then you can walk to the power station through the trees. There is also a hiking track which takes you to the Dam and the Lake around it.
The walk through the gorge takes about 20 minutes, ending with a lovely lake at the top – Klammsee. This beautiful and relaxing area, with animals and plants and educational stations and playground for the kids, will give you incredible experience and make this well worth a visit. Complete your journey in the café on the top with a cup of hot tea in winter or delicious ice cream in the summer. Don’t forget to buy some souvenirs before you take the walk back down the waterfalls!
2. Hochgebirgsstauseen Kaprun
Are you not tired from the Sigmund-Thun-Klamm walk? Try the 3-hour hike to the Heinrich Schwaiger Hut high and enjoy the water reservoirs above Kaprun! The unique lakes coloured in turquoise, the glaciers, the vivid slopes, and falls will make this journey unforgettable. Suitable for families because the road is easy to walk and there is a beautiful playground on the top, with a winding slide and an open water cooling system for the children to play and learn.
There are restaurants, museum, guided tours inside the dams and much more! The view from the mountaintop in the middle of the two dams – Mooserboden and Wasserfallboden, is incredible.
You will find yourself in the views, walking around the dams for hours! Make sure you take your camera because you can take awesome photos up there.
Take the herbal walk down from Mooserboden reservoir to the Furthermoar Alm and you are not going to regret. This is one of the best walks in the area. You will find distinctive vegetation, stone mountains and lots of birds. On the way down (about 45-minute walk), you can make a stop and taste some of the best homemade meals that come from own production following traditional recipes.
3. Tauern Spa
The best thing to do after the hiking or the hard weeks skiing is to relax the sore muscles in a total luxury spa experience. You can relax in outdoor saline pools, whilst enjoying cocktails with a marvellous view of the slopes or go to the sauna area. You will find five indoor pools and three outdoor ones. Pools and activities for the little ones are not excluded. If you get “tired” relaxing, there is also a lovely restaurant with a very tasty food served.
4. Familienberg Maiskogel
You are with children and need more fun? Extend your family vacation and try an amazing ride with stunning views! Maiskogel offers a beautiful ski area for the adults, and exciting roller coaster, slides and a bouncing castle for the children. For the smaller ones, there is a beautiful playground to enjoy.
Don’t miss the authentic Austrian cuisine in the restaurant located right at the very top, or get hot chocolate with rum at the après ski bar at the bottom.
Great place to visit at the end of the day is also the Alpine Coaster Maisiflitzer – a very long roller coaster up the mountain with a fun park for kids.
5. Oldtimer Museum
When you are in Kaprun and the old cars are your thing, the visit of one of the best oldtimer collections in the world is not be missed!
Although the place is small – located in a hotel’s basement, you will find a fascinating collection of cars, mopeds and bikes. The place is amazing even for the ones that are not into cars.