Clean air, clear water, and Salzburg's only glacier skiing area - the making of a really unique regionHere, Mother Nature shows what she has to offer: A glacier, green mountain tops, and the deep blue water of Lake Zell - in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria's most beautiful facets can be found just a stone's throw away from each other. This interplay of highlights is unique in the Alps and it offers the opportunity of not just meeting sporting challenges, but of enjoying a good rest and relaxation as well. Visitors who come to this paradise may choose from 700 places to stay - ranging from five-star hotels to small private accommodation. And Zell am See-Kaprun also offers award-winning family hotels for families with children.
Zell am See-Kaprun is one of the most multifaceted year-round holiday destinations right in the heart ofAustria. There is no other region in theAlpsthat offers so many spectacular places of excursions and alpine sights located this close together. Mighty mountains, mellow pastures, theLakeZellas well as the eternal ice of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier and the untamed forces of nature of the national parkHohe Tauernunfold their very special charm in every season. On 365 days of the year the region offers diversified activities, entertaining family fun, quiet brooks as well as culinary and cultural discoveries.
Alpine nature in all its facets
In Zell am See-Kaprun the magnificence of nature can be experienced on all levels. Three cable cars bring visitors to the highest point of the region: the Kitzsteinhorn with the impressive Peakworld 3.000. OnSalzburg’s highest and most spectacular panoramic platform, visitors have a breathtaking view to thevalleyofKaprun,LakeZelland 30 3,000-meter peaks. The majestic alpine giants ofHohe Tauern, which are located right by the region Zell am See-Kaprun, seem almost close enough to touch. In the Cinema 3.000, the most altitudinous cinema of the Alps, a movie awarded inCannesin 2011 is shown on a panoramic screen. Here the visitors can marvel at the most beautiful impressions of the Kitzsteinhorn in all four seasons. The magical-mystical path of the 360-meter-long national park gallery gives some extraordinary insight and views to the national parkHohe Tauern. All year roundAustria’s oldest national park can be explored in organized excursions with national park rangers that are familiar with the region.
The high mountain reservoirs Mooserboden and Wasserfallboden of Kaprun, which are located between the impressive rocks of Hohe Tauern at an altitude of 2,000 meters, can be accessed byEurope’s biggest open inclined lift. In a guided dam tour on the 107-meter-high and almost 500-meter-long dam wall Mooser-Sperre, visitors learn how clean electricity is generated from 160 million cubic meters of water. The “Electricity & Ice Adventure World” gives some insight into the fascinating world of the eternal ice and explains the interaction of glacier, power plant construction and electricity generation.
The Schmittenhöhe is the pleasure and localmountainofZellam See. Visitors hover conveniently in comfortable design cable cars of Porsche Design towards the pleasure at the peak. The 2,000-meter-high mountain is a kind of observation deck in theSalzburgerLand: 360 degree panoramic view to thirty 3,000-meter peaks, among themAustria’s highest peaks, the Großglockner (3,798 meters) and the Großvenediger (3,662 meters).
The Sigmund Thun Gorge in Kaprun is a history-charged natural spectacle. On its 320-meter-long path, the river Kapruner Ache has carved itself up to 32 meters deep into the Sigmund-Thun-Klamm leaving distinctive smoothing and potholes. Wood covered in moss and rugged cliffs with signs and dates, which were engraved in the stone by wood-cutters long time ago, take visitors back into a world that has long gone.more information: Zell am See-Kaprun
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