Thanks to its location between the glacier and three thousand metre peaks, Zell am See-Kaprun is blessed with an abundance of cool water. Mountain streams and rushing waterfalls, reservoirs up high and Lake Zell in the valley make the region a dream destination for all those who love the mountains and water – whether it’s swimming or sailing, enjoying a boat ride, fishing, rafting or canyoning.
Water paradise on Lake Zell
Just venture into the cool water and start swimming: that’s the easiest way to enjoy Lake Zell in summer. After all, there are countless lidos, sunbathing areas and beach cafes all around. The 3.8-kilometre-long and up to 1.5-kilometre-wide lake is, of course, ideal for sailing and water skiing, for surfing and kite surfing. Stand-up paddlers have recently discovered the lake as their new stomping ground, and even yoga sessions on the stand-up paddling board are part of the programme.
Boating experiences on Lake Zell are a more sedate affair as only rowing boats, pedal boats and electric boats are available for hire. From the end of March to mid-October, those who prefer to be transported across the lake by an experienced captain can enjoy a gentle panoramic round trip on the MS Schmittenhöhe excursion boat – or the “Libelle” vintage steamer from 1947.
In summer, celebrations naturally take place on the banks of Lake Zell: during the “Magic of Lake Zell,” a fascinating light and laser show, colourful water fountains dance above the lake to changing music three evenings a week from May to October – a magical spectacle of sight and sound. Entrance is free.
Fascination in the gorge
Sigmund Thun Gorge inspires guests to enjoy breathtaking water adventures: where the Kapruner Ache carved more than 30 metres deep in the rock along a length of 320 metres to create a fascinating ravine with waterfalls and potholes. The masses of water assume particularly dramatic proportions when the snow melts in spring and these can be viewed from the wooden paths and bridges.
Marvel at the power of water: Kaprun high mountain reservoirs
The Kaprun high mountain reservoirs are still considered to be a masterpiece of engineering – built to generate electricity at an altitude of 2,040 metres. Particularly when the snow melts in spring, the lakes are filled to the top and the turbines behind the powerful dams operate at full blast. During the summer months, the “electricity adventure world” explains the history and challenges of the construction and the diversity of the Upper Tauern National Park.