Kitzsteinhorn ExplorerTour © Kitzsteinhorn / Tom Lamm
The unmistakable silhouette of the Kitzsteinhorn has made the "white mountain" the symbol of the Zell am See-Kaprun: The "Kitz", as the mountain is affectionately known, is not only the only glacier ski area in Salzburg, but thanks to the "Gipfelwelt 3000" also an all year round, high-alpine adventure mountain.
“Gipfelwelt 3000” with panoramic platform “Top of Salzburg“, Nationalpark Gallery, "Cinema 3000" and Gipfel Restaurant appeals to all senses. This extraordinary high-alpine experience already starts with the journey: from Alpincenter, you take the cable car to the mountain station, which sits beneath Kitzsteinhorn peak like an eagle’s nest.
„Gipfelwelt 3000“ and enjoyment on the mountain
In the „Gipfelwelt 3000“ on Kitzsteinhorn, the visitors can experience the whole year round the fascinating alpine and glacier world of the Hohe Tauern National Park. The National Park Gallery is a 360 metre long tunnel with information stations, running through the mountain ending with another panorama platform, which geographically situated in the National Park Hohe Tauern: on this magically viewing place, the visitors find themselves on eye view with the Grossglockner and the highest mountains in Austria. In summer there are twice daily and in winter every Tuesday, free guided tours offered by the National Park rangers.
“Top of Salzburg“: flying high
First stop at Gipfelwelt 3000 is the panoramic platform “Top of Salzburg“ that seems to levitate 50 metres above the glacier. The fresh mountain breeze and the unique panoramic view give refreshment for eyes, ears and nose. Only at Kitzsteinhorn, you can enjoy this impressive view over the Hohe Tauern and some of the highest peaks of the Alps, including Zugspitze, Wilder Kaiser, Watzmann and Großvenediger.
“Cinema 3000”: impressive wide-screen nature pictures
Additionally, “Cinema 3000” offers a special cinematic highlight: The breathtaking 10-minute nature film “Kitzsteinhorn: THE NATURE”, produced by nature filmmaker and Romy Award winner Michael Schlamberger and shown on an 8-metre screen, takes the viewer off to the magic nature of Hohe Tauern National Park.
Gipfel Restaurant: delicacies on 3,029 metres above sea level
If you’re not yet sated by the varied impressions of Gipfelwelt 3000, you can delight the palate with a meal at the Gipfel Restaurant designed by famous Viennese architect Arkan Zeytinoglu. At the highest restaurant of Salzburg County with its 150 seats and huge panoramic windows high above the glacier, the wide view opens heart and soul whilst the first-class cuisine delights the gourmets. Two times a year, even famous cooks will rattle the pots and pans at the “HOCHGENUSS” events.
365 days Nature and Mountain Experience
For several years the glacier is granted a ski break in summer. Therefore we open our popular ICE ARENA in July and August. This winter playground with snow beach, sunbeds, slides and snow bar, transforms the visitors at over 3.000 metre above sea level in the middle of summer in a cool world of snow and eternal ice.
While the skis are placed in the basement in the summer, hikers and mountain bikers are attracted to the Kitzsteinhorn: guided hikes with the National Park ranger or the Gipfeltour „My first 3.000“ with a certified mountain guide promises a totally special experience. Absolutely spectacular are the three natural mountain bike freeride trails "Geißstein trail", "Wüstlau Trail" and "Bachler-Trail", which include a total of up to twelve kilometres in length and 1,500 meters in altitude and count to some of the most challenging what the Salzburg province has to offer on free ride routes.