Glacier, mountains, lake – Summer in the Alps

The combination of glacier, mountains and lake makes the region Zell am See-Kaprun in the Salzburger Land absolutely unique. Nowhere else the most beautiful features of Austria are situated as closely together as in Zell am See-Kaprun. The interaction of this alpine landscape offers sports persons, families and people looking for relaxation a diversified choice of activities and adventures right in front of their doorsteps: hiking and biking on the Kitzsteinhorn, the Schmittenhöhe or the Maiskogel, water sports in and on the crystal clear Lake Zell, paragliding with a view to the 3,000-meter peaks of Hohe Tauern or a round on one of the most beautiful golf course in the alps.

Adventures for hikers and mountaineers

There are roughly 400 kilometers of hiking trails at every altitude – from the glacier to Lake Zell. Depending on the sportive ambition, the summits can be reached on foot or by cable car. Pleasure hikers sway comfortably in exclusive cable cars of Porsche Design from the valley to the Schmittenhöhe at an altitude of 2,000 meters. On the summit excursionists can enjoy extensive hikes at high altitudes, which are always accompanied by the impressive panorama of the mighty peaks of the Hohe Tauern. A digital map enables hikers to plan the tours thoroughly in advance. On free guided theme tours and the family adventure path “Schmidolin's Baptism of Fire” grown-up and little hikers can go on exciting expeditions. Hikers experience the fascination of the world of mountains and glacier on guided adventure and panorama tours with experienced local mountain guides. Sports enthusiasts can climb their first 3,000-meter peak with a guide. Roughly 500 meters underneath the Kitzsteinhorn summit near the Alpine Center, in the areas Rettenwand and Gletscherseeplatten, climbers find a total of 100 routes leading through the rock. Concentration, skills and the ability to respond quickly are also challenged in the high wire park: here, visitors can gain initial supervised experience with the fascinating world of alpine sports. After lessons in one of the hiking or climbing schools of the region, the new skills can be put into praxis on tours such as “Adventure in the Rock” or “Glacier Safari”.

 

The biking area as a trend-setter

Whether people want to sportily climb the mountains by mountain bike or cycle leisurely with their family around Lake Zell: on the region’s cycling path network stretching over 240 kilometers and a total distance of 1,300 kilometers in the Salzburger Land, everybody finds its right place. The Maiskogel is the perfect spot for downhill mountain bikers and free-stylers can let off steam in the bike park in Kaprun. With e-bikes guests can drive a little more relaxed up hill and down dale. With 25 rental stations Zell am See-Kaprun is among the trend-setters and biggest e-bike regions of Austria.

 

Water sports in and on Lake Zell

The crystal clear floodwaters of Lake Zell entice visitors to go swimming, waterskiing, sailing and surfing with a view to the imposing mountains. Not a sail but a paddle is required for “Stand Up Paddel“ in order to conquer Lake Zell standing up on the surfboard holding a paddle in your hand. In the three lidos located around Lake Zell as well as in the swimming pool in the leisure center of Zell, the entire family will find entertainment. Adventurous people go on a rafting and canyoning tour on the rivers Salzach and Saalach – with experienced guides a real adrenaline kick.

 

 

Experience the region gently from the air

The mountains also offer ideal conditions for hang-gliders, skydivers or paragliders to explore the landscape around Lake Zell. Tandem jumps or paragliding start off on the two local mountains of the region – the Schmittenhöhe and the Kitzsteinhorn. All aviation sports are offered by the flight school in Zell am See-Kaprun. After a successfully completed training, participants can obtain the Austrian or German aviation license.

Drive against the backdrop of the Alps

Golfers find the most beautiful 36 greens of the Austrian Alps in Zell am See-Kaprun. The location of the golf club, which is among the “Leading Golf Courses of Austria“, is unique in Europe. The perfectly groomed and park-like fairways run along the feet of the mountains allowing a view of the Schmittenhöhe and the Kitzsteinhorn – after which the two 18 hole championship courses are named. In 2011 the golf course was elected the Golf Club of the Year by the trade magazine “Golfrevue“

 

Fun sport for the entire family

On the Schmittenhöhe, hikers experience golf of a special kind. On the disc golf course players use a frisbee instead of a golf ball and “putt“ in 18 baskets. The downhill course, which runs roughly 450 meters downhill from an altitude of 1,850 meters, offers fun for the entire family. Just like the “Maisiflitzer“: the year-round toboggan run on the Maiskogel is the first and only one in the Salzburger Land. The “Alpine Coaster“ speeds downhill at a pace of up to 40 kilometers per hour over a distance of approximately 1,300 meters. Integrated waves, jumps and spins arrange for additional adrenaline kicks. Geocaching – the electronic treasure hunt via GPS – caters for a mountain and nature experience of a special kind at the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn. Fun parks with skate features and half pipes, street soccer, street ball or street hockey as well as beach volleyball courts at the bathing places of Lake Zell offer enough opportunities for children and adolescents to let off steam

 

Alternative summer sports

On extensive horse-riding trips across meadows and fields or alongside Lake Zell, equestrian sports enthusiasts experience the landscape from a different perspective. In Zell am See-Kaprun tennis players, too, find ideal conditions: in modern tennis centers and on well-groomed outdoor tennis courts, players can swing their rackets in all weather conditions. A steady hand, on the other hand, is required on the many miniature golf courses or bowling alleys of the region.

 

Glacier and fun in the snow in summer

On the Kitzsteinhorn, the only glacial skiing area in the Salzburger Land, not only skiers and snowboarders get going all year round. On hot summer days, Austria’s only ICE ARENA cater for ice-cold family adventures on slides, at the snow beach, in the ice bar, with the toy snow cat as well as on the secured glacier trail.

 

 
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