When you choose to stay with us you, your family and/or your fellow travellers will be guaranteed an enjoyable holiday packed with experience.
Our location right at the foot of the mountain could not be any more perfect. We are not far from the cable-car station, should you prefer to be transported to the top. Likewise, we are situated in the proximity of the town, Zell am See. The town has its name from the equally nearby lake, the famous Lake Zell, where you can witness the most awe-inspiring and completely crystal-clear waters.
In the opposite direction from Zell, you will find Kaprun from where you can access the glacier Kitzsteinhorn, 3000 meters above sea level. From this snow-clad peak, where the snow never melts, there is a fantastic view of the alpine landscape.
The area provides hiking tracks for all levels of proficiency. There are tracks designed for shorter trips which you can accomplish in an afternoon; and there are trips suited for spending an entire day on the mountain.
Guests who would rather experience the area from a bicycle will have equal opportunity for exploring the surroundings. The fact that the biking tracks have been laid out to meet varying degrees of difficulty guarantees that every wish can be satisfied. The downhill tracks in the area are primarily for those who prefer speed. Guests preferring a more sedate pace can explore the area from the highly comfortable alternative to an ordinary bike, namely the e-bike.
Dream holiday all year round
The legendary saying “skiing on the Kitz, bathing in Lake Zell” is not an advertising slogan but rather an unrivalled combination in the Alps. The Zell am See-Kaprun region is a pleasant all year round destination, where the boundaries between the seasons seemingly merge together: people perfecting their carve turns on the slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn in early summer can be found at the Lake Zell lido in the afternoon. Those wanting to experience winter in high summer can enjoy the sun on the snow beach on the glacier. Yet these who don’t want to explore the contrasts can simply do what the season, weather and region recommend: from a hike in alpine meadows to a shopping trip through the old part of Zell am See or a wellness afternoon in the TAUERN SPA.
Outdoor summer kick in beautiful nature
Nature is omnipresent in Zell am See-Kaprun: in the form of the glistening lake, which is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, in the form of the Kitzsteinhorn – the only glacier ski region in Salzburg – and in the form of natural spectacles and peaks. “Go out into nature and out into the fresh air” is the motto for a holiday in Zell am See-Kaprun. Whether it’s hiking, cycling, mountain biking, trail running or sailing in summer, or skiing, cross-country skiing, snow shoe hiking or ice skating in winter: the opportunities are as diverse and manifold as the wishes of our guests. In summer, 400 km of hiking trails and 240 km of cycling and mountain biking trails invite visitors to discover the region on foot or by bike.
Enjoy, dance, party, play
Around 90 restaurants and 30 mountain chalets, serving the finest Pinzgau specialties, ensure that pleasure is not forgotten during all of these activities. Zell am See-Kaprun is considered to be a genuine gourmet paradise with a diverse offering that wins over even fastidious food lovers. The night life is also legendary: some of the bars are known well beyond the state border. Guest friendliness in Zell am See-Kaprun has grown across the decades and can point to a long tradition: Emperor Franz Joseph and his Sissi, artists and city dwellers came to enjoy the summer freshness in Pinzgau. To this day the enthusiasm for this very special place in the mountains remains unchanged: it is cosy, sophisticated, modern and traditional – the best of everything found in one place. The rich diversity is reflected in the events held during the year: international sporting events, such as the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, take place alongside the popular “Lake Zell magic” water, light, music and laser show or the Wednesday festivals. Since the opening of the casino in 2016 the region now has one more highlight to offer. The multi-functional Ferry Porsche Congress Centre offers space for up to 1,200 people and is the ideal location for conferences, seminars and international events.
Monumental excursion destinations and genuine superlatives
The Zell am See-Kaprun region borders the Upper Tauern National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in the central Alps. 30 three thousand metre peaks, gigantic waterfalls, mighty glaciers and a marvellous natural landscape await holidaymakers. This high alpine region can be experienced in a particularly impressive manner on the Kitzsteinhorn: with the National Park Gallery, the Cinema 3000 and Salzburg‘s highest viewing platform at an altitude of 3,029 metres, the “Gipfelwelt 3000” is an unrivalled excursion destination for the whole family. The local Schmittenhöhe mountain with the famous Sissi chapel, high mountain reservoirs and the Sigmund Thun Gorge are examples of the wonderful natural landscape.
Bad weather? There’s no such thing!
It can of course happen that the sun is not shining in the sky. Yet that will not spoil a day on holiday in Zell am See-Kaprun: the historical old town of Zell am See invites holidaymakers to go on a shopping trip or visit the Vogtturm, Kaprun Castle and Vötters Old-timer Museum. Raindrops can be observed while relaxing in warm water: the TAUERN SPA provides an extra portion of relaxation on holiday with seven pools, a water area of 1,200 m2, a modern and large sauna landscape, the “Kidstein” with entertainment for children, and a wide range of beneficial wellness treatments. You can also enjoy some hours of relaxation in Zell leisure centre with its indoor pool, giant slide and sauna.
Glacier, mountains and lake
Summer holiday in the mountains? Summer holiday by the lake? Why choose between the two when the Zell am See-Kaprun region has everything to offer! Beautiful Lake Zell doesn’t just have drinking quality water – it also gives the region a very special kind of flair. It lies nestled between the alpine counterpoints: above all the Kitzsteinhorn, which has long had cult status as a symbol of the region. Around 30 three thousand metre peaks of the Upper Tauern protrude into the sky, but more gentle mountains also contribute to the picture book charm of the region. With an incredibly large offering of hiking and leisure activities, as well as modern mountain railways, the local Schmittenhöhe mountain is a place of action and adventure for the whole family.
In the heart of the mountains and in the midst of the land
The Salzburg Pinzgau region has inspired artists and painters for centuries; even the Emperor and Empress came here and elevated Zell am See to the ranks of tourism nobility. Today, Zell am See-Kaprun is still a hotspot for international guests. Thanks to the very good traffic connections, its own railway and the proximity to Salzburg airport (80 km) and Munich airport (220 km), it feels as though Zell am See-Kaprun is only a stone’s throw away: easy to reach and yet part of another world where the daily grind is kept at a safe distance.
The full programme in Zell am See-Kaprun
The Zell am See-Kaprun region is a place that offers thousands of possibilities: contrasts meet here and – cleverly combined with one another – guarantee an unsurpassed holiday experience. People who go on a ski tour on the Kitzsteinhorn in early summer can swim a lap round the lake on the same day. People who go hiking on the Schmittenhöhe in the morning can be found among the crowds in the lively old town in the afternoon. Excursions at an altitude of up to 3,000 metres are combined with a dive in the lake, a visit to the snow beach with a paddle tour on the lake and a challenging bike tour with some regeneration at the TAUERN SPA in Zell am See-Kaprun. The calendar is also packed with countless sporting and cultural events: the top tips include “Lake Zell magic,” the “Wednesday festivals,” and the “mediaeval festival at Kaprun Castle.” A holiday in Zell am See-Kaprun exceeds people’s expectations: because it is the on-site offerings that inspire people to pursue their own desires.
Zell am See and the Porsche family
Zell am See has a very strong connection with the Porsche family. The first Porsche brand sports cars were produced after the Second World War at the family headquarters, which Dr. Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951) acquired in 1942. The Ferry Porsche Congress Centre opened in 2007 and is one of Austria’s most attractive destinations for international events and conferences. It was named after Professor Ferdinand “Ferry” Anton Ernst Porsche (1909-1998), who was granted honorary citizenship of Zell am See in 1981. Ferry Porsche spent his twilight years in his adopted home of Zell am See-Kaprun. Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG and youngest son of Ferry Porsche, lives in Zell am See and is patron of the “International Porsche days” event, which has already been held twice in the Zell am See-Kaprun region.
Active holidays to enjoy
The Zell am See-Kaprun region is an outstanding region for active holidaymakers who can‘t or won’t sit still. With the combination of lake and mountains, a comprehensive hiking and cycle path network, a wide range of water sports, aviation sports and trend sports, as well as international events, anyone wanting to be active will feel right at home here.
The traditional sports: hiking and cycling
The hiking trail network in the Zell am See-Kaprun region covers 400 kilometres, and the diverse cycling and mountain biking network covers 240 kilometres: amazing viewpoints, modern mountain railways, adventure trails, guided hikes or special offerings such as the “My first 3,000 metre” summit tour contribute to the diversity of the region. Those who prefer to get pedalling can do so on well-marked routes in the valley or on the mountains: freeride trails and the Kaprun Bike Park provide an extra adrenaline kick for all those who want to try something new.
Yoga on the lake and at an altitude of 2,000 metres
Yoga is offered regularly during the summer months in Zell am See-Kaprun – and in very special locations either directly on the lake or high above the valley. The combination of yoga and stand-up paddling is absolutely unique and requires a great deal of concentration and balance – the best conditions for forgetting about everything else. On the Schmittenhöhe yoga enthusiasts can float up the mountain in the Porsche Design cable car. At the top they can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view from their yoga mat and look forward to enjoying a yoga breakfast in the Schmitten Café.
Perfect conditions for the triathlon
The route for the “Ironman 70.3” competition, which will take place in Zell am See-Kaprun for the fifth time in summer 2016, covers 113 kilometres or 70.3 miles. In 2015, the Zell am See-Kaprun region was the venue for the “Ironman 70.3 World Championship,” the world’s largest triathlon event. It was the first time that the World Championship had ever been held on the European continent. Every year international athletes compete against each other in three disciplines – swimming (1.9 kilometres), cycling (90 kilometres) and running (21.1 kilometres) – against a beautiful backdrop. All year round hobby sports enthusiasts can follow in the tracks of the triathletes and complete the cycling and running routes themselves. A triathlon camp – for novices and also as ideal preparation for the Ironman 70.3 – is held in the region in May.
Open air fitness: relaxation while running, trail running and Nordic Walking
If you’re one of those people who always has their running shoes in their suitcase you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for in Zell am See-Kaprun: signposted routes of varying difficulty levels are suitable for runners, Nordic walkers and trail runners. The routes take runners around the lake, through the town or along alpine trails heading up towards the summits. Two particular running events are the “Großglockner Ultra Trail,” which starts and ends in Kaprun, and the “Glockner Trail” from Kals in East Tyrol to Kaprun.
Paragliding, climbing and bravery in the high wire park
There are many opportunities in the Zell am See-Kaprun for those wanting to head up into the lofty heights. The Zell am See-Kaprun flying school offers tandem flights for parachute jumps and paragliding. The Schmittenhöhe is considered to be an Eldorado on the “flying scene.” The Höhenburg fixed rope route arena near the high mountain reservoirs promises an extravagant mountain experience. Three fixed rope routes of varying difficulty levels lead visitors between the rocks of the history-charged Höhenburg and guarantee magnificent views. Guided fixed rope route tours are also offered for beginners. Concentration and caution are also required in the high wire park. Visitors can enjoy their first experience in the area of alpine sport under guidance. The five courses with a total of 50 stations at “Club Kitzsteinhorn,” Austria’s largest indoor high wire park, demand lots of skill, bravery and concentration.
A “beautiful game” on 36 greens
The Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn golf courses in the Zell am See-Kaprun region are home to the 36 most beautiful greens in the Alps. The Zell am See Kaprun - Saalbach Hinterglemm golf club is one of the largest golf complexes in the Austrian Alps and one of the “Leading Golf Courses of Austria”. Top-class fairways, a restaurant with terrace, a pro- shop and courses for beginners and more advanced players meet all of the demands for a beautiful game. It is recommended to reserve your tee-off times for each day in good time.
Happiness on earth...
The Zell am See-Kaprun region is ideally suited for a riding holiday close to nature. Four riding complexes – including the Porsche Riding Club, which is owned by the Porsche family – offer lessons for beginners and more advanced riders in various disciplines and hacks. Visitors can bring their own horse with them on holiday if they enquire in advance and there is space available.
The well-signposted hiking network in the Zell am See-Kaprun region covers around 400 kilometres. It leads visitors to idyllic mountain chalets, glistening mountain lakes, the local Schmittenhöhe and Maiskogel mountains, the Upper Tauern National Park, across the glacier and up to three thousand metres above sea level. The range of hikes and tours offered in Zell am See-Kaprun is just as diverse as the demands and requests of our guests. Anyone wanting to take things a little easier can travel the first few metres in comfort in the modern cable cars. This protects untrained calf muscles and also rewards visitors with a fantastic view of Lake Zell and 30 three thousand metre peaks. Countless mountain chalets throughout the region help to motivate hikers with their home- made delicacies: buttermilk with cranberries, mountain cheese, a picnic with ham or a glass of elderflower juice are the perfect appeasement – even for more challenging tours.
Special hiking destinations and tour tips
Guided hikes with mountain guides and rangers
Throughout the summer themed hikes, some of them free of charge, are offered in the region for children and adults with hiking guides. For example, the “educational herb and flower trail” from the Fürthermoaralm to the Mooserboden mountain restaurant or the “4 lakes artistic hike” with 30 large sculptures on the Schmittenhöhe, certified as a mountain of art and culture. The “My first 3,000 metre” guided summit tours on the 3,230 metre high Kitzsteinhorn last around five hours and are a unique experience. Free guided tours through the “Gipfelwelt 3000” with National Park rangers are offered twice a day in summer. The latest summer programme can be found under www.zellamsee- kaprun.com.
Clear maps and a hiking app
Ambitious hikers are rewarded in the Zell am See-Kaprun region with the hiking pin in bronze, silver and gold: simply collect stamps from the designated mountain chalets! Points can also be collected digitally with the “SummitLynx” hiking app, which can be downloaded free of charge. A digital hiking map helps visitors to plan their hiking routes including stops in mountain chalets. Maps can be obtained from the local tourism office.
Cycling and mountain biking holidays
Visitors can discover the Zell am See-Kaprun region on a bike at their own tempo on the 240 kilometre long cycling trail network. Away from major roads, cyclists can travel along paths with little traffic and enjoy small or long tours such as around Lake Zell (11 km) or on part of the Tauern cycle trail from Zell am See to Kaprun and back again (18 km). The cycling trail network in the region is clear and well-signposted so that a bike is the best transport means for going from the hotel to the lido, into the old town for a coffee or to the TAUERN SPA. Anyone wanting to take things a bit easier can borrow an E-bike. Once the battery has been charged it lasts for around 60 kilometres.
With the racing bike on the trail of world champions
For anyone wanting to really get pedalling on holiday, the Zell am See-Kaprun region offers the best conditions as a base training camp. The cycle trail network covers around 1,300 kilometres throughout the Salzburg region. Zell am See-Kaprun is a starting point for extensive tours in all directions. A particular highlight is the 90 kilometre long “Ironman 70.3 World Championship course” or a trip along the nearby Großglockner High Alpine Road (Zell am See – Fuschertörl: 37 km / 1,671 metres altitude).
With the mountain bike over all of the mountains
Countless mountain bike tours of varying difficulty levels lead over all of the mountains (e.g. on the Maiskogel or Hundstein) and through the Zell am See-Kaprun region. A true hotspot for mountain bikers, downhill riders and freeriders is the Maiskogel. Downhill fans start on the Maiskogel pasture at 1,545 metres above sea level. It is the starting point for the challenging “Jetzenbachsteigs,” which leads riders over gravel roads, forest paths, meadow paths and cart paths back down to the valley station. At the valley station of the Schaufelbergbahn lies the 2,000 m2 Kaprun Bike Park with drops, sharp turns, kickers and a pump track. Guided bike sessions are offered for newcomers.
Outdoor freeride trails on the Kitzsteinhorn: from snow to lake
The three freeride trails on the Kitzsteinhorn, with a total length of up to twelve kilometres and a difference in altitude of 1,500 metres, are absolutely spectacular. The three routes are some of the most challenging that the Salzburg region has to offer, and riders can use them from mid-June to mid-September. The ascent up the mountain is with the modern glacier jet up to the alpine centre at 2,450 metres above sea level. From here the high alpine “Geißstein Trail” goes up to 3,144 metres and an altitude difference of more than 500 metres to the Häuslalm. As well as a breathtaking panorama, the route mainly offers speed, a few sharp turns and countless smaller jumps. From the Häuslalm it continues along the 7.7 km long “Wüstlau Trail” and down into the valley. The trail is technically very challenging in places and has hairpin bends, sharp curves and some stony and root-covered passages. Relatively easy to ride, and a tip for downhill newcomers, is the 5.2 kilometre long “Bachler Trail”, covering an altitude of 600 metres. The best way to get up the Maiskogel is on a bike suitable for riding uphill: from the centre of Kaprun the ascent by bike lasts between one and a half to two hours. The trail ends in Klammsee.
Maps, rental and mountain railway tickets
Clear maps for the Zell am See-Kaprun region show the most beautiful routes for hobby cyclists, mountain bikers and racing bikers. They can be obtained from the local tourism office. Children and adults can rent bikes, trekking bikes and mountain bikes in the region. Bikers can discover the Pinzgau mountains with the attractive “Kitzsteinhorn-Saalbach- Hinterglemm-Leogang” bike season card. The card can be used on all mountain railways in operation from mid-May to the end of October, and it also includes transport of the bikes.
The lake - Lake Zell
Zell am See has been a hotspot for summer freshness for more than one hundred years. In 1885, Empress Elisabeth (“Sissi”) spent some time in Zell am See; eight years later Emperor Franz Joseph I. came in person to visit the Schmittenhöhe and Kaprun valley.
It was primarily the magical combination of lake and mountains that contributed to the early fame of the region and turned it into a dream destination for artists and city dwellers. This magic still exists today.
Glistening Lake Zell at an altitude of 757 metres is the largest lake in the inner mountains: its water is of drinking quality and reaches a temperature of around 23 degrees in summer. Swimming or paddling through the crystal-clear water with its reflections of the peaks is an unexpected pleasure.
Three lidos with all of the amenities
All three of the lidos (Lake Zell, Seespitz and Thumersbach) are heated so that bathing fun is guaranteed even on cooler days. There are also countless amenities for the whole family – from large sunbathing areas, giant slides, swimming floats, diving platform, water trampoline, volleyball courts and mini golf courses to children’s playgrounds, restaurants, kiosks and places to hire kayaks, pedalos or banana boats, and a water ski school.
Water sport in all of its facets
Whether it‘s water skiing, sailing, surfing, taking a pedalo, kayaking, tyre rafting, stand-up paddling or diving: Lake Zell is suitable for all types of water sports. With a length of four kilometres and a width of 1.5 kilometres the lake has space for everyone wanting to spend time in and below the water.
“Cast off” – across Lake Zell by boat
A boat trip in Lake Zell is a particular pleasure: anyone taking a trip on board will enjoy completely new perspectives of Zell am See and the surrounding mountains as far as the Großglockner. Lake Zell goes down to a depth of 69 metres, has high quality drinking water and is an Eldorado not only for fish but also for water sports enthusiasts. The 45 minute panoramic round trip with the MS Schmittenhöhe – the largest of the four boats in the fleet – is offered from early May to mid-October. The central landing stage is the esplanade in Zell am See. A round trip on the “Kaiserin Elisabeth,” which was built in 1972, is a more nostalgic experience.
The boats can also be used as a practical way of crossing the lake.
Fantastic “Lake Zell magic”
The spectacular water, light, music and laser show is a homage to Lake Zell and places the lake in centre stage with large fountains and light projections. The show lasts 20 minutes and takes place every year from mid-May to mid-October in the Elisabethpark. In May, June, July and August it is held every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 10 p.m. and in September and October at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Combine the “Lake Zell magic” with an unforgettable summer’s evening by the lake and round off the day in a particularly cool and relaxed manner while enjoying a few drinks and watching the sunset.
The glacier - the Kitzsteinhorn
The unmistakeable silhouette of the Kitzsteinhorn has turned the “white mountain” into the symbol of the Zell am See-Kaprun region. The “Kitz,” as the mountain is lovingly known, is not just the only glacier ski region in the Salzburg area but also, thanks to the “Gipfelwelt 3000,” a high alpine adventure mountain that is open all year round. As the highest viewing point in the state, the “Top of Salzburg” panorama platform at 3,029 metres above sea level offers a unique panoramic view of the highest mountains in Austria and the glaciers of the Upper Tauern National Park. Since autumn 2015 the high ski region is now even more attractive thanks to the two highly modern “glacier jet 3 and 4” cable cars.
365 days of natural and mountain adventures
For a few years the glacier has been granted a break from skiing in summer. Instead the popular ICE ARENA is open in July and August. This winter playground with a snow beach, sun loungers, slides and snow bar transports visitors into a cool world of snow and eternal ice at 3,000 metres in the middle of summer.
While skis can be stored in the cellar in summer, hikers and mountain bikers are drawn to the Kitzsteinhorn: guided tours with National Park rangers or the “My first 3,000 metre” summit ascent with a qualified mountain guide promise to deliver a very special mountain experience. The three “Geißstein” “Wüstlau” and “Bachler” freeride trails are absolutely spectacular and, with a length of up to twelve kilometres and an altitude difference of up to 1,500 metres, are some of the most challenging in the entire Salzburg region.
“Gipfelwelt 3000” and pleasure worlds on the mountain
Visitors to the “Gipfelwelt 3000” on the Kitzsteinhorn can enjoy the fascinating high mountain and glacier world of the Upper Tauern National Park all year round. The “Cinema 3000” promises film pleasure at the highest level: “Kitzsteinhorn – The Nature” is shown on the eight metre wide screen. The National Park Gallery is a 360 metre long tunnel including information stations, which leads visitors through the mountain and ends in a further panorama platform that is geographically already in the Upper Tauern National Park. At this magical viewing point visitors find themselves at eye level with the Großglockner and Austria’s highest mountains.
Guided tours with National Park rangers take place free of charge twice daily in summer and every Tuesday in winter.
The mountain - the Schmittenhöhe
The Schmittenhöhe – or “Schmitten” for short – is not just the local Zell am See mountain, but also an all year round action and adventure mountain. Nature lovers and hikers will find the calm and downtime that they seek in the same place where explorers, winter sports enthusiasts and families with adventure seeking children can indulge their passions. In both summer and winter, the modern mountain railways bring sports lovers and walkers, yoga enthusiasts and yodellers, skiers, freeriders and paragliders to the middle and mountain stations and right into the heart of everything.
Action-packed mountain adventure for the whole family
Families love the Schmittenhöhe. The absolute favourites include “Schmidolins Feuertaufe,” the “heights promenade,” “Schmidolins Feuerstuhl,” the “Freeride E-Centre” and the “Disc golf course.”
On the “Schmidolins Feuertaufe” adventure trail young explorers can follow in the tracks of Schmidolin the dragon and enjoy lots of adventure. With courage and skill they can solve problems at the interactive stations and collect colourful firestones.
On the “Schmidolins Feuerstuhl” things happen a lot more quickly. Equipped with a helmet, gloves and protective pads young racing drivers aged between 6 and 14 can show off their ability on OSET bikes. In the highest “E-motocross park” in Austria adults can also race around on E-motocross bikes without emitting any noise or exhaust fumes.
Hiking becomes a great experience along the heights promenade between the summit and the Sonnkogel. The path is lined with theme boards, viewing platforms, a marmot’s cave, beehive and a letter puzzle rally.
The “Disc golf course,” which starts at 1,850 metres on the Sonnkogel and leads around 450 metres down towards the valley, also provides lots of fun for the whole family. Participants must try and throw the frisbee into the 18 baskets along the course and the game follows the rules of golf.
Special features away from the mainstream
Yoga, yodelling and culture – the Schmittenhöhe holds many surprises.
Yoga novices and experts meet early in the morning at the Schmitten valley station in July and August to enjoy “yoga on the mountain.” The two hour yoga classes are held at 2,000 metres above sea level, with views of the three thousand metre peaks of the Upper Tauern, and between alpine pastures and mountain herbs. The class is followed by a yoga breakfast in the Schmitten Café.
The “yodelling” workshops with Thomas Reitsamer are more melodious. The musician with Pinzgau roots teaches participants “Juchizen” and yodelling, as well as explaining how they came into being and their significance.
The Schmittenhöhe is Austria’s first “art and culture mountain.” 30 oversized sculptures created by international artists can be seen along the hiking trails and are also in the “art on the mountain” folder. The “4 lakes artistic hike” can be undertaken individually or as part of a guided tour.