10 reasons to visit Zell am See-Kaprun
Take a break from city life with a voyage to the historic and cultural town of Zell am See and the neighbouring village of Kaprun – escape to the mountains and explore Austria’s natural beauty
by Marina Nelson
Hike up the mountains
Embrace the fresh air of the mountains on a hiking tour, for a panoramic view of Austria’s stunning natural vistas. Take a challenging hike or go at a steadier pace with a cable car ride. Finish with a mountain lake trip before stopping for a bite to eat in one of the region’s rustic alpine huts.
Feast on traditional Austrian cuisine
The region is home to over 100 restaurants and taverns, offering international cuisine as well as Austrian delicacies, so be sure to explore the food as well as the highs of the mountains. Kasnocken, Austria’s answer to mac ‘n’ cheese, made with dumplings and cheese, is a warming winter favourite.
Place your bets at the casino
Prepare your best poker face when you visit the casino in the Grand Hotel on the shore of Lake Zell. Enjoy a night of thrilling gaming with 50 slot machines, four American roulette tables, four blackjack tables and two poker tables to choose from.
Visit the Ice Camp bar
A bar made entirely from ice is an unforgettable experience. Ice Camp, presented by Audi Quattro, consists of three inter-connected igloos where you can not only enjoy a bite to eat and a unique tipple but also explore the Audi showroom.
Take a trip to Kaprun castle
Travel back in time on an historic tour of Salzburg state’s star attraction. Built in the 12th century, Kaprun castle offers a range of guided tours and festivals, culminating in a medieval fair every July.
Experience a thrilling mountain bike ride
Explore the mountains and breathtaking scenery of some of Austria’s highest mountains with an exhilarating bike ride. Local firms offer a range of cycling excursions and treks, including flat road tours and challenging mountain climbs and descents.
Unwind in luxury at the spa
Relax in style at the Tauern spa and wellness complex, which also offers a range of beauty treatments for a revitalising experience. The spa facilities include a leisure centre, a fragrant steam bath, panoramic saunas, brine baths and a glass-fronted outdoor pool.
Watch a light show after sunset
From May to October every year, the Zeller Seezauber Magic Lake Show regularly turns the sky into a spectacular light display late into the night. Fusing music, light, water and laser displays, this after-sunset lake show is a spectacular sight.
Discover the perfect souvenir
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Zell am See’s pedestrian zone for independent shops selling souvenirs, accessories, fashion and much more. Throughout the year, seasonal markets are also a highlight to enjoy in the Zell am See-Kaprun region. The Pezz shopping centre, which offers international brands such as H&M and Media Markt, is just five minutes by car from Zell am See.
Make a summer festival the highlight of your trip
Zell am See-Kaprun not only offers outdoor sports and winter activities, it is also a hive of activity during the summer. Each Wednesday throughout July and August, take to the main square in Zell for Summer Night Festival evenings of live entertainment and a selection of local delicacies to enjoy.