10 things to do in the Zell am See-Kaprun region (winter edition)


10 things you should do in the Zell am See-Kaprun region

In this blog post, you will learn about ten things you should definitely do in the Zell am See-Kaprun region in winter. Of course, there is plenty more to experience, we have mentioned our personal highlights & recommendations here.


  • Skiing on the Schmittenhöhe, Maiskogel and Kitzsteinhorn
    408 kilometers of perfectly groomed slopes and 121 lifts including the glacier ski area with Ski ALPIN guarantee great skiing fun. With just one ski pass, you can experience the diverse slopes in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, on the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See and on the Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun. Numerous ski schools and ski rental shops are located right next to the AlpenParks resorts.
  • Tobogganing
    Tobogganing is fun for the whole family! There are some great toboggan runs in and around Zell am See-Kaprun.
    - Directly in Zell am See you will find the 1 kilometer long toboggan run 'Köhlergraben'.
    - The well-known 'Kohlschnait' run is in Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße and is only 10 minutes away by car.
    - The Spielberghaus toboggan run in Saalbach is just 20 minutes away by car. Here you can hike up to the Spielberghaus in a good 45 minutes and then toboggan down the 3-kilometre-long toboggan run. Night tobogganing on the floodlit run is highly recommended!
  • Snowshoeing and winter hiking
    Everyone should try a wonderful snowshoe tour through the snow-covered landscape. There are numerous routes for a hike in the region. Whether to the Schützingalm in Thumersbach, to the high-altitude promenade on the Schmittenhöhe or to the Plettsaukopf reservoir - there are numerous tour options.

  • Circumnavigation of Lake Zell
    Starting from AlpenParks Hotel & Apartment Central, it's a great opportunity to walk around Lake Zell. It is only a 4-minute walk to the esplanade and you walk off in the direction of the Grand Hotel Zell am See. Continue to Thumersbach and then back via Schüttdorf. After a good 2-2.5 hours you have completed the Zellersee loop of around 11.5 kilometers. Now coffee and cake await you in one of the numerous restaurants and cafés in the town center.

  • Enjoy the culinary delights of mountain huts
    Numerous rustic huts and mountain restaurants in the region invite you to enjoy culinary delights. You should try the following dishes: Pinzgauer Kasnockn, Pinzgauer Bladln with potatoes and bacon, Kaspressknödelsuppe or the Bauerngröstl. When it comes to sweet dishes, Kaiserschmarrn, Germknödel and Moosbeernocken are at the top of the list.

  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride
    Whether as a romantic couple or with the whole family and friends: A horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy winter landscape of Zell am See-Kaprun is a very special experience.

  • Shopping afternoon in the old town
    Stroll through the stores and small boutiques, perhaps you will find one or two new favorites. You will find everything from modern clothing to exclusive niche fragrances and shoe stores. After your shopping trip, the cozy bakeries and cafés invite you to enjoy a little refreshment.

  • Cross-country skiing
    Whether it's a leisurely round for beginners or a sporty round with a few meters of altitude - there's something for everyone here. On the Brunnwiesloipe or the Golfplatzloipe in Zell am See, for example, you have particularly great views of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area in Kaprun and the Hohe Tauern National Park. The surrounding sports stores also offer cross-country skiing equipment hire (classic and skating). From the end of December to the end of February, a cross-country skiing taster course is also offered on Mondays in Kaprun.

  • Balloonalps - Hot air balloon ride
    During the international winter balloon week in February, you have the opportunity to take a unique passenger hot air balloon flight. Winter is the best time for balloon rides, also for passengers, as the cold air, blue skies and low sun in winter give passengers the best visibility.

  • Thermal day at the Tauern SPA
    For rest and relaxation, you should of course also take a spa day. The Tauern SPA in Kaprun or the indoor pool in Zell am See are perfect for this. In the Tauern SPA you will find a 20,000 m² SPA water & sauna world with 12 pools, 10 saunas & steam baths. As an AlpenParks guest, you will receive your admission ticket for the Tauern SPA directly from us at reception. You also receive a 10% discount on massages and beauty treatments at Vital Alpin SPA & Kosmetik.


Tip: You will also find a cozy in-house sauna area at the AlpenParks Hotel & Residences in Zell am See-Kaprun, depending on the resort. Some of the first-class vacation apartments are even equipped with a private sauna.


We wish you lots of fun on your next winter vacation in Zell am See-Kaprun!

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