en.infoglobe.cz » Austria: The Hohe Tauern National Park and the Town of Kaprun

Austria: The Hohe Tauern National Park and the Town of Kaprun

Published: 8.10.2017
The Hohe Tauern national park belongs to the most popular areas in the Austrian Alps. Nature here is nothing but magical. Sharp peaks of two or three thousand meter high rocky giants, alpine lakes, wild nature, vast glacier fields and more. The Hohe Tauern are also popular for mountain hikers and for its numerous winter resorts.

The ski resort situated in northeastern edge of the park above the Kaprun town is the most popular one. It is a popular winter resort but it bikers, skiers, and tourists love it as well. You can use local cable car to get to higher altitude where you can enjoy an adrenaline ride downhill. Bikers can ride one of three slopes of differen difficulties. Geisstein and Wüstlau trails are designed for experienced riders. The easiest of trails is Bachler designed for beginners. Here you also need a mountain bike (most because of canals crossing the trail). Also, you need to mind tourists who walk around here as well. A pleasantly leaned road stretches from the cable car station. It is for casual mountain bikers. The road winds across the land and offers vistas over Klammsee lake, steep mountains on the other side, Kaprun and Zell am See.

Zell am See lake 

the Hohe Tauern mountains   Kitzsteinhorn glacier

Some may enjoy dams of Wasserfallboden and Mooserboden  situated very close to the park itself. These are large dams built for generatic electricity. The dams are open on particular periods during seasons. Moreover, you need to travel by local bus line and special cable car for you won't be able to reach the dams in your own car.

waters of the Hohe Tauern

Should you have some time to spare, I recommend a walk by Klammsee, a small lake you can easily make a walk around at. Also, you can take a swim but water is not particularly warm. Moreover, there is Sigmund-Thun-Klamm, a 320-meter long gorge right below the lake. Through there, water from the lake flows out. The gorge is open from 9 to 17 hours, it costs 4.40 €. The ticket office is situated on the lower end of the gorge by the hydroelectric power plant's exhibition. The trail ends by the northern shore of Klammsee lake. Another recommendation would be the bike trail spanning between Kaprun and Zell am See. The asphalt in Kaprun is very smooth and suitable for roller skates. People who love historic landmarks should visit medieval castle at Kaprun. Next to the castle, there is the small church of St Jacob. Once you grow tired of all activities and walks, try Kaprun Tauern SPA, a modern spa situated directly in the town of Kaprun (the second largest compound of its kind in Austria).

Seebach See   soutěska Sigmund-Thun-Klamm

castle in Kaprun

If you are tired of skiing, riding a bike, and hiking, perhaps you would be intrigued by driving a car or motorbike up along Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse which offers the vista over Grossglockner mountain (3 798 m). Grossglockner mountain is of a bell shape (its shape inspired its name). The mountain belongs to the Glockner mountains which in turn belongs to the Hohe Tauern mountain range. The road up to the observation point on the top of this giant begins in Ferleiten village. From here you can get on the 30 km long road which is open from May to end October. You can either drive there in a car (around 40 €), a motorbike (around 30 €) or on a bicycle (5 €). Personally, you rode here off the time it's open (bikers usually do this) and I highly recommend it. Riding on a bicycle and sharing the road with car traffic must be very unpleasant experience, especially considering the number of bend.

the vista over Kaprun and Kitzsteinhorn

GPS: 47°19'20.2"N 12°47'51.5"E

Text and photos: Martina Brožková

Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

Austria: Kaprun – Alpine Dams of Wasserfallboden and Mooserboden
Published: 29.7.2015
Austrian town Kaprun located at the foothills of the Hohe Tauern, a very popular tourist destination. It is famous for its ski resort. It is located on snowy slopes of Kitzsteinhorn. There are other very interesting locations around Kaprun such as alpine dams Wasserfallboden and Mooserboden.

Austria – Mondsee and Zeller See Lakes and Hohenwerfen Castle
Published: 8.7.2019
Austria is an increasingly popular destination with us, we can go on a trip to the lakes and the mountains, all by car and the road does not take us more than a few hours. Moreover, it is a neighboring countrys. It is a pity when people avoid trips around the corner and prefer more exotic destinations.

Austria, Zell am See – Magical Region in Salzburg
Published: 26.1.2020
Today we have a trip to the Austrian state of Salzburg, more precisely to the breathtaking Zell am See region, which is famous for ski resorts, beautiful lakes, picturesque villages or majestic mountains.

Austria, Saalbach Hinterglemm – Summer in the Mountains
Published: 11.7.2020
Today, our goal will be the Austrian village of Saalbach Hinterglemm (consisting of two small towns Saalbach and Hinterglemm) located in the district of Zell am See. The village is a well-known center for almost all winter sports, there is a network of four slopes with a total length of up to 270 kilometers. However, even in summer, a lot of tourists come here.

Austria: Zell am See and Kaprun – Places Where Visitors Feel Great
Published: 9.6.2013
Uniqueness of the Zell am See-Kaprun Region is in its combination of glaciers, mountains and lakes. Perhaps in any other place in Austria you won’t find them as close as here. Environment of this Alpine region allows to try various activities for sportsmen, families and those who seek relax.

Austria: Zell am See – A Glacier, Mountains and a Lake
Published: 6.1.2013
Families, beginners and even experienced skiers will enjoy on 138 kilometers of ski slopes in Zell am See-Kaprun where are three skiing areas - Kitzsteinhorn, Schmittenhöhe and Maiskogel. However, Zell am See-Kaprun offers entertainment off ski slopes – cross country trips, racket trips, treks on your own foot, or sports on Zeller See lake surface.

Austria, Salzburg Region – Short Mountain Trip I
Published: 30.8.2015
Me and my friend decided to make a trip. The planning was great. I had look around in many handbooks, searched for inspiration on travel agencies’ websites and so on. Eventually, we agreed upon seeing a beautiful place near Salzburg. The village of Abtenau which would serve as the base for our trips around.

Austria, Salzburg Region – Short Trip into the Mountains II
Published: 6.9.2015
We chose to travel along paid Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse road, a mountain freeway that is 48 kilometers long. But due to various turns and stops it would be quite long…

Related Photogallery

Austria: Hohe Tauern - Beautiful and Monumental
The Hohe Tauern is vast and massive mountain range of the East Alps. It is the highest mountain r...

Austria, Kaprun - Skiing on Kitzsteinhorn Glacier
Lets go with as, at least for a while, to Zell am See-Kaprun, on Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Those who...


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:friday 21. 1. 2022
friday 21.1.
-2 °C
saturday 22.1.
2 °C

TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.


TIP: INFOGLOBE app is available for your device, download HERE.