Heading to Zell am See-Kaprun for your summer holidays? Then these are the best things to do for that ultimate summer in Zell am See-Kaprun!

This is what summer in Zell am See-Kaprun is all about!

There aren’t many places around the world that can boast the beauty of Zell am See-Kaprun – it just has a little bit of everything.

Mountains and glaciers? ✔️ Deep dense forests? ✔️ Beautiful blue lake? ✔️ And then there’s the town – so charming and cute.

To be honest with you, Zell am See-Kaprun was a place I knew nothing about. I felt like it was a secret that Austrians were keeping to themselves.

Well, after spending some time here recently, I can see why. It really is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in a very long time.

Summer in Zell am See-Kaprun
Summer in Zell am See-Kaprun

Operation Eagle

Zell am See-Kaprun was the second stop in our ‘Operation Eagle’ series around Austria.

This is where we set the legend that is Eddie the Eagle to a number of different challenges all around Austria.

For those of you who don’t know him, Eddie the Eagle is a British national treasure. He shot to fame after finishing dead last in the ski jump at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Even though he didn’t leave with a medal, he won over hearts all around the world, so much so they made a film about his life in 2016.

While we were in Austria, I was part of the team that was coming up with some weird and wonderful challenges for Eddie. Think cooking challenges and unique triathlons. Anything to get Eddie out of his comfort zone while showing off some of the things you can do in Austria.

Anyway, you can read more about what we got up to in our ‘Operation Eagle’ series here.

But firstly, make sure you watch our Zell am See-Kaprun episode below to get a flavour of what it’s all about!

Things to do in Zell am See-Kaprun

Zell am See-Kaprun is famous for three things – the glacier, the lake and the town, so obviously they’re the top three things to do here!

Depending what your favourite outdoor activity is, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to do it at Zell am See-Kaprun.

From hiking to skiing to exploring all the cute little restaurants doted around town, there is something for everyone.

So, these are the best things to do for a summer in Zell am See-Kaprun.

Kitzsteinhorn

Hiking at Kitzsteinhorn

Kitzsteinhorn is the name of the main mountain range in Zell am See-Kaprun.

It’s a 20-minute drive outside the centre of Zell am See-Kaprun, but if you don’t have a car then there are buses running frequently too.

Being a mountain and glacier, the main things to do at Kitzsteinhorn are skiing and snowboarding. And unlike a lot of other places in Europe, the season runs for a very long time – apparently the mountain doesn’t close down until the end of July, though obviously the snow is much better earlier on in the year.

However, if skiing and snowboarding isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of things for you to do at the top. Just be prepared for some of the best views in Austria.

Viewing platform at Kitzsteinhorn

View of Kitzsteinhorn

One of the things I always love about the mountains is getting the cable car to the top – it’s always such a good way of seeing the surrounding countryside and plenty of photo ops too.

Once you get to the top of Kitzsteinhorn there are a couple of viewing platforms. The main one is the top of Salzburg at 3,029 metres with a view of the ski slopes below. There is also a restaurant here with panoramic views of the mountains all around.

The second viewing platform is through an educational tunnel that tells you about the geography and history of the area. The tunnel is 300 metres long and takes you out to a viewing platform on the other side of the mountain range.

For me, the views here were just spectacular. Make sure you see both viewing platforms as they’re so different!

A return ticket to the top of Kitzsteinhorn costs £37 and you can book it here.

Try Käsespätzle, Austrian mac n cheese

Käsespätzle

If you’re up in the mountains then I’d really recommend eating at Gletschermühle, one of two restaurants at Kitzsteinhorn that offers really traditional food.

And what’s the one thing on the menu you should try? Käsespätzle.

This is basically Austrian mac and cheese and it is a classic dish for up in the mountains.

One portion probably has about 10,000 calories but damn does it taste good – probably one of the best things I ate while in Austria!

Water sports on Lake Zell

Name any water sport activity and you’ll be able to do it on Lake Zell.

As you can see from our video, Eddie opted for some paddleboarding while the support crew were on a paddelo. However, you can go sailing, waterskiing, wake-boarding and a load of other activities too.

To be honest with you, one of my favourite things to do at Lake Zell was to take in the beauty of the place. There aren’t many places I’ve been to with the mountains so close to the lake like this.

If you want to take your relaxation to the next level, there are a couple of outdoor swimming pools and leisure centres dotted around where you can laze by the lake. Definitely a must on a hot summer’s day.

The light show at Zell am See-Kaprun

Light show Zell am See

Who doesn’t love a light show!?

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday there is a light show down by the side of the water and it is well worth checking out while you’re staying here.

The Magic Light Show is very popular, so if you’re looking for a front-row spot to take it all in, make sure you claim your place at least 30 minutes before the show starts. Otherwise, you can turn up five minutes before and still find a place to stand.

Also, the best thing about the show is it’s completely free! Just grab a drink from the local bar and enjoy the show!

Catching the cable car to the top of Schmittenhöhe

Another incredible viewpoint at Zell am See-Kaprun is at the top of the scenic cable car to Schmittenhöhe.

Tickets cost €28.50 and the cable car takes about 20 minutes to get to the top. Once again the views are spot on here (you can probably tell that a) I really like views of the mountains, and b) that’s what Zell am See-Kaprun is all about).

Once you’re at the top, there are a number of hiking routes around the area which are well worth exploring. Or you could just park yourself in the café, get yourself a coffee and some cake and take in the beautiful views all around you.

Finding your own viewpoints in Zell am See-Kaprun

Driving Zell am See

One of my favourite things activities while I was in Zell am See-Kaprun was going on a bit of a road trip.

All around Lake Zell, especially on the north side of the lake, there are some incredible roads to drive with some seriously special views of the town below.

I enjoy driving at the best of times, but on these roads, with these views. Yeah, that’s something worth going out your way for.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a place like this! This is what I love summer in Zell am See-Kaprun!


This post was in association with Visit Austria and Zell am See-Kaprun promoting some of the best things to do in Austria during the summer – it’s not all about the winter sports here! As always, views are entirely my own and without bias.

Have you ever heard of Zell am See-Kaprun before? What are some of the things you’d like to do there? Let me know in the comments below!

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I’ve walked across that lake. In the winter, obviously, when it was frozen.
When we reached the far side we found someone had tried to drive on it – and the car had gone through the ice. So had the first truck that tried to pull the car out.
We decided not to walk back on the ice.