holidays in the alps in Austria

Enjoy the time out in nature… the top activities

You may wonder what awaits you for your summer holiday in Austria. There are a lot of things to do and to see, especially if you choose to spend your holiday in the region Zell am See-Kaprun, whether you are a sports lover, thrill-seeker or seeking peace and quiet. There are indeed endless opportunities for active recreation: for example, a climb to the summit of the “Kitzsteinhorn” mountain (3,029 metres) or an enjoyable walk to the top of the wonderful “Schmittenhöhe” hill, the first mountain in Austria to be dedicated to art and culture.

You can marvel at the impressive artificial lakes nestling in the high mountains overlooking the village of Kaprun or enjoy magic moments attending an event of the “Zeller Seezauber” Festival. Of course, these suggestions are far from being exhaustive. Come and see for yourself!

In summer as well as in winter… With the free Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card you can enjoy a lot of experiences and activities for free.


Visit the Kaprun reservoirs and experience the dam wall and the adventure world up close. You have the opportunity to climb the dam wall there. Afterwards, relax in the old town of Zell am See while shopping or enjoying a coffee. A recommendation for families is the Ferleiten Wildlife Park nearby. The animals there are really cute.


You can experience the Kitzsteinhorn with the impressive glacier up close in Zell am See-Kaprun. The Falkenstein Hotel Kaprun is the starting point for all trips to the Kitzsteinhorn. The hotel is only 5 km from the valley station. We recommend that you enjoy the mountains there while skiing.


We particularly recommend one activity to you and we guarantee that you won’t forget this adventure so fast! Tandem paragliding in Zell am See from the Schmittenhöhe is one of the trendiest activities in Zell am See. As our guest you benefit from a special price.


If you feel more like swimming or if you fancy a wonderful boat trip, then visit Lake Zell with its 3 inviting public beach pool and numerous wild bathing spots. The lake offers great experiences for the whole family and for sports-loving, active holidaymakers.


Is it too rainy outside for a hiking trip? Then you’ll definitely be interested in our suggestions for bad weather days in Zell am See-Kaprun. If the weather isn’t great, or as a change from the Flying Spa at the Falkenstein Hotel Kaprun: why not visit the Areit 1400 family exhibition, the Summit World 3000, or the base camp for body and soul, the Tauern Spa Kaprun.


Wellness day at the Tauern Spa Kaprun

Various indoor and outdoor pools await you on a total SPA area of 20,000 square meters. Discover the Kaprun Thermal Baths – a modern spa in Austria. Our Hotel Falkenstein is a “Best Friends” partner and our hotel guests get entry tickets at reduced prices directly at the reception.

Splashing, climbing, sliding and much more. We recommend all families to the children’s paradise “KidsStein” with childcare.

  • Reduced with the summer card. For details see Tauern Spa website
  • Special features: new flagship thermal baths in Austria, numerous indoor and outdoor pools, sauna worlds, own children’s world
  • Culinary: Genussallee thermal restaurant

If you don’t want to go to the wellness center, we recommend the following activities:

Areit 1400 family exhibition on the Schmittenhöhe

Even in bad weather, the Schmittenhöhe has something to offer: you can take the areitXpress to the areitXpress mountain station and up there, very close by, is the Areit 1400 family exhibition. The name doesn’t reveal too much about the content of the exhibition – there you go we’re right with you.

The name Areit 1400 refers to the altitude of the exhibition. You are at 1400m when you visit the exhibition. What can you expect from the exhibition? A whole lot! Cool vintage cars, casual scooters and retro skis are waiting to be admired. There is also a game corner for young and old.

  • Your advantage with the summer card: ride the gondola for free
  • Culinary delights: Areitlounge


National Park Gallery

The National Park Gallery, 360m long, invites you to linger in bad weather. There you can look at the Hohe Tauern National Park from different perspectives in the tunnel. Once you have reached the end of the tunnel, you will find yourself on the National Park Gallery viewing platform. In the tunnel you can get different information at six information stations:

  • Technology in the 3000 region
  • Crystal treasures of the Hohe Tauern
  • Gold Silver
  • Creation of the Hohe Tauern and the Kitzsteinhorn
  • Permafrost
  • Glacier and Hohe Tauern National Park

Off to the highest cinema

If you want to visit the highest cinema in Austria, the Cinema 3000, then the Kitzsteinhorn is the right place for you. A 12-minute film in a continuous loop shows the high alpine natural landscape on an 8 meter wide screen.

  • With the summer card: tickets for the ascent and descent are free
  • Culinary: Kitzsteinhorn summit restaurant
  • Special features: the highest cinema in Austria