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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Visiting the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

During our recent visit to Austria, we had set aside a day to visit the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Kitzsteinhorn mountain is located within the Kaprun region in Austria and the Kitzsteinhorn glaciers are a popular ski area with plenty of piste options catering for all grades of skiers. In addition to skiing, the Kitzsteinhorn has nearly 100 climbing routes and 12 kilometers of freeride mountain biking trails. And for those who come to experience the majestic Alpine scenery, Kitzsteinhorn lives up to the expectations, offering breathtaking views of the Alps.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

Tickets to the Kitzsteinhorn can be purchased as graded day tickets (different time slots in the day), ski passes (ranging from 2-12 days), flexible tickets (5 in 7 days) or you can use the Zell am See-Kaprun Summercard which gives you free entry to most of the popular attractions in the region including the Kitzsteinhorn. The ski passes/tickets are issued as Key Cards which require a refundable deposit of Eur 2.00. For tourists without ski equipment, there is the option to purchase either an uphill or downhill ticket.

After collecting our key cards, we made our way to the cable cars. The first section of the ride was in a small gondola lift, the Gletscherjet I, that took us up to the first level - Langwied (1.976m). The ride up the gondola lift was beautiful - towering mountains scattered with trees in golden Autumnal colours and complemented by the lovely blue sky.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


We spent a short time at the first level (it has a restaurant, a sports shop, and even a souvenir shop) and then took the Gletscherjet II (another Gondola lift) to the next level.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria
The second level (the Alpincentre - 2.450m) has the 'Freeride Info Base' which is a base camp offering important information before one starts their freeride runs. The Alpincentre also has a restaurant, a ski school, a ski depot and is a rescue service base. We spent a considerable time here taking in the stunning views.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


From the Alpincentre, we took the Gletscherjet 3+4, a 10 person gondola, that operates up to the high Alpine world. For the skiers, an 8-seater chairlift is available from the Alpincentre. The gondolas and chairlifts are continuously-moving ensuring that both skiers and non-skiers reach the next level quickly. The journey from the Alpincentre to the next level was stunning - beautiful views of the glacial slopes and the majestic mountain range.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


We spent some time here and then took the final ride up - a funicular - that took us to the 'Top of Salzburg'.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


At 3029 meters altitude, this is the highest viewpoint in Salzburg and what an awesome view it was. Simply stunning! 'Top of Salzburg' is accessible all year round and no matter which season you visit in, the views are going to be breathtaking.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria
We then went through the National Park Gallery which is a long tunnel through the mountain and has displays about the Alps, the crystals found in Kitzsteinhorn etc. The tunnel leads you to a viewing platform that offers fabulous views across the Grossglockner. It was absolutely fascinating.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


Our ride down was again level by level and when it was time to say goodbye to Kitzsteinhorn, we just did not want to leave. We both were bewitched by the beauty of the snow capped mountains.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria


Whether you love nature and snow-capped mountains or are a skier (beginner or experienced), the Kitzsteinhorn area should not be missed when you are visiting Austria. The place is organised well, the facilities are good (a good number of bars, cafés, and restaurants) and the natural beauty is simply breathtaking making Kitzsteinhorn a lovely place to spend the day.

For more details on the opening times and prices, please use the information below.

Kitzsteinhorn valley station | Kesselfallstraße 60, 5710 Kaprun, Austria
Email | office@kitzsteinhorn.at

A big thank you to Zell am See-Kaprun Tourism department for arranging our visit to the Kitzsteinhorn.

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19 comments :

  1. A dream destination
    Looks like the perfect place
    I've never been

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  2. Wow looks amazing. Lots of fav photos. I've never been skiing

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  3. A truly stunning place, would love to visit one day

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  4. Nice pictures! Man, I really wish I traveled the world at times like this

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  5. beautiful pictures
    how amazing

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  6. This is a place I will love to visit. It looks so amazing and remind me of my childhood in the South of France when going skiing in the Alps.

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  7. Oh wow those views look absoloutely amazing . What a beautiful place x

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  8. The photos look absolutely amazing! I've always wanted to visit Austria, it looks like such a great place with lots to do x

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  9. looks stunning and somewhere I have always wanted to go myself

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  10. This looks beautiful. I would love to go one day

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  11. Really stunning photographs, you can really smell the fresh air i would really love to have a holiday like this....

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  12. This looks incredible! Really makes me want to sort out my plans to start travelling!

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  13. Oh WOW! What stunning scenery! That is something I would love to see!

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  14. Looks absolutely stunning and peaceful. Would brave the cold just to go for a visit

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  15. Amazing photos.. I would love to go there

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  16. it looks lovely.. although there is no way id be going on the skyrides!!! theyre way too high for my liking! id be keeping my feet firmly on the floor!!!

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  17. That looks amazing, would love to visit after seeing those photos!

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  18. this looks stunning if only i could ski! x

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