Kaprun Resort History

Posted by George Biffen

Last updated on January 16th, 2018 at 11:58 am

Kaprun is a municipality in the Zell am See District in the state of Salzburg, Austria.

The town is an important tourist destination known as “Zell am See-Kaprun” with the neighbouring Zell am See and well known for the glacier Kitzsteinhorn.

In 1965 Austria’s first glacier skiing area was opened at Kitzsteinhorn, which today is a modern skiing area that attracts international guests and offers guaranteed fun in the snow from October to May.

Gletscherbahn 2 was a funicular railway with two carriages running from Kaprun to the Kitzsteinhorn, opened on 23 March 1974.

This railway had the unusual track gauge of 946 millimeters, and a length of 3.9 kilometres, of which 3.3 kilometres was through a tunnel.

The Mooserboden hydroelectric plant uses water from two reservoirs held back by some of Austria’s largest dam walls.

The reservoir area has become a tourist attraction, giving spectacular views over the towns of Kaprun and Zell am See.

The visitors centre gives guided tours of the area.

Tauern Spa World was completed in November 2010, and is the second largest spa complex in Austria.

It is a 2-hour transfer to resort from Salzburg Airport.

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