The charming Alpine village of Kaprun, Austria, together with neighbouring Zell am See makes up the much celebrated ski domain of Europa Sport. A truly year round ski resort, Kaprun skiing deals are available at any time, especially during the summer months. What ever time of year you visit a Kaprun chalet, the scenery will take your breath away, the range of sport and leisure activities available will get the adrenaline flowing and the village itself will charm you immediately upon arrival. Kaprun is a small, quiet village, with excellent skiing as well as fantastically enjoyable, yet calm, nightlife.
The vast majority of those taking self catering holiday rental accommodation in Kaprun will have arrived because of the extensive skiing. There are 50km of downhill pistes local to Kaprun, yet with its location within the Europa Sport domain, you can actually reach over 130km of pistes from a Kaprun chalet. The skiing is aimed at all levels of skier, with almost 40% aimed at beginners and a further 20% coving fearsome slopes which will test even seasoned skiers. There is also a great snow park for boarders as well as 18km of cross-country skiing trails through the stunning Kaprun Valley. The snowboarding credentials of this little Alpine village are confirmed by the hosting of the Snowboarding World Cup.
During the summer, the high altitude Kitzsteinhorn Glacier offers a huge open bowl for skiing and snowboarding. Skiing deals to Kaprun in the summer are often spectacular, meaning that you can take a Kaprun chalet, ski the slopes in the sunshine and still have enough of your holiday budget to live in luxury for a week or two. In the summer, there are a huge number of sport and leisure activities to enjoy from a self catering Kaprun chalet, villa or apartment. Kaprun’s proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Salzburg region means that you can windsurf before breakfast, ski in the morning and climb a mountain in the afternoon! Lake Zell is a great place to fish and windsurf in the summer, and when it freezes during the winter, you can skate right across to Thumers-bach, a village on the opposite shore to Kaprun.
The mini-train which runs from Kaprun to the top of the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier is a delightful little asset for the village. Pulled by cogwheels, the railway, or Gletscherbahn, provides magnificent views for skiers, snowboarders, walkers and sightseers alike.
The picturesque town of Zell am See stands in a peninsula jutting into Lake Zell. Centred around the 13th century Church of St Hippolyt and the city tower or Vogtturm, Zell am See has a medieval atmosphere, and you can happily wander the streets for hours, taking in the remarkable sights, smells and sounds. It is also a great place to get your supplies, from food to sporting kit, as well as having a huge range of excellent restaurants, bars and cafes.
Although winters are obviously cold, if you visit a Kaprun chalet during the spring and summer, you may be very pleasantly surprised. Temperatures can average as high as 28˚C in July and August, making the exploration of the mountain area an absolute treat.
A holiday rental chalet in Kaprun is located 100km from the centre of Salzburg, connected by road and rail. The Salzburg International Airport (SZG) is fantastically well connected to the UK, with 8 separate airlines providing a huge range of direct, quick and cheap flights to Kaprun via Salzburg. Both ThomsonFly and Ryanair offer great deals on flights to Salzburg.