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Zell am See – Kaprun: Summer highlights 2016

From lumberjack athletes to the Line Dance Alp. Festival: summer with strong men and fast feet.

Foto: Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus
Foto: Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus

Not to be missed: the top three in summer 2016

Line Dance Alp Festival: the top quality country event Rousing dance experience for young and old in Zell am See-Kaprun: the Line Dance Alp Festival will be held for the first time from 16th to 19th June 2016. Countless line dance workshops with well-known trainers, country music concerts with live bands and the best lumberjack athletes in Austria create a cool Wild West feeling. During the Line Dance Alp Festival the muscle men will show what they can do with an axe and motor saws and battle it out for the title of Austrian champio  as part of the STIHL Timbersports Series. The high point of the wild weekend is the spectacular “Line Dance on  the  Wall” world recor  attempt on the 107 metre high and 500 metre long Mooserboden dam wall. In the heart of the impressive Upper Tauern mountains, at a height of 2,040 metres above sea level, everyone in Zell am See-Kaprun is invited to get  on  their  dancing  shoes  and  break  the  world  record  for  the  largest  country  and western line dance. Hot tip for all dance enthusiasts: festival visitors who book tickets and accommodation through partner providers of the Zell am See-Kaprun summer card via the tourism association can discover the top attractions in the region free of charge. From  a  price  of  126  Euros  the  following  things  are  included: three nights‘ accommodation, access to the festival, workshops, concerts and the STIHL Timbersports Championship, and trips to the Kitzsteinhorn or Schmittenhöhe.

Running at lofty heights: new “Run & Walk Park” in Zell am See-Kaprun
Open air fitness par excellence: anyone wanting to spend their leisure time being active in nature can discover the new Run & Walk Park in Zell am See-Kaprun this summer. Running enthusiasts can work up a sweat while running, trail running or Nordic walking on countless routes with differing terrains. From signposted routes through the town of Zell am See to alpine trails through the mountain world, the “Run & Walk Park,” with its differing  difficulty levels, meets the running needs of both novices and experienced runners.

Open air kick in beautiful nature: the new hikes lasting several days
Visitors can best uncover the unique beauty of the natural surroundings in Zell am See-Kaprun on a tour along the 400 kilometre long hiking trail network: there’s something for everyone, from family routes around the glistening Lake Zell to challenging routes on  the  majestic Kitzsteinhorn. Anyone wanting to escape from the daily grind for a longer period of time can set off on one of the new hikes lasting several days with overnight stays in mountain chalets. Individual tips and tour suggestions can be obtained directly from the tourism association. The breathtakingly diverse landscape, rustic mountain chalets and unforgettable mountain panorama of the Upper Tauern National Park are the highlight of such a tour.

This is the summit: sporting activities in the alpine landscape  
Extreme trail running across Austria’s highest mountain: the Großglockner Ultra Trail The “Großglockner Ultra Trail” unique trail running competition through high-alpine terrain presents an extreme challenge for running enthusiasts from 22nd to 24th July 2016: it goes around Austria’s highest mountain, the 3,498 metre high Großglockner, and crosses three federal states, seven valleys and six municipalities. The competition starts at midnight on 22th July in Kaprun. Participants cross the Alps twice, passing 14 glaciers and surrounded by around 300 summits. The extreme race both starts and ends in Kaprun. In 2016, the Großglockner Ultra Trail can also be tackled as a relay in teams of 2 for the first time. This year there are four different ways of tackling the challenge around the Großglockner. For example, on 23rd July running enthusiasts can take part in the “Glockner  Trail“ that starts in Kals in Eastern Tyrol. On the way to Kaprun around 50  kilometres of  hiking trails at an altitude of 2,000 metres must be conquered. One of the real highlights for ambitious trail runners is the “Gletscherwelt Trail” at an altitude of 1,000 metres and with a route length of 30 kilometres, which will take place on 23rd July. Registration is possible until 20th July 2016 via the website: www.ultratrail.at.

Freeride trails close to nature on the Kitzsteinhorn: from snow to water
The three freeride trails on the Kitzsteinhorn, which lead sports enthusiasts through three climes on the route down into the valley, are absolutely spectacular. With a total length of up to twelve kilometres and an altitude of 1,500 metres the routes, which can be ridden from mid-June to mid-September, are some of the most challenging freeride trials that the Salzburg region has to offer. Riders are taken up in the modern glacier jet to the alpine centre on the Kitzsteinhorn at 2,450 metres above sea level. This is the start of the high alpine “Geißstein Trail“, which takes riders across a length of 3,144 metres and an altitude of 500 metres to the Häuslalm. From here it continues along the 7.7  kilometre long “Wüstlau Trail“ down into the valley. The trails  is technically very challenging in places and has hairpin bends, sharp curves and some stony and root-covered passages. Relatively easy to ride, and a tip for downhill newcomers, is the 5.2 kilometre long “Bachler Trail“, covering an altitude of 600 metres. The best way to get up the Maiskogel is on a bike suitable for riding uphill: from the centre of Kaprun the ascent by bike lasts between one and a half to two hours. The trail ends in Klammsee.

In balance with water and the mountains: a different kind of yoga
Yoga on the local Schmittenhöhe mountain in Zell am See offers fans of the Indian teaching a combination of fresh mountain air, movement and relaxation at a height of 2,000 metres. An experienced yoga trainer teaches the exercises against the backdrop of the surrounding three-thousand metre peaks on 9th, 16th, 20th and 30th July and on 3rd and 10th August. The sports-filled morning is rounded off with a yoga breakfast in the Schmitten café. Entrance for the 2-hour long courses, which start at 9.00 a.m., is included in the cable car ticket. Performing yoga exercises while stand-up paddling is a particularly challenging balancing  act for active types. Qualified experts offer the wobbly workout on Lake Zell every Sunday in July and August from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Perfect  conditions  for  the  triathlon  in  the  Zell  am  See-Kaprun  world championship region
The length of the “Ironman 70.3” route, which will take place for the fifth time in Zell am See-Kaprun on 28th August 2016, covers 113 kilometres or 70.3 miles. In 2015, the “Ironman 70.3 world championship,” the world’s largest triathlon event, was held in the Zell  am  See-Kaprun  region.  It was the first time that the Ironman 70.3 world championship had been held on the European continent. For the fifth time in succession, the international starting field will test themselves in the three disciplines of swimming (1.9  kilometres), cycling (90  kilometres) and  running  (21.1  kilometres) against a stunning natural backdrop. All year round, hobby sports enthusiasts can follow in the tracks of the triathletes and tackl the cycling and running routes. The alpine sports triathlon camp, which offers optimum training conditions for both beginners and participants in the Ironman 70.3, will be held from 5th to 8th May 2016 in the region.

On a voyage of discovery on llamas near the Kaprun high mountain reservoirs
The Moosersperre: 2,000 metres above sea level, 107 metres high and 500 metres long – never could people be happier to have an animal companion to cling on to during a trekking tour. Families with children, groups or individual travellers will have, for the first time, the opportunity to discover the Mooserboden and Wasserfallboden reservoirs alongside a llama or alpaca every Sunday in July and August 2016. Located in the heart of the breathtaking mountain world of the Upper Tauern National Park, visitors can enjoy unforgettable views from both of the high mountain reservoirs. Views of the high mountain scenery around the world famous Glockner group should be part of every holiday programme.

Great for young visitors: family offerings with lots of adventure
Hot adventure for cool kids: even more action at Schmidolins Feuertaufe Adventure playground in the alpine region: from early July until early September 2016 children of all ages are invited to turn nature into an outdoor adventure park. The “Cool Kids Fun” adventure-packed family programme offers lots of fun and a new highlight every day:  you’ll find everything you’re looking for,  from llama trekking and a pirate treasure hunt on Lake Zell, including slacklining and stand-up paddling, to an adventure day on a farm and archery. The highlight of every “Cool Kids Fun“ programme is the “Schmidolins Feuertaufe” family hike with many tests of courage, puzzles and a dragon’s drink on the Schmittenhöhe. A new adventure station on “Schmidolins Feuertaufe,”  which is also a bonus partner of the Zell am See-Kaprun summer card via the “Cool Kids Fun” programme, promises even more fun and action this year.

Traditional Lederhosen, stylish Dirndls and beer from another star: traditions in Zell am See-Kaprun
Beer, beards and 2.500 saws: a visit to Fritz Sendlhofer Fritz Sendlhofer is a man with many stories and many talents. High above the rooftops of Zell am See he created his own private retreat with panoramic views. Since his childhood, Fritz has been cultivating his passion for collecting saws from around the world. He has collected around 2,500 saws, which he now exhibits in a saw museum he built next to his house. However, it is worth taking your eyes away from the exhibition and taking a look into Fritz’s expressive face: he has already been a world champion and Olympic champion in the “Garibaldi” category with his beard that he nourishes with beer. Beer is also the catchword for a further talent of the jack of all trades: with a great deal of tinkering Fritz started his own brewery and even cultivates the hops himself in his own garden. The beer is pleasant to the taste and refreshing, and the beard world champion serves it with home-made farmhouse bread and bacon in an old stein. Perfect accompaniment: the spectacular views of glistening Lake Zell.

Designed in Pinzgau: the traditional label “Mirabell Plummer – the Lifestyle Manufacturer”
Creativity, business acumen, female power and style: Tracy Hauenschild, seamstress and designer of leisurewear and traditional clothing, possesses all of these attributes. She implements her ideas with a great deal of ambition and passion. Tracy Hauenschild started out by producing her drafts in her own living room. She now employs ten people in her studio. Her modern, wearable and lovingly created collection is now being sold around the world and in her shop in the centre of Zell am See. In Europe alone, more than 50 partner retailers stock the “Mirabell Plummer” label. A key element of all her collections, which offer a modern interpretation of traditional costumes and include, blazers, jackets, dresses and handbags, is the alpine lifestyle, which is portrayed through the use of design elements such as red-white-red stripes, antler elements, coats of arms and high quality materials.

An item of clothing for life: Lederhosen from Tobias Zant
Have you already heard about the tradition of leather tailoring? The tradition of “producing leather leg coverings” has become incredibly rare. Yet Tobias Zant has mastered it to perfection. A visit to his “leather tailoring business for 7 generations” is a must for locals and holidaymakers alike. All of his Lederhosen are unique: the black deerskin from a local tannery is lovingly decorated by hand with elaborate embroidery designs traditionally in white. As a child Zant loved spending time with his father in the workshop. At 15 he completed an apprenticeship with his father and produced his first Lederhosen by himself. Today, his genuine leather trousers look both casual and formal: a piece of Pinzgau tradition that will last the wearer a lifetime.

“Juchitzer,” “Almschrei” and yodelling: on a hiking tour with the yodelling school
On one of the new yodelling hikes against an  impressive mountain backdrop on the Schmittenhöhe it shouldn’t be too difficult for Thomas Reitsamer, the young yodelling teacher, to win over even reluctant school choir singers with the alpine singing technique. Different types of singing, breathing techniques and the history of yodelling are all on the hiking programme created by Reitsamer for his guests. Every Thursday in July and August yodelling enthusiasts, and those want to become one, meet at the valley station of the Schmittenhöhe railway. The hike to the outdoor stage with yodelling course included lasts one and a half hours.

 “Art on the mountain” outdoor exhibition on the Schmittenhöhe
At a height of 2,000 metres on the back of the Schmittenhöhe, art and nature merge to form Europe’s largest outdoor artistic space. An area of 18 hectares is home to a permanent exhibition of large sculptures that have largely been made from local materials such as wood, ceramic and stone. In summer 2016, locals and visitors can look forward to seeing new installations from two Austrian sculptors and a Polish artist. Visitors can discover art and nature on the “4 lakes artistic hike,” led by a qualified hiking guide, with views of the summits of the Upper Tauern and Kalkhochalpen. The tour is offered every Friday from June to September and lasts for three hours. Meeting point is at 10  a.m. at the valley station of the Schmittenhöhe railway by the stylish Porsche Design cable cars.

A dream combination of water and light: colourful fireworks on Lake Zell
From 15th May to 13th October 2016 holidaymakers and locals are offered a breathtaking spectacle in the form of the “Magical Lake Zell” show. Completely new shows are planned for this summer, which will offer colourful productions, the latest technology and a bright play of colours on Lake Zell. During the twenty minute long show, visitors will enjoy an impressive spectacle combining water, light, music and laser elements. From May to August the lakeside magic starts at 10 p.m. and in September to October at 9 p.m. Entrance to the music pavilion in Elisabethpark in Zell am See is free.

The trump card for more summer fun at the highest level: the Zell am See-Kaprun summer card
The Zell am See-Kaprun summer card offers guests guaranteed adventure: you can use it to visit up to 40 attractions, including countless excursion destinations, places of interest and museums in the region and throughout the Salzburg region. These include lidos, indoor pools, mountain railways and highlights such as the Sigmund Thun gorge, Kaprun high mountain reservoirs, Krimml waterfalls or Großglockner High Alpine Road. Countless new evening bus lines,  which are included in the bonus programme, offer even more service quality and make it easier for you to visit the numerous events and attractions. Guests can get the Zell am See-Kaprun summer card, which is valid from 15th May to 15th October, from 220 participating accommodation providers. As well as the attractions included it also offers preferential conditions with bonus partners.

Culinary pleasures in the heights of Zell am See-Kaprun
As part of the range of high class culinary events, renowned award-winning chefs serve the  finest  delicacies  and  wines  in  the  restaurant  on  the  summit  of  the  Kitzsteinhorn twice  a  year.  Salzburg‘s  highest restaurant  provides  the  perfect  setting:  the  majestic panoramic view of the Upper Tauern National Park is continually enchanting and is the highlight of a holiday in Zell am See-Kaprun all year round. The next opportunity to enjoy culinary pleasures at lofty heights will be in spring 2016.

The big win: the new “dinner and casino package”  
Casino Royale with a lake view: since January 2016 gambling fans have been enjoying a wide range of games in an area of around 1,000 square metres in the Grand Hotel, located directly on Lake Zell. The unique flair of the hotel built in 1896 in the “Belle Époque” style offers a veritably royal casino experience, which can be perfectly enjoyed with the “dinner and casino package”:  guests can first enjoy a four-course menu and then take their welcome chips with a value of 25 Euros and celebrate a big win with a glass of champagne. Those with luck on their side can win attractive prizes with a value of up to 7,777 Euros with their four lucky chips.

WOW Glacier Love: the large winter opening party weekend in the Alps is being held for the third time  
After a scorching premiere in 2014, the organisers of the WOW Glacier Love powered by Fridge Festival are again promising top international DJs and hot winter sports action during the third winter opening event of its kind. From 4th to 6th November 2016, Zell am See-Kaprun will be one of the first regions to launch the new season with the successful music and winter sports festival around the Kitzsteinhorn. Spectacular event locations, a freestyle contest and free ski and snowboard tests round off the perfect party weekend. The only glacier ski region in the Salzburg region offers the best skiing pleasure with a one hundred percent snow guarantee from October.

The ski touring mecca of Kitzsteinhorn has a new attraction  
Winter’s dream on two skis: the new ski tour on the Tristkogel on the Kitzsteinhorn is a special experience for experienced alpine ski tourers. The unique landscape around Austria’s glacier ski region offers a panorama that takes your breath away – and that’s definitely not because of the effort required to undertake the tour that lasts three and a half hours and covers 600 metres altitude and two kilometres. Anyone wanting to enjoy the tranquillity on the Tristkogel for themselves must get up early: on ski touring Thursday certified mountain guides will be waiting at the valley station of glacier jet 1 at 8:30 a.m. to accompany interested ski tourers up the 2,642 metre high mountain. Participants must have their own equipment and be able to ski well.

New dream descent on the Schmittenhöhe
Ambitious plans for the future are casting their shadows: the building work for the upper second section of a new 10 person gondola lift on the popular Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See, which was started in summer 2015, will ultimately connect the Schmittenhöhe with the Glemmtal. Work on the upper section of the railway will be completed by the start of the 2016/17 winter season. A new, three and a half kilometre long red slope towards Glemmtal will be created for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. The long-term objective: the connection with the Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski region, which  will be made accessible through the new descent and the creation of the lower section of the 10 person gondola lift. The Schmittenhöhe will then become part of one of the largest ski regions in Europe.
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