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Looking for a cool holiday resort in Austria? Try Kaprun. It is part of the region Zell am See - Kaprun, housed in Pinzgau in Salzburg. It is a fantastic skiing town and winter sports enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy the time spent over there.
This quirky town is home to a plethora of activities for amateur, intermediate and professional skiers/snowboarders. They can have fun at the famous cross-country ski trails or go on quiet winter hiking paths.
Kick-start the visit by heading over to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier and experience the soft snow present through the year. An ascent to the Kitzsteinhorn, perched at 2,931m/9,616 ft, includes postal buses, funiculars and cableways. A visit to the Kitzsteinhorn has always been a primary attraction during both the summer and winter months for the snow is present throughout the year.
Do make it a point to visit the Kapurner Tal, or the Valley of Kaprun. Folks head over there in summer for its spectacular dams. It is one of the more splendid alpine sights. Built in tiers, the dams were originally constructed as part of the U.S.- financed Marshall Plan. Don't forget to drop by at the hydroelectric plant, Turbinenhaus, inside the Tauernkraftwerke. Make sure to view its shafts, tunnels, turbines and bulwalks. Visit the small museum which talks about the project and showcases its technical drawings and pictures.
If you wish to look into the area and view how the dams hold back as much as 19 billion gallons of alpine water, then take a self-guided tour that covers the three lakes created by the dams and transportation. Though yellow post buses and a funicular, one can ascent up to the dams, including the Limsbergsperre, the Moosersperre, and the Drossensperre. It is open from mid-May to mid-October from 8am-4pm, where one can visit, depending on weather conditions.
Take some time out to visit the Sigmund-Thun-Klamm, a 32-metre deep gorge that is another eye-catching hiking destination. Open from May-September, this 320-metre gorge is a fascinating attraction in Mother Nature and the surrounding scenery fringed by the rushing water is simply magnificent. Do head over to the Kaprun Museum where one enlighten ourselves more about the history of Kaprun. It is housed on the upper floor of the 400-year-old Steiner Farmhouse. History buffs will enjoy visiting the 12th century Kaprun Castle. It holds all types of events, medieval activities and tours.
When it comes to shopping, take the stroll around the Pinzgau district and visit the various shops and markets selling regional merchandise and souvenirs. Be sure to try out the local popular food items such their famous cheese, ham or gherkins.
Kaprun has a plethora of stay options that caters to the luxury-craving travellers wanting the best hotels the town can offer as well be suitable to the backpackers or middle-class tourists looking for cheap and comfortable budget apartments.
The best time to visit the beautiful town of Kaprun would be during the winter and the summer months depending on the experience you plan to have. From the climate perspective, the months from June to August are pleasant.