Panorama of the Kapruner Loop hike in Zell am See and Kaprun Valley, Austria
Panorama of the Kapruner Loop hike in Zell am See and Kaprun Valley, Austria

Kapruner Loop hike

Zell am See - Kaprun
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Kapruner Loop hike

Distance: 6.0mi
Elevation: 705ft
Time: 2.5-3h

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The Kapruner Loop is our favorite hike in the Zell am See - Kaprun region. This hike goes around and above the mountain village of Kaprun and offers great views of the surrounding mountains, the Zeller Lake and the village below. Starting at the center of the village, it is a great way to start your hiking holiday.

Kapruner Loop hike Map

Getting there

Travel to Kaprun and park your car in the city center. If you travel by bus from Mittersill or Zell am See, get off in the village center and walk to the starting point of the hike in 5 minutes.

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About

When to do

April to December

Toilets

No

Pets allowed

Yes

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Circuit


Kapruner Loop
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Route Description for Kapruner Loop

We start the GPS track for this hike on the corner of the streets called “Kellnerfeldstrasse” and “Hauserdorfstrasse”, though you can start anywhere in the village and pick up the trail.

Follow “Kellnerfeldstrasse” southwards, onto Kaprun’s main street:  “Nikolaus-Gassner-Strabe”. Continue along the main street, past the JUFA Youth Hostel, then turn left onto “Winklhofweg” and keep following this street uphill. After making a turn to the right, the street stops to exist but continues as a track leftwards up the hill.

Cross the mountain stream, and follow the track into the woods. The track continues above the village, giving a superb view over Kaprun. Walk along the track until you hit a forest road. Turn left on this road and follow the road downhill, towards the lifts of the Lechnerberg ski area.

Walk through the gate and follow the track left, down towards the village. You will pass a cow grid and walk down into the village, where you turn right straight away. Turn right again very soon afterwards, in the direction of the Guggenbichl Gasthof, a B&B. Follow the road uphill as it takes a hairpin turn and then passes Gasthof Guggenbichl.

It is normal in Austria that, while hiking, you may walk through the grounds of a farm. Walk through the farm and continue on the forest road. Follow the forest road for a while, taking in the fresh air and the smell of plants and flowers. When you see the yellow sign posts, enter the trail on the left side of the forest road, into the forest. Walk down the trail via switchbacks, while crossing mountain streams and enjoying the silence.

After you cross a small wooden bridge and encounter a sign post, choose the trail which goes right. Walk through the bushes, into the meadows. Continue through the long grass, while looking at the Zeller Lake in the distance down in the valley. If you are doing the hike very early in the morning, this is the area where you might spot deer or other wildlife.

Continue on the track until you encounter a forest road. Join the forest road and follow the road downhill. After a while you will encounter a waterfall on the right-hand side. Have a little rest here and take some nice photos. Continue your journey and walk through the farm area at the end of the forest road. Here, you will enter a main road again. Follow the road straight ahead, in the direction of the big wooden bridge, but before the wooden bridge turn left onto the walking track.

Pass the fenced dog area and then follow the path into the woods. When you hit a T-junction turn left, and then take the first left again, into the Kapruner swamps. Here you can find a stunning variety of special flowers and plants, as well as birds and amphibians. Keep following the track through the swamp until you come out at a junction with the walking track. Turn right, and start walking back towards the town of Kaprun.

At the next junction, turn left and walk uphill. If you see goats in the field on your left take a moment and have a look as they are a special breed of goats. At the next junction, turn right onto ‘Scholstrasse’ and continue walking. Once you reach the city center again, turn left in front of Hotel Das Alpenhaus, onto “Wilhelm-Fazokas-Strasse” and walk into the city center. Keep going straight ahead, walking through the city center – continually bearing left. The parking area of the Lechnerberg and the starting point of the hike are 5 minutes away.

Insider Hints

  • The restaurant Pavillon on the city square has nice food, good coffee and tasty ice cream!

  • Parking at the Lechnerberg parking area is for free and very close to the starting point

  • This hike is very dog friendly. Your 4-pawed friend can also run loose in the fenced area next to the river after exiting the forest.

Comments

Audrey Osullivan 2 years ago

A lovely place with a great view of the lake

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Alexis Schweitzer 2 years ago

Love the place and the atmosphere, The lake is stunning and great for a stroll

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Edmund D. 2 years ago

It was a great hike! The air was co clean. I had so much fun exploring the nearby village as well.

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Andrea R 2 years ago

I had a great time here with my husband and we enjoyed it

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Tom Zugberg 2 years ago

Der Kapruner loop was a great hike and rewarded us with excellent forest and mountains views

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John Anchor 2 years ago

It's a nice short hike in Austria. The trails did not pose any danger and they seem pretty safe for most people.

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Maltis Dior 2 years ago

Amazing hike with few switchbacks. The view of Kaprun above the village looks so breathtaking.

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hikingwithsabrina 2 years ago

Fascinating short hike, with tremendous views of surrounding mountains, lakes, and villages.

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Dawn C. 2 years ago

Definitely the easiest hike I've ever done. The scenic view of the forest is so wonderful. Great hike for the family.

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Hilly P. 2 years ago

The restaurant Pavillon in the city square has nice food. It's a good place with an amazing view of the lake. Fantastic panoramic view of the mountains and the forest.

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