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Kaprun is a town in the Zell am See district of Salzburg, Austria.


Kaprun is best known internationally for its remarkable mountain railways. One of them is Glacial Aerial Tramway Kaprun III, the third section of the aerial tramway up to 1 Kitzsteinhorn mountain . It runs over a 113.6 m tall support pillar, the tallest support pillar of any aerial tramway in the world.

Kapruns cutting edge mountain transportation technology has been overshadowed by the Kaprun Disaster since 2000, when a funicular train caught fire inside the Kitzsteinhorn in the middle of the 3.3 km long tunnel. 155 skiers and staff perished in the flames and smoke, and the tunnel has remained closed ever since. There is a 1 memorial at the former base station of the funicular.


A settlement named Chataprunnin, derived from the Celtic word for whitewater (referring to Kaprun's many white water streams), was first mentioned by the Duchy of Bavaria in 931. Since the 20th century, Kaprun became a popular ski resort, with thousands of skiers flocking to the town every winter to challenge the slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn.


Kaprun has an Alpine climate with cold winters and wet summers. In winter, most of the precipitation falls as snow, giving the town a picturesque white cover.

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Get around


  • 2 Kaprun Castle (Burg Kaprun), Schloßstraße 55. (updated Sep 2018)
  • 3 Vötter's Oldtimer Museum, Rosbachstraße, ✉ info@oldtimer-museum.at. (updated Sep 2018)






  • Pension Rieder, Häuslhofstraße 28, ☏ +43 65478688. Pension Rieder. Very nice high standard 3 star boarding house near the centre. It has internal wellness area with infrared cabin, Finnish organic-sauna, steam bath, rest room and fitness area. Also table tennis (in- and outdoor), carboard, etc. 
  • Landhotel Sonnblick, Schloss-Strasse 14, ☏ +43 6547 8301, ✉ sonnblick@landhotels.at. 


Opening hours tourist office in Kaprun: Monday to Friday: 9AM-6PM, Saturday: 9AM-12 noon

Go next

  • Zell am See
  • Hohe Tauern National Park with the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
  • Heiligenblut

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