Kaprun is a small alpine village in the district of Zell am See in the state of Salzburg, Austria. At the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, it is a year round sports centre.
Situated at the foot of Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun is a prime tourism destination in Europe, featuring 5,000 guest beds and approximately 650,000 overnight stays per year, which makes it one of the economic flagship of the Alpine republic. A special attraction for holidaymakers from all over the world is the glacier skiing area at a height of 2,900 metres above sea level. This is where winter sports enthusiasts meet the best of conditions for unalloyed fun in the snow.
Even in the summertime, it is perfectly possible to use all the pistes which cover a distance of 40 kilometres. About 15 km of the fluffy snow are to be found on Maiskogel, the little brother of mighty Kitzsteinhorn. This family mountain with its gently ascending slopes constitutes ideal grounds for those who are taking their first steps on the boards. Getting up to the peak is a piece of cake: the ski bus takes the guests directly to the lifts and cable cars.
The village can look back on an eventful history covering many centuries. Its figurehead is its castle, Burg Kaprun. The building, which underwent complete restoration in 1975, was erected on a prominent piece of rock in the 12th century. Even up until today, it has been serving as a venue for many cultural events. Its eastern tower, which is called Turn ze Chaprunne, is a real eye-catcher and was built in the Romanic style.