Enjoy an awe-inspiring experience at the highest summit in the Salzburg region
Fog. Thick, swirling fog that filters through any winter coat. I start to shiver. I look through the cable car window into a real pea souper. The Kitzsteinhorn mountain is supposed to be somewhere up there. I am not convinced yet. The December weather is too grim and gloomy at the valley station even though it is 911 metres above sea level. The Gletscherjet 1 lift takes me to the 2,000 metre point in a quarter of an hour. Then something unbelievable happens: almost as if someone has flipped a switch, the sun suddenly breaks through the blanket of fog and reveals a breathtaking view of the surrounding alpine landscape.
The next cable car transports me to the Alpine Centre and from here I travel to the summit station on the summit cable car. I can hardly contain my excitement as I sit down in the gondola. The view over the surrounding alpine world is absolutely stunning. I have left a bank of fog far behind me, or rather far below me. Salzburg’s highest panoramic viewing platform is located at 3,029 metres above sea level. It is a fantastic sightseeing attraction that has been designed for everyone to enjoy. I share the viewing platform with skiers, children and tourists from India. It is a fabulous way to admire the view of over 200 alpine peaks without having to pack a rucksack and put on a pair of crampons! What you still could need: A pair of sunglasses. Unfortunately, I left mine at my hotel.
The second highlight of the trip occurs after I have enjoyed some refreshments in the summit restaurant (Kaspressknödelsuppe – beef broth with cheese dumpling – what else?). I walk through a 360-metre-long tunnel to the next platform. The tunnel serves as a gallery where there are different information boards that provide information on various topics, such as how the High Tauern mountain range was formed. I am glad to be able to take a break at the different stations. I am beginning to feel the effects of the thin air. And then I finally stand outside on the platform at eye level with the Grossglockner. When viewed from Kitzsteinhorn, the highest mountain in Austria doesn’t actually look so high. I enjoy basking in the rays of the sun before I journey back down into the valley at 4.00 pm on the final gondola of the day. Pea soup – here I come!
Tips & Information
Gipfelwelt 3000 is open all year round. The Gipfelwelt ticket includes the trip up the mountainside, entrance to both platforms, a visit to the National Park Gallery and Cinema 3000. Don’t forget to wear a warm jacket, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Kaprun Glacier Cable Car Valley Station
Address: Kesselfallstrasse 60, 5710 Kaprun
First trip up the mountain departs: 8.15 am
Last descent: 4.00 pm
Family discount ticket available
Stay at the JUFA Hotel
TheJUFA Hotel Kaprun is a family-friendly hotel located at the foot of the impressive High Tauern mountain range and only a few kilometres from the idyllic town of Zell am See. Experience unforgettable moments on the beautiful Kitzsteinhorn mountain and then during the evening get warm and cosy in the hotel’s wellness facilities.