A blog post ‘How to spend a day in Kaprun (Austria)’ was first published on Culture Tourist on September 26th 2016 and updated on February 8th 2022.
During my recent road trip from Croatia to the Netherlands, I made a stop in the Austrian Alps and spent a day in the beautiful town of Kaprun. What was supposed to be a sleepover only became one of the highlights of my trip. I was there for a day but will definitely come back again to spend more time in its surroundings, as well. If you were wondering how to spend a day in Kaprun, keep reading.
How to spend a day in Kaprun
Kaprun is a typical small Austrian town situated in the Pinzgau region. It’s located in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park in the Alps. It’s the largest and the oldest national park in the country. A famous Kitzsteinhorn glacier is just around the corner, making Kaprun a very popular winter destination. And trendy among people who love to hike and explore the beautiful nature of the Alps.
The town is surrounded by high mountains. I visited Kaprun at the end of July, and there was snow on top of them. But, at the same time, it was around 30 degrees Celsius in town.
Besides being a skiing destination, Kaprun has so much to offer to culture tourists, as well. With so many flowers and typical decorations on them, large wooden houses make this place look like a postcard from the Alps. There is a lot to see there for nature and culture lovers. Here are a few ideas of how to spend a day in Kaprun.
TIP: I stayed in the Pension Oberschnider in Kaprun, which had one of the best room views I ever had. Its rooms have a small terrace where I set in the evening and enjoyed the Austrian beer and a fantastic view.
What to see in Kaprun
Although it is a small town, or rather a village, you can quickly fill your day in Kaprun with numerous lovely things to do. Besides exploring nature in its surroundings, here are some things to do in Kaprun itself.
Take a walk around Kaprun
Start your day in Kaprun with a nice walk around it. Kaprun is a picturesque little town perfect for strolling around it. A small river passes through the town centre, so you’ll often stumble into it. Its wooden houses covered in flowers look like a beauty competition runs between them. Kaprun has a lovely combination of traditional Austrian architecture with some beautiful nature and stunning sceneries. It would be a shame not to wander around a bit while there.
Visit Vötter’s Oldtimer Museum
Address: Schloßstraße 32, 5710 Kaprun
There are two museums in the town, and you can visit both of them during your day in Kaprun. Vötter’s Oldtimer Museum is a lovely museum with an exciting collection of historic vehicles. You can enjoy seeing cars made between the 1950s and 1970s, steam locomotive from 1893, and some old tractors and motorbikes.
Wander around the Kaprun Museum
Address: Kirchpl. 4, 5710 Kaprun
The Kaprun Museum is located in the 400 years old building known as Steinerbauernhaus. It’s dedicated to the history of this town, spanning from the first inhabitants living there until modern times. Some of the interesting themes this museum covers are the history of alpine farming and the tourism development in the region.
Explore Kaprun Castle
Address: Schloßstraße 55, 5710 Kaprun
But, the real gem for history lovers is the medieval Kaprun Castle. It was built by the Counts of Falkenstein back during the 12th century. Castle sightseeing tours are organized regularly, as well as many other events like the Medieval festival or the traditional Austrian evenings. The fortress was renovated during the last few years, and it’s one of the most popular cultural sites in the region.
Enjoy traditional Austrian cuisine
Being a popular place among tourists, Kaprun is home to many excellent restaurants. If you’re wondering what to do in Kaprun in a day, then having a nice traditional meal is definitely one of the things to put on your list. From some schnitzels to local vegetables and apple pie, be sure to enjoy some local specialities while there.
Visit St. Margareta Church
Address: Kirchplatz 7, 5710 Kaprun
Located on a little hill above the town centre, St. Margareta Church is one of the most interesting cultural sites in Kaprun. The present-day building was created in 1898 in a neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic style.
After my day in Kaprun, I left it feeling there is so much more to do and explore there. It could be a perfect location to come for a few days and explore the surroundings with the bicycle, go hiking or just enjoy in some of its relaxing spas.
Have you been to Kaprun? Would you add any other things not to be missed in Kaprun to this list? Let us know in the comments.