On my recent road trip from Croatia to the Netherlands, I visited a beautiful town of Kaprun and spent a day in Austrian Alps. What meant to be only a sleepover stop, became one of the biggest surprises of my journey. I was there for only one afternoon, but will definitely come back once again to explore the surroundings as well.
Kaprun is a typical small Austrian town situated at the Hohe Tauern National Park in the Alps. This is the biggest and the oldest national park in the country. Since we didn’t have so much time, we haven’t explored it more, but with the Salzburg close by and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, it definitely went to my ‘to-come-back’ list.
The town is surrounded by high mountains. We were there at the end of July, and there was snow at the top of them. But, at the same time, it was around 30 degrees Celsius in town.
Large wooden houses, with a lot of flowers and decoration, are very typical ones you would expect to find in the Alps.
Although it is a small town, it offers a lot of things to do (and I can just imagine how busy it can be when the skiing season starts). There are two museums in the town, Vötter’s Oldtimer Museum, with the collection of the cars from the 1950s till the 1970s, and the Kaprun Museum situated in the 400 years old farmhouse.
But, the real gem for the history lovers is the medieval Kaprun Castle. It was built by the Counts of Falkenstein back in the 12th century. Castle sightseeing tours are organized regularly, as well as many other events like the Medieval festival or the traditional Austrian evenings.
We stayed in the Pension Oberschnider, which had one of the best room views I ever had. We had a small terrace where we sit in the evening and enjoy the Austrian beer and our fantastic view.
I left Kaprun with the feeling that there is so much more to explore there. It would be a perfect location to come for a few days and explore the surroundings with the bicycle, go for a hiking or just enjoy in its relaxing spa.
Well, Kaprun, see you soon!