Going up the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun, Austria

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Jess, aged 15, writes: During a lovely lakeside stay in Zell am See, Austria, I was lucky enough to visit the Kitzsteinhorn glacier with my grandpa. In the winter, the Kitzsteinhorn is generally used for skiing, but in summer the mountain is perfect for walks and admiring the gorgeous views. Our trip was definitely one of the most impressive in the entire holiday, and we both had a really good time.

The Kitzsteinhorn is about forty minutes away from Zell am See (our base) by bus, and we arrived just past midday. After pausing for a small drink and a pastry, we began our ascent up the mountain in a funitel. This journey was certainly one of the standout moments of the entire holiday.

Kitzsteinhorn Gondola
The gondola lift up the mountain was incredible!

The Gletscherjet I (glacier jet one) takes you unbelievably high, and the journey is about five and a half minutes long. The small capsule size and lack of midweek crowds meant that it was just me and grandpa by ourselves, and it was lovely to move around and talk freely without strangers next to us! The views were absolutely magnificent: the towering green mountains stretched into the distance, interspersed with tall trees and trickling waterfalls. This was definitely the most majestic point of our entire holiday, and I loved it.

Gondola on the Kitzsteinhorn
We loved our gondola journeys up the mountain!

After exiting the funitel, grandpa and I took a walk around the area. Luckily, the ground was flat, making it very accessible. The area consisted of a sports and a souvenir shop, a restaurant, and a climbing frame for children (I enjoyed this, despite probably being too old!) Our walk was short, but very pleasant. We stumbled upon some lambs and a river, and the views beneath us were simply gorgeous.

There are lots of lifts to choose in the winter, but there is less of a choice in summer. Grandpa and I took the Gletscherjet II to the next level: a journey which took about three minutes. This was equally as impressive as our first journey, and again, we had the capsule to ourselves.

We took the Gipfelwelt up to the top of the Kitzsteinhorn

There is a lot to do once outside of the Gletscherjet II, but grandpa and I decided to forgo this and take the Gipfelwelt 3000 to the highest accessible point of the mountain. This journey took us from the mountain’s lush grassy hills to the snow-covered glacier, and we could see people partaking in snow sports beneath us.

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier
At the top of Salzburg!

It was extremely exciting to be at the top of the Kitzsteinhorn, as this meant that we were at the highest accessible point of Salzburg: 3029m high. The Gipfelwelt 3000 panorama was a perfect place for admiring the incredible view and taking photos. It was a stunning view, and it was cool to be at the highest point in the whole of Salzburg!

Kitzsteinhorn Glacier
The views of the glacier were remarkable.

Next came the National Park Gallery, which is located in a 360m long tunnel through the Kitzsteinhorn. It was fascinating to be able to walk through the mountain. We learnt about the formation of the Alps and the different crystals in the Kitzsteinhorn, but had to turn back as the altitude was making grandpa feel slightly uneasy.

Finally, it was time to take the Gipfelwelt, Gletscherjet II, and Gletscherjet I back to the bottom of the Kitzsteinhorn. I had had an amazing time, and was honestly sad to leave. The views from the gondolas had been phenomenal, and the mountain had been just so quiet and beautiful. There was so much grandpa and I didn’t manage to do (exploring more of the museum, going to the cinema, or trying out snow sports), yet we still had such a relaxing and interesting time. I would definitely recommend a visit to the Kitzsteinhorn; it was simply a lovely day out.

Jess and her grandpa went on a package holiday with Inghams, flying via Ryan Air from Stansted Airport to Salzburg and then taking a coach to Zell. They were gifted two “summer cards” from the Zell am Zee tourism board, but they had no input into this blog post.

Read more about this holiday here
– you can find out all the other wonderful things that Jess and her grandpa got up to!

Country Kids


18 Responses

  1. Michelle Twin Mum

    How fab that you got to have this time with just your Grandpa, that’s really special. I’ve never been to Austria but I have a couple of friends from there so will visit one day. Mich x #Countrykids

  2. Natalie

    I haven’t been to Austria and I hope I get there sometime. This ride up the mountain on the gondolas looks so dreamy (and maybe a little scary for me, in reality). I hope I get to do this someday!

  3. Marvi

    Awww.. This is really lovely! You have such a cool grandpa for going on a trip with you! The views are absolutely breathtaking btw 🙂

  4. shere

    What a wonderful outing!! So great Jess and grandpa went on a trip together. I was with the kids in Madrid and I took my grandpa to a “modern zoo”. It was the first time he went out the nursing home and he really enjoyed being with the kids.
    Last year he came to The Netherlands, but as his dementia is getting bad, he cannot come again.

  5. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Oh my what a lovely relationship Jess must have with her Grandpa and what a wonderful trip to take together. I’d love one of my kids to do this with a grandparent. The views up there are simply stunning, what a perfect treat for them both.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  6. Sandy N Vyjay

    The Gondola ride up the glacier looks incredible. What luck that there were no crowds and one could enjoy the views in solitary splendour. The contrasting views with lush green hills at one level and the glacier, a blanket of white, fluffy snow at the other level look so magnificent.

  7. knycx.journeying

    It is impressive and the scenery is amazing! I love the cable car ride and thanks for introducing Kitzsteinhorn glacier and the travel information! I would love to go there and see it myself one day 🙂 @ knycx.journeying

  8. mark wyld

    What an amazing experience to share with your Grandpa. Austria is such a beautiful country. My girls would love the cable car, the scenery is stunning

  9. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Those views from the gondola are amazing and it is fascinating to see the landscape change from lush green mountainside to snowy glacier. What a wonderful trip to take with your Grandpa. I did a similar trip up the Jungfrau in Switzerland on honeymoon and it was an amazing experience. Salzburg is on my bucket list and this sounds like something I’d love to do if I ever manage to go there. #countrykids

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