Running & trail running Your running routes in Zell am See-Kaprun

Forest paths that meander across gentle hills, wide fields and through woods, small side roads that lead from village to village and a circular route along Lake Zell: the Zell am See-Kaprun region is made for runners. Here you complete your running laps on the numerous jogging trails in diverse terrain. The region is also ideal for trail runners: There is a dense network of hiking trails and paths on the region‘s mountains, which you can use for trail running tours. Pack your running shoes and off you go!

The top 10 trail running routes and running trails in the region:

  1. Hochsonnbergalm Trail – Schmittenhöhe

  2. Grafenleiten tour with high-altitude promenade

  3. Lake Zell tour with high-altitude promenade

Jogging around Zell am See-Kaprun

For your daily running training, the loop around Lake Zell is of course the perfect choice: When do you ever have the opportunity to jog in a setting between glacier, mountains and lake? On the high-altitude promenade in Thumersbach, you are even closer to the peaks, but here you also have a few more metres of altitude ahead of you. The Porscheallee circuit in the Schüttdorf district of Zell or the Tauern SPA circuit in Kaprun, on the other hand, only run along the flat bottom of the valley, but still offer impressive views of the mountains.

RUNNING MAP

 Time for two while running along Lake Zell | © Nikolaus Faistauer

Routes for all levels of ability

For trail runners, the Zell am See-Kaprun region is a great outdoor playground: there is a wide range of possibilities for short or extended runs in alpine terrain. The choice ranges from the gorge circuit to trails high up on the Schmittenhöhe. The cable car takes you up to 2,000 metres above sea level, and you can start your trail run high above the bottom of the valley. There are also a few metres of altitude to cover on the Women's Trail. As with the Thumersbacher Höfe run, every effort is rewarded with magnificent views.

TRAIL RUNNING TOURS

 Trail running in the morning hours on the Schmittenhöhe | © Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus
The Grossglockner Ultra Trail

The ultimate challenge for trail runners is the Grossglockner Ultra Trail: you can take on this challenge every year in July when you set off into the alpine wilderness in the Hohe Tauern together with other passionate runners. The trail leads to and around the Grossglockner, Austria's highest mountain. You have to cover a total of 110 kilometres and 6,500 metres in altitude. The route leads through seven valleys mostly on single trails, past 14 glaciers and crosses the Alps twice.

TO THE ULTRA-TRAIL

 Trail running on the Grossglockner | © Philipp Reiter
Women’s Trail 

The Women's Trail in Zell am See-Kaprun is a trail run event exclusively for women. For an entire weekend, the focus is on trail running together with friends: in addition to the scenic and challenging routes, it is also the family atmosphere that makes this event a highlight in the autumn calendar of events. In addition to the daily runs, there will be an exciting support programme with workshops, yoga sessions and evening events throughout the weekend.

TO THE WOMEN'S TRAIL

Women's Trail in Zell am See-Kaprun | © Harald Wisthaler