Post from 28. Februar 2011 | posted by Marco Pointner

A hot tip: a different way to stretch your legs

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At the marketing department of Zell am See-Kaprun things can get quiet hectic sometimes. After a busy day it is nice to take your time to relax. We can consider ourselves lucky to live in a unique region which offers so many opportunities to relax and unwind: during winter hiking, for instance. This is my tip for you today: go on a walk on the wintry hiking trails, take a deep breath, and enjoy the gorgeous panorama of our region!

Schmittenhöhe is absolutely made for such walks. My recommendation: a hiking tour from Sonnkogelpfiff up to the summit. The best would be to board Sonnenalmbahn cable car and then Sonnkogel chair lift. The two facilities take you to an altitude of 1,900 metres above sea level. You can expect to have a fantastic view here but the best is yet to come: wait until you reach the summit! After one hour on the winter walking trail you will have reached your destination and climbed about 100 metres in altitude. Your reward: a breathtaking panorama.

Listen to the sound of snow crunching under your feet and take in the incredible feeling of freedom in the Alps! A comparable experience awaits you on Maiskogel as well. So here’s another tip on the side: board Maiskogelbahn cable car which takes you to Maiskogel Alpine hut, the starting point of a lovely trail through the woods. It takes you to Grossglocknerblick panorama platform where you can marvel at the beauty of Austria’s highest peak. Take your time: the 800-metre-long walk includes 150 metres of altitude, so don’t be surprised if it takes you about 25 minutes.

After spending an entire morning in the mountains, it may well be that you are looking for a change. Stop searching and come to the shores of Lake Zell right away! Surrounded by the picturesque Alpine landscape, the blue heart of the region offers a large variety of leisure time activities to engage in. How about ice skating or curling? My personal favourite to recharge your batteries is to take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Come and see for yourself!

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