Expedition through four climate zones with National Park ranger

How does glacier ice form? Where do eagles and vultures live? What are the survival strategies of edelweiss and rockfoil cushions? Find out about this and much more on this exciting expedition.

Travel through four climate zones with a Hohe Tauern National Park rangerfrom the temperate zone in Kaprun over the Maiskogel family mountain all the way up to the arctic glacier ice on the Kitzsteinhorn. A unique adventure for the whole family, with panoramic cable car rides and short hikes.

Tip ▸ Bring warm clothing, sturdy shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, rainwear and sth. to drink.

Tickets Explorer Tour

  • When: daily, from June 6 to Sept. 15, 2024
  • Meeting point: 9 a.m., in front of the Kaprun Center cash desks (Kitzsteinhornplatz 1a, 5710 Kaprun)
  • Duration: approx. 3.5 hours
  • Costs: €13 pp (cable car ticket not included)
  • Groups: exclusive tours for groups possible
    Booking: office@kitzsteinhorn.at

TIP ▸ National Park Gallery Tour »
free of charge, after the Explorer Tour

To Spitzbergen In 3.5 Hours

Werner Schuh is a National Park ranger and explains:

The Kitzsteinhorn offers spectacular views of the Hohe Tauern National Park – Alps' largest nature reserve with 1,856 square kilometers. Starting from the temperate climate zone in the valley, with lush green vegetation and streams, we take a leisurely ride with Kitzsteinhorn cable cars over the coniferous forests up to the tundra climate at Langwied.

Here, at the treeline at 1,900 meters ASL, we stroll to a small meandering brook bed where we'll find alpine roses, gentian and, with a little luck, we may spot marmots.

At our next stop, in the rocky wasteland around the Alpincenter at 2,500 meters, we hike to a special viewpoint. Together we explore the flora and fauna near the glacier ice. The journey continues uphill to the arctic climate.

We enjoy the spectacular view from the panoramic platform TOP OF SALZBURG of the glaciated threethousanders, lush green valleys, and above the 3,203-m-high Kitzsteinhorn summit, we may spot eagles or vultures.

If we were to take a journey through four climate zones starting from Kaprun over land, we would have to travel to Spitzbergen – a distance of 3,445 kilometers as the crow flies.


Not only the stories and insights from the National Park ranger delight, but especially the breathtaking views that surround you from the valley all the way up to 3,029 meters. After taking the MK Maiskogelbahn from the Kaprun town center to the top station, the 3K K-onnection, one of world's most modern and energy-efficient cable cars, brings you to the treeline at the Langwied. After another two panoramic rides, you reach TOP OF SALZBURG.

TIP ▸ Gain more fascinating insights into the unique world of the Kitzsteinhorn and Hohe Tauern and continue your journey after the Explorer Tour ↴

National Park Gallery Tour
Free of charge

Discovering all TOP OF SALZBURG attractions together with a Hohe Tauern National Park ranger, with focus on the magical world inside the Kitzsteinhorn

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