Discover sights and attractions during your tandem paragliding flight
Tandem paragliding in Zell am See is really a very special experience during a holiday in Zell am See. Anyone who has ever flown understands our enthusiasm for this aviation sport. You glide silently and almost weightlessly through the air. Like a silent observer or a bird, you experience landscapes and sights from above. On the way from the summit to the valley we see the various highlights of Zell am See.
The Schmittenhöhe is the starting point of our little trip and the ideal starting point for short or longer flights over our region. It is not without reason that the popular Zeller local mountain is well known among the paragliding and paragliding scene.
You can find take-off sites in almost all wind directions and good thermal conditions as well as many landing options for larger cross-country flights, which is particularly interesting for flight novices.
Austria’s most scenic mountain
The Schmittenhöhe is part of the Pinzgauer Grasberge, a contiguous chain of mountains over which the Pinzgauer Walk leads – a very popular hiking trail. The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is brand new for those who find a normal hike is not enough.
A wonderful view of lake Zell
The top-class long-distance hiking experience might inspire you. The grass mountains probably got their name from the greenery, because almost all of them are overgrown with grass up to the summit. Already during the gondola ride we have a wonderful panorama of Lake Zell and when we arrive at the top you can see more than 30 three-thousanders from the panorama terrace.
Twice a week, many yoga students greet us while hiking up the mountain, because yoga on the mountain in summer means: Ohm Shanti, and action! Sometimes we can still watch the yoga exercises from the air.
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The city of Zell am See
The small mountain town of Zell am See is picturesquely situated at the foot of the Schmittenhöhe. The view from above of the sparkling lake and the adjacent city is very special. On our trip with the Falken Air Shuttlebus we drive from Kaprun to Zell am See and then into the Schmittental.
There is the Schmittenhöhebahn with the popular Porsche design gondola that takes us to the top of the mountain. If the Schmittenhöhebahn needs maintenance, we take the trassXpress and walk another 80 meters up.
The flight routes
Depending on the wind direction and the starting point, our route leads in different directions. If we fly in the direction of Kaprun, then we fly over the new panorama restaurant Franzl, where a lot of onlookers are already waiting and waving at us.
If you have booked the longer Classic Plus flight, we even have the opportunity to explore more mountains. With good thermal conditions we can make so much altitude that we can even fly in the direction of Maiskogel, Kitzsteinhorn glacier and the High alpine reservoirs Kaprun.
All important sights at a glance
Only when crossing the valley do you realize how high we really fly. The mountains are getting lower and the valley floor is below us. We often cross the valley at over 3000 meters above sea level. We’re often asked what this UFO-like building we’re flying past is: Exactly! The Tauern Spa Kaprun. Also called: the Zell am See Kaprun Therme, which glitters up to us with its many outdoor pools. The Zell am See Kaprun golf course, with its many sand bunkers and ponds, can also be seen from afar.
See Kaprun Castle from above
There are a few more highlights on our valley crossing: For example, the striking Kaprun Castle, which towers majestically over the village of Kaprun. The fortified castle built in the 12th century is a contemporary witness, landmark and event location all year round.
The incredibly popular Sigmund Thun Gorge can also be admired from above during tandem paragliding in Zell am See. The unmistakable turquoise of the lake and the 30m deep gorge can even be seen from the air.
The Kaprun reservoirs with an imposing dam wall
If you still haven’t had enough of the numerous impressions, you will still recognize the imposing dam walls of the Kaprun high alpine reservoirs at the end of the valley. The reservoirs were built in the post-war years and are responsible for Kaprun’s development from a sleepy farming village to a well-known tourist resort. Verbund AG generates green electricity here every day and supplies thousands of households in Germany and abroad.
The white giant above Kaprun
A little to the right of the reservoirs, Kaprun’s landmark, the Kitzsteinhorn, welcomes us. This magical glacier, with its pyramid-like shape and large glacier plateau, has already fascinated many skiers and freeriders. The natural snow that falls up here is notorious among its fans. The “Top of Salzburg” viewing platform at 3029m above sea level and the summit restaurant are definitely worth a visit if you want to cool off a bit after the exciting flight.
At the very back of the valley is a really big one: namely the largest in Austria, the Großglockner. It is 3798m high and presents itself to us from afar with its dark spikes. The famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road also leads through the Fuschertal and parts of the Grossglockner. Extremely popular not only with motorcyclists and convertible drivers. So, fancy an adventure? Explore the highlights of the region from above with us…