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Local time: 12:43:58, Altitude: 1535m

Mooserboden Reservoirs are located near well-known Austrian cities Zell am See and Kaprun . These two artificial lakes were built for the purposes of energy economy and for regulation of volume of water flowing from the adjacent mountains - Austrian Alps. Mooserboden Reservoirs are very popular with tourists in summer. The Alpine summits, elevated over 3000 metres above sea and covered with snow all the year round, combined with the summer, green landscape of the Austrian Alps and perfectly clear water in the reservoirs, all that creates sceneries that will certainly please every outdoor person.

A trip to the mountains

The way to Mooserboden Reservoirs is very pleasant. By car, you can get to the village under the first reservoir where you can park your car for free in a 6-storey garage. From there, you will continue by the local bus to one of the attractions, the special elevator. The elevator, covering the elevation of 200 metres along just 400 metre-long route, is a platform on rails that is pulled up by huge engines located at the upper part of the elevator track.

Mountain shuttle

Once you get up by the elevator, you change for a shuttle that will take you to the highest point of the whole complex i.e. to the second, upper reservoir. The trip by the shuttle takes some 40 minutes and the price is €17. Sportspeople can climb the trail that is led near the shuttle road and the elevator. On the way, you will have to cover the elevation of 1000 metres and the trail is medium difficult as some parts are led just along rock massifs and you have to use the chains fixes in the stone.

Would you like to taste real Alpine milk?

On the way, at the first reservoir you can come across a real Alpine cottage where you can have a small lunch or buy e.g. natural Alpine milk produced by the cows you can meet on the way up. If after some 4 hour-long-hike you are not tired enough, you can follow marked tourist trails around the upper reservoir or you can visit a well-known Alpine centre, the starting point of the famous downhill course in Kaprun.


Regardless the way you reach the top, you will be amazed by the splendid views of a large part of the Austrian Alps. At the upper reservoir, you can visit a large restaurant that offers a great variety of meals, from pizza to Austrian delicacies, including beer and coffee.

Views as the reward

The day-long trip to Mooserboden Reservoirs is definitely worth doing, and if the weather is favourable, it is an unforgettable experience. From the upper reservoir, you can see several distinctive Alpine summits elevated over 3000 metres, little waterfalls flowing out of the reservoirs, cows grazing on the meadows...a truly exceptional trip. Despite the crowds of summer tourists, the locality is still tranquil as the capacity of the shuttles and the elevators is limited and both reservoirs are very large so the locality is not devastated.

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GPS: 47.1709, 12.6297
Altitude: 1535 m
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Last update: Nov 10, 2012 5:14:51 PM

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