on the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See

Paragliding on the Schmittenhöhe

A bird’s eye view of the alpine region

Prepare for take-off – in the truest sense of the word! Paragliding is perfect for all those who are looking for an extraordinary experience. And if you take off, it should be on the Schmitten! Thanks to the especially favourable thermal uplift conditions in Zell am See-Kaprun, there’s hardly a better place for hang-gliders and paragliders. 

Paragliding with a view of Lake Zell and the surrounding mountains

The Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See has been a secret tip among paragliders for a long time. And there’s plenty of reasons for that! From May onwards, fans of the sport can experience almost limitless flying pleasure. Not to mention the spectacular panoramic views: An incredible view of Lake Zell surrounded by more than 30 three-thousand-metre summits. What more could a paraglider’s heart desire? 

Up the mountain and off you go! Free as a bird and high up above one of the most beautiful regions of the country: Discover the Schmitten in Zell am See – one of the most popular paragliding hotspots of the Austrian Alps! 

Thermal uplift on the Schmitten 

You would like to fly high and far? The excellent thermal uplift in Zell am See-Kaprun provides the perfect conditions for that. By the way, the best time for thermal and cross-country flying is from April to August. But: Flights are possible from February onwards and, thus, you can soar across the snowy winter landscape of the Pinzgau if you like. 

What makes the thermal uplift surrounding the Schmitten so special? The strong uplift from the Südostkessel (“south-eastern cauldron”). That way you can enjoy a timely start – no matter the transregional wind direction. 

Launching and landing in Zell am See

You can launch right from the summit in immediate vicinity of the chapel at 2,000 metres above sea level. The only way to get there is with the Porsche cable car. On the spacious meadows surrounding the summit, you can take your time unpacking your equipment and preparing for take-off. 

There are also plenty of spots where you can land: at the meadow right by the Fürth-Kaprun railway crossing, on the Piesendorf landing site. You can head back to the cable car station either by bus, carpooling or the local railway "Pinzgauer Lokalbahn".

Paragliding for newbies with certified partners

The Schmitten is only for pros? Not at all! Paragliding newbies can go on a flight in Zell am See-Kaprun too. Accompanied by trained and certified tandem pilots, they can experience the stunning views from above and glide over the landscape like an eagle. 

You’ve always wanted to try this extraordinary sport? The following partners are happy to take you along on a flight: 

When paragliding in Zell am See, keep the following in mind!

Ready for your flight from the Schmittenhöhe? Take a moment before you head out into your paragliding adventure! There are a few important points you need to consider when paragliding in Zell am See: 

  • the west and north winds and the foehn
  • the sometimes considerable air traffic 
  • the Zell am See airfield near the landing site – be cautious as you approach! 
  • The transport of hang-gliders might be temporarily interrupted in case of greater numbers of guests. Thank you for your understanding! 


Red Bull XAlps

The Red Bull XAlps, the toughest paragliding race in the world, will take place from June 20th to July 2nd, 2021.

The starting shot of the 10th Red Bull X-Alps for the 33 athletes from 17 nations will take place on June 20, 2021 on the Gaisberg in Salzburg. From here on, the motto is: to cross the entire length of the Alpine arc non-stop and only on foot or with a paraglider.

Exactly for the 10th anniversary of the racing series, the new destination is Zell am See-Kaprun and the Schmittenhöhe is the final turnpoint and is fully involved in racing!

Have we aroused your interest in this extraordinary competition? Here you can get more information!

Schmitten XC 2021

The paragliding club Ikarus Pinzgau and the Schmittenhöhe are organizing the Schmitten XC 2021 Cup this summer.

Who does not know it, the Pinzgau Walk, the Schmittenhöhe and the enormous cross-country flight potential of the Pinzgau. Extensions to the Ennstal, Zillertal, Lofer, Kitzbühel and more have long been known. The Schmittenhöhe has been a magnet for XC beginners and track cracks for decades, and not without good reason!

But we want to know: what else is possible from the Schmittenhöhe? That is why the Ikarus Pinzgau is organizing an XC competition again this year:

More information can be found here!

Prize money:
1st place € 2.000,-
2nd place € 600, -
3rd place € 400, -

Please contact Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus GmbH for more information:
Brucker Bundesstraße 1a
A-5700 Zell am See
Tel. +43 (0) 6542 770