"It might not be the first name you think of when you're buying property in Austria, but if you're looking at the Lake Zell area then Piesendorf is worth considering. It's an incredibly cute village with some excellent new developments, all within ten minutes of Kaprun." - Simon Malster
A small Austrian village close to Zell am See and Kaprun, Piesendorf sits in a pretty valley with chalet style architecture, under a ten minute drive from Kaprun. The resort doesn't have direct access to the skiing in the Zell am See - Kaprun area, but it offers a quiet, peaceful position within easy reach of the superb snow sure skiing and the beautiful clear Lake Zell.
The village is home to excellent hiking routes, picturesque scenery and a central location within easy reach of not only neighbouring Zell am See and Kaprun, but also Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Kitzbuhel. Views across the Hohe Tauern national park are spectacular in summer and winter alike, and the cute village balances remote Alpine charm and access to livelier towns nearby.
Salzburg airport is only an hour and 14 minutes away from the resort, while Innsbruck airport is just over two hours drive. The easy transfers from the resort to the airport makes this one of the more weekendable destinations in Austria.
Piesendorf only has a few kilometres of skiing in the immediate area, but Kaprun is only an eight minute drive from the village. With high, snow sure skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, this is one of the most reliable ski areas in Austria. The skiing is varied enough to appeal to everyone from beginners to experts; in total, there are 57km of blues, 58km of reds and 23km of black runs.
Zell am See is home to much of the most intermediate friendly skiing, with high, wide slopes, gentle tree runs, and a variety of restaurants, many of which boast spectacular views across Lake Zell below. While Kaprun is as family friendly as Zell am See, the glacier skiing means that there are extensive off piste routes available for expert skiers with guides.
The free ski bus that links Piesendorf with Zell am See and Kaprun means that skiing any of the areas around the village is easy, while the immediate ski area will suit any beginners trying to build confidence before heading for the bigger mountains.
As with Zell am See and Kaprun, Piesendorf is an excellent summer destination. As well as the hiking paths and mountain biking trails, visitors to the area can head for the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier for a spot of summer skiing, spend an afternoon boating on the clear waters of Lake Zell, or get involved in more extreme activities like river rafting, canyoning, rock climbing and paragliding.
Sitting as it does on the edge of the Hohe Tauern national park, Piesendorf has a stunning Alpine backdrop. Visitors who enjoy historic sights can take the castle tour at Castle Kaprun during their time in the resort, while walks through areas like the Rauris Virgin Forest and the guided Well-being Hike are great ways to experience the local scenery.
There is a steam train that runs from Zell am See to Krimml, stopping at Piesendorf and Niedernsill along the way, while the Mystical Night of Water is a unique torchlit walk through the Sigmund-Thun gorge to a campfire.
There might only be a couple of resale chalets and apartments available, along with some new build properties, but buying in Piesendorf is a great way to find a second home in the Zell am See - Kaprun area. The few resale properties on the market are classically designed and decorated, very few examples of modern Alpine interiors in the area.
The new build apartments in the area range from two to four bedrooms, while the chalets offer luxury interior design, traditional Austrian style and private wellness facilities. The current new developments are forecast to be completed by summer 2018, and sit on plots that enjoy stunning views over the mountains.
Piesendorf, Emperor ChaletsEUR 1,090,000 - 1,110,000
Two luxury semi-detatched chalets built to the highest specification, the Emperor Chalets are a superb chance to buy a property in the popular Zell am See-Kaprun ski area.Spa & Wellness Facilities, Newbuild
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