- On the edge of the lake Zell - at the foot of the Schmittenhöhe mountain.
- Historic pedestrianised centre crammed with character, bars and cafés.
- Walking, activities, shopping, sightseeing or simply just relaxing.
• coach transfer • car hire • private transfer
• Salzburg · 80km · 1 hr 30 mins
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Culture and history
Sports and activities
So what's it like?
Zell am See has a perfect location right on Lake Zell - with the snow-capped peaks of the Hohe Tauern mountains rising up to the south. The lake draws crowds from all over the world each year to enjoy all kinds of water activities - plus there’s some superb walking in the region. Zell’s village has a bustling historic centre with pavement cafés and a great selection of shops while its central location makes it easy to visit much more of Austria.
Relax and discover
Local culture: Zell am See is one of Austria's most popular destinations – classed as a city not for its size but for its historic importance. The Kasterturm Tower is home to the local heritage museum and the Church of Hippolytus is the oldest building in the Pinzgau region.
Water sports: Canyoning involves you abseiling, scrambling and swimming through waterfalls. Alternatively hold your nerve as you float down rapids on a white water rafting adventure. For more sedate experiences you could head out onto the lake in a pedalo or just enjoy a swim in the lake which reaches up to 23°C. The lidos have heated pools too - so you can go swimming even in early and late summer.
Walking: Ramblers, strollers and hikers are spoilt for choice around Zell am See. There’s at least 83 different marked mountain trails to choose from. You can scale the Schmittenhöhe and Maiskogel on foot or via cable car and from the peak of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier you’ll have unique views of Austria’s highest mountains including the Grossglockner.
Summer card: The Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card is available when staying at selected hotels. There’s a wide range of benefits to help you get the most out of the region including access to public lidos, boat trips and cable cars around the mountains.
Evening atmosphere: The village comes alive at night. There are lots of popular bars open for drinking and dancing into the early hours or enjoying a relaxing glass of wine on the terrace. During July and August, the weekly Stadtfest lets you get a flavour of the local culture.
Zell am See Discovery: Make the most of your time in Austria with the Zell am See Discovery package. Stay at the Hotel Fischerwirt and enjoy trips to Austria’s highest waterfalls and Salzburg. You’ll also pop over the border to Berchtesgaden in Germany – home to Hitler’s famous Eagles’ Nest. Book before 29th of April 2015.
Available from £314 (return)
Train service from Zell am See to Kitzbühel, Salzburg and Bad Gastein. Also an excellent local bus service and a choice of summer lifts.
There are lots of events to enjoy in Zell am See during the summer. Famous lake festivals, featuring spectacular firework displays, take place in 13th July and 4th August. During high season there are also weekly town festivals and lakeside brassband concerts.
Austria is a stunning location in which to set your summer wedding. On the shores of Lake Zell, with glorious views across the shimmering water onto the peaks of the spectacular Hohe Tauern, Zell am See is a perfect location for a summer wedding. Take a look online for our handpicked selection of gorgeous ceremony venues, or contact us.
Special offers for summer 15
Summer card: Free Zell/Kaprun summer card for guests staying in selected hotels with free or discounted entrance to many attractions in and around Zell am See and Kaprun.