Why not try...
- Taking the family to the lido – jump in the lake, splash down the slide or kick a football around on the grassy area
- White-water rafting on the longest white water trip in Salzburgerland, a great experience if you don’t mind getting wet
- Paragliding from the top of Schmittenhöhe – an experience of a lifetime, sit back and relax as the landscape unfolds beneath you or if your stomach can take it, a few aero-acrobatics
- A relaxing day on and around Lake Zell. Chill out at the lido or hire a pedal boat to fully explore the lake
- Picking up some local specialities at the weekly Farmers Market, held every Friday in the town centre – Pinzgau cheese comes highly recommended
- An evening immersed in local tradition, street entertainment and open-air concerts at the weekly Stadtfest – an absolute must
- A nostalgic trip on the Pinzgau Steam Railway, taking you through beautiful landscapes to Krimml
- Joining our Crystal walking escort for an intro to the area and insider information on some of the best walks about
- Taking an evening stroll along the lake front to admire the stunning scenery with a night-time backdrop
- Riding the cable car up to Schmittenhöhe and taking in the breath-taking “View of 200 Peaks”
So what's it like?
Ramblers, strollers or hikers – whatever your walking preference, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to walking in Zell am See. Our Crystal Walking Escorts are on hand twice a week to accompany you on walks in the area if you don’t fancy venturing out alone.
With over 83 marked mountain trails, there’s a lot to choose from. Gentle walks are mainly along the lakeside, beautiful views across the water are yours from the little village of Thumersbach on the far side of the lake and you can always grab a leisurely boat ride back.
Exploring the high alpine trails of the Hohe Tauern National Park or Grossglockner mountains earn a well-deserved rest and refuel at one of many mountain huts. By walking alone you can reach altitudes of 2600m or with karabiners and a rope, embrace marked climbing zones to really feel on top of the world.
One of Austria’s most popular resorts, the lakeside village of Zell am See brings all of Austria’s greatness together in one place. The heights of the Hohe Tauern and Grossglockner create a stunning backdrop for the sparkling Lake Zell. Fill your days with energetic hikes in the National Park, gentle strolls around the lake, soak up the local atmosphere in the medieval centre or take advantage of Zell am See’s easy access to other areas of Austria, you can be in Salzburg for the day in an hour and a half.
The social atmosphere in Zell encompasses relaxing café culture by day, where you can sit amongst the cobble-lined streets enjoying a coffee or slice of apple strudel and watch the world go by. But by night the village comes alive! Crazy Daisy’s is the place to be seen for drinking and dancing into the night. Or if you want something a little more traditional and relaxed, the weekly Stadtfest during July and August is the perfect way to absorb yourself in local festivities.
For local history, it’s worth a visit to the Kastnerturm Tower, home to the local heritage museum where you’ll discover everything about the history of Zell, starting way back when the village was founded by monks in 740AD. If architecture is more your thing, the Romanesque style Church of Hippolytus, the oldest building in the town, shows off some of the oldest architectural elements in the Pinzgau region.
Liechtenstein Gorge & Hochkönig Mountains (Sun) from £21
Walk through this beautiful gorge before travelling across the Hochkonig mountains to visit Maria Alm, twice voted Austria's prettiest village.
Salzburg City Tour (Mon) from £28
A city made famous by its music, Salzburg is home to Mozart and The Sound of Music. Explore the cobbled old town, the cathedral and medieval fortress before crossing the river to stroll through the pretty gardens of the Mirabell Palace.
Grossglockner Scenic Tour (Tues) from £29
Scenic trip into the Hohe Tauern National Park on the High Alpine Road which leads to the glacial base of Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner.
Krimml Waterfalls Walk (Thurs) from £21
At the foot of the Gerlos Pass, these waterfalls are the highest in Europe. Enjoy a walk up the footpath to the top where the best views of the falls can be seen
Berchtesgaden Historic Tour (Fri) from £27
A historical trip up to Hitler's famous 'Eagle's Nest' perched high above this pretty Bavarian town. An awe-inspiring journey and astounding views await you
Please note: Some entrances, tolls and optional extras are payable locally. Reduced prices for children up to 12 yrs incl. Infants who do not require a seat are free.
There’s no chance of boredom in Zell with more activities than you can shake a stick at! The Zell & Kaprun card gives you free and discounted access to huge numbers of activities, excursions and attractions – Krimml waterfalls, Lake Zell boat trip and Seisenberg gorge are a must.
Water sports are plentiful – you can abseil, scramble and swim through magnificent waterfalls on a canyoning trip or avoid capture by natives and being eaten by sharks as you search for treasure on a pirate rafting adventure. Challenge your buddies to a kayak or pedalo race across the lake, the best way to explore and instil some healthy competition.
For the land lovers, you can horse-trek around the meadows and woodland of Kaprun or try to emulate Ryder Cup glory at the largest golf facility in the Austrian Alps. Don’t miss out on the chance to delve into the local area on two-wheels – you can hire bikes for one day or the whole week to explore by road or head high into the hills.