Zell am See Things to Do

  • Zell am See - old town
    Zell am See - old town
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    Schmittenhöhe

    by himalia11 Written Sep 10, 2015

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    The "Schmittenhöhe" is a 1965m high mountain west of Zell am See with plenty hiking paths. There's a gondola lift that goes directly to the peak, and others that go up parts of the mountain (see my transportation tip). At the peak is a hotel, a chapel and a High Altitude Promenade with viewpoints and thematic boards.
    We didn't go up the peak and instead took the "Areitbahn" which only goes up to a height of 1400m. From there it's about 45 min. uphill to the Brunnermais Reservoir, where you find various art work. On the way you had nice views on Kaprun and the mountains. We then walked to another reservoir further below, which is about 10 min. from the mountain station of the CityXpress. It's called Plettsaukopf and just as the Brunnermais Reservoir is being used for producing artifical snow in winter. There's a path around the lake with benches and I loved the view with the high mountains to the south and the Lake Zell below!

    Brunnermais Brunnermais View down on Plettsaukopf Plettsaukopf View from Plettsaukopf on Lake Zell
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    Elisabethpark

    by himalia11 Written Sep 10, 2015

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    The "Elisabethpark" is a little park along the lake, with plenty of benches and seats to relax and enjoy the view on the lake. I guess the park is named after the empress Elisabeth ("Sisi") who came to Zell am See in 1885.
    In the park, you'll find three sculptures from the scultor Johann Weyringer. It shows an eagle, a capricorn and a flower, and shall represent the diversity of nature in the region which should be protected.
    Also there's a fountain in the lake next to the park, and each day there's a small show at the full hour between 13:00 and 17:00. A larger show takes place in the evenings on Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, it's called "Zeller Seezauber", a show with water, light and music. You can watch it from mid of May until mid of October, and there's no admission.

    Scupltures Fountain in the lake
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    Marienkapelle (Chapel of Our Lady)

    by himalia11 Written Sep 10, 2015

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    Next to the parish church is a little chapel which was built 1774 as cemetery chapel, replacing an earlier pilgrimage chapel that burnt down in 1770. Here you find the painting of the "Ährenkleid-Madonna" (Madonna in ear dress). It's a popular icon of the Pizngau region, and farmers did pilgrimage there to pray for good crop. Besides, there's a statue of Our Lady with her child, which was carried in the past during processions. It's in a glass cabinet, and in October the statue is put in the parish church and therefore also called "October woman".

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    Parish Church St. Hippolyth

    by himalia11 Written Sep 10, 2015

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    The parish church of Zell am See was built in the 12th & 13th century and is one of the oldest in the region. It's a Romanesque building with three naves and several Gothic elements. The 36 m high tower, the landmark of Zell am See, was added in the middle of the 15th century, and the Gothic vault was replaced in 1898 by the current wooden roof. A nice sight is the neo-Gothic side altar from around 1900. In the centre is a sculpture of Virgin Mary with Jesus from the 15th century which originally was located in the pilgrimage chapel closeby that burnt down in the 18th century. Another highlight is the gallery from 1514 with its ornated ogival arches and balustrade.

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    "Stadtplatz" with old buildings

    by himalia11 Updated Sep 10, 2015

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    At the "Stadtplatz" (town square), you'll find the oldest buildings of Zell am See. Besides the parish church, there's the "Vogtturm" which was probably built before 1000. It's also called "Kastnerturm", named after the merchant Johann Kastner who acquired it in 1866. The tower has six floors and houses the town museum, which shows the local town history.
    There are other old buildings on the square like the building next to the Vogtturm, as well as a nice fountain which shows important events in the town history.

    The museum in the "Vogtturm" is open Monday/Wednesday/Friday, mid of May until mid of October, from 13:30 to 17:30.
    Admission (2015): 3,50€ adults, 1,50€ children. Free with the Zell am See Karpun Summercard.

    Vogtturm Stadtplatz & church
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    Zeller See (Lake Zell)

    by himalia11 Updated Sep 10, 2015

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    East of the centre is Lake Zell which is 4 km long and over 1 km wide. There's a promenade along the lake and you can walk around the lake in about 3,5 hours. We only walked from the centre to Schüttdorf in the south, it was a nice path close to the lake.
    You can also take a boat trip on the lake, with the boats "MS Schmittenhöhe" (mid of May until mid of October) or "Kaiserin Elisabeth" (July to early September). Boat trips start at the Esplanade near the Grand Hotel. You have good views on the mountains from the boat and got a few comments on the area and villages, in German and English. The round trip took about 45 minutes. There are also boats that cross the lake, in case you want to go from Zell to Thumersbach or Schüttdorf, for example.

    Admission for the boat trip (2015): 12,80€ adults, 9,60€ youth, 6,40€ children. Free with the "Zell am See Kaprun Summercard".

    View from the Plettsaukopf Reservoir
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    Light Show

    by travelthrough Updated Jul 21, 2015

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    The Zell am See light show takes place in summer on every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday in Elisabeth Park, opposite the railway station, and is free. It takes about 20 minutes and the illuminations at night are fabulous as well as the music that accompanies it. Make sure you´re at the music pavillion in time, as it gets very crowded.

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    Schmitten Höhe Climb

    by travelthrough Written Jul 21, 2015

    If you are fast, you can climb up Schmitten Höhe in 2.5 hours, but usually it takes about 4 hours from Zell am See. You can enjoy a magnificent and breathtaking view over Zell and the three mountain lakes. On top there is St. Elisabeth Chapel, built in 1904 in honor of Austrian Empress Elisabeth (Sisi), who climbed up in the morning within 2 hours and 16 minutes. The chapel is made of wood and is decorated with reliquia of the Empress and pictures depicting the life of Saint Elisabeth or Thuringia.

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    Zell am See - Minigolf

    by jojes Updated Jun 12, 2015

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    The minigolf in Zell am See is located next to the "Zeller Strandbad".
    It has 18 holes to play.
    Next to it is a cafeteria where you can get some refreshments and snacks. The menu is limited but it suits for a quick mid-day snack and some cold refreshments.

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    Take Arietbahn up the Schmittenhohe mountain.

    by saleemg Written Sep 8, 2014

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    Adults will love the spectacular scenery and hiking trails, whilst the kids would enjoy the thrilling adventure trail and activities...esp. Schmidolin's baptism of fire, speedbikes etc.

    More info : http://www.schmitten.at/en/

    Same can also be accessed through the City Express cable car, however, the children's activities are just adjacent to the Arietbahn cable car stop.

    Glorious view of Zell lake from Arietbahn Speed-biking for kids and adults alike. Quench your thirst with fresh mountain water. Kids just love the adventure trail The adventure continues.
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    Hiking up Krimml waterfall trail

    by saleemg Updated Sep 7, 2014

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    A must visit.

    A 1 hr 20 min "Postbus# 670" drive through some spectacular scenary, drops you at the foothill of the falls. We took the combo ticket of the Watermuseum (just before you reach the falls) and the Waterfall. Ticket costed a total of Euro 50 for our group of 12 persons. The museum is worth the visit, especially for the kids, as there is lot to learn and to enjoy the forces of water.

    The water fall drops around 380 metres in three main stages....each stage is just awesome. First stage is 10 min walk on a well paved path whilst the top stage is 1 hr walk (4 Kms ...1460 metres high). The walk uphil is quite enjoyable for adult and kids alike amidst the tall pine trees and the waterfall mist (which has scientifically proven health benefits).

    The gush that eventually feeds into river Danube. Beauty of the fall The scenic and refreshing trail up the Krimml fall Krimml trail Krimml trail
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    Trail the Sigmund Thun Klamm waterfall

    by saleemg Updated Sep 7, 2014

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    An exciting trip up the KLAMM (gorge) amidst gushing waterfalls ....the wooden steps are quite narrow but safe and enjoyable for the kids as well. The trip is not very arduous as it may seem, however, some senior citizens may find it taxiing since it is a one way route and a long walk back down hill.

    The directions to the KLAMM are not very user-friendly and many tourists are seen struggling to find the right way. There is a inner car road running parallel to the main road ...Kasselfallstrasse and you may follow the following GPS marking which leads you to the car park right next to the starting point GPS: +47° 15' 32.97", +12° 44' 18.55.

    However, if you are getting down at the main road i.e. at Kasselfallstrasse ( either using public transport or using one of the main road car parks), then use the following GPS markings: 47.2599920 12.7404340. There is a narrow wooden staircase, just next to car park area, going down through the thicket to the Sigmund Thun Klamm start point. There is a green-blue wooden signboard with a picture of the Klamm, however, same is partially hidden with the tree branches.

    Sigmund Thun KLAMM...up the one-way street! Sigmund Thun KLAMM..passing thru the waterfall!
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    Take your kids to a fun filled roller coaster ride

    by saleemg Updated Sep 7, 2014

    Right at the entrance of the dainty Kaprun town is the Maiskogel recreation park. The highlight is the Alpine coaster which the adults and kids can enjoy alike. The speed of the roller coaster cars can be controlled by the occupants which makes it more interesting and one can enjoy the beautiful panorama as the coater cars go up and down the mountain. However, beware, when it is raining and tracks are wet, the brakes at times do not work well and you may end up banging up the car in front of you....it happened with one of our family members!

    You can get more details from the below mentioned website.

    The fun filled Alpine Coaster Beautiful view from the coaster ..if u dare click! Bella Vista
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    ST. HIPPOLYTE'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Jan 16, 2014

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    St. Hippolyte's Church really didn't look much from the outside. Built in Romanesque style in a darkish grey stone, it had a tall tower, and some lovely old doors.
    I was able to go inside, even though it was early morning.

    This Church is one of the oldest known building remnants of the Pinzgau region.
    Inside, it's a mixture of gothic and romanesque. Different, is the elevated walkway which was built in 1514.
    Next to the main altar are two statues, one of St. Rupert and St. Vigilius dating from 1480. There is a side altar containing an image of the Virgin Mary dating from 1540, this came from the now non-existent Church of Maria Wald. The left nave has a small altar dedicated to St. Sebastian.
    There are some old frescoes inside from the 13th & 14th centuries.

    St. Hippolyte's Church St. Hippolyte's Church door St. Hippolyte's Church
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    Zell am See - The promenade

    by jojes Updated Dec 3, 2012

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    The promenade at Zeller See is about a kilometer long.
    You can sit on one of the many benches along the way to simply admire the view.
    The promenade is completely carfree and easily accessible for disabled people or people with strollers.

    You have the most beautiful views from the promenade ...

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