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 ...
At several locations all around the Zeller See, you can go in for a swim in this clean lake.
There are 3 "Freibäder" (or "Strandbäder") located right next to the lake and often have an extra pool. Some have a slide or kiddypool. The pools can be found at Zell am See, Seespitz or Thumersbach.
The entrance fees are included in the Salzburgerlandkarte.
If you feel line going for a swim and the weather doesn't allow an outdoor swim, go to the indoor pool ("Hallenbad") in Zell am See. It can be found in the "Freizeitzentrum", located in the center of town.
The pool has a separate pirate-themed kiddypool, a 74-meter waterslide, a steambath, a 3-meter and a 1-meter diving-board.
There is no limit to bathing time, so you can enjoy as long as you want to.
The sauna area offers several different types of saunas and an infrared-cabin.
There is also a solarium availbale (extra charge).
If you're looking for some extra relaxation, you can even have a massage here !
Every tuesday the pool gets extra heated and visitors can take part in the Aqua-fit program.
Opening hours :
Pool & mixed sauna : daily 10h00 - 22h00
Men-only sauna : monday 17h00 - 22h00
Women-only sauna : tuesday 17h00 - 22h00 and friday 14h00 - 22h00
When you have the Salzburgerlandkarte, you get one free entrance.
The different prices for pool and sauna can be found at this website :
I did this and I do hope you have the time too!
As Zell am See is so old, then the old town has many historic buildings. I like the ones with frescoes, some of these did not look that old, but still nice to view. I found a small Chapel, and lovely ancient door, I loved it! There is more to see, and if you walk early morning, you have the whole town nearly to yourself!
Not only do you need to find the Post Office to buy stamps for postcards, but while at Zell am See Post Office, have a good look at the outside. There are some nice sculptures on the round parts of the building.
One of my favorities with Towns that have a lake, is to do the Promenade walk. I always find it peaceful and interesting, and often find a bench to sit and enjoy the views.
Well, here in Zell Am See, it was no different, its so picturesque here with the high Mountains surrounding much of the town.
There was a Music Pavilion where concerts are held in the summer months. I found the funny looking flowers on my walk and wondered why they were there! I really understood why Zell am See was a popular tourist destination!
If I had a day here, I would walk the whole lake!
CityXpress Seilbahn is the Cable car station. It was closed for the day, otherwise, we would have gone up.
For beginner Skiers, it takes them to an open area with an easy draglift that is perfect for them!
From the CityXpress, then catch the Schmittenhohe cable car, which goes to the intermediate slopes.
The Top has an outside bar and restaurant and nearby a chapel, which is regularly used for weddings.
The brochure states..........
"breathtaking bird's-eye views of the Alps and Zeller Lake in their full glory."
Wish I could have seen it for myself.
The Hotel Lebzelter is a Hotel, and another important landmark located in the Marktplatz.
Located by the Vog Tower, you really can't miss it, as its painted a bright yellow color and has traditional decoration of an Austrian chalet.
Hotel Lebzelter is a historic 18th century building, first mentioned as guest house in 1482.
The Stadt museum is located in the Old Town in the Vogt Tower, so its quite easy to find!
It's also a local history museum and the office of the county's archives.
The tower is thought to be 1000 years old, first mentioned in 926 as an escape tower for solders and citizens of Zell am See.
It is also the oldest building in the town. It's sometimes called Kastnerturm, as it was acquired by the businessman Johann Kastner in 1866. Inside, are four floors of 1000's of items covering local heritage, like traditional costumes, furniture and handicrafts. There is also information regarding the evolution of the entire region, the lake, the Alps and the surrounding fauna.
Bezirkshauptmannschaft [District Office], located on the Stadtplatz, was built before 1500.
Originally owned by a family, later in the 17th century, this Gothic building was used as the administrative centre for the rural judges.
The 20th century, and it became the District Council Office.
Located infront of the Office, is the Town Fountain, founded in 1855 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau and removed from here in 1894. It was brought back in 1954 with help of local donations.
Reading the fountain's side panels, I found they depicted important historical events of Zell am See, even the Sydney 2000 & Athens 2004 Olympic games were mentioned for Yachting.
The Grand Hotel is said to be one of the most prominent landmarks in Zell am See.
I came across it on my lakeside walk and thought it was a beautiful building in a beautiful location.
The Hotel was built between 1894 and 1896, on the Zeller shore of a privately owned peninsula where the views are fabulous.
At the end of World War II, the Grand Hotel was occupied by US forces for about ten years.
After reconstruction, it became a popular Hotel again, and has also featured in several European films as a set. In the 1980s, the Grand Hotel was remodeled to an upmarket Austrian Hotel.
The City Hall can be found in the Rosenberg Castle. The Castle was built in 1583 by two tradesmen, brothers Karl and Hans Rosenberg and has been resold a few times, once becoming a private residence, also a beer brewery and a college.
The castle's architecture is typical for residences in the Salzburg region. It's a four-story chalet with a slated roof, four corner towers and one at the center, one of the most beautiful City Halls in my eyes. Of course, the lovely lawn and the Red Roses flowering in the garden helped to make it so!
It now is the seat of the mayor and city council (Rathaus). In 1970, it became the Town Hall.
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.
The side altar contains an image of the Virgin Mary from the now non-existent Church of Maria Wald, which dates from 1540. The left nave has a small altar dedicated to St. Sebastian.
There are some old frescoes inside from the 13th & 14th centuries.
Zeller See is a small and beautiful lake next to Zell Am See and surrounded by mountains. The water of this lake is bright blue colour when the sun ray is shining on it, and there are many activities here during summer e.g. swimming, boating, taking a cruise on boat a ship, walk along the path next to the lake etc. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
The Zell Am See town centre is a nice place to walk around, take your meals and shopping. There are many restaurants here as well as a Billa supermarket. There are many sourvenir shops selling stuff such jewelleries, clothings etc as well as sports shop catering for both summer and winter sports. At the heart of the town centre is the St Hippolyt Parish Church and the town fountain.
The Schloss Rosenberg Town Hall is a traditional Salzburg residence built on quadratic foundations and set with 4 corners. It was built in 1583 and named after the founders, Karl and Hans Rossenberger.