The Zell Am See park is located at the waterfront area of Zeller See (lake) and is a good place for relaxation. During summer, you will see a lot of people around this lovely park. Periodically, there are performances and cultural shows here (the best way to find out is to get the Zell Am See brochure and check with your hotel staff). My wife and I enjoyed sitting at the benches of this park and watch the day go by admist beautiful scenery.
St Hippolyt Parish Church is a landmark located at the Zell Am See town centre. It is made of Roman construction with Gothic extensions, dating from the 11th century. This church also contains a series of ancient red marble tombstones originating from the year 1371.
In 1855, the Archbishop Wolf Dietrich gave the fountain to tenure, and in 1885 it became the property of Zell Am See. Apparently in 1894, a water pipe was constructed and the fountain was taken away. In 1954, it was once more erected thanks to the donations from the local people. This fountain was designed by Kiefer marble company and important historical events of Zell Am See are showned on the side panels of this fountain.
The "Austrian Fountain" is located at the Grand Hotel of Zell Am See, just next to the Zeller See (lake). The fountain was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, one of the most famous Austrian artists of the second half of the 20th century. Hundertwasser dedicates this fountain to the nine provinces of Austria, with each column representing each province. The height of each colomun represents the number of people living in each province and is according to the proportion of colours in each coat of arms.
Zell Am See is a rather lively town, and there frequent music, dance and festivals. The best way to find out is to check out their website, or obtain the Zell Am See brochure (and check with your hotel staff) when you are there. During our honeymoon in June 2007, my wife and I managed to catch a local song and dance performance held at the Zell Am See park next to the lake (we enjoyed the performance).
If you are looking for tourist information of Zell Am See and surrounding areas, then it will be easy because you can obtain the information from the website or your hotel, and there is a tourist information centre located on the main road of Zell Am See called Brucker Bunderstrasse. The tourist information centre is just next to the local police station.
If you are in Zell, don't miss to go skiing on the glacier of Kaprun. You will love it.
Regarding to the weahter conditions (winds)are most of the time not all ski-lifts open.
Bu never mind. If you climb up the hill by cable car you will see it's worth to go there.
See the mountains from the summit - 3,000 m above it all!
Around the Alpincenter, which is located in the middle-alpine Tauern region, you will find a wide variety of guided and non-guided hiking routes and trails for the whole family. Other delights include the emerald-green glacier lake, fascinating rock formations, glacier striations, brightly coloured flowers and lichen, flocks of sheep, small lakes and, nearer the valley, the green alpine meadows. The Kitzsteinhorn cable cars quickly and comfortably transport guests into the wonderful and diverse world of these mountain peaks.
With the cable car via the world´s tallest cable car support (113,6 m) to the summit at 3,029 m. From the Panorama Terrace and the Glocknerkanzel (can be reached through a tunnel in southerly direction) beautiful vistas meet one´s eye - next to the Großglockner, Austria´s highest mountain with 3,797 m and the other 3,000 meter-mountains in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern.
If you want to take a look at Zell am See and the landmark which is the Grand Hotel, you can also take a boattour on the lake.
There are ferrys crossing (boat = MS Grossglockner), but you can also take a tour taking you around the lake.
The boats that take you on the tour are MS Kitzsteinhorn and MS Schmittenhöhe.
The tours take about 45 minutes.
The exact departure times and fares can be fund here :
The cruise-service is operated by the same company that operates the cable cars, Schmittenhöhebahn AG.
In the old city center of Zell am See, you can enjoy a leisurely walk. The old town is not very big but it has some nice spots to sit and relax, have a drink or a bite to eat.
As is it carfree, you won't be bothered much by traffic and the noise to go with it.
The best-known landmark in the old town of Zell am See is the "Vogtturm" (Vogt-tower), also known as the "Kastnerturm".
This tower is home of the local museum (Heimatmuseum) of Zell am See.
The tower was first mentioned in 926. It belonged to the Karstner family for over 100 years, hence the 'second' name.
In 1984 the museum was moved from Schloss Rosenberg (city hall) to the newly renovated Vogtturm.
Apart from the church, this is the oldest building in town.
Local and regional history and culture are the most important parts of the large exhibition.
Open to visitors :
May - mid October : monday, wednesday, friday : 13u30 to 17h30 (last entrance 17h00)
July - August : as above + tuesday & thursday (same hours)
Christmas - Easter : wednesday, thursday, friday : 13h30 to 17h30
You can take an easy walk around the Zeller See. On this walk you can admire the city and the lake of all sides, while having a fantastic view at the surrounding mountainpeaks.
The lake has a total surface of 4.7 square kilometres (1.8 sq mi).
The walk around the lake takes about 1,5 to 2 hours, including the time to enjoy and take pictures.
If you want to cut down on part of the way, there is a ferry crossing the lake. You can hop on and off at several points along the shore.
At this link you can find the timetables for the various stops of the crossing :
Alight at the small waterfall and obtain tickets at the ticket office for a trip to the reservoir (costed me total 154 Euro for a group of 9 adults 3 children 15 yrs). The journey involves trip through the mountain tunnels (steep incline) by the special Postbus (the 5 day bus pass does not cover this) and a steep ride in Euope's largest open funicular lift.
The trip to the top is amazing and a dream for the photographers. The way the bus drivers negotiate turns on narrow mountain inclines is quite breathtaking and commendable. The lake at the top is very scenic with the glacier as the back-drop. The rocks have a particular chemical (yet to find out what it is) which glitters like silver.
Alight at the second last Postbus # 660 stop (Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn - Glacierjet). We took this trip on our return from Kesselfall, however, note that the snow play area at the summit (which is great fun for kids) closes around 15:30 and during bad weather.
Ask for the tickets right to the top which involves three different cable car trips - need to change twice. Once you reach the summit, you take the funicular down to the snow plateau which has abundant snow and lots of opportunity for the kids and adults alike, to play in the snow.
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).
This walk goes round the Ziller See in an anti-clockwise direction. It is on good level paths with only slight ascent / descend. On the north and west side it runs along the side of the lake on a pedestrian path. The south side is through a quiet residential area and along a path near the wildlife reserve. The east side is on the pavement along the road.
It is 11 kms.