Visiting Zell am See
So.... here are some things you can do in Zell am See:
- Visit the city centre.Lots of shops and nice walks.
- Trip round the lake by foot. Fresh air and relaxing.
- Take a 1- day ski pass and go to Schmittenhohe with the gondola.
- Visit the old church downtown
- It it is Christmas time visit the christmas square
- Skiing and Boarding
- Historical Travel
This high alpine road leads to some of the world's most fantastic unspoilt scener in "the Hohe Tauern" National Park. You can see all the climatic and vegetation zones from Austria through the Arctic - meadows, forests, alpine pastures, rocks and ice. At your destination you face the highest mountain in Austria- the "Grossglockner" (3,798m) and you are high above the "Pasterzengletscher", a glacier described as a unique natural wonder.
That's what the brochure says and I couldn't say it better. I've been here several times now maybe 6 or 7 times and everytime I get here I still discover new things to see and enjoy.
If you're here it is a must see! Only problem is you need a day with nice weather to really enjoy the views etc.
More on Grossglockner to come!
- National/State Park
Stadtmuseum im Vogtturm
Located in the over 1,000 years old Vogt tower spread over four levels. It give you a good inside of some of the local heritage!
15. May - 15. Oktober and
20. December - Eastern:
Mon.-Fri. 13.00-17.00 hrs.
July and August extra:
Wed 20:00-22:00 hrs.
The Schmittenhöhe is Zell am See's so called Home Mountain. There is a funicular going up to a wonderful hiking area. One of them is the famous Pinzgau Hike. A hike of a few days in the area of Hohe Tauern National Park. Great views etc.
The hike seems to be not difficult but only long. Before you do this one you need to prepair yourself.
An easier walk is the one called: Höhenpromenade adventure trail
This walk brings you down to the Valley Station from the Schmittenhöhebahn.
Adults up & down € 19,60
Children up & down € 9,80
Vötter's Fahrzeugmuseum Kaprun
They have a very nice collection of somewhat smaller cars like the BMW Isetta and Fiat 500 etc.
On 1.000 m2 they have approx. 150 items to show. Good for a visit of about 1 to 1,5 hrs.
Adults: € 6,00
Children 6-14 Yrs.: € 3,00
Daily between 11.00-18.00 hrs.
If you base yourself in Zell, there are many things to do locally and to do with the lake... plus walking on the hills.
But you can also get out and if you are a biker, take a run across the Grossglockner Hoch Alpen Strasse.
I chose to take a 25 year old bike over it and at the end of May when the roads have been cleared but there is a lot of snow.
The views are fantastic but hard work on an old bike!
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Kapelle auf der Schmittenhöhe
On the top of the Schmittenhöhe - at 2000 meters altitude - there is the wooden Elisabethkapelle, built in 1904/05 in the memory of Empress Elizabeth - better known in Austria as Sissy.
The frozen lake (Zeller See)
During winter the lake - Zeller See - is frozen and covered in snow. Enlarge the picture - excuse the quality.
Rent a whisperboat!
We rented a whisperboat for half an hour for a view on Zell am See from the lake1 It is also possible to rent a watercycle.
Prices are approx. € 10,00 per half hour for a family with two children.
Pedaling across the lake
We had some time to kill before our train would leave, so we decided to rent a pedal boat for 30 minutes. It turned out to be a great idea, but also quite exhausting.
- Sailing and Boating
Relax and enjoy the views
The views around the lake at Zell am see are breathtaking.
Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.
The medieval church spire in Zell am see dominates the town centre which is full of cafes and restaurants.
Trip around the lake.
Take a trip around the lake on one of the many boats.
There is a good commentary and drinks are served on board.
Costs 8.20 Euro each (prices June 2005)
Brunnen bei Hundertwasser
This fountain is at the bank of the lake next to Grand Hotel. It is developed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Colorful and beautiful next to the most expensive hotel of Zell am See.
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