Zell am See Travel Guide

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Zell am See Highlights

  • Pro
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     A tranquil and scenic, yet not a remote iand solated place, with divese activities. 

  • Con
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     Can be expensive to some 

  • In a nutshell
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     Everything you’d want out of a winter sport resort 

Zell am See Things to Do

  • ST. HIPPOLYTE'S CHURCH

    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....

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  • Zell am See - The promenade

    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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  • Zell am See - Take a swim in the lake

    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.

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  • Zell am See - Indoor pool & sauna

    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...

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  • WALK THE OLD TOWN

    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...

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  • POST OFFICE

    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.

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  • ELIZABETH PROMENADE

    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...

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  • CITY XPRESS SEILBAHN

    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...

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  • HOTEL LEBZELTER

    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.

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  • STADT MUSEUM

    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...

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  • DISTRICT OFFICE & FOUNTAIN

    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...

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  • GRAND HOTEL

    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...

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Zell am See Restaurants

  • Basmati - Halal / Indian / Arabic food

    Plenty of outlets and supermarkets with diverse cuisine and variety. There are supermarkets and restaurants that serve muslim halal food which was apt for us ("Basmati-Antonio" and "Ali Baba" - 2 min from Railway station. One Arabic food joint is right opposite the railway station). One supermarket which is located next to "Basmati-Antonio"...

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  • All you can eat

    The restaurant of the hotel I stayed in - Vitalhotel Glocknerhof - had a very good restaurant, they have spoiled us for the New Year's Eve menu. Though I did not really had the new year's eve celebration here but at the Grand Hotel of Zell am See, on the lake.

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  • For rest between ski runs

    Between ski runs you need to take a break and in Zell am See you have some restaurants with outside terraces to have a snack, lunch and a drink. As you can see in my picture I love to have one, to three beers in a day of skiing.

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Zell am See Transportation

  • Going to Zell Am See by trains

    The best way to go to Zell Am See is perhaps by trains of the OBB railway (see website below). OBB is the national railway company of Austria, and there are many trains going from Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and other major Austria cities to Zell Am See. My wife and I took the OBB train from Salzburg to Zell Am See and it takes about 1 hour. When...

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  • Ship ride on Zeller See

    Ship ride on Zeller See lake is a comfortable and relaxing way to admire the beautiful scenery of Zell Am See and surrounding areas. The ships are comfortable and frequent, more information about the timings and costs of the ship ride are in the webpage below. The adult fare of the ship ride is $8.70 euros and children $4.35 euros, and it will be...

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  • Hiking at Zell Am See and Schittenhohe

    Hiking is one of the best ways to explore Zell Am See and its surroundings. There is a well paved hiking path which runs along the entire Zeller See lake (see photos), which is very nice to walk as it is on flat ground and no climbing is required. The Zeller See lake is not very big and the entire journey will take about 3 hours. If you want more...

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Zell am See Shopping

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    by Anma Written Dec 29, 2005

    You can buy everything that is related to skiynd and snowboarding but also you can hire skies and you have free- depot for skies and charge depot for boots.
    Try: Intersport City Xpress

    What to buy: Whatever you need.

    What to pay: It depends on what you buy.Average prices.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Sky Diving
    • Skiing and Boarding

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Zell am See Warnings and Dangers

  • Crossing the railway tracks

    There are several railway tracks next to each other running across Zell Am See, seperating the town and train station from the Zeller See lake area. There are many crossings for people to travel across, do be careful especially when trains are coming (which is quite frequent). When a train is approaching, the gates will lower and do not try to run...

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  • Changing weather

    Although the weather is sunny and nice when you start off, it may suddenly change! Luckily, we were on the top at Schmittenhöhe when we were surprised by thunder and lightning. It came out of nowhere, so it's important to take precautions. Bring enough clothes!

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  • "STRANGE LOOKING MEN !!!"

    Watch out for these strange looking men with pointed hats.....they pretend that they are guides....they take people up the mountains & they are never seen again !!!!!!Don`t worry, it`s only me being stupid again !!!

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Zell am See What to Pack

  • Changing weather

    If you're going hiking - be aware of the changing weather! The weather can be quite sunny and nice one moment, while thunder strikes the next. Be sure to bring several layers of clothes. And of course, good shoes when hiking is a must!

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  • GOOD WALKING SHOES.

    You need good quality, comfortable walking shoes that you are well used to......don`t do what I did & buy a new pair the day before you travel....result.......blisters & moans & groans & plasters !!!!!!!!!!

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Zell am See Off The Beaten Path

  • SCHLOSS SAALHOF

    When I saw Schloss Saalhof, I thought it was just another Castle.In fact, it is a Hotel with accommodation available including a Farmstay and a Mountain Hut.If you stay there, you can help with the farm activities involving cattle and calves, 20 of are milking cows, 10 pigs (only in the summer), goat, 20 chickens, 4 rabbits, Noriker Simone horse,...

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  • Zell am See Airport

    The Zell an See airport is just south of the town . On a sunny October day , a trip to the airprt could be considered to watch airplanes/gliders land and take off .The alpine scenery makes a beautiful backdrop for glider watching .

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Zell am See Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming

    Zell am See has all the facilities for water fun, for children and for adults. The Strandbad (beach) has a springboard tower of 5 meters, giant waterslides, jet-spray showers. There are also pools with heated water.The alternative to the beach is the Hallenbad, with an indoor swimming pool that is 25 meters long.

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  • Walking in Schmitten

    The mountain paths that are nearest to Zell am See are really very near. The cableway station is at the outskirts of the village and it takes you to Schmittenhoehe, the starting point of five paths. The view of the lake is wonderful and also the view of the high mountain tops to the south. A very detailed and useful description of the paths and of...

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  • ski is the best

    very good area but the snow at the low slopes sometimes is pure ....great view from above ..u ski and u see the lake down ...u have to do it to understand me ...GREAT VIEW my friends GOOD IN EVERY SKI STORE ..NEW MODELS EVERY WERE

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Zell am See Favorites

  • Rainbow

    My wife and I were very lucky to be able to see a rainbow over Zeller See (lake) and the surrounding mountains during the late afternoon when we arrived at Zell Am See in June 2007. Rainbows can be seen at the interface between strong sunlight and rainy weather together with dark clouds.

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  • Breathtaking scenery from Zell Am See to...

    If you are taking the train from Zell Am See to Worgl and Innsbruck, you will be treated to some of the most beautiful sceneries in Europe, passing by farmland, hills, mountains and valleys. Please go to the travelogue section of this VT page for more photographs. Generally, the trains in Austria are clean, comfortable and punctual and train is one...

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  • Views of Zell Am See from hotel balcony

    One of my fondest memories of Zell Am See is the breathtaking views of the town, lake and surrounding mountains from the balcony of my hotel room at Berner Hotel (see website below and my accomodation tips at this VT page). My wife and I stayed at a room facing the lake and had a wonderful time there, I would recommend Hotel Berner to anyone...

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