Zell am See Travel Guide

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Zell am See Things to Do

  • Schmittenhöhe

    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...

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  • Elisabethpark

    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...

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  • Marienkapelle (Chapel of Our Lady)

    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...

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  • Parish Church St. Hippolyth

    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...

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  • "Stadtplatz" with old buildings

    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...

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  • Zeller See (Lake Zell)

    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...

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  • Light Show

    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

    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...

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  • Zell am See - Minigolf

    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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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

  • Gondola lifts

    There are various gondola lifts in Zell am See, that will bring you up to the Schmittenhöhe – either to the peak directly or to parts of the mountain. The following gondola lifts are open in summer:- Schmittenhöhebahn: cable car from Schmittental to the peak (1949m)- Sonnenalmbahn: cable car from Schmittental to a height of 1382m- Sonnkogelbahn:...

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  • Bus to Zell Am See from / to Munich...

    The following service provider caters to large group movements 8 and above and I have experienced excellent service from their end, with prompt responses, comfortable and quality coaches with experienced English speaking drivers.http://www.bus-service.com/MAIL: info@bus-service.com

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  • Getting around in car

    Excellent driving conditions with well paved roads, though some of the mountain roads are quite narrow and needs a confident skilled driver.Parking is normally available at most of the tourist spots, however, it is a challenge to find parking spots in Zell Am See town centre. However, there are affordable paid parking lots ...am mentioning GPS...

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Zell am See Shopping

  • Supermarket

    Good medium size supermarket with halal food products and daily needs (quality fresh fruits and vegetables). Open until 23:00 hrs which is a blessing. Especially useful for those seeking fresh Halal meat and poultry in Zell Am See.

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  • Go shopping

    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 Whatever you need. It depends on what you buy.Average prices.

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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 Tourist Traps

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    Paying for tap water in restaurants

    by travelthrough Written Jul 22, 2015

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    Many waiters try it and many tourists fall for it: Zell am See has plenty of drinkable water from the mountains and if using waterclosets is free for guests, then tap water should also be! Don´t make the mistake and allow waiters in Zell am See to charge you for tap water! Argue with them or fill your bottle in the bathroom, the water is excellent.

    Fun Alternatives: Pick another restaurant if you prefer to drink water only.

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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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Zell am See Off The Beaten Path

  • There is a great vintage-car-museum in...

    Vötter's Fahrzeugmuseum Kaprun is an interesting vintage-carmuseum inside the hotel Sport-Kristall in Kaprun & that is just a few km from Zell am See. The museum shows about 150 cars and even the smallest space of the museum-halls are crammed with a car. You will find a lot of cars that you might remember from a long time ago, and most of them are...

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  • 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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  • Schloss Prielau

    Schloss Prielau Schloss Prielau in the north of Zell am See When you have a car and explore the area around Zell am See and the Zellersee, this might be a great place for a stop for a few minutes, or even longer, when you are hungry and are looking for a great cafe and restaurant:Schloss Prielau is a lovely castle in the north of Zell am See and it...

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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 General

  • Zell am See Kaprun Summer Card

    The "Zell am See Kaprun Sommerkarte" is a guest card that grants you free admission or discounts for many sights in the region. It's not possible to purchase that card, instead you get it in several accommodations when you stay there in summer.The following is free with this card:- Gondola lifts of Zell am See (Schmittenhöhe)- Gondola lifts to the...

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  • 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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