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Lake Zell

Explore the enchanting lakeside villages, sunbathe on a lido and hike alongside the icy water that lies between Alpine mountains.

Lake Zell is a scenic basin of freshwater in the shadow of the glorious snow-capped mountains of the Austrian Alps. Hike varied routes to see flowers and herbs, a glacier and stupendous views. Swim in the cool water of the lake on a summer afternoon or ski on the surrounding slopes in winter.

Get a fishing card and rent equipment to angle for pike, perch, lake trout and zander. At the northern end of the lake, bring inflatable toys for your kids to bob around in the water. Walk on the pebbles along this shoreline. The southern end of the lake is less suitable for swimming, as it is shallow and filled with weeds. 

Take a boat trip out on the water and visit some of the charming lakeside towns. Sunbathe on one of the lidos or patches of grass around the lake. Say hello to the ducks and swans that call this lake home. 

Windsurfing and sailing are popular sports making use of the constant breeze here. Make a stand-up paddleboard tour of the lake or simply sit at one of the benches facing the water and read a book. Enjoy the utter serenity in this tranquil and remote part of the world, with a break in a café in Zell am See-Kaprun, Schüttdorf or Thumersbach.

Arrive for skiing in the icy winter, when the lake freezes over. Snap photos of this spectacular sight, with snow-covered mountains rising above the lake. Quaint villages dotted around the lake harmonize with the stunning terrain. Stay at one of the hotels with views of the water. Several mountain streams feed the lake before it empties into the Salzach River.  

Lake Zell is on the eastern flank of the quaint city of Zell am See in the Austrian Alps. Take a train to the Zell am See railway station and walk northeast for a few minutes to reach the lake at Elisabeth Park. See some of the city’s attractions, including the Ferry Porsche Congress Center and Castle Rosenberg.


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Neue Post Apartments £85
Neue Post Apartments

Neue Post Apartments

Schloßplatz 2a, Zell am See
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the riverfront, this apartment building is steps away from Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. Zeller See Beach and Zell am See Leisure Centre are also within 10 minutes. Zell am See Station is only a 4-minute walk.

    Grand Hotel Zell Am See £204
    Grand Hotel Zell Am See

    Grand Hotel Zell Am See

       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Zell am See, this beachfront hotel is on the riverwalk, just steps away from Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. Zeller See Beach and Zell am See Leisure Centre are also within 10 minutes. Zell am See Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Seehotel Bellevue £170
      Seehotel Bellevue

      Seehotel Bellevue

      Seeuferstrasse 41, Zell am See
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Zell am See, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Zell, Pinzgauer Saalachtal and Zeller See Beach. Zell am See-Kaprun Golf Club and Kaprun Ski Resort are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Seevilla Freiberg £150
        Seevilla Freiberg

        Seevilla Freiberg

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Zell am See, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. Zeller See Beach and Zell am See Leisure Centre are also within 5 minutes. Zell am See Station is 11 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Tirolerhof £194
          Hotel Tirolerhof

          Hotel Tirolerhof

             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Zell am See, this luxury hotel is steps away from Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. Zell am See Leisure Centre and Zeller See Beach are also within 5 minutes. Zell am See Station is 7 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Glasererhaus £117
            Hotel Glasererhaus

            Hotel Glasererhaus

               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Zell am See, this hotel is steps away from Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. Zell am See Leisure Centre and Zeller See Beach are also within 5 minutes. Zell am See Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Latini £173
              Hotel Latini

              Hotel Latini

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. AreitXpress Cable Car and Zeller See Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km). Zell am See Station is 29 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Salzburgerhof £288
                Hotel Salzburgerhof

                Hotel Salzburgerhof

                Auerspergstraße 11, Zell am See, Salzburg
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Zell am See, this luxury hotel is steps from Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. Zeller See Beach and Zell am See Leisure Centre are also within 5 minutes. Zell am See Station is 7 minutes by foot.