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Zell am See
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Zell am See showing mountains, a coastal town and a lake or waterhole

One of the most popular resorts in the mountainous Pinzgau area of Austria, this town attracts more than 1 million visitors each year with its pretty setting and exciting activities.

Zell am See is a picturesque town located on the shore of the Zeller See (Lake Zell) and surrounded by the Hohe Tauern mountain range. Founded by monks in the 8th century, Zell am See is now a chic, year-round resort destination. Come in winter for superb skiing or in summer to cycle along the lake’s pretty shores and take a dip in its refreshingly chilly waters.

View gorgeous Lake Zell’s bright blue alpine waters. Strong mountain breezes make the lake an excellent spot for windsurfing. Wakeboarding and waterskiing are also popular. If you find the lake’s waters too chilly, head to Freizeitzentrum instead. This leisure center has an 80-foot-long (25-meter) pool as well as saunas and an ice rink.

Don’t miss the town’s Romanesque Pfarrkirche (Parish Church), which dates back to the early 12th century. Inside, look for a late-Gothic choir and splendid statues of St. George and St. Florian.

Near the town square, find the interesting Stadtmuseum Vogtturm, a folklore museum inside an 11th-century tower. The museum’s display of old clothing and historic artifacts creates a picture of life in Salzburg in days past. The town center is also home to 16th-century Castle Rosenberg. Once a family residence, the handsome Bavarian-style building now houses the Rathaus (Town Hall).

Take the cable car from the center of Zell am See up the Schmittenhöhe, a 6,453-foot (1,967-meter) peak. The view from the top is one of the best in the Kitzbühel Alps, encompassing the Grossglockner and Tauern granite ranges to the south and west as well as the northern limestone ranges. Four other cablecar lines run up the mountain and are used by winter skiers and summer hikers and bikers.

Reach Zell am See by regular trains departing from Salzburg and Innsbruck. Buses can also be taken, but trains are more convenient because they typically require fewer connections. The town may be extremely busy during peak season. Avoid July and August if you prefer minimal crowds.

Pension Milan
Pension Milan
2.5 out of 5
Zellermoos Str. 75, Zell am See, Salzburg (state)
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Situated in Zell am See, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from AreitXpress Cable Car and within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Zell and Kitzsteinhorn/​Maiskogel – Kaprun ...
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Grand Hotel Zell Am See
Grand Hotel Zell Am See
4.5 out of 5
The price is £188 per night from 2 Jun to 2 Jun
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (311 reviews)
"Great hotel with a remarkable location and history. Convenient spa facilities with private access to the lake and pedalo for rent. On the downside, the hotel restaurant does not keep the tables for hotel guests and we end up wandering around the city to have a dinner (super hard to find a free table ..."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

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Hotel Salzburgerhof
Hotel Salzburgerhof
5 out of 5
The price is £276 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located near the slopes, this Zell am See hotel is situated in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell, and is convenient ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
"Smiling and welcoming staff. Super spa, delicious food ,fire-place: it’s like a dream . Worth 6 stars ! The yoga Teacher (Lukas ) is a top level one and an excellent masseur !"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

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Post Residence Apartments
Post Residence Apartments
4 out of 5
Postplatz 4, Zell am See
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. Zell am See Leisure Centre and Zeller ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
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"Rigtig fin lejlighed beliggende lige midt i byen Desværre var vi blevet forsinket på vejen dertil og telefon nummer på hjemme siden var forkert så ingen mulighed for at kontakte udlejer Da vi ankom var der dog et andet tlf på døren som virkede men det gav lidt stress undervejs ikke at kunne kontakte ..."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019

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Schmitten Finest Apartments
Schmitten Finest Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Rupertiweg 6, Zell am See
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Lake Zell. Schmittenhoehe Cable Car ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"Goede ligging in rustige omgeving dicht bij de belangrijkste liften. Net apartement, prima voorzieningen en schoon. Goede inrichting, ideaal voor 4 personen"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2019

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Apartment CityXpress
Apartment CityXpress
3.5 out of 5
Schmittenstrasse 9, Zell am See
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Schmittenhoehe Ski Resort and Lake Zell. Zell am See Leisure Centre and Zeller ...
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30 Jan 2020

We attended a family wedding. All Austrian officials very friendly/ Rat Haus town hall and Chateau Schloss Prielau beautiful locations.

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6 Jan 2020

Definitely will come back, it has everything whether summer or winter

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20 Aug 2019

Fantastic opportunity for outdoor activity

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11 Aug 2019

Beautiful

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26 Jun 2019

Beautiful place

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14 Jun 2019

Very nice walk round lake and/or bus if too,far!

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