Zell am See

Discover the town on Lake Zell with us

Every beginning is small and so it was with the mountain town of Zell am See.

Originally, Zell am See was still a market and was called “Zelle im Pinzgau”. Presumably because the city soon spread out along the shores of Lake Zell and soon became the heart of the entire region. The beginning and crucial for tourism in Zell am See was the construction of the railway line in 1875.

The route led through Zell am See and the town became known as a jewel of relaxation between mountain and lake thanks to this important transport connection. The town has borne the name of Zell am See since 1810 and is now inhabited by around 10,000 people.

Popular in every season

In the beginning it was winter sports, especially skiing, that encouraged people to travel to Zell am See. But Zell am See also offers many opportunities in summer, such as varied bathing beaches and outdoor pools around Lake Zell, a wide variety of water sports, hiking trails and cycle routes of different levels of difficulty.

A special highlight for the whole year is the Schmittenhöhe. In just a few minutes you can reach the Schmittenhöhebahn from the city. The modern Porsche Design gondola takes you to the highest point of Zell’s local mountain. The Schmittenhöhe is a popular place for active vacationers. In winter you wag from the mountain directly into the city, in summer the hiking trails start right behind the pedestrian zone.

It is not for nothing that the Schmittenhöhe is also called the panorama mountain. The breathtaking view from the Schmittenhöhe of the small mountain town, Lake Zell and more than 30 three-thousander mountains is awesome.

Things to do in Zell am See?

  • Located between lake, mountains and glacier

  • Various sports activities

  • 77 km of fun on the slopes

  • Many hiking and biking trails

  • 7 award-winning restaurants

  • Longstanding culture and history

The area of Zell am See-Kaprun

Since 1968 there has been a close cooperation with the neighboring town of Kaprun. Which of course makes sense, because skiing was opened here on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in 1965. Together they advertised the lake and snow all year round under the name “Europa Sportregion”.

This offer was unique and is still one of the features of the region. Today, Zell am See-Kaprun is a year-round tourist region – rooted in tradition and history, yet with urban flair and a high degree of international recognition.

Tips for Zell am See

  • Town Hall – Rosenberg Castle: One of the most famous landmarks of Zell am See was built in 1583 and named after the builders Karl and Hans Rosenberger. In 1970 it was bought by the city and adapted as the town hall.
  • Vogtturm: This tower is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Today there is the city museum with many different special exhibitions, such as “Porsche Design”.
  • City fountain: The city fountain is located directly on the town square, the heart of the old town of Zell am See. If you walk around the fountain, you will learn about some important events in Zell’s town history.
  • Town parish church: The church with the Vogtturm is the oldest building in Zell am See. In the church you will find beautiful murals and it is also worth taking a look at the altar from the neo-Gothic period.
  • Hundertwasser Fountain: The Austria Fountain by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser is located directly on the lake next to the Grand Hotel. The colorful Austria Fountain is dedicated to the nine Austrian states and each of the nine columns represents one of them.
  • Ferry Porsche Congress Center: The Ferry Porsche Congress Center is the hotspot when it comes to events in the region. The building has space for 1,200 people in its versatile rooms. From small conferences to major events, everything takes place here.
  • Art on the mountain and Elisabeth Chapel: These two sights are located on Zell am See’s local mountain – the Schmittenhöhe. Kunst am Berg is a year-round art exhibition. There are a total of 24 different oversized wooden sculptures along the hiking trails. At the highest point of the Schmittenhöhe is the Elisabeth Chapel, which was built in honor of Empress Elisabeth and was inaugurated on the 10th anniversary of the Empress’s death.

Zell am See from above

With us you can experience Zell am See from a fascinating perspective. With tandem paragliding we start on the Schmittenhöhe. From there we glide comfortably over the mountains and see the lake and the city from above. Take a look at our video now and you will know how exciting this experience is. We look forward to flying with you!


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