Luxury in Zell am See: Sensational views, glacier skiing, energetic resort atmosphere
Zell am See, located in state of Salzburg, is set between a large lake and a unique, horseshoe-shaped mountain, quite different from the Austrian model of chalet-style villages in the countryside. It has a medieval centre, about 10,000 inhabitants and since 1961 Zell am See is a climatic health resort well known for its pure water. It has an attractive pedestrian zone with many quaint stores next to each other. Furthermore, there are several different markets throughout the year. There is also a striking glacier down the road at Kaprun, enhancing the city’s skiing appeal. There are gondolas to the slopes and from the suburb of Schüttdorf, three kilometres south of Zell. Saalbach is also easily reached by bus. A new gondola link with Viehhofen, near Saalbach, will be ready for the 2016/17 season. Salzburg airport is around 80 km and Munich airport about 200 km away.
A 100 years ago Zell am See was a fairly unknown market village; today it is a charming ski resort. Then a railway was built and considerable traffic reached Zell. The village gradually grew and was declared a city in 1928. Its location close to Großglockner High Alpine Road increased the importance of Zell am See, bringing many tourists to the region. The Zell Valley links the Saalfelden Basin of the Saalach River in the north and the Salzach in the south. The slopes are largely forested or covered with Alpine pastures. Mount Schmittenhöhe is the 2000metres high central mountain of Zell am See and it is a popular centre for skiing and winter sports. The nearby Mount Hundstein, at 2,117 metres, is the highest peak of the Salzburg Greywacke Zone. There are lovely catered chalets, as well as self-catered ski chalets and some special ski in, ski out luxury chalets.