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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.

  • Highest ski pistes: 2000m
  • Kilometres of Pistes: 138km
  • Lifts: 53


  • 42% Beginner
  • 38% Intermediate
  • 20% Advanced

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The area offers endless activities. In midwinter you can often walk across the frozen lake. You will enjoy dining in Zell am See whether you prefer traditional and regional or international cuisine. In the town centre and the surrounding mountains, you will find more than 100 restaurants, luxury alpine chalets and pubs. Why not try out après ski in the ski huts in winter? Start at the top of the slopes at the Berghotel. Be sure to visit St. Hippolyte's Church, built in 1514 in a mostly Romanesque style, and with an elevated walkway with its ornate parapet. The tower is the main focus of the Zell am See skyline. Visit the historic town of Salzburg and enjoy a day full of history, culture and experience the typical Austrian lifestyle. Visit Mozart’s birthplace or the famous Sacher hotel. The ice cave in Werfen, the biggest ice cave accessible to the public, is only about an hour’s drive from Zell am See.

Zell am See provides winter skiing on the Schmittenhöhe Mountain. The skiable area is approximately 138 kilometres in size including the pistes on the Kitzsteinhorn and kaprun maiskogel. On the Kitzsteinhorn glacier you can ski and snowboard on snow-covered slopes for ten months of the year! Zell has several black runs, which are usually groomed. The ski pass covers the whole area including transport to and from the glacier which is open most of the year, depending on the snow coverage. The vast Zell am See-Kaprun skiing area is well suited for professional skiers, snowboarders and beginners alike. The Schmitten and Maiskogel are the perfect locations for skiing families.

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