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Perched at the foot of the great Schmittenhöhe mountain, on the edge of the dazzling Lake Zell, Zell am See is a whitewashed paradise for skiers of all abilities and inclinations. Its perfect location allows for simple access to the surrounding slopes – rich with powdery snow, astonishing views, and plenty of memorable drinking and dining opportunities. This delightful town also welcomes visitors in search of a relaxing break – looking to absorb the distinct culture and local history – as well as those seeking high-speed thrills and a lively party scene. 

Things to see

Since 1928, when construction on the town’s cable-car link to the Schmittenhöhe was completed, tourists from all over the world have flocked to the beautiful lakeside location. Boasting an extra-long ski season, this magical winter landscape guarantees unforgettable outdoor adventures. In addition to an abundance of ski options for both professionals and beginners on the Schmittenhöhe, the adjacent Kitzsteinhorn promises many a riveting afternoon carving deep tracks into the crisp, sparkling snow. Year-round glacier skiing in the town of Kaprun is a favoured attraction. To taste the full, flamboyant flavour of the Austrian ski experience, a healthy dose of après-ski is an absolute must; a catalogue of restaurants, inns, and Alpine huts double up as party venues that run deep into the night – you won’t be disappointed. For the more relaxed holidaymakers, Zell am See offers an array of tranquil bars and pubs perfect for chilling out, where you can kick back with a fruity and fragrant mulled wine after a day basking in the fresh air of the Salzburg Province. If you’re visiting outside the ski season, the summer months make for excellent hiking, and the old town is packed with fascinating history reaching back into Roman times. It’s well worth exploring the region’s lush Alpine pastures by bike, and a dip in the bluest lake you’ll ever set eyes on is hard to pass up.

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Once you’ve shuffled out of your salopettes, hung up your hiking boots, and had your fill of local delights, comfort and quality rest will be a top priority. Whether you’re interested in a spot of ambient luxury – enjoying a quiet evening swim, spa treatment and log fire – or a cheap and cheerful place to rest your head, there’s hotels in Zell am See to suit all. From lavish and indulgent lakeside beauty spots to eco-friendly chalets and spacious lodges close to town, there is something for everyone. Rest assured that no matter where you choose, escaping the awe-inspiring views of the looming mountains is unlikely. Most options provide free WiFi.

Where to stay

For skiers, there are plenty of hotels and guesthouses within close walking distance of the cable car that ensure quick and stress-free routes in and out of the resort. As things are relatively close together in Zell am See, the combination of a balcony overlooking the lake with less than a 10-minute walk to town – and the lifts – is no rarity. Of course, you might find all you need at a comfy family hotel in amidst the hustle and bustle of the pedestrianized part of town. If not, a quiet mountainside retreat could be the ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the region. An eclectic range of refined cuisines can be found throughout Zell am See.

How to get to Zell Am See

Good road connections and spectacular Alpine panoramas make driving a tempting option and should take little more than 2.5 hours from Berlin and 1.5 hours from Salzburg. Airports at both Berlin and Salzburg allow for straightforward taxi, train and shuttle connections direct to Zell am See, where the train station sits right in its centre. While it might not get you very far, a boat ride on the lake is a great way to enjoy some of the truly gorgeous scenery.

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