Zell am See Holidays
At a glance
Hike the snow-capped peaks of the Hohe Tauern mountains
Explore the historic town of Zell am See
Go for a speedy spin on Lake Zell via water-ski
Destinations in Zell Am See
Top things to See and Do in Zell am See
Zell am See has a trio of bathing beaches to visit on the lake – Seespitz, Thumersbach and Zell am See lido. They all have a pretty similar offering, but Zell lido is much closer to the town of Zell am See than the other two.
Zell am See lido
The lido is a great place to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Zell. It comes with sun loungers and parasols as well as a solar-heated swimming pool, too. Refreshments can be bought from the onsite restaurant.
The beach is a thin, sandy strip with stones mixed in, but you can sprawl out on the wide bathing lawn, too. There’s a giant waterslide, a toddlers' pool, a trampoline, boat rentals and water-skiing. Another popular must-do is the 18-hole minigolf course.
From April to November, depending on the weather, Zell am See holds a town market in the main square. This is a great opportunity to get some holiday snaps and soak up the vibe. Plus, you might pick up some bargain souvenirs in the form of local and regional produce.
Zell am See has plenty of shops to wander round, everything from casual clothing stores to fashion-led retailers, plus sports shops and vendors selling unique shoes and accessories.
Choose between the fantastic ice cream stand by the right-hand side of the Hotel Grand, and the waffle stand next to Crazy Daisy’s, which sells freshly-made waffles with a choice of toppings. Enjoy your preferred sweet treat on a gentle evening stroll.
For a true spectacle, stick around the town until 10pm. Three times a week, the 20-minute-long Magic Lake Show takes centre stage, with an impressive display of water, lights, music and lasers. View the performance from the Elisabeth Park every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Most restaurants in Zell am See serve a range of international cuisines under one roof. Coffee houses are also a popular choice for a cosy stop. The restaurants and cafés are spread out across the resort – you’ll find a good few between Salzmannstrasse and Loferer Strasse.
Get a taste of the local at Steinerwirt
On the Dreifaltigkeitsgasse is Steinerwirt, a traditional restaurant serving Austrian dishes. The beautifully presented food, wine cellar and sophisticated setting make this a popular stop for hungry folk looking for a bite to eat.
Villa Crazy Daisy is a must-visit
Nearing the lakefront is the infamous Villa Crazy Daisy. It always gets busy, and that’s probably because it’s known for its range of international dishes, as well as its friendly and attentive staff. And there's live music to relax to in the evenings.
Spoilt for choice at Traube Brasserie
Back towards town is the reasonably priced Traube Brasserie. The variety of exotic dishes, from Asian to American, means that people return again and again to experience something different each time – and they're never disappointed. Book in advance to guarantee a table.
Zell am See is dominated by its beautiful lake, but there are plenty of things to do on solid ground too – 83 walking trails, in fact. The 12km walk around the lake itself is an excellent place to start. And if you get tired, you can always catch the ferry back to town. Summer lifts will whisk you to the Schmittenhöhe and Maiskogel peaks, where a network of marked trails and mountain huts awaits. You can also take the bus to Kaprun and follow the valley paths along the riverside, for wonderful views of the Hohe Tauern National Park mountains.
Ascent up to the Schmittenhöhe
There’s no better way to appreciate the Schmittenhöhe than by getting up close. There are several routes that lead from the base of the Schmittenhöhebahn to the peak – though they can get pretty steep so they aren’t for everyone. On the way, look out for people playing disc golf and try and spot examples of Art on the Mountain. There are also plenty of mountain restaurants to stop at, and the views from the top are well worth the effort.