Zell am See in Summer

Unforgettable Sun and Fun | Zell am See in Summer

Picture this: You are surrounded by the most breathtaking panorama- the summer days are long; the sun is glistening off Lake Zell and the mountain air is refreshing. The snow has melted and made way for the wildflowers and grass covering the slopes- but the adventures have not ended. Discover the adventures- hiking, biking, golfing or water sports when you visit Zell am See in Summer! 

Here are some of our top tips for Zell am See in summer.  

Visit the Zell am See Altstadt
(Old Town)

Visiting Zell am See in Summer is the perfect time to explore the quaint village.  The village centre is characterised by the six-story stone tower, Vogtturm ,dated from 926, and the 11th century medieval St. Hippolyte's Church. The traffic-free Altstadt is a lovely spot to browse from the treasure trove of shops selling jewellery, home-made crafts, gourmet food, souvenirs, traditional Austrian clothing, art, antiques and sportswear and equipment.

For a pleasant walk around the Altstadt, start on Brucknerstraβe near Schlosspark. Directly across the road is the 16th century Bavarian-style castle Schloss Rosenberg, now the Rathaus (City Hall). From here turn right onto Dreifaltigkeitsgasse.  At the end of the street you will find the Vogtturm that sits on the Stadtplatz (town square) at the centre of the village. Across the square is the Bezirkshauptmannschaft (District Council Office) and at the south-eastern end of the Stadtplatz stands the St. Hippolyte’s Church.  Taking a left on Kreuzgasse, then left onto Salzmannstraβe and then right onto Seegasse you will arrive at the Grand Hotel and the Casino Zell am See.   The Grand Hotel is a prominent landmarks in town and was a prestigious destination during the Belle Epoque.  Continuing along the Esplanade, you will arrive in the Stadtpark, located on the waterfront of Lake Zell. The park has a nice promenade along the lake, shaded paths, lakeside cafe tables to enjoy the view and a children’s playground.  Further north, the town's beach, (Strandbad) is located.  

Alpine Tranquillity on Lake Zell

Zell am See summer holidays are synonymous with fun adventures on Lake Zell (Zeller See).  Zeller See is a crystal clear glacial  lake, the waters of which are one of the purest in Europe.

A leisurely 12km walk or bike ride around Lake Zell seduces with panoramic views of the Steinernes Meer, Kitzsteinhorn and Schmittenhöhe Mountains.  There are several lidos (public beaches), sunbathing lawns and lake-side cafes at Zell am See, Thumersbach and Schüttdorf -providing the perfect opportunity to jump into the lake, whose average summer water temperature is 23 °C. 

Private motorised boats are prohibited from the lake ensuing tranquillity.   For leisurely views of the mountains and lake, there are panorama cruises which depart from the Esplanade. Lake Zell is a perfect place to enjoy the multitude of water sports on offer: sailing, pedal boats, kayaking or windsurfing. Those trying their luck at fishing will be happy drop a line to catch whitefish, pike, perch, lake char, zander and lake trout - which can be caught from April to November.

Magical Summer Evenings on Lake Zell

Zell am See summer evenings explode with colour and pageantry as the water dances to the rhythm of the lights. The Laser and Light show can be viewed from along the Esplanade but the best vantage point is in front of the music pavilion at the Lake Promenade. Zell am See light show: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (May- October- weather permitting).

Schmittenhöhe on top of Paradise

The Schmittenhöhe Mountain (1,965m) is on the eastern edge of the Kitzbühel Alps, separated from the Hohe Tauern range (Kitzsteinhorn) by the Salzach valley.   When you are visiting Zell am See in summer you can hike up the mountain trails or ascend in one of the Gondolas.  The panorama from the summit wows with must-see instagrammable views of the lush green valley down to glistening Lake Zell.   In the distance up to thirty 3,000m mountains can be seen including: Kitzsteinhorn, Groβglockner and Groβvenediger of the Hohe Tauren Range and to the east the Steinernes Meer.   

Various family-friendly activities and trails from leisurely walks to high altitude hikes can be found at the summit.  The Sisi Roundabout Trail (about 2 km long), dedicated to Austria’s former Empress, is an family-friendly trail and takes you around the Schmittenhöhe summit, starting and finishing at the Elisabeth Chapel.

There are plenty of mountain Alms and Gasthäuser on the Schmittenhöhe Mountain where you can relax, soak in the panoramas and the summer sun while you enjoy one of the many Pinzgauer specialities. 

The summit of Schmittenhöhe is also a popular starting place for paragliding into the valley below. 

Golfing paradise amongst the mountains

The Zell am See-Kaprun Golf Club provides two 18-hole championship courses named "Kitzsteinhorn" and "Schmittenhöhe". The park-like fairways are set within the natural beauty of the Pinzgauer landscape. The flat terrain and ponds are surrounded by the majestic Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn mountains.

Alpine driving Adventure on the Grossglockner Road

Visiting Zell am See in summer provides the opportunity to drive one of the most memorable alpine drives in the world. Discover your very own Fahrvergnügen (driving pleasure)

The Groβglockner High Alpine Road (~20 km from Zell am See) leads up Austria’s highest mountain, the Groβglockner and its glacier, the Pasterze. Its 48 km of 36 hairpin turns and serpentine bends ascending to 2,504 m is one of the greatest alpine drives. The Groβglockner Road can be travelled by car, bus, motorbike or bicycle.

The Groβglockner Road leads from Fusch-Ferleiten in Salzburger Land to Heiligenblut in Carinthia via the Fuscher Törl and the Hochtor Pass at 2504 m. At every turn, there are vistas of snow-capped peaks, forested slopes and wildflower covered pastures. Towering above the road are the peaks of the Groβes Wiesbachhorn (3564 m) and the Groβglockner (3798 m). The Edelweißspitze viewpoint, takes you to the highest point of the road (2, 572 m). The Edelweißspitze  restaurant (open from 7:30 am) has a beautiful sunny terrace where you can view 37 of the  3000m peaks and 19 glaciers.

Further along the road, the Franz Josefs Höhe a stone terrace named after the Emperor, who once visited the site. Now there is a parking garage, visitors’ centre, observation tower and 3 restaurants. It is also the starting point for hiking trails leading to the Pasterze glacier.
Open from early May to early November (weather permitting) from 6 am to 8 pm.