Summer in Zell am See
Unforgettable Sun and Summer Fun in Zell am See
Picture this: You are surrounded a 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 amazing summer activities- hiking, biking, golfing or water sports on Lake Zell!
Visit the Zell am See Altstadt
The village centre is characterised by the six-story stone tower, Vogtturm (also known as the Kasnerturm or Constable’s tower)
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.
Alpine Tranquillity on Lake Zell
At the heart of Zell am See, is Lake Zell (Zeller See). The deep lake is filled with crystal clear glacial waters. A leisurely 12 km walk around Lake Zell seduces with panoramic views of the Steinernes Meer, Kitzsteinhorn and Schmittenhöhe Mountains.
In the summer, the waters, which are one of the purest in Europe, entice. 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 meaning you enjoy the 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 Evenings on Lake Zell
On summer evenings, Lake Zell explodes 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).
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. Either hike up the mountain pastures or ascend in one of the Gondolas that depart from either Zell am See or Schüttdorf. The panorama from the summit has views of the lush green valley down to Lake Zell glistening at its base. Various family-friendly activities and trails from leisurely walks to high altitude hikes can be found at the summit. The summit of Schmittenhöhe is also a popular starting place for paragliding into the valley below.
At the summit, the Schmitten café (1,965m) is a perfect spot to unwind and relax on the terrace. 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. The Sisi Roundabout Trail (about 2 km long) is dedicated to Austria’s former empress and takes you around the Schmittenhöhe summit, starting and finishing at the Elisabeth Chapel.
There are plenty of mountain Alms and Gasthäuser where you can relax, soak in the panoramas and enjoy one of the many Pinzgauer specialities. The sunny Areitalm terrace (1,398m) is located at the end of the areitXpressand has breathtaking views of the snow-capped Hohe Tauern peaks (open End June to September). The Glocknerhaus (Open mid-June to end September) lies next to the Brunnermais Reservoir on hiking route 50. Continuing route 50 will bring you to Gasthof Mittelstation (open from middle July- mid September) located at the top of the CityExpress lift.
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 on the GrossGlockner Road
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.