Holidays in Zell am See

Combine a relaxing lakeside setting with adventures in the mountains on a summer holiday in Zell am See

Zell am See lies on the western shore of Lake Zell – a bright blue lake squeezed between the grassy hills of the Pinzgau and the foothills of the rugged Hohe Tauern National Park - the most picturesque spot for a summer holiday in Austria. The Grossglockner (the highest peak in the country) is within easy reach and there are around 400 kilometres of marked walking paths locally - accessed by bus, train and mountain lifts - with routes ranging from pushchair-friendly promenades to day hikes on panoramic walking trails.

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Summer holidays in Zell am See: life by the See

Zell am See is a beloved escape for the rich and royal – but the town lived many lives before becoming a luxury retreat. This lakeshore has hosted Roman settlements, a monastery of monks and a fortified market town over the years, before summer holidays in Zell am See became a favourite with the aristocracy in the 19th Century. Wander the medieval old town, a traffic-free zone with pavement cafés serving Austrian favourites like cheesy Pinzgauer kasnock’n dumplings. Pull up a pew in the towering Romanesque Church of St. Hippolyte which has gothic vaults and a baroque interior.

In summer, life in Zell am See revolves around the lake - the esplanade is the launch pad for boat cruises crossing the glassy waters. Explore by rowing boat, wakeboard, paddleboard or boat cruise. A glass-roofed ferry also crosses the lake, gliding between the tiny towns, footpaths, lidos and parks along the lake’s edge. Alternatively, the walk around the lake is an easy 11-kilometre stroll along a promenade with mountain views all the way.

Get Schmitten: walking on the Schmittenhöhe

A walking holiday in Zell am See will have you falling in love with the outdoors. Catch a gondola from Zell am See to Schmittenhöhe (1,965 metres) - the local mountain - for a bird’s eye view over the lake, town and a sweep of 3,000 metre-plus peaks. The Sissi Loop is an easy walk, following a route trodden by the 19th Century Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria. Make sure to peek in the wooden chapel dedicated to another Elisabeth – this time, the holy Princess of Thüringen.

The final stage of the 275 kilometre long-distance Hohe Tauern Panorama Walking Trail heads from the Schmittenhöhe back down to Zell am See – or you can follow part of it in the opposite direction, towards more challenging mountain trails.

Family holidays in Zell am See

From cycling and pedalos to lakeside lidos – there’s loads of things to do for families in Zell am See. Hop in the gondola up to Schmittenhöhe for a dragon-themed playground, mystical forest adventure trail and more. The fountains of Elisabeth Park perform their water dance almost hourly throughout the day, and three evenings a week, they light up for a night show to music. 

Over on the Maiskogel mountain in nearby Kaprun, the mountain coaster is an exhilarating way to get down the hillside, and there are play areas and a slide park too.

Discover the Pinzgau region

The Alpine town of Kaprun is only a short bus ride south and here, cable cars connect adventurers to Kitzsteinhorn, where Salzburgerland's highest viewing platform, the "Top of Salzburg" reveals the summits of Hohe Tauern National Park. The Sigmund Thun Gorge is worth a visit too, with wooden walkways that traverse the dramatic rock walls above rushing waters.

Zell am See's railway station cemented the town as a sought-after summer spot and trains connect day-trippers to Krimml Waterfalls - the staggering falls drop a total of 380 metres over three stages. Cities like Kitzbühel are within easy train reach too, and excursions to Salzburg, Grossglockner and Berchtesgaden (famous for the Eagle's Nest) are also available.

Why book a summer holiday in Zell am See with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Zell am See’s best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

Plus, we've included two optional guided walks every week in Zell am See. Join a professional walking guide and really get to know the area (see more details in the ‘walking’ tab below).

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Zell am See include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Added value

Inghams Guided Walks included from 28 May - 12 Sep 24 and from 27 May - 11 Sep 25 (subject to availability)

Zell am See Summer Card included at selected hotels: get use of lifts and entrance to many local attractions

Mobility Card included at all hotels

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice in person or over the phone from our local resort team

Walking in and around Zell am See

On an Inghams walking holiday, you have the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. Each day, a new adventure, with as much or as little walking as your like. 

Why we love walking in Zell am See

With around 400 kilometres of marked walking trails and routes that cater for all abilities, there's a lot to explore and the scenery is spectacular. With its location on the shore of lake Zell, it’s easy to combine relaxation with stunning walking, whether that’s along the lakeside promenade or high in the mountains. There’s great lift access on the Schmittenhöhe (Zell am See’s “home” mountain), with beautiful panoramic walks, and exploring further afield is easy too. In nearby Kaprun, there are further lifts into the mountains, and two impressive high mountain reservoirs.

In your down time, there's plenty of other activities to enjoy too, plus many of our hotels offer amazing spas, perfect for rest and rejuvenation.

Inghams Guided Walks

Don't forget, you have the option to join two included Inghams guided walks per week, with a local, professional guide. Get to know our favourite walking trails with insider knowledge and the company of other guests. Pre-booking is essential - scroll down for more information.

Getting around Zell am See

Getting around Zell am See and the surrounding Pinzgau region is easy thanks to the Mobility Card which is given to you by your hotel (if you’re in a hotel that offers the Zell am See Summer Card, then the mobility card is included as part of that). With the mobility card, you can travel free of charge on the public transport network, including Postbus, trains and the Pinzgau local railway – the only exceptions are the steam trains, special trails, night bus and mountain lifts/cable cars.

Buses

A great network of Postbuses link Zell am See to neighbouring villages like Kaprun, exciting day trip locations like the Sigmund Thun Gorge and mountain destinations like Saalbach Hinterglemm. Route maps and timetables are available locally.

Trains

Zell am See train station really put the town on the map, and makes it easy to connect to other larger places like Kitzbühel and Salzburg and you can also visit Krimml waterfalls.

Mountain lifts

There’s a range of lifts on the Schmittenhöhe (Zell am See’s “home” mountain) and on the Kitzsteinhorn mountain in Kaprun that make accessing great walking routes, viewpoints and attractions really easy. Opening dates of summer lifts vary, please find the latest update for the summer:

  • Schmittenhöhebahn (normally open from 9 May - 6 Oct)
  • Sonnenalmbahn & Sonnkogelbahn (normally open from 18 May - 3 Nov)
  • TrassXpress (normally open from 18 May – 2 Jun and 29 Jun – 15 Sept)
  • cityXpress (normally open from 18 May - 2 Jun and 15 Jun - 15 Sep)
  • Maiskogelbahn, Kaprun (normally open from 18 May)
  • Gletscherjet, Kaprun (normally open year round)
  • 3K-Konnection, Kaprun (normally open all summer)

(Please note these dates are approximate and subject to change)

Some lifts are included if you have the Zell am See Summer Card which is available from selected hotels – see the "Cards & Passes" tab for further information.

Inghams Guided Walks in Zell am See

Inghams Guided Walks are included on your holiday to Zell am See

We’ve included up to two full-day walks per week in Zell am See, just for Inghams guests. Join a small group and be led by a professional walking guide on some of their favourite trails. It’s a great way to get to know the area. The walks in Zell am See are run by Petra Bleimschein.

Walks will run every Tuesday and Thursday and in Summer 24 they are available from 28 May - 12 Sep. In Summer 25, they're available from 27 May - 11 Sep. There are different walks from one week to the next - please see specific dates by each walk description and you can add them onto your holiday at the time of booking, through My Booking or by giving us a call.

Kaprun High Mountain Reservoirs Hike

An unforgettable trip to the two high mountain reservoirs Wasserfallboden and Mooserboden at 2.000 m – a marvel of engineering surrounded by impressive 3,000m snow-covered peaks and hanging glaciers. There’s also the chance to spot marmots and lots of Alpine flowers.

Part of the route walks on the dam walls to the Electricity & Ice Adventure Centre at the 2,000m, where we discover interesting facts about the interaction between glacier, power plant construction and electricity generation.

  • Grade: easy - moderate (basic fitness and sure-footedness required)
  • Distance: 7km
  • Walking time: approx. 4 hours
  • Ascent/descent: 100m ascent and 300m descent
  • Terrain: mainly mountain path, forest/gravel trail or road (can be quite uneven and steep in places)
  • Useful information: there will be a lunch stop at the Mooserboden or Fürthermoaralm (payable locally). This walk requires the use of bus number 660 from Zell am See train station to Kaprun Kesserfall (free for everyone), then the bus from there to the reservoirs (included for guests with the Zell am See Summer Card, payable locally for others).

In Summer 24, this walk will run on: 28 May, 11 Jun, 25 Jun, 9 Jul, 23 Jul, 6 Aug, 20 Aug and 3 Sep

In Summer 25, this walk will run on: 27 May, 10 Jun, 24 Jun, 8 Jul, 22 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug and 2 Sep

The high-altitude promenade and 3 lakes art walk

A unique and exciting experience in nature, this route starts at the top of the Sonnkogel and follows the trail below the ridge to the Schmittenhöhe – along the way the views are incredible and far reaching, and the scenic view telescopes help you identify the peaks that you’re looking at. After a lunch stop, the route continues past three picturesque mountain reservoirs) - the Hirschkogel reservoir is nicknamed the “Lake of Tranquillity” and is also the highest lake up on the Schmitten. The Brunnermais reservoir is the “Lake of Art” and the Plettsaukopf reservoir is the “Lake for Families”. The descent from here back to Zell am See is via the City-Xpress cable car.

  • Grade: moderate (good fitness and sure-footedness required)
  • Distance: 10km
  • Walking time: approx. 5 hours
  • Ascent/descent: 140m ascent and 650m descent
  • Terrain: mainly mountain path or forest/gravel trail (can be quite uneven and steep in places)
  • Useful information: there will be a lunch stop at Schmittenhöhe (payable locally). This walk requires the use of a chair lift and cable car (included for guests with the Zell am See Summer Card and payable locally for others).

In Summer 24, this walk will run on: 30 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 8 Aug, 22 Aug and 5 Sep

In Summer 25, this walk will run on: 29 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 7 Aug, 21 Aug and 4 Sep

Kaprun Valley – Sigmund Thun Klamm, Klammsee Lake and Kesserfall Gorge

The Sigmund-Thun Gorge is a natural wonder just outside Kaprun. We start with a walk through the gorge, up 263 steps along well secured wooden walkways that cling to the rock walls. The narrow gorge opens up and we come to the crystal-clear, turquoise glimmering water of Klammsee. This is one of the most beautiful lakes with its mountain backdrop. After break at the Klammseestüberl we continue along the river Kapruner Ache to the impressive Kessefall gorge.

  • Grade: easy (basic fitness and sure-footedness required)
  • Distance: 7km
  • Walking time: approx. 4 hours
  • Ascent/descent: 250m ascent
  • Terrain: mainly mountain path, wooden path/steps (can be quite uneven and steep in places)
  • Useful information: there will be a lunch stop at the Klamseestüberl (payable locally). This walk requires the use of bus number 660 (free for everyone), then entry to the Sigmund Thun Klamm (included for guests with the Zell am See Summer Card, payable locally for others).

In Summer 24, this walk will run on: 4 Jun, 18 Jun, 2 Jul, 16 Jul, 30 Jul, 13 Aug, 27 Aug and 10 Sep

In Summer 25, this walk will run on: 3 Jun, 17 Jun, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug and 9 Sep

Maurerkogel summit hike from Schmittenhöhe

Enjoy stunning 360-degree views on this panoramic summit hike from the top of the Schmittenhöhe cable car to the summit of the Maurerkogel. The descent is via the Rohertörl (1918m) to the Hochsonnbergalm traditional Alpine pastures where we’ll have a lunch break before the route continues past the Pinzgauer Hütte – the views are spectacular the whole way - to the north – the Kalkalpen range including Wilder Kaiser, the Steinernes Meer range and the Hochkönig. To the south – the Hohe Tauern range including glaciers of Grossglockner, the Kitzsteinhorn and the Grossvenediger.

There is an easier option on this route to bypass the summit of Mauerkogel which reduces distance and height gain if necessary.

  • Grade: moderate (good fitness and sure-footedness required)
  • Distance: 11km
  • Walking time: approx. 5 hours
  • Ascent/descent: 630m ascent and descent
  • Terrain: mainly mountain path or forest trail (can be quite uneven and steep in places)
  • Useful information: there will be a lunch stop at Hochsonnbergalm or/and at the Pinzgauerhütte (payable locally). This walk requires the use of a cable car (included for guests with the Zell am See Summer Card and payable locally for others).

In Summer 24, this walk will run on: 6 Jun, 20 Jun, 4 Jul, 18 Jul, 1 Aug, 15 Aug, 29 Aug and 12 Sep

In Summer 25, this walk will run on: 5 Jun, 19 Jun, 3 Jul, 17 Jul, 31 Jul, 14 Aug, 28 Aug and 11 Sep

For every walk you will need: suitable walking shoes/boots with good grip, appropriate walking clothing, sun cream, sunglasses, rain jacket, a warmer layer, rucksack, at least a litre of water, a snack, cash for mountain huts and your Zell am See Summer Card or Mobility Card. You may find walking poles useful.

Early booking is strongly recommended as spaces are limited. All walks are subject to availability of local guides, weather conditions and maximum numbers. Planned routes are subject to change. Any times, distances and ascents/descents stated are approximate. Full details of the walks with the meeting points and routes will be provided to you on arrival. In some instances there may be a small charge for local transport that is payable locally. Where we cannot confirm your preferred option in resort, we will endeavour to offer an alternative subject to the above conditions.

Please ensure you are comfortable with the grade of walk, planned distance covered and terrain before booking. The decision of the guide on the suitability of the walk for you is final and no compensation will be paid where the guide believes, in their professional opinion, that it is not suitable. Please ensure you are well-equipped for the walk and have suitable clothing and footwear. Walks are not recommended for guests under 12 years. Any guests under 18 years will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Our favourite walks in Zell am See

Maiskogel hut circuit

  • Easy walk
  • 4km with 130m height gain

Hop on the bus to Kaprun where you can take the MK Maiskogelbahn up to the mountain station at 1,570 metres. Suitable for everyone including families, you can stroll along the gentle path to Unterbergalm, where the slight uphill journey starts. You will then reach the incredible Alpengasthof Glocknerblick viewpoint, perfect for a quick picture before heading down the valley to the Maiskogel Alm Ranch. Enjoy some of the local snacks and traditional cuisine as you explore the four huts on route.

Sisi Trail on the Schmittenhöhe

  • Easy walk
  • 2km with 48m height gain

Starting at the Elisabeth Chapel at the top of the Schmittenhöhe you can go on a short walk before enjoying the views and some lunch at either the Schmitten Café or Franzl restaurant. This is a great walk to take the kids on too, as well as other trails on this mountain like the Schmidolin’s Baptism of Fire which is a kid's paradise.

Pinzgauer Spaziergang Trail

  • Moderate walk
  • 17km
  • Expect to take around six hours

Take a trip up the Schmittenhöhe where the first part of your journey heads towards the Kettingtörl. With varied terrain and a mixture of views along the way, a solid pair of hiking boots are sure to rack up the steps and support you along the way. You will pass the picturesque Hacklberger lakes before reaching the top of the Schattberg. Take a ride down the gondola and enjoy a pit stop in Saalbach to refuel, before catching the bus back to Zell am See.

Useful information & guidelines

Recommended equipment

Comfy walking boots, sun cream, insect repellent, waterproofs, rucksacks and walking poles are useful for hiking around Zell am See and the surrounding area. There's plenty of places in Zell am See to buy walking equipment.

Walking maps

We recommend Mayr Map 574 for Zell am See and the surrounding area, which has a scale of 1:25,000. The maps show the hiking routes which are numbered and match the yellow signposts around the area. They will have a key which will help you understand the nature of the hiking trail before you set out on your walk.

Walking guidelines

The mountains are a natural paradise, with lots to explore and discover. To help it stay that way, and remain an enjoyable and safe place for everyone, we recommend following our little list of do's and don'ts:

  • Plan your route well and don't overestimate yourself
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Tell someone where you're planning to walk and what time you're expecting to be back
  • Take all the recommended equipment
  • Make a note of emergency numbers:
    • Austrian Emergency Services: 112
    • Mountain Rescue: 140
  • Don't leave the marked trails or go onto a glacier without a guide
  • Let nature stay wild by not picking alpine flowers (it's illegal in some places) or getting close to/making contact with wild animals
  • Always leave gates as you found them
  • Leave no trace

Hotels in Zell am See

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The Romantik Hotel lives up to its name. The rough plasterwork and old wood keep the feeling of tradition, whilst the modern touches ensure you holiday in style. Cosy corners, twilight dinners on the terrace, a pretty flower-filled garden, and indoor and outdoor pools.

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The traditional and elegant Hotel Berner sits in an elevated position above Zell Am See. It has spectacular lake views and is just 400 metres from the City Xpress gondola. After a day in the mountains, cool off in the outdoor pool or relax with a drink on the terrace.

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Swimming Pond- Hotel Salzburgerhof - Zell am See - Austria

Hotel Salzburgerhof offers the finest of everything. Outstanding service, gourmet dining, and elegant and spacious rooms. There's a Feng-Shui garden and a 3,500m² spa area. Relax, unwind, take a dip in the pools. The lake's on your doorstep, and the City Express lift an easy walk away.

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Hotel Grüner Baum Dining area (2)

Hotel Grüner Baum is in the centre of Zell am See, five minutes from the lift and two from the lake. It started life as a butchery back in 1945, and quality food and delicious meals are still at the heart of what they do today. Enjoy regional produce, and recipes from 113 Austrian regions.

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Hotel Tirolerhof Zell Am See Swimming Pool (1)

Everything is within easy reach of the traditional and elegant Hotel Tirolerhof, which is close to the lake and the centre of Zell. Welcomes are warm and genuine, and attention to detail is impressive. Soak up the sun in the lovely garden, and enjoy indulgent afternoons in the spa.

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The pretty Hotel Fischerwirt is nestled in the bustling, traffic-free medieval old town of Zell am See. Perfect for foodies, you can enjoy delicious Austrian dishes, as well as frequent gala evenings, farmer's buffets, Italian evenings, and BBQ nights.

Zell am See Summer Card - included at selected hotels

Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card 

The Zell am See Summer Card is included for guests at selected hotels (Hotel Romantik, Hotel Fischerwirt and Hotel Berner) and valid from approx. mid May.

The card is given to you by your hotel and includes:

  • Free use of lifts in Zell am See
  • Free use of Kaprun lifts up to 3,029m Top of Salzburg (lifts included are the Maiskogel and all lifts on the Talstation side, but not the connection 3K K-onnection that connects the two sides – there’s a surcharge of approx. €21 for this)
  • Free weekly round trip boat ride on Lake Zell
  • Free entrance to Krimml Waterfalls and Sigmund Thun Klamm
  • Entry to Kaprun high mountain reservoirs
  • Free entrance to lakeside lidos and swimming pools
  • Travel on public transport to many other local attractions (exc. steam/special trains and night bus)
  • and much more

Subject to change.

Guests without the summer card pay locally for lifts and attractions. You will have a mobility card given to you by your hotel.

Mobility Card

The mobility card is available for all guests and is given to you by your hotel reception. If you have the Zell am See Summer Card, then your mobility card is included as part of this.

With the mobility card, you can travel free of charge on the public transport network, including Postbus, trains and the Pinzgau local railway – the only exceptions are the steam trains, special trails, night bus and mountain lifts/cable cars.

Things to do in Zell am See

Things to do in Zell Am See

Water based activities

Rent a boat on the lake and keep dry, or how about stand-up paddle boarding for a refreshing experience to cool off. Lake Zell has a wide selection of on-water activities and rentals to keep you busy during those warm summer days. Make your way around the lake to discover new activities every day.

Summer skiing or take to the skies

Have you ever thought of skiing in the summer? On the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier you can do just this. Got a good head for heights? On a tandem paraglide, you get to see the area from an amazing new point of view - perfect for the adrenaline junkies.

Gipfelwelt 3000

Bordering the Hohe Tauern National Park, Gipfelwelt 3000 offers a unique view of the glaciated peaks. Watch the scenery change as you go by cable car from green meadows to snow-covered peaks in under an hour. Have your camera at the ready, there is a thrilling viewing platform at the top, right over the edge of the mountain.

Amazing cycling opportunities

The cycling in the Zell am See Kaprun region is extensive. E-biking, gravel biking, freeriding and mountain biking - there's so many routes and marked trails, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The bike maps display a range of tours with everything from beginner trails to longer and more challenging routes for eager cyclists.

Panoramic lake cruises

Enjoy 360-degree views from the boat deck as you glide across Lake Zell, glass of wine (or coffee) in-hand - you can get lunch on board too. There's four boats on the lake, offering leisurely round-trip cruises, or direct crossings to villages across the lake where you can explore further.

36-hole golf

If you're a keen golfer then Zell am See is great - with two 18-hole golf courses and a driving range the range of facilities is incredible. The Schmittenhohe and Kitzsteinhorn courses present picture-perfect maintained chipping greens, allowing you to get the perfect shot.

Family activities in Zell am See

Family activities in Zell Am See

Playgrounds

There's a few parks dotted around Zell Am See - the highlight is bound to be on the family mountain Schmittenhöhe, home to Schmidolin, a spectacular dragon and his fire themed playground. Here children can swing, slide, crawl, climb and release all their built-up energy. For parents, there are also reclining benches for you to rest while the kids are playing.

Themed trails

There's a world of daring adventures on the Schmittenhöhe mountain. Schmidolin’s baptism of fire trail includes an adventure workbook to keep the children amused while they solve tricky tasks and pass tests of courage along the way. Complete the booklet for a surprise at the end.

Schmidolin’s Hot Wheels

Take the children to top of the areitXpress where Schmidolin has created a real-life hot-wheels adventure; for ages six and above. Ride the electric bikes around the circuit after gearing up with safety helmets, knee pads and themed clothing. Children do not have to have any previous experience as complete beginners will have on-site instructions provided.

Cool Kids Fun Programme

On selected dates during the summer season children aged five to fifteen can take part in the Tourist Office's children's programme. Activities can include gemstone searches, castle visits, cinema trips, baking classes and climbing towers. On some dates parents can even get involved, too (direct booking via the Tourist Office is required for children and parents).

Zell Am See Lidos

The three lidos on Lake Zell are hotspots for water babies. The closest lido is on the lake front in Zell am See, and the others are in Thumersbach and Schüttdorf - great for breaking up a lake-side walk. Grab a paddleboard and float on the calm lake waters, or zip down the slide into the pool. You can also enjoy the sectioned off toddler pool at the lido, great for the little ones to have some fun too. 

Water activities on the lake

The lake isn't just for swimming. You can take the kids on a rented kayak, stand-up paddle boards, water trampolines and so much more. One of our favourite family water adventures is hiring a pedalo. Children love the little slide off the back and there's a chance to spot the fish too.

Zell am See excursions

Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Grossglockner from £45/30 per adult/child (full day)

This spectacular journey takes you over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, an incredible feat of engineering with stunning views. From the Franz-Josef's Höhe you'll see the Pasterze glacier and maybe catch a glimpse of 3,798-metre summit of the Grossglockner. Keep a look out for the wild marmots and Ibex too - they love the high alpine conditions. You can visit the free museums and exhibitions to learn about the National Park or enjoy a walk round the area and a tasty Austrian mountain meal.

Departs: Tuesdays

Salzburg from £42/26 per adult/child (full day)

Salzburg is a city full of culture, history and music. Visit Mozart’s birthplace, enjoy the view from the Hohensalzburg Fortress, or wander the famous Getreidegasse shopping street. Immerse yourself in history as you explore the medieval Old Town, discover museums and Baroque churches or visit the Salzburg Residenz Palace - the DomQuartier. There is an optional guided walking tour which is a great way to see more of the city (payable locally, approx. €12 per person).

Departs: Thursdays

Berchtesgaden from £48/30 per adult/child (full day)

There's a few options for you to choose from on this interesting trip to Berchtesgaden. Spend the day discovering the pretty Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden itself, or choose one of the optional extras that you can add on to your day.

The most famous is the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest). Explore the historic building and surrounding area, with spectacular views on a clear day over the King's Lake. The house is famous for being Nazi-constructed and was used for government and social meetings by Hitler and the Nazi Party. Alternatively, head underground to see the Salt Mines. A network of tunnels and slides take you on an underground adventure discovering this once very important industry (optional add-ons are payable locally - Eagle's Nest approx. €30.80 per person, Salt Mines approx. €22.50 per person).

Departs: Fridays

Bookable Locally

Liechtenstein Gorge and Hochkönig Pass from approx. €39/21 per adult/child

This is an exciting half day excursion which combines adventure and sightseeing. First visit the dramatic Liechtenstein Gorge and see the power of nature from the platforms that are suspended over the plummeting waters that have carved a mountain into two (please note: a local additional charge of around €12 per person is payable to access the Gorge Walk). Next, you cross over the scenic Hochkönig Pass, where wide-open, grassy hillsides provide uninterrupted panoramas of impressive peaks. Enjoy an ice cream in the chocolate-box village of Maria Alm, which was once voted the most beautiful village in Austria.

Departs: Wednesdays

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

View of Lake Zell on a Summer Holiday to Zell am See

Combine the best of lake and mountains on this multi-centre holiday starting in the vibrant city of Kitzbühel, surrounded by famous mountains like the Hahnenkamm and one of Austria's most extensive hiking trail networks. Then, move on to the picturesque lakeside town of Zell am See where you can enjoy languid loops of the lake, explore by boat or head into the mountains for incredible hiking routes.

Good to know

Walking trails: 400km of walking trails and easy access to lifts

Terrain: Diverse terrain from the lake to dense forests, rugged mountains and Alpine meadows

Best time to go: end of May to start of October. It can get hot in July and August but a dip in the lake is a great way to cool off

Recommended for: Walkers of all abilities, families, nature, activities, sightseeing, food and drink

Fly into: Salzburg (approx. 2 hours)

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 mins by coach

24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team based in Zell am See

Resort card: Zell am See Summer Card included at Hotel Romantik, Fischerwirt and Berner

Inghams Guided Walks included

Zell am See Holiday FAQs

What walking trails offer panoramic views of Zell am See?
For panoramic views of Zell am See, explore the trails on Schmittenhöhe, accessible via convenient lifts. One of our included guided walks is the Mauerkogel summit hike, which begins at the top of the Schmittenhöhe cable car. This route offers stunning 360-degree views as it passes traditional Alpine pastures and the Pinzgauer Hütte. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Kalkalpen range, including Wilder Kaiser and Hochkönig to the north, and the Hohe Tauern range with glaciers like Grossglockner to the south.
Are there any guided walking excursions available in Zell am See?

Yes, we offer guided walking excursions in Zell am See, included with our holiday packages. You can find more details about these guided walks by visiting our resort page and checking the 'Included Guided Walks' tab.

Can I find information on family-friendly walks or nature trails near Zell am See?

Yes, you can find information on family-friendly walks and nature trails near Zell am See by visiting our resort page and checking the 'Family Activities in Zell am See' tab.

What are the top attractions or viewpoints accessible by foot from Zell am See?

Yes, Zell am See offers many attractions easily accessible by foot or a short ride. You can ski in the summer on Kitzsteinhorn Glacier or go paragliding for spectacular views. Visit Gipfelwelt 3000 to see glaciated peaks from an impressive viewing platform. Lake Zell is great for water sports like paddle boarding and boating. The area has many cycling routes, relaxing lake cruises, and excellent golf with two 18-hole courses. For stunning views, hike or take a gondola to Schmittenhöhe.

Where can I find trail maps in Zell am See?

For trail maps in Zell am See, we recommend the Mayr Map 574, which covers Zell am See and the surrounding area at a scale of 1:25,000. These maps clearly display hiking routes, which are numbered to match the yellow signposts in the area. They also include a key to help you understand the nature of the hiking trails before you begin your walk.

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