Zell am See Holidays

Zell am See is one of the most scenic and well-loved summer resorts in Austria. Beautifully located, directly on the shores of Lake Zell, it is also close to the Hohe Tauern National Park and the magnificent Grossglockner mountain region. Most of Zell am See’s medieval centre is traffic-free with a variety of shops and attractive pavement cafés. There are magnificent walks accessed by gondola on the Schmittenhöhe mountain, and the resort offers a wide range of activities plus evening lake cruises and a weekly village festival in July and August. Just 20 minutes away by local bus, the pretty mountain village of Kaprun is an ideal place for walking and cycling, with skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier available from end of September to mid-July.

Added value

Free use of lifts with resort card at selected hotels

Free entrance to local attractions with resort card at selected hotels

  • from£719pp
  • 39 rooms
Romantikhotel Zell Am See Exterior

This lovely historic hotel is set on the edge of Zell’s medieval pedestrianised centre, close to the lake, and is full of charm and attractive traditional features.

  • from£779pp
  • 34 rooms
Hotel Berner, Zell am See, Austria - exterior.jpg

With lovely panoramic views, the Berner is situated in a slightly elevated and quiet location 350 metres from the centre.

  • from£1299pp
  • 70 rooms
Hotel Salzburgerhof Exterior-Zell am See-Austria

Set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens with a natural swimming pond, the elegant Salzburgerhof is Zell's leading hotel and is run with a very personal touch by the Holleis family.

  • from£683pp
  • 45 rooms
Hotel Grüner Baum Dining area (2)

Located in the heart of Zell am See, a short stroll from the lakeshore promenade and a stone’s throw from the area’s best hotspots, the Grüner Baum upholds high qualities of comfort and cuisine in a modern and comfortable atmosphere.

  • from£999pp
  • 86 rooms
Hotel Tirolerhof Zell Am See Gardens (3)

A first class hotel on every level, our guests return year after year to this special property, set close to the lake and the centre of Zell.

  • from£599pp
  • 30 rooms
Hotel Fischerwirt, Zell am See, Austria - Dining room.jpg

Ideally located on the edge of the central pedestrian area of Zell am See’s medieval old town and only a short walk from the City Xpress gondola, the traditional Fischerwirt offers a home-from-home atmosphere and friendly personal service.

Useful Information
Information about Zell am See
Resort Code ATZA
Languages spoken German/English
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 47.321990
Longitude 12.796310
Travel and Transportation

Summer 2022

Flying from/to: Salzburg
Birmingham Saturday
Gatwick Saturday/Wednesday

Transfer time from Salzburg approx. 1hr 15min by coach.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No



Salzburg (full day)

Visit Mozart’s birthplace, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the medieval Old Town and the famous Getreidegasse shopping street. An optional walking tour brings the history of this beautiful city to life.

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 but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Resort Combination

Two Centres | Combine your stay in Zell am See with 3, 4 or 7 nights in another resort in Austria. We recommend Kitzbühel, just 55mins transfer by train or Slovenia, Lake Bled (transfer via Salzburg airport).

Things To Do

Family holiday

Family holidays are great and there is so much to do. From the youngest one to the older ones only fun, action and adventure is on their mind. And you deserve rest, relaxation and activity. After all, you are on holiday too. There is something to do for the entire family and you will all be looked after.

  • The Schmidolin, the cool dragon (action, fun & games on the Schmittenhohe mountain)
  • Weekly organised "Cool Kids Fun" and "Cool Adventure" activities for childern ages 5-15 years. Activities include a day on the farm, pirates ahoi on the Lake Zell, family day glacier day on ice & snow, archery, mountain biking, and more. Please note: some activities may be in German.
  • Water activities on the lake (the three lidos Zell am See, Thumersbach and Schüttdorf are the hotspots for water enthusiasts. Children's pool, adventure pool, diving platform, swimming bays, swimming floats, water slides and much more ensuring that nobody gets bored at the lake).

Activities on and around the lake

  • Rent a boat (electric, rowing or pedal)
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
  • Panorama lake cruises or the ferry service across the lake. Offering great views and a way to relax on the lake, evening cruise available once per week
  • Walking around the lake
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Summer skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier
  • Gipfelwelt 3000 - the viewing platform is accessed through the inside of the mountain at 3000 metres

Zell am See-Kaprun Resort Card 

Free for guests at selected hotels (see individual hotel pages) and valid from approx. mid May.

The card includes:

  • Free use of lifts in Zell am See
  • Free use of Kaprun lifts up to Alpencentre
  • Free once weekly trip to Kaprun Gipfelwelt 3000
  • Free weekly boat ride on Lake Zell
  • Free entrance to Krimml Waterfalls
  • Free entrance to lakeside lidos and swimming pools
  • Discounted rates on public transport to many other local attractions

A Hike & Swim ticket is available locally from €98 (6 days) for guests staying in hotels not listed above and includes free use of all cable cars and buses in the Zell am See and Kaprun area and everything else listed above (excluding entrance to Krimml Waterfalls and Lake Cruises).

Car hire is available.


A unique combination of a glacier, mountain, and lake make this area a special place to explore. Several scenic walks begin on Zell’s own Schmittenhöhe mountain, which is easily accessible by gondola, chair lift or cable-car, so walks can be adjusted to suit your ability. There are extensive walking trails through pastures and up to peaks and glaciers in nearby Kaprun, a short bus ride away, where the lifts are also free with the Zell Summer card.


Lift and cable-car approx. opening times 2022

The opening dates of summer lifts vary in resort. Please find the latest update for the summer:

Schmittenhöhebahn – open from approx 8 May to 12 October

Sonnenalmbahn & Sonnkogelbahn - open from approx 22 May to 3 October 

cityXpress - open from approx 5 Jun - 12 Sep

(Please note these dates are approximate and may change)

The team in resort will gladly assist with information on all the other excursions and activities to do during your stay.


Popular Walks

Lake Zell | 2-3 hrs | Easy | Take a scenic stroll around the
famous lake for lovely views of the Hohe Tauern in the background.

Forest Walk | Easy | From the City Express gondola top station descend
through the forest to the Areitbahn gondola in Schüttdorf.

Pinzgauer Spaziergang | 6 hrs | Slightly challenging | A classic ridge walk from the
top of Zell‘s Schmittenhöhe lift to the top of Saalbach’s SchattbergXpress, with stunning views all the way. Bus back to Zell.

Popular Walks in Kaprun

Kitzsteinhorn Glacier | Slightly Challenging | Take the cable-car to
the Kitzsteinhorn glacier (from mid June), and a guided tour to the summit
(3,203m), for a panoramic view of Austria’s highest mountains, including the
famous Grossglockner. Difficult.

Mooserboden & Wasserfallboden | Moderate | Hike around these stunning
mountain reservoirs and learn about the electric dam and follow the Herb trail to the pretty Fürthermoar Alm.

Good to know

  • Free resort card entitles you to free operating lifts, ferry rides at Lake Zell, entrance to lakeside lidos and pools, and discount on local attractions (selected hotels only) 
  • Feel on top of the world at Kitzsteinhorn viewing platform
  • Enjoy an actioned packed day of water activities on Lake Zell with kayaks, stand up paddle boards, pedalos and electric boats 
  • The magical lake light show is completely free 
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