Hotel Berner

  • Austria, Zell am See

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Beautiful Zell am See is bordered by the lake on one side and mountains on the other. Hotel Berner makes it easy for you to enjoy the best of both. It sits in an elevated position and as a result, has spectacular lake views. It's also just 400 metres to the City Xpress gondola, so get those hiking boots laced up, rucksack packed, and you're ready to explore the Schmittenhöhe in no time at all.

Lake and mountain views

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and service comes with a personal touch. Enjoy excellent food, outstanding hospitality, and comfortable rooms with either a lake or mountain view. It's traditional through and through at the Hotel Berner, with elegant furnishings and immaculate attention to detail.

Cool off in the pool and unwind in the spa

After a day in the mountains, a dip in the outdoor pool is a welcome way to relax. There are also saunas and a steam room - a treat for aching muscles. After that, it's time to kick back and enjoy the views, with a well-earned drink on the terrace.

Added value

Zell am See Summer Card included

Free soft drinks with dinner (excludes tea and coffee)

Daily afternoon cake buffet

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.

  • No. of rooms: 34
  • Official rating: 4


Mountain View Austrian Twin Rooms sleep two and have a seating area and mountain views.

Partial Lake View Austrian Twin Rooms sleep two and have a seating area, and a balcony or terrace with side lake views.

Junior Suites are spacious and sleep up to four. These rooms have a lounge area and a balcony or terrace with side lake views. Junior suites with full lake views are available for a supplement. Full lake view junior suites have a balcony.

Beds can be made up as twins or doubles in all rooms.

All rooms have:

  • TV
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Bath or shower
  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer

General information

  • Check-in: 4pm
  • Check-out: 11am

Local fees and taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. €2.05 per person per night is payable locally. Children aged 14 and under are exempt.


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

Lift to 4th floor only

Longitude: 12.7493
Latitude: 47.2665

  • Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 mins from Salzburg airport
  • 450 metres from the village centre
  • 550 metres from the lake shore
  • 400 metres to the nearest lift
  • 500 metres to the train station
  • 400 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 350 metres to the nearest supermarket

Spa & wellness facilities

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Finnish sauna
  • Bio sauna
  • Steam room
  • Infrared sauna
  • Relaxation area
  • Massage treatments (payable locally)
  • Pool towels

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Terrace
  • Parking
Family Facilities
  • Early meals available on request

The excellent daily buffet breakfast offers a selection of hot and cold dishes, and there's a complimentary cake buffet served each afternoon.

In the evenings the half board dinner is a four-course menu with choice, and includes a salad buffet and cheese platter. You can also take advantage of free soft drinks with your evening meal (excluding tea & coffee).

  • No of restaurants: 1
  • Dress code for restaurants:

    Smart casual

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Dairy Free

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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per person from £799
Includes £400pp discount
25/05/2024 - 7 nights
2 adults
From Manchester Int.
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