Hotel Grüner Baum

  • Austria, Zell am See

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Hotel Grüner Baum is nestled in the pretty centre of bustling Zell am See, close to the lakefront, and just a five-minute walk from the CityXpress lift. Enjoy being at the heart of the action, with shops, bars, and cafes on your doorstep, and lake and mountain adventures within easy reach.

A small hotel, it offers cosy rooms that are decorated in modern alpine style. Enjoy a warm welcome, excellent service, and a relaxing and comfortable stay.

Delicious dishes showcasing Austrian cuisine

The hotel 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 unique flavours and original dishes created using regional produce and recipes from 113 Austrian regions.

Cocktails and live music

Zell is a lively town, with plenty to see and do, both day and night. The hotel's neighbouring pub has a chic and cosy bar on the ground floor, and on the lower floor you can enjoy cocktails and live music.

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: 60
  • Official rating: 4


Superior Austrian Twin Rooms are around 23m² and sleep two to three people (extra bed is a single sofa bed). These rooms are in the main building and have a balcony, mountain views, a lounge area, and an ensuite with shower.

Single Rooms are around 16m² and are located in the Annexe. They have an ensuite with bath and shower head.

All rooms have:

  • TV
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers available from reception (payable locally)

General information

  • Check-in: 2pm
  • Check-out: 10am

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.


  • Adapted rooms: Yes
  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Longitude: 12.798661
Latitude: 47.324394

  • Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 mins from Salzburg airport
  • Located in the village centre
  • 220 metres from the lake shore
  • 450 metres to the nearest lift
  • 450 metres to the train station
  • 280 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 270 metres to the nearest supermarket

Spa & wellness facilities

  • Finnish sauna
  • Bio sauna
  • Kneipp
  • Relaxation room

Additional facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking

Family facilities

  • Cots & linen available
  • Early meals available on request

Start the day with the excellent buffet breakfast. Enjoy a range of hot and cold options, from freshly cooked eggs, sausages and a selection of speciality cheeses, to fresh fruits, and healthy juices.

The half board also includes a five-course dinner menu with a choice of main. Served in the bright but cosy dining room, you can choose between vegetarian dishes, fish specialities from the region, or delicious meats from the hotel's own butchery.

  • 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

  • Vegetarians

The hotel may be able to cater for additional dietary requirements on request (excluding vegan meals).

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

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per person from £839
Includes £400pp discount
10/08/2024 - 7 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
Half Board
Hotel Grüner Baum
Zell am See
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