The picturesque town in the heart of the Pinzgau attracts visitors with varied leisure options in every season. The 4.5-square-kilometre Zeller Lake is central for this small city. Depending on the time of year it is perfect for swimming, sailing, ice skating or just for a leisurely stroll on the shore. Since January 2016, Zell am See is also a casino town. Directly on the Zeller Lake shore, situated in the picturesque Grand Hotel, the Casino is a major destination for all luck adventurers.
Hiking Paradise Schmittenhöhe
The 2,000m high Schmittenhöhe is Zell’s local mountain. Directly from Zell am See you can reach the most beautiful hiking trails and ski slopes by cable car. The Schmittenhöhe, with its 77km of ski slopes and 5 downhill runs, is popular with both advanced skiers and beginners. Slopes of all difficulty levels and an illuminated night slope near the centre await winter sports enthusiasts. In summer, the Schmitten is a true hiking paradise for nature lovers and families. The choice of walks is diverse: from the short hike through the ‘Sisi trail” which is dedicated to Austria’s former Empress, to the exciting heights of the Sonnkogel with display boards, wooden figures and play stops up to the long-distance “Pinzgauer walk”.
A hiking tip for Kids:
On up to Schmidolin’s baptism of fire. On the trail of Schmidolin, the mascot of Schmitten, there is a lot to do for kids: answer tricky questions, tests of reckless courage and other not so easy tasks. The objective is to accompany Schmidolin into adolescence and to assist in learning fire breathing. Whoever successfully completes all stations and documents this in an adventure pass, will be rewarded in the end.
Ice and Water sports on the Zeller Lake
The Zeller Lake is perfect for ice and water sports. In winter, you can take a spin on skates on the glittering ice. In summer, the lake invites you to an exceptional bathing holiday with swimming, sailing, kayaking, Stand- up paddling or a comfortable trip on the Zeller boat trip. The beaches around the Zell Lake open their doors in May and sun worshippers can swim in the clear waters of the lake.
A Highlight for Golfers
From April to November, the championship courses of Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn with 36 holes, offer enough space for ambitious golf beginners as well as professionals to practice their ball artistry.