- NEXT TO THE SCHMITTENHÖHE SKI SLOPE AND THE CABLE CAR STATION SCHMITTENHÖHEBAHN
Bright sunshine, fresh mountain air, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Zell and so many peaks to climb! A summer holiday in Zell am See combines nature, sport, fun and relaxation and it’s so easy to leave your everyday life behind. Enjoy the most wonderful opportunities that an alpine summer can offer, where the picturesque lake gives the location a seaside feel.
Hiking, biking, cycling and golfing turn every day of your holiday into an experience in a magnificent mountain landscape that includes the mighty Hohe Tauern. Anyone wanting to view the Großglockner and the Kitzsteinhorn mountains from a totally different perspective, why not take a boat trip on the MS Schmitten around Lake Zell, which is also a paradise for surfers, sailors and water skiers, along with the numerous exciting activities for children that a family holiday in the Salzburg region can offer.
Skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier
The thought of “skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn in summer” will make the hearts of all ski enthusiasts beat faster, and for whom the winter season is far too short. The first appearance of the powdered snow slopes will inspire you in the Autumn, while in the Spring the glacial snow is alluring and the longest fun slope in the world will urge snowboarders and freestylers to achieve their peak performances.
HIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING
You can select a challenging or easy route when mountaineering or hiking in the Zell am See-Kaprun region. An alpine hike with the whole family, a mountain tour of the highest peaks or a tranquil walk in the valley – 400 km of marked trails and routes provide the best conditions to experience nature in all its beautiful aspects and with all your senses.
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You can also enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views during your hiking holiday in Zell am See without an arduous ascent by taking one of the many cable cars that operate in summer to help you climb up. A trip on the Gipfelwelt 3000 to the Kitzsteinhorn at 3,029 metres above sea level will guarantee some extraordinary memories!
You will be inspired by some excursions into nature to visit the stunning natural spectacles, including the Krimml Waterfalls, the Hochgebirgsstauseen Kaprun or the Hohe Tauern National Park. A trip to the famous Großglockner High Alpine Route, which also takes you near the Wildpark Ferleiten, is worth a visit in any case.
CYCLING & BIKING
All cycling enthusiasts will be in heaven when mountain biking and cycling in Zell am See, not only when they see the outstanding natural landscape, but also the vast number of marked routes. Discover the region around Lake Zell by bicycle, mountain bike and e-bike and enjoy a perfect cycling holiday in the Salzburg region! A trip with your touring bike on the Großglockner route is one of the undisputed supreme disciplines.
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A special challenge for all ambitious mountain bikers are the freeride trails on the Kitzsteinhorn which demand some real muscle power along the entire 16-km route. The Geißstein trail, the Wüstlau trail and the Bachler trail are a “must” for all freeride enthusiasts who want to make the most of their biking holiday in Zell am See.
The famous 325 km long Tauern cycle trail (from Krimml to Passau) passes through Zell am See and invites all families and leisure cyclists to get pedalling and explore the area.
WATER SPORT & SWIMMING
Anyone wanting to enjoy the water element in their summer holiday in the Sunny holiday apartments will be tempted by the wide range of water sport activities in Zell am See. The water in Lake Zell reaches summer temperatures of up to 23° C; a dream for all sporty types who enjoy sailing, water skiing and surfing. Keen swimmers can also indulge their passion in Zell am See.
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"Ship ahoy!" for all who want to admire the dreamy backdrop of the mountain panorama on a boat trip on Lake Zell. You can choose between a tour on the luxury vessel MS Schmittenhöhe or the beautiful old ship, Libelle. The trips on this blue jewel take in the stunning views of the famous Großglockner and the Kitzsteinhorn!
Discover the traditional sport of golf at its best during your holiday in the Salzburg Pinzgau! The Zell am See golf club offers two 18-hole courses that will be perfect for achieving a flawless drive! The breath-taking mountain panorama and the beautifully maintained fairways turn both the "Schmittenhöhe" and the "Kitzsteinhorn" courses into a paradise for all fans of this iconic sport.
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If you’re seeking some variety in your golfing holiday in Zell am See-Kaprun, you can visit two more golf courses in a 25-km radius. Nestled in the distinctive alpine landscape around Salzburg, the Urslautal, Mittersill and Brandlhof golf courses are among the most beautiful and renowned golf courses in Austria.
FFUN FOR KIDS
Exciting activities for young and older children and parents, adventures into nature, a variety of themed hiking trails and adventure parks; all this to ensure an action-packed family holiday in Zell am See.
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Young hikers will be thrilled when they visit the exciting stops on the Schmittenhöhe to help the little dragon, Schmidolin, learn how to breathe fire. A range of activities and adventures are in store that not only children will enjoy, but parents as well as they watch their children having fun while attempting various challenges. A trip on the Areitbahn cable car Zell am See is also possible.
Maisiflitzer on the Maiskogel
Who wouldn’t want to experience the thrill of racing down into the valley on the Maisiflitzer alpine coaster in Kaprun which can reach an incredible speed of 40 km/h! Fun and hair-raising sensations guaranteed for all the family over the 1.3 km track with bumps, waves and tight bends.
"All happiness on Earth is on the back of a horse" as the saying goes, and the Zell am See region offers opportunities for horse riding at several riding stables that also provide riding lessons and treks into the countryside. Horse-drawn carriage excursions are also available from most of the stables for an enjoyable tour through the tranquil natural environment.
"Tal der Spiele" in Saalbach-Hinterglemm
Families can enjoy a variety of attractions and adventures in the "Tal der Spiele" (valley of games). Starting from Montelinos Erlebnisberg, (Montelino’s activity mountain) to the interesting wild animal feeding, Schnitzas Holzpark, a park with a range of wooden activities and features, or the mystical Teufelswasser (devil’s water), a beautiful theme park with many play and wellness stations based on the element of water. The highest treetop path in Europe with the "Golden Gate Bridge" of the Alps are the highlights in this valley, which is a playground for children and parents alike.
The Zell am See-Kaprun region provides numerous opportunities for excursions and for exploring and experiencing interesting attractions and cultural highlights! Here are some suggestions for some interesting and attractive destinations in the area either as a bad weather activity or as a change to sporting activities:
THE ZELL AM SEE REGION
Not only will you experience the imposing mountains of the Hohe Tauern up close when you visit the Hochgebirgsstauseen Kaprun reservoirs, you will also learn some interesting facts about water and how it is converted into “clean” electricity. A tour of the reservoir, a visit inside the Moosersperre barrier and a herbal nature trail are worth a visit in any case.
The Wildpark Ferleiten located at the toll station of the Großglockner High Alpine Road is an ideal destination for all nature lovers who want to observe wild animals in their natural environment. During the excursion, you should also use the opportunity to take a trip through the Hohe Tauern National Park on the most famous alpine route.
The Pass Thurn Straße road will take you to the famous Gamsstadt (“chamois town”) of Kitzbühel. The town of Kitzbühel itself inspires visitors and not only on the occasion of the spectacular Hahnenkamm downhill race. The picturesque old town with its numerous cafés and luxury shops is a popular haunt, and you’re bound to see a few celebrities wandering around too!
61 bends snake over 1.6 km through the valley and provide the ultimate fun experience for the whole family! The Sommerrodelbahn Biberg in Saalfelden is therefore the right place for thrill-seekers and those who love feeling the fresh mountain breeze on their face as they whizz along. You’ll also be spoiled for choice with the food and delicacies on offer in the rustic inns and snack huts!
The site of the castle is fascinating, and a wonderful place for dreaming in enchanted secret places. A 15th century watchtower, a witch cellar and an idyllic castle garden guarantee a memorable visit. Are you planning to get married in Austria? Why not “pledge your vows” in the fairy tale surroundings of the castle chapel!
Imposing, unique and impressive; the Krimml Waterfalls have this effect on visitors, because with a drop of 380 metres, these are the largest waterfalls in Europe. Be sure to plan a visit to this awe-inspiring natural spectacle in the centre of the Hohe Tauern National Park!
The Kitzlochklamm gorge is located in the nearby town of Taxenbach at the entrance to the beautiful Raurisertal valley. Its rugged rock walls are stunning, and you can reach the hermitage via a spectacular bridge. Guided tours through the gorge provide an insight in to its origins, and is a perfect bad-weather excursion for the whole family.