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Lake Zell

Explore the enchanting lakeside villages, sunbathe on a lido and hike alongside the icy water that lies between Alpine mountains.

Lake Zell is a scenic basin of freshwater in the shadow of the glorious snow-capped mountains of the Austrian Alps. Hike varied routes to see flowers and herbs, a glacier and stupendous views. Swim in the cool water of the lake on a summer afternoon or ski on the surrounding slopes in winter.

Get a fishing card and rent equipment to angle for pike, perch, lake trout and zander. At the northern end of the lake, bring inflatable toys for your kids to bob around in the water. Walk on the pebbles along this shoreline. The southern end of the lake is less suitable for swimming, as it is shallow and filled with weeds. 

Take a boat trip out on the water and visit some of the charming lakeside towns. Sunbathe on one of the lidos or patches of grass around the lake. Say hello to the ducks and swans that call this lake home. 

Windsurfing and sailing are popular sports making use of the constant breeze here. Make a stand-up paddleboard tour of the lake or simply sit at one of the benches facing the water and read a book. Enjoy the utter serenity in this tranquil and remote part of the world, with a break in a café in Zell am See-Kaprun, Schüttdorf or Thumersbach.

Arrive for skiing in the icy winter, when the lake freezes over. Snap photos of this spectacular sight, with snow-covered mountains rising above the lake. Quaint villages dotted around the lake harmonize with the stunning terrain. Stay at one of the hotels with views of the water. Several mountain streams feed the lake before it empties into the Salzach River.  

Lake Zell is on the eastern flank of the quaint city of Zell am See in the Austrian Alps. Take a train to the Zell am See railway station and walk northeast for a few minutes to reach the lake at Elisabeth Park. See some of the city’s attractions, including the Ferry Porsche Congress Center and Castle Rosenberg.

Accommodation in Lake Zell

The Expedia Lake Zell hotels guide contains no less than 78 high-end and affordable hotel options, so it should be easy finding a great place in this popular destination.

If you're splashing out for a special occasion, be sure to check out the guest services at the Hotel Salzburgerhof, at Auerspergstraße 11, and the TAUERN SPA Zell am See - Kaprun, at Tauern Spa Platz 1. If you are interested in the cheaper options, the Steinerwirt 1493, at Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 2, and the JUFA Hotel Kaprun, at Nikolaus Gassner Straße 51, are worth checking out also.


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$213
Grand Hotel Zell Am See

Grand Hotel Zell Am See

Esplanade 4-6, Zell Am See
4.3
of 5, from 156 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the boardwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vogtturm City Museum and Zell am See Leisure Centre. Schmittenhoehe Cable Car and Areit Cable Car are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$157
Hotel Tirolerhof

Hotel Tirolerhof

Auerspergstrasse 5, Zell am See
4.4
of 5, from 49 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Zell am See hotel is next to a golf course, within 1 mi (2 km) of Vogtturm City Museum and Zell am See Leisure Centre, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Schmittenhoehe Cable Car and Areit Cable Car are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$283
Schloss Prielau

Schloss Prielau

Hofmannsthalstraße 10, Zell Am See
4.3
of 5, from 52 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Zell am See hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Zell am See Leisure Centre and Schmittenhoehe Cable Car, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Vogtturm City Museum is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

$154
Hotel Grüner Baum

Hotel Grüner Baum

Seegasse 1, Zell Am See
4.3
of 5, from 54 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Zell am See, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vogtturm City Museum and Zell am See Leisure Centre. Schmittenhoehe Cable Car and Areit Cable Car are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hotel Feinschmeck

Hotel Feinschmeck

Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 10, Zell Am See
4.2
of 5, from 45 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Zell am See hotel is in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Vogtturm City Museum and Zell am See Leisure Centre, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Schmittenhoehe Cable Car and Areit Cable Car are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Steinerwirt 1493

Steinerwirt 1493

Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 2, Zell Am See
4.2
of 5, from 24 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Zell am See guesthouse is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Vogtturm City Museum, Schmittenhoehe Cable Car, and Zell am See Leisure Centre. Areit Cable Car and Zell am See-Kaprun Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$124
Pension Hubertus

Pension Hubertus

Gartenstr. 4, Zell am See
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Zell am See, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vogtturm City Museum and Zell am See Leisure Centre. Schmittenhoehe Cable Car and Areit Cable Car are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Appartement Kitzsteinhorn

Appartement Kitzsteinhorn

Seeuferstrasse 108, Zell am See
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Zell am See guesthouse is in the mountains, 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Areit Cable Car and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and sledding. Schmittenhoehe Cable Car and Kaprun Ski Resort are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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