Nestled between a beautiful lake and an unusual horseshoe shaped mountain, this year-round town provides a refreshing break from the traditional Austrian ski resorts which are usually dominated by rustic chalet villages. A stunning medieval pedestrian centre is surrounded by a lively modern town with plenty to keep everyone occupied when you need a break from the mountains.
Just 1.5hr drive from Salzburg airport, or 2.5hr drive from Munich
Over 130km of pistes catering to all levels of ability wind their way down this tree lined mountain. At a maximum height of 2000m there is a possibility of low snow fall, particularly lower down near the town, but the nearby Kaprun glacier, just a short bus ride away offers snow-sure skiing all through the winter. If glacier skiing doesn’t tempt you rest assured as over a third of the pistes are covered by snowmaking facilities. The main disadvantage of Zell is its popularity – peak season can be quite busy, though the positives are so great that a little bit of crowding is easily overlooked.
Green meadows, glistening lakes and imposing mountains – Zell has everything you need to make your summer experience something amazing. The gondola system opens up the mountain to some of the most breath-taking hikes Austria has to offer, and the many huts dotted around the area make multi-day hikes and mountaineering trips possible. Both road and mountain biking are popular, there is plenty of climbing, sailing or fishing, and the ‘Run & Walk Park’ offers trails for all ability levels. If at the end of all that, you are still pining for winter, the nearby Kitzsteinhorn glacier has snow cover all year round.
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