If you talk about holiday retreats that are popular in both the winter months as well as summer then the tiny town of Zell am See residing in the heart of the Alpine mountains is a winner. The tourist hub, called Zee am See-Kaprun has become a major attraction for hiking and skiing and draws in several thousand travellers every year. The administrative capital of the Austrian state of Salazburg that is home to around 9,600 inhabitants features a charming concoction of glacier, mountain and lake.
Famous for it's glacier skiing, this bustling town offers many activities for amateur, intermediate and professional skiers/snowboarders. Tourists can enjoy the popular cross-country ski trails, quiet winter hiking paths or simply sit by the frozen lake. Head over to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier to experience the soft snow that is present throughout the year. Fan of free-style skiing? Then Austria's largest super pipe located in Mount Kitzsteinhorn's snowpark is the prefect place for you. The enchanting landscape becomes the prime focus for several winter-sporting activities that is sure to keep you entertained all through your vacation. Schmittenhohe and Maiskogel are other mountain glaciers that promises a delightful skiing experience on their varied ski slopes amidst the enthralling smoky and snowy mountain scenery that is sure to keep the tourists craving for more.
Not called the lakeside town for no reason, this picturesque town is the centre for several water bodies. Take a 45-minute boat trip on the Lake Zell am See and experience the astounding view in between the glacier and the highest mountains of Austria. The sparkling lake is known to possess drinkable water which is a great tourist attraction. Visit the 5th biggest waterfall on earth by stopping by at the impressive and spectacular Krimmler waterfall. Marvel at one of the most enchanting and stunning gorges on the earth by heading over to Kitzlochklamm. This captivating natural wonder is brimming with an array of bays, looming rugged cliffs, a striking hermitage and a remarkable bridge.
If hiking is in your agenda then climb up the Schmittenhohe mountain for some adventure sporting-fun. One can even explore the area with a cable car and admire the breathtaking landscape from above. Go for a drive along the Grossglockner Alpine Road, highest mountain of Austria to relish the picturesque scenery offered. Tourists can enjoy a diverse amount of panoramic shots that will prove to be a memorable experience for many years to come! Families with kids can head over to Wildlife Park Ferleiten to enjoy 200 different animals that reside in the Austrian alps. Both adults can kids will be delighted to visit the Alpine coaster Maisiflitzer in Kaprun that features fun roller-coaster rides that speed towards the valley at 40km/h.
One of the key sightseeing points while visiting Zee am See is the St. Hippolyte's Church from the Pinzgau region. Built in a Romanesque style, the historical structure encompasses a looming tower from where the picturesque town's skyline can be viewed. Take the stroll around the Pinzgau district and visit the various shops and markets selling regional merchandise and souvenirs. Be sure to try out the local popular food items such their famous cheese, ham or gherkins.
Zee am See has a plethora of stay options that caters to the luxury-craving travellers wanting the the best hotels the town can offer as well be suitable to the backpackers or middle-class tourists looking for cheap and comfortable budget apartments.
The best time to visit the beautiful town of Zell am See would be during the winter and the summer months depending on the experience you plan to have. From the climate perspective, the months from June to August are pleasant.