Zell am See has been in existence for centuries. Only a market in the 19th century, the town was originally called "Zelle im Pinzgau", probably because it spreads along the shores of Lake Zell and is the indisputable centre of the entire region; today, especially in terms of tourism. The triumph of tourism in Zell am See was marked by the building of the railway through Zell am See in 1875. This transport connection opened an important link between the town and the region, widely known as a gem of relaxation between mountain and lake. The town has been bearing the name "Zell am See" since 1810 and is home to approx. 9.900 habitants today. Many more "temporary" habitants are accommodated by the town during the touristic seasons in summer and in winter. For a long time, winter sport and especially ski holidays were the main reasons for travelling to Zell am See. The clear air and in particular the crystal-clear water of Lake Zell and the quality of the drinking water made the town at Lake Zell more and more popular with summer holiday makers.
Best Time to Travel
Zell Am See has a humid continental climate with severe winters, no dry season and warm summers. The best time to visit Zell Am See is during the months of June, July and August which usually have a nice average temperature.
Winters: Winter in Zell Am See lasts from November to February with an average daily high temperature below 4 degree Celsius. January is the coldest month and an off season in Zell Am See.
Summer: Summer in Zell Am See lasts from May to September with an average daily high temperature above 19 degrees Celsius. The warmest month is July. In summers, every Wednesday from (July – August) the Zell summer night festival takes place. Great artists, musicians and culinary treats can be experienced and this time can be considered as good season to visit Zell Am See.
Rainfall: Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in May, June, July and August. July is the wettest month. This month should be avoided due to heavy rains.
So, the best time to visit Zell Am See is from June to August.
Train transport options to Zell am See abound. The train is the recommended travel mode to the resort. Trains run regularly direct to Zell am See. Most train journeys to Zell am See from Innsbruck take around 2hr and require a change at Worgl. Trains from Munich to Zell am See take about 3hr and also require a change at Worgl. From Salzburg the rail journey is shortest (1.5hr) and requires a change at Swarzach-St Veit. If coming from south eastern Austria (Lienz etc) changes are required at Spittal-Millstattersee and Swarzach-St Veit.
Buses leave from outside the Hauptbahnhof and from the bus station behind the post office. They run to Kaprun (€3.50, 20 minutes, twice hourly) and Krimml (€10.60, 1½ hours, every two hours).
Getting around Zell am See
Local buses run efficiently around Zell am See and the local environs. The main bus station is in the Post Office Square in the centre of town. All buses stop at the train station and regular buses, free for anyone with a ski pass, connect Zell am See to all the ski lift base areas and also Kaprun - Kitzsteinhorn via the Tauern Spa Hotel.
Zell am See is situated on the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in Salzburger Land: Lake Zell. The crystal clear water provides cool refreshment and active holidays in summer. In winter you can go for a romantic walk around the shimmering lake. Or take it in another way: on board a ship, you will get a different perspective of your holiday destination. Fishing fans will find especially quiet places where the fish are sure to bite.
Since 1970 this romantic castle with its fairy-tale tower has been owned by the mayor and is a popular venue for weddings.
Zell am See Parish Church
Thanks to its special shape and age (some parts are from the 10th century) this church is a special religious site in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg.
The Zell am See Local History Museum is found in the more-than 1,000-year-old Vogt tower, also known as the Kastner tower.
Ferry Porsche Congress Centre
Zell am See's Star Advent Market is held in the courtyard, with events such as balls and concerts held inside.
In addition to many small boutiques and shops in the village, the PEZZ shopping centre invites you to go window shopping or treat yourself to a shopping spree!
What to Do
Anyone who enjoys activities and is looking for that special experience on their time off throughout the year needs a region that offers the full package of activity holidays and a diverse leisure programme in summer as well as in winter. Zell am See-Kaprun is such region. Known for its winters, it has become famous for skiing & winter sports. Three ski resorts, stunning mountains, fantastic landscape and a glacier will get you excited during the cold season. The activities and sports facilities are just as attractive when summer arrives in the region. It is so much easier to be active between mountain, lake and glacier from spring to autumn. On the mountains, at the shores of the lake, on two wheels; equipped with golf clubs, together with your children and the entire family. If you enjoy an active holiday and leisure time, then you will feel at home in the Zell am See-Kaprun region. Whether in summer or winter; mountains, lake & glacier attract visitors all year round - 52 weeks, 365 days throughout the year.