Steeped in the Austrian Alps and resting on the banks of a pristine lake is the picturesque town of Zell am See. It is found more precisely in the Austrian state of Salzburg, sometimes referred to as Land Salzburg, and is the administrative seat for the Pinzgau district. The Pinzgau district is also sometimes referred to as the Zell am See district. Zell am See Austria is just 50 miles southeast of Salzburg, and many visitors will relish in the chance to pair the two destinations on their Austrian vacation. Skiing in Zell am See is what many visitors come to enjoy, but this little town is also fun in the summer, offering plenty to do then as well. There are also some great Zell am See attractions to check out when in town, making this destination well worth a look.
The peak seasons for Zell am See travel are winter and summer, much like many mountain resorts across the globe. Zell am See is the most popular tourist destination in the Pinzgau district, so when you're heading here during the busy seasons, you'll want to book a room at one of the Zell am See hotels in advance when possible. Zell am See Austria is linked to both Salzburg and Innsbruck by train, and it's one of the main stops between the two. The train trip from Salzburg is about 90 minutes long, while it takes closer to two hours to get here by rail from Innsbruck. You can also catch a train between Zell am See and Klagenfurt, which is another renowned Austrian ski destination. As for skiing, There are some 30 peaks in the Zell am See area that reach up to 9,800 feet above sea level, and town itself is backed by the 6,560-foot Schmittenhohe Mountain. In other words, Skiing in Zell am See is certainly the real deal, and with plenty of snow usually in the winter forecast, churning up powder is usually part of a normal day's work.
The best snow conditions for skiing in Zell am See Austria are usually found between December and the end of April, and if you can't make it here during those months, you can always ski the glacier at Kitzsteinhorn, which is open to skiers year round. For those who choose to go skiing in Zell am See, it is usually best to go with a vacation package, which will generally include your lift tickets and your accommodations. You can also just buy ski passes if you prefer, and they are good for both the Zell am See ski area and the Kaprun ski area. For those who haven't rented a car to get between the two resorts, there are buses that shuttle passengers back and forth for free. There are more than 81 miles of ski runs in the Zell am See area and some 54 lift systems to get skiers and snowboarders to the tops of them. All levels of skiers can enjoy different runs here, and since there are slopes that run all the way back down to the area towns, you can ski back to your base when you've had enough. That is if you can get your fill. After a day of skiing, you can enjoy some after-ski drinks, and Zell am See has quite a lively and unpretentious nightlife scene, so you can check that out too when enjoying Zell am See travel.
In the summer, skiing in Zell am See takes a back seat to a range of other activities, such as golf and horseback riding, and it's a great time to also take in some of the interesting Zell am See attractions, like the eleventh century Romanesque church, and the sixteenth century Rosenberg Castle. From May to October, the Folklore Museum opens its doors to visitors, and it's a great place to learn a bit about the old ways of life in Land Salzburg. Among the exhibits and artifacts are traditional costumes, which are quite interesting. The museum is housed in a 1,200 year old tower, which is an exhibit itself.
Ascending to the top of the aforementioned Schmittenhohe Mountain is a popular pursuit be it summer or winter. Those in good shape can climb it, though it takes four hours or more, and it's understandable if you simply settle for the cableway. There is a restaurant at the summit as well as a sun terrace, and the views of the surrounding mountains are astounding. Topless sunbathing is quite common on the sun terrace even in the winter.
Zell am See travel in the summer sees visitors taking advantage of the Zeller See, or Lake Zell, which fronts the town. There is a nice swimming area that can be reached in about half an hour when you take the footpath from town, and motorboats can be rented should you feel like cruising about for a bit. Lake Zell is often reputed as being the cleanest lake in Europe, and in the summer the water is quite warm at around 70 degrees.