Glasklarer Bergsee auf der Schmitten in Zell am See

Speicherteich in Zell am See-Kaprun

Summer sports
Zell am See

Vacation in Pinzgau – a special experience

Sun, beach and Zell am See. In the Salzburg province of Austria, there are many opportunities available for sports and recreation.

Nature is close despite the central location of the "Hotel & Apartment Central". The gentle ringing of the cowbells on the green Schmittenhöhe pastures and the freshly mowed alpine meadows show just how closely town and country are connected here.

Water riders, hikers, golfers, bikers and cycling connoisseurs find a true paradise for their sporting summer holidays in and around Zell am See. Public beaches and picturesque bays invite you to jump into the crystal-clear water, while numerous water sports, such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddling or water skiing, ensure action and fun in the cool waters.

Perfectly signposted hiking routes of all difficulties lead to the region’s most beautiful summits, while the Schmittenhöhebahn cable car comfortably transports walkers to an altitude of 2,000 m. Hikers and mountain climbers can be enchanted by the perfectly signposted trails over lush green pastures and challenging climbs in all levels of difficulty. Rustic alpine huts reward all mountaineers with tasty regional delicacies. The grand view of the glistening Lake Zell and the snow-covered Hohe Tauern summits provide the breathtaking backdrop for every tour.

Free riders will find the perfect terrain for action-packed downhills on the new Kitzsteinhorn runs. Connoisseurs will explore the Pinzgau on cozy cycling paths in the valley. The Golfclub Zell am See-Kaprun with two 18-hole championship courts provides the perfect mix of picturesque scenery and perfectly maintained facilities.


Relaxed hiking tours through idyllic mountain landscapes
In summer, the mountains around Zell am See in Austria attract the hikers with numerous hiking trails up in the airy heights. Cable cars and gondolas carry you up quickly to enjoy the Pinzgau delicacies on the managed pastures.

The European sport region of Zell am See - Kaprun offers numerous cable cars and lifts, breathtaking mountain ranges, fresh alpine air, crystal clear spring water - all that and much more. Fully funicular ride and all the beach, outdoor and indoor pools the region, which you can use the special Pinzgau "Mountain and bathing ticket." Enjoy the picturesque countryside and dare to climb to the summit.

Hiking and mountain tours for amateur climbing enthusiasts and professional climbers
Choose walking, hiking or mountain climbing in the summer resort of Zell am See-Kaprun depending upon your capabilities and fondness. Discover along with young children murmuring or softly babbling brooks, jointly build a dam or make a boat from bark, twigs and leaves. Whether the small boat will one day reach the huge sea?

Friends of day-time hiking tours come in the mid-mountain locations around Zell am See, fully at their own expenses. Choose a new daily route through the Salzburg mountains, enjoy the beautiful views of numerous mountain peaks and get your energy in a rustic snack bar on one of the pastures.

For rock climbers and fans of mountain tours, we recommend your tour to be accompanied by a certified Austrian mountain. The experienced mountain guides are also available in winter for skiing tours.

Here you can find a hiking tours map.


Mountain biking in the holiday location of Zell am See-Kaprun
Twelve biking trips with different levels of difficulty start in the European sport region of Zell am See-Kaprun. An attractive destination for bikers is the Grossglockner High-Alp street, with its 80 mountain kilometres of one of the hardest routes in Austria.

Mountain bikers are from the Austrian Alps and in particular thrilled about the holiday region of Zell am See-Kaprun. Extensive training classes, single trails, uphill and downhill tracks - the mountains around Zell am See offer for all bikers just the right thing:

  • Dog stone trail: 1,000 meters of altitude up to the dog stone and steeply down again. Root passages, steps, stream crossings, switchbacks ... Very lucky for the mountain bikers who love variety and challenge.
  • Roundtrip Schmittenhöhe: up to 2,000 meters above sea level.
  • Roundtrip Schützingalm: pasture and climb to the summit, ride around the lake, great downhill with breathtaking views of mountains and the lake.
  • Grossglockner High Alp street: 80 impressive mountain kilometres - the pinnacle of bikers!

If you wish to be a bit more leisurely with the whole family, then select the leisurely bike paths around the lake or a section of the Tauern tour in the valley.


Discovery trip through the unique Salzburg province
You want to get to know Salzburg in a leisurely manner? Then the Park Hotel Zell am See is your perfect starting point for exciting cycling through the holiday region of Zell am See-Kaprun.

On the romantic Tauern tour, you can let your soul float on enchanting and remote places. Even the "Palace Street" or the circling of the lake bring great joy and a lot of variety even to less experienced cyclists and families with children. Take the cyclists path of Zell am See on Maishofen to Saalbach-Hinterglemm and slowly build the line. Countless excursions make the region a paradise for the whole family.

Rentals of cycles and mountain bikes in Zell am See
If you cannot or wish not to bring your own bicycle or bike for the holidays to Austria, you can still borrow a top model and well-maintained cycle or mountain bike at Sulzer bike rentals in Zell am See or at Inter Bründl in Kaprun.

Bathing and Water Sports

Bathing and more at the lake Zell in Austria
The holiday country Austria and particularly the holiday region of Salzburg are rich in water in many forms: glaciers, streams and rivers, lakes, ponds and lakes, numerous springs and waterfalls present element of your life for ever new way.

The water presents its beneficial side in the European sport region of Zell am See-Kaprun. Swimming in the recreational centre of Zell am See is relaxing with every comfort. Even a visit to the beach bathrooms promises pure relaxation. Whether kayaking, rafting, swimming or diving, the crystal-clear lake no longer exists just for cooling oneself down.

Ship trip on the lake Zell in Salzburg
Take a lake cruise - the shipping company of "Schmittenhöhe Bahn" offers a varied holiday with the stunning views of the lake that envelops the mountain scenery of the Austrian Alps. A joint cruise with friends or family is definitely a fun and special vacation experience. You can, of course, row by yourself and rent a boat.

Wild waters in Salzburg’s ravines
In the holiday region of Zell am See-Kaprun and in the entire Salzburg province you can expect many mystical, legendary gorges. Steep cliffs, narrow culverts, tunnels and deep ravines make their way through the gorge on an exciting adventure for the whole family. Roaring, foaming water crashing through the gorge, sets fine mist in small droplets. The sky is still only a narrow blue strip above. And then: The gorge widens, the view on a beautiful high waterfall is set free …

Solidified water: Glacier to touch
The glacier in the Austrian Alps peaks appear rigid, but they are constantly in motion, the ice "flows". Learn more about the world of alpine glaciers at the visitors’ centre on the Franz-Josef heights, for a breathtaking ride on the Grossglockner High Alp street. Put your hands on millennia-old glaciers and listen to the legend of the valley at the foot of the highest mountain in Austria.


Step by step to experience the pleasure of Salzburg
Sports enthusiasts are unanimous: The clear mountain air and numerous walking trails around the lake are enough reasons to force your legs into action.

Running is easy. You can quickly improve your style to run more effectively. Running is also a simple way to reduce stress. If you want to start with your jogging program directly in front of the door, then you are at the right place in the European Sport Region of Zell am See-Kaprun. In Salzburg, all types of enthusiastic guests will find the route that is best suited for you irrespective of whether you are an amateur runner or even an experienced marathon specialist.

Jogging events in Salzburg province
From spring until autumn, numerous running events take place in Salzburg. Starting with a running around the lake, a half marathon or a running for both “He & She” and check your fitness. Also for the Nordic walking trend sport, numerous competitions are offered.

Nordic Walking

Through the Salzburg province on foot in a healthy manner
Relaxed and elated on a holiday in Austria: Nordic walking is the healthy way, to explore the Salzburg province with its mountains and valleys on foot.

Nordic walking is easy to learn and train your whole body especially in a joint-friendly manner. The actual sport is popular among people of all ages and fitness levels. You create the balance, walk with two sticks at a moderate pace through valleys and forests, meadows and paths through the European Sport Region of Zell am See-Kaprun. By Nordic walking you gently increase the pulse to optimally burn body fat and enhance your circulatory system. The numerous hiking trails of the Salzburg region virtually invite you to exercise Nordic walking. Choose between a plain round in the valley or a demanding trip up the mountain.

Nordic Walking: Trend sport both in summer as well as winter
Even in winter, fans of Nordic walking are enthusiastic about the variety of ways around Zell am See. Cleared and groomed paths provide unstinted sporting pleasure and the fairy-tale snowy landscape at the lake Zell pleases the heart and soul alike.

After extensive Nordic walking tours through the holiday region in the country, you will appreciate a cosy home away from home on your holiday.


Learn to dive in the lake Zell
Are you feeling heartbeat before diving for the first time? Ready to discover a new world? Then get yourself down to dive into the lake and into the water wonderland beneath the surface of the mysterious water body.

The lake is with its excellent quality a popular venue for amateur and professional divers and diving students. With its maximum depth of 68 meters, it offers a visual experience of a special kind. The calming silence under water and the rich native fish will enthral you. The Zell diving school is opened throughout the year and is located on the banks of the lake. Here, rental equipments, diving support, diving instructions and training courses are offered to you.

Diving in lake Zell: General information and notes

  • Diving Areas: You can get started at the Scholz Aqua Centre Diving School in Zell am See.
  • Highlights: Underwater photographers will be delighted by the biodiversity of the fish and the many underwater plants. Other highlights: Diving in Thumersbach, stone wall up to 40 meters deep.
  • Restricted zones with a diving ban: Access is denied for divers to the protected areas and the area of water-skiing school. There is a general ban on diving for Zell am See.
  • Hazards: Please pay attention to motor boats, sailors and surfers!
  • Diving permits: For dives in the lake, the approval of a local diving school is absolutely necessary.
  • Helpful addresses:
    - Diving school sports Scholz, Bahnhofstr. 13, 5700 Zell am See, Tel.: +43 (0) 6542/72606.
    - Diving school Zell am See, Matiasch Erwin, Seehotel Freiberg, Esplanade 22, 5700 Zell/See, Telephone: +43 (0) 6542/72643, Mobile: +43 (0) 664 / 503 6969.


Best conditions for your vacation amidst the winds
The right kind of wind is of ultimate importance. Without it, nothing moves. The thermal characteristics of the lake Zell in Salzburg province creates the best conditions for your surfing or sailing holiday in Austria.

For surfers, everything revolves around the wind. The lake provides the ideal framework for the extraordinary pleasure of having full wind in the sails. In the sailing and surfing schools in Zell am See, the experts show you how to move on the surfboard and master the first hand manipulations on a sailboat.

If you are already an expert in the art of sailing, you'll be very comfortable here. Especially in the spring until about the beginning of July excellent thermal characteristics develop. Enjoy the state of wind that brings beautiful south wind in spring and autumn.

Helpful addresses for your surfing or sailing vacation in the vacation region of Zell am See-Kaprun

  • Windsurfing Centre Heinz Seidl
    Tel: +43 (0) 6542/55115, Mobile: +43 (0) 664/6443695, Seespitzstraße 13, Zell am See (15 minutes walk from the center).
    Surfing for children, beginners and advanced, rental of surfing boards, fun boards and surfing suits.
  • Sailing and surfing school Harry Mann
    Tel: +43 (0) 6542/73724, Mobile: +43 (0) 664/9329367, Thumersbacherstraße 24, Zell am See.
    Sailing courses for children, beginners and advanced theory and practice. Private lessons, trial courses, rent, repairs and service.
  • Zeller Sailing School Wauggi Sailing
    Mobile: +43 (0) 664/3364850, Esplanade 4, Zell am See.
    Special family offers. Training in theory and practice.


Golf paradise Zell am See
Golfing in one of the most beautiful regions of Austria, marvel the nature at its best - you can enjoy this and much more in the Europe sport region of Zell am See.

From April to November you have the possibility to prove your golfing capabilities in the holiday region of Zell am See-Kaprun on the adjacent, spacious golf courses of Zell am See Golf Club, "Schmitt height" and "Kitzsteinhorn". The facilities comprising a total of 36 holes lie before the breathtaking backdrop of the Austrian Alps and certainly enthral you every day.

18 holes championship course “Schmittenhöhe”
Do you expect perfectly groomed fairways and greens in a park-like ground with biotopes and ponds and wonderful views of the panorama of the Austrian Alps? The valley as usual ensures the playability of the course from April to November.

18 holes championship course “Kitzsteinhorn”
This course is characterized by its perfect location, different design and professionalism. Do it the same way as international professionals and practice your golf vacation in Austria in your "birdie" on the squares of the golf club at Zell am See.


Lake Zell - The relaxation at the fishing pole
The lake is known for its rich fish stocks. Allow yourself sufficient time for lakes, streams and rivers to practice your fishing hobby during your holiday in Austria.

The colourful fish in the waters of lake Zell causes fishermen to get excited. Besides the popular trout, on can also find the speckled trout, pike-perch, pike or whitefish. The lake is 4 km long and 1.5 km wide. Its area is 4.55 km2, enough space to fish at peace. Dead bait fish, wobblers, blinkers, the Hegene fish system with five hooks and rubber fish.

You have the license to fish in the lake with a daily or weekly fisher card. For permission to fish and the procurement of fisher cards in the waters of the surrounding area, please contact the team at the reception of the Parkhotel, your vacation home in Zell am See.

Fish at first and then enjoy
Looking at the fish stocks in the lake, it is not surprising to see that in the restaurants of Zell am See are experts in preparation of fish dishes. Embark on a culinary delight of fish and look forward to many specialties from the catch of the water.

Numerous festivities and weekly events provide musical and cultural variety. The nightly "Magic Lake Show", a music, light and laser show on the shore of Lake Zell which takes place three times a week, is the highlight of the summer without a shred of doubt.

Insider tips:
Seasonal and regional delicacies are offered every Friday at the weekly market on the town square. In the Augut farm shop of the Pichler family, you can find the finest self-produced honey, freshly baked farmer's bread, tasty cheese and bacon, schnapps, liqueurs, and an astonishing 39 different self-made  marmalade varieties from local fruits and berries.

Attractions & excursion destinations in the surrounding area

Kaprun castle

Distance 7.5 km
- Great old military fortress from the 12th Century
- Medieval castle festival with more than 400 participants and cultural events.

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Distance Fusch 12.9 km
The adventurous journey begins in Fusch up into the world of high mountains of Grossglockner. At 2,369 m above sea level, you reach the Franz-Josef heights with spectacular views of the Grossglockner, Pasterze and Johannesberg. Interesting visitor centre, particularly suitable for children.

Kitzlochklamm in Rauriser Valley

Distance Taxenbach 17.6 km
In Taxenbach, at the entrance to the Rauriser valley, you start your hike through the mystical Kitzlochklamm, that was formed by the Rauriser river. Stalactite caves, hermitage.

Liechtensteinklamm St. Johann

Distance 40.2 km
The deepest gorge of the Austrian Alps beckons with wild water tunnel passageways and galleries. On a narrow path and stairs and bridges, it leads through the gorge to the waterfall. Sometimes the sky over their heads seems to be only a narrow blue stripe! Spectacular excursion program, including children.

Fortress of Hohenwerfen

Distance 53.7 km
Ancient fortress from the 11th Century with a raptor show worth seeing. Beautiful mountain views, children's tours. In the summer castle festivals, tours and mediaeval evening meals.

Giant Ice World Werfen

Distance 56 km
Discover the largest ice cave in the world! With the funicular goes up there and then with a guide through the hidden fairy-tale world of ice. For children over 5 years. Please pay attention to your steps.

Krimmler Waterfalls

Distance 53.6 km
The fifth highest waterfalls of the earth and the highest in Europe. Hiking along the waterfalls. Water wonder world: Interactive water world, especially for children, at the foot of the waterfalls.

Gasteiner Valley

Distance Bad Hofgastein 40 km
Beautiful hiking area, fantastic alternative program: the heat of the rock and the Alpine spa experience with children's worlds, slides and a separate recreation and resting areas for adults. Bad Gastein: remarkable architecture and unique location of the place along the banks of the Gasteiner river.

Cultural City of Salzburg

Distance 97 km
Salzburg's old town is a "must" in your holiday in Austria. Churches, monasteries and the Fortress of Hohensalzburg dominate the cityscape. Premium cultural offer: museums, concerts, theatre and cabaret. Tip: Hellbrunn Palace with water games and the zoo.