The lake – Lake Zell
Zell am See has been a hotspot for summer freshness for more than one hundred years: the
legendary “Grand Hotel” – built in 1896 – still alludes to the noble addresses that were
hidden in the Salzburg mountains. In 1885, Empress Elisabeth (“Sissi”) spent some time in
Zell am See; eight years later Emperor Franz Joseph I. came in person to visit the
Schmittenhöhe and Kaprun valley.
It was primarily the magical combination of lake and mountains that contributed to the early
fame of the region and turned it into a dream destination for artists and city dwellers. This
magic still exists today.
Glistening Lake Zell at an altitude of 757 metres is the largest lake in the inner mountains: its
water is of drinking quality and reaches a temperature of around 23 degrees in summer.
Swimming or paddling through the crystal-clear water with its reflections of the peaks is an
Three lidos with all of the amenities
All three of the lidos (Lake Zell, Seespitz and Thumersbach) are heated so that bathing fun is
guaranteed even on cooler days. There are also countless amenities for the whole family –
from large sunbathing areas, giant slides, swimming floats, diving platform, water
trampoline, volleyball courts and mini golf courses to children’s playgrounds, restaurants,
kiosks and places to hire kayaks, pedalos or banana boats, and a water ski school.
“Cast off” – across Lake Zell by boat
A boat trip in Lake Zell is a particular pleasure: anyone taking a trip on board will enjoy
completely new perspectives of Zell am See and the surrounding mountains as far as the
Großglockner. Lake Zell goes down to a depth of 69 metres, has high quality drinking water
and is an Eldorado not only for fish but also for water sports enthusiasts. The 45 minute
panoramic round trip with the MS Schmittenhöhe – the largest of the four boats in the fleet
– is offered from early May to mid-October. The central landing stage is the esplanade in Zell
am See. A round trip on the “Kaiserin Elisabeth,” which was built in 1972, is a more nostalgic
The boats can also be used as a practical way of crossing the lake.
Fantastic “Lake Zell magic”
The spectacular water, light, music and laser show is a homage to Lake Zell and places the
lake in centre stage with large fountains and light projections. The show lasts 20 minutes and
takes place every year from mid-May to mid-October in the Elisabethpark. In May, June, July
and August it is held every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 10 p.m. and in September and
October at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Combine the “Lake Zell magic” with an unforgettable summer’s evening by the lake and
round off the day in a particularly cool and relaxed manner while enjoying a few drinks and
watching the sunset.
Shining ice, pure fun
During the coldest season, Jack Frost ensures that Lake Zell is transformed into a special
place to spend time. Its limited use-by date and the knowledge that the ice will only be there
for a short space of time makes it even more fun. Ice skaters whizz around and ice hockey
players chase after the puck, while under the thick layer of ice the fish wait for summer. The
bright lake is also an exceptional place for ice boats and snow kiters. Professionals show off
their jumps up to 200 metres wide and up to 20 metres high. Skiers and snowboarders can
try out the interaction with the wind under the professional guidance of snow kite teachers.