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Zell Am See Ski Holidays Call to book: 01733 224 808
Zell Am See could easily hold the title of Austria’s prettiest lakeside ski resort. Situated beside the magnificent Lake Zell, whichever way you turn you’ll be admiring breathtaking scenery, and its medieval town centre sprinkled with cafes, wine bars and restaurants is simply charming. The Europa Ski circuit covers the mighty Schmittenhohe mountain and is varied and enticing to beginners and intermediates.
People have been skiing here since 1893 and combined with its neighbour, Kaprun there are around 80 miles of terrain for skiers to cover. Snowboarders get ready to test your mettle on the superpipe in the Kitzsteinhorn glacier park; it’s Austria’s biggest. Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to explore the mountains, especially with a guide to take you to the top sights. Relax and watch the kids splash around in the impressive indoor swimming pool complex, Freizeitzentrum. Shoppers’ eyes are guaranteed to light up at the sight of the fashion, souvenir and food outlets.
Get your skiing fix on 53 runs in Zell Am See-Kaprun. The majority of runs are graded easy to medium and wide-ranging glacier runs between the Schmittenhohe and Maiskogel mountains are the resort’s best for mid-level skiers. Families and those new to skiing find the smooth pistes of the Maiskogel mountain and the three snowparks ideal. It’s no surprise Zell Am See ranks highly with snowboarders; there’s a brilliant fun park with a half pipe and one of Austria’s original two boardercross courses with ramps and jumps. Alternative winter activities in Zell Am See include tobogganing, Nordic walking and ice skating.
Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling around the many shops; it’s one of the highlights amongst things to do in Zell Am See. For regional delicacies don’t miss the Feinkost Lumpi store selling delicious bacon and cheese products and countless varieties of schnapps. If you’re after a unique treasure to take home, Stadtplatz 6 sells a range of decorative glass items and Charisma can personalise pizza plates. You’ll find a great choice of sports and clothes stores including Intersport and Benetton and a weekly market offering splendid local art and produce.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out, with various traditional mountain huts serving everything from Austrian to Chinese, Italian and French cuisine. Hotel Steinerwirt is one of the best places to visit in Zell Am See for good-quality Austrian meals at low prices. The wood-panelled restaurant in Hotel Zum Hirschen is very popular and serves fish fresh from the lake. Nightlife caters to all tastes with romantically lit Alpine lodges and late-night venues. Favourite drinking holes are Flannigan’s Irish pub, Gin House and Villa Crazy Daisy – normally the busiest in the town. Clubbers will be in their element at K1 nightclub.