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“Beautiful”
Review of Lake Zell

Lake Zell
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Zell am See
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

We took a panorama boat cruise around Lake Zell, The trip lasts about 45 minutes and is free if you have a Zell am See/Kaprun card. The scenery around the lake is lovely and we paid extra to go on the top deck of the boat where you get a better view and it is not crowded. A lovely way to relax on the lake.

Thank Little Jenny
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

The lake is lovely to cycle around. Its probably about a 12km loop and there is a cycle path for most of the way. There are also 3-4 places where you can stop off to swim along the way as well as many eating holes

2  Thank Erin D
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

Zell am See is a beautiful and welcoming town (not a Alpine village) with a wonderful lake with loads of water sports and the water itself seems to generally be about 20-22 degrees C in summer wonderfully refreshing.

Get an "I can swim card", (don't confuse with the free "summer card" which some hotels give out) which cost €200 for 2 adults and a child, but gives free access as much as you want to the "beach" areas at Zell and Thumersbach on the other side of the lake, and to all the ski lifts in Zell and Kaprun. Beware children over 14 are charged as adults. Great value so long as you use it for the lifts etc etc.

Get up the mountains but wear proper shoes or boots as it is generally hard core tracks, we went up one lift, walked down to another a few Kms away and went down on the other lift! Take both sun screen and a water proof! The most fantastic views included the glaciers plenty of cafés and restaurants and a great place to sit, watch and enjoy a kleines bier or 2, especially when watching clouds skid past below you in the valleys. For the brave and fit, lots of mountain bike trails, but steep.

Lots to do within walking distance but on Sundays shops including grocers are shut. If you get here on a Saturday afternoon and are self catering there are very few places other than petrol stations open for essentials. No late night opening. You might ask your renter/owner to provide bread, butter cheese milk etc etc... We hate flying after massive delays and issues so generally now drive whether to France, Germany or Austria in summer or winter, so bringing the odd essentials like pasta and beans helps and keeps the costs down. We generally do 2 overnight stops when driving to Zell it is deceptively far and the autobahns can be fast but also riddled with road works and 3 lanes going into 2, Germans are very good at engineering traffic jams! No road tolls though on the routes we choose.

The But... We have been to Zell and Kaprun a few times both skiing and in the summer. In the summer now it is like little Riyadh, an evening stroll through the town is now like walking through an Arab City, very few Europeans and for my wife and child who have never experienced it, very intimidating as all you see is Burkhas and the ones we sat near in cafés and gondolas, so loud, rude and demanding. They also seem to have imported very garish, silly, very loud and "compensating for something" (American... Go figure!) cars which they rev up at all hours as they drive repeatedly up and down the only main road in Zell. Yes we all have a right to travel and see beautiful places, but we also generally go to soak up the local culture, not just bring ours with us without flexibility which is so disappointing. But then again isn't going away somewhere only to find a fish and chip shop, English breakfasts and an Irish Bar! Not sure lederhosen would suit me though!

We won't be back in the summer again, it just doesn't feel Austrian in the town anymore. Which is such a shame and yes says more about me than I might like, but I am on holiday and want to relax; we expected lederhosen and oompa band music, we got something very different. Things change, not necessarily for the better.

1  Thank giles B
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

Very scenic and clean. I can especially recommend the seebad in Thumersbach (can be reaced from Zell am See by boat, car, bike or by foot).

Thank JHLharlev
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We enjoyed hiking around the lake. As it rained some while we were there, we did half of the lake one day and the other half another. Each time we caught the ferry back to town.

Thank becpen
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