Mountains, a lake, and a castle plus an interesting history, Zell Am See has it all. This picturesque postcard destination located halfway between Salzburg and Innsbruck received its city status less than 100 years ago.
Founded by monks in the 8th century and named Cella in Bisoncia, it has an old Romanesque and Gothic parish church and a Renaissance castle, Schloss Rosenberg. Cella meant a monastery, referring to the village’s monastic peace and Binsonzio referred to its location in the Pinzgau region. It was only named Zell Am See in 1810. Zell Am See literally means “on Lake Zell”. Lake Zell is one of the top sights in Austria.
Zell Am See was just a market town, a locality of farmers. But that changed practically overnight in 1875 when the Salzburg-Tyrol railway opened.
Tourism grew quickly, which is no surprise. Here you can enjoy one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Feel free to take a sip or two. The water of Lake Zell is of drinking standards. The lake is formed from an underwater spring, making it one of the warmest lakes in Europe.
Lake Zell is surrounded by the majestic peaks of Schmittenhohe and Kitzsteinhorn providing a breathtaking view of the Alps. The old town has ancient buildings that have stood the test of time. Zell Am See really is an exquisite holiday location with all the features you could be looking for in an Austrian holiday destination. The town is considered a top summer and winter destination for tourists.
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Lene H. Minyard