Zell am See

Zell am See is kind of an unusual resort – not a rustic village like most of its small Austrian competitors, but a lakeside town with a charming old center that seems more geared to summer than winter visitors. Zell is located on a large lake – the Zeller See – which is 4.5 km long and 850 to 1400 m wide. It’s a pleasant place, and – since a tunnel now takes through traffic to Schttdorf – less plagued by traffic. The town makes an attractive base for holidaymakers who enjoy travelling around. Having a car makes it easy to visit numerous other resorts.


St. Hippolyte’s Church – Within this church are the oldest known building remnants of the Pinzgau. The church is build in a mostly Romanesque style and consist of three naves. Before 1794 the central nave was crowned with a Gothic vault, but in that year it was replaced with another vault, which in turn was replaced by a flat wooden roof in 1898. Four steps lead up to the main altar, but the crypt has been filled in. The narthex and aisles are still Gothic, but some of the other Gothic objects (like the neogothic altars by Josef Bachlehner) were added during the renovation in 1898, when also the baroque furnishings of preceding centuries were removed. The highpoint of the church is its elevated walkway with its ornate parapet, build in 1514. The walkway rests on four differently carved columns of precious marble, in between which an intricate net-vault is spun. The three pointed arches are crowned with a number of crockets, and end in pointed towers. In between the arches are gothic baldachins with cut-out figures of St. Hippolyte and St. Florian, originating from 1520.

The tower is the main focus of the Zell am See skyline. It has a height of 36 meters. The strong walls have a limestone exterior.

Kaprun is a smaller village that is mostly known for its year-round skiable glacier, its Roman castle from the 12th century (one of the largest ruins of the Prinzgau), and its two large water reservoirs. The two villages have a fascinating and fairly priced program of sportive, cultural, and just simply entertaining offerings throughout the year which include skiing, snowboarding, cross country snow hiking, snowshoeing, tobogganing (on slides, truck tires, and boats), ice sailing, ice skating, hockey, sleigh rides, llama hikes, ballooning, paragliding, ice climbing, swimming in- and outdoors, horse back riding, concerts, fests, festivals, theater, musicals, exhibitions – and of course, the regular apres-ski activities found in restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

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