Close cookies panel

We use cookies to give you the best possible online experience.

If you continue, we'll assume you are happy for your web browser to receive all cookies from our website.


Salzburgerland, Austria

Our Top Six Favourite Walks around Zell Am See

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 13, 2015
Lake in Zell am See, Austria
Lake in Zell am See, Austria

The magnificent Austrian landscape can boast towering mountains, picturesque gorges and large glassy lakes. Discover the natural beauty and explore on foot some of Zell am See's spectacular places. Here is our list of our six top favourite walking areas.  


Hohe Tauern National Park

The Großglockner is the highest mountain in Austria and is situated within the National Park Hohe Tauern. This National Park is the biggest one in the Alps and contains important alpine ecosystems on a large scale. The protected area contains 130 km2 of glacier, more than 550 lakes and 279 mountain rivers. It is perfect for walks to explore the untouched natural landscapes and stunning wildlife.


Just south of Zell am See is the town of Kaprun and a walk starting here will take you past the hydroelectric power plant, next to the entrance of the Sigmund Thun Klamm – which is a huge, stunning gorge. This was formed by the glacial movements of the the last Ice Age and the Kaprun Ache now flows through it, cascading over a section of the 32 metre drop. There is a small fee to travel along the beautiful gorge, and after that you'll emerge to the picturesque Klamsee reservoir, which is framed by magnificent evergreens and huge mountains. Make your way to the valley station of the Kitzstein lift, before returning back the way you've come.

Zeller See

The Zeller See is a fresh water lake. It is great for watersports offering boating, swimming and diving in the summer and then, during the winter, the water completely freezes allowing a fantastically large ice rink for winter sports. Starting from the town of Zell am See, on the lake's western shore, you can walk a rough circumference of the water's edge, which takes you out of town south, so the lake is on your left. You'll follow the lake path until you reach the south side, when it will lead you along the edge of the protected wildlife reserve. Rejoin the road to the east of the lake and continue north, up through the town of Thumserbach, until you round the top of the lake at its northern shore and begin the homeward stretch back to Zell am See.

Saalbach to Zell am See

Why not try a classic route linking the two famous tourist spots of Zell am See and Saalback-Hinterglemm. Take the lift up to Ostgipfel and then start on the path of the Pinzgauer Spaziergang Walk, first south, then west to the summit of Schmittenhöhebahn, where there is another lift. Though be sure to check the times of descent. And once you've walked one way, you can always get the bus back!

Rauris Valley

There are over 150km of marked hiking paths in the Rauis Valley, which lies in the east of the Zell am See district. Walking here will present magnificent scenery. The Flower Trail from Schrieflingbauern to Wastlalm is one of the most beautiful sections of path in the valley. There'll be a lot of information boards around and you should aim to follow the trail to Wastlalm before continuing through a trench down into the valley.


This natural phenomenon created in the last Ice Age is a huge gorge towards the north of the Zell am See district. It is an incredible sight with dark cavernous natural chambers inside and towering, beautiful rock faces on the outside. The gorge was opened to the public in the 1920s and boardwalks have been constructed throughout its rocky formations, both inside and out, making it an interesting trail walk for anyone. 

Find out how you can stay in our fantastic property in this beautiful area and discover these walks for yourself. Follow the link below.

Share this post:
Luci Ackers
Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

0 Comments related to this article
Submit a Comment
Cancel Reply
Name *  
Email address *    
Comment *  
Submit Comment

All comments will be moderated before being displayed

How do I find out more?
Request our beautifully illustrated brochure

Viehhofen is part of the Holiday Property Bond's growing portfolio of outstanding holiday properties throughout the UK and Europe, imaginatively created over 32 years to combine "home from home" comfort with total relaxation. Currently the portfolio features 35 holiday developments, all in stunningly beautiful locations across 13 countries, with over 1,400 individual villas, apartments and cottages.

For a summary of how HPB can give you and your family a lifetime of wonderful holidays and the risks as well as the benefits of an investment please read "How and how much" below.

Then we would be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, along with our full length DVD introduced by Bondholder Sue Barker and a list of forthcoming Open Days and Exhibitions. Please just complete and submit this form or telephone our FREE brochure line on 0800 230 0391.

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers.

* Indicates required fields

This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited ("HPBM") registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPBM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, issued by HPB Assurance Limited ("HPBA") registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Limited registered at HSBC House, Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1GT. The Securities Manager is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LR.

Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies. No medical examination required. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM who will only charge for their services if you invest. HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA.

AS FEATURED IN The Telegraph BBC Daily Mail The Sunday Times