Choose from a very good range of 40 restaurants, offering a great variety of cuisines - Austrian, French, Italian and Asian. Traditional Austrian dishes can be found all over, but there's always something different to try when you fancy a change.
• Kupferkessel – Located in a former petrol station, this quaint restaurant is popular with locals for it's reasonably-priced pizza, pasta, fish and chargrilled steaks.
• Salzburger Stuben, Salzburgerhof Hotel – The two Gault Milau toques are well-earned. Dishes come out looking like works of art, and include things like cream of wild garlic soup, beef fillet with marrow crust, and forest clover sorbet.
• Bio Buger – Sample the best burgers in town - freshly homemade with quality beef, lamb, chicken and venison, for a juicy evening treat.
• Villa Crazy Daisy – A lively and modern place with a large menu - steak, pizza, ribs, rice and mouthwatering nougatknödel (nougat dumplings with pumpkin seed crumb).
• Ban Thai – Chow down on authentic Thai noodles and curry, whilst surrounded by an eclectic mix of Austrian and Thai décor. Get the spring rolls to start and the baked bananas for dessert.
• Schmiedhofalm (Schmittenhöhe) – This stylish and modern restaurant sources all its products from regional organic farmers, and even has some great views down to the lake.
• Schnaps Hans Alm Bar – Named after the owner who plays live music to entertain skiers and boarders alike, Schnaps Alms is a lively mountain bar and restaurant known for its crazy après.
• Areit Alm (Schuett piste) – Pick a spot in the homey restaurant or terrace, decorated with warm wood and sheepskins, and tuck into simple but hearty fare.
Zell am See is home to some truly excellent nightlife in its traditional cafés, bars and nightclubs. Après animals will be satisfied from the moment they hit the mountain huts to the moment their head hits the pillow in the small hours.
• A Bit of Irish – The only non-smoking bar in town hosts live music events during the week, a weekly pub quiz and also shows all major sporting events on the TV - so no more panic over missing the football.
• Villa Crazy Daisy – There's always a vibrant atmosphere here with its live music, guest DJs and roof terrace with heaters and blankets. And with great views of the lake and all the beer you could dream of, you won't want to go to bed.
• GinHouse – If gin is your thing, you need to come here. It's got the largest gin collection in the world - 450 and counting - which they make some scrummy cocktails with. There's also an outdoor lounge where you can listen to some chilled out tunes.
A traditional Austrian custom is the annual Krampus Procession, which takes place at the beginner of December. Visitors will get to lay their eyes on shaggy, monster-like creatures, who accompany Saint Nicholas on his journey through the old streets of Zell am See. According to legend, good children are given presents by St Nicholas, while the naughty ones are punished by his scary companions, the Krampuses. It's definitely a story to take back home with you.
Christmas Tree Diving
On Christmas Day, something very unique happens in Zell am See. An entire Christmas tree is submerged 15 metres deep into Lake Zell, before the divers of the Water Rescue Association bring it back up. As the team are at the bottom of the water, a further team of divers form a torchlit circle on the water's surface. Accompanied by festive music, the Christmas tree is rescued and brought back to the lake shore. It's different, but it's tradition.
Dance of the Tresterer
A few days after Christmas, visitors have the chance to watch the Tresterer welcome in the new year. Tresterer are symbolic Austrian figures with a rich history. They wear expensive garments and crowns with golden ornaments, topped with rooster feathers. They'll entertain guests by performing traditional dances which symbolise hope for a rich harvest, good luck, good health and the expulsion of bad spirits.
Starry Advent Markets
For something more familiar, head to Zell's Christmas markets - open from late November to Boxing Day. On offer are an array of woodwork toys, home-made products, mulled wine, roasted almonds and lots, lots more. And if that's not enough, there are musical performances and activities for children.
• Find great food, amazing views and fun staff a the Pinzgauer Hütte - and take a skidoo tow back to the slopes.
• Start the day on the freshly-groomed Blue 4 and 5, then move on to Sonnenalm for great reds like Red 20.
We’re all about giving you support, expertise and knowledge before, during and after your holiday - it’s what we do. Our service includes:
- 24/7 support and assistance via phone, email or even Twitter.
- Online info pack with tons of resort info and tips.
- Ski Explorer app with maps, snow reports, recommended routes and a friend finder.
- Weather, travel and resort updates via Facebook, Twitter or text message.
Our reps will meet you at the airport and help get your lift passes, equipment hire and tuition sorted. They’ll also be available in Zell am See so, if you need anything during your trip, just check your info pack or the Ski Explorer app to find out where they’ll be, and come and have a chat.
When you arrive in Zell am See, the coaches aren’t able to take you right up to the door of your accommodation. Instead, you’ll be dropped off at the Hallenbad Swimming Pool in resort. From here, a smaller vehicle will pick you up and drive you the rest of the way through the pretty streets to your accommodation.
All our holidays include shared transfers to and from your accommodation. However, if you would prefer a private transfer, this can be added when booking. These are taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.