The beautiful old town of Cell am See, located in a picturesque intermountain depression on the shore of the majestic Alpine Lake Cellersee, 80 km from Salzburg, is the administrative center of Pinzgau County. Once a monastic monastery (die Zelle), today it is one of the most democratic resorts, welcoming guests from all over Europe. The level of popularity and opportunities for active recreation is unrivalled in Austria.
Sell am See is famous for its well maintained ski slopes with a total length of 77 km. And most of them are laid out so that the riders do not interfere with each other. The slopes are designed mainly for medium level skiers (27 km of blue slopes). But there are suitable routes for beginners (25 km) and professionals (25 km). For cross-country skiing enthusiasts, there are good long trails with a length of 40 km. In addition, Cell-am-See has excellent conditions for beginners in snowboarding.
The resort's ski lift system (about 30 lifts in total) is also well planned for the resort. One is located in the heart of Schutdorf, next to the main resort hotels; the other begins almost in the pedestrian zone of Cell am See, and the third, the Schmittenheeban cable car, is a 5-7 minute drive from the center and has the largest capacity.
The best time to ride is from the end of December to the end of March. However, the nearby Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, where the snow lies even in the hottest months, will protect skiers in any season.
In summer, the winter ski resort of Zell am See is transformed into an excellent recreation center on the shores of Lake Zellersee. The water here warms up to 22°C, there are pebble and sandy beaches. Music festivals and water skiing competitions are held annually.
The lake has long been popular with diving enthusiasts, for whom the resort has a diving school. Dives are made to depths of up to 70 m. And there's also a real divide for fishing enthusiasts. In the mountain lake there are pike, trout, pike-perch, line, bream, so that the rich catch is guaranteed.
Cycling, hiking, sailing and hiking are always in high demand.
In addition, the resort also has a sports and recreation complex, including a skating rink with artificial ice, 25-meter swimming pool with water slides and jumps, sauna, solarium, massage, steam room, bowling alley.
Zell am See also has a well-developed entertainment infrastructure. A lot of cafes have been built on the slopes. Restaurants, bars, discos, nightclubs, where you can talk, eat, dance or just listen to music are at your service.
The main sights of the city are the ancient Catholic Cathedral of St. Hippolyte, the Evangelical Church, the fortress of Prylau, the art gallery in the City Hall and the Historical Museum.
In Austria, it is difficult to find a more versatile resort than Cell am See, which would have such excellent and numerous opportunities for year-round recreation and various sports activities.