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Monday, October 30, 2017

A Tour by Excursion Boat MS Schmittenhöhe on Lake Zell, Austria

Popular as a tourist destination, Zell am See is located in the Zell am See-Kaprun region of Austria. With less than 10,000 inhabitants, the city is one of the most important alpine tourist towns in Austria and boasts of glacier, mountains and a lake (known for its drinkable water). We visited Zell am See recently and are sharing what we think are the top three things to do in the Zell am See-Kaprun region.

Firstly we would suggest a visit to the lakeside town of Zell walking through its medieval town centre and then heading to enjoy a boat ride on the picturesque Lake Zell. We opted for a boat excursion on the MS Schmittenhöhe which is the biggest and most comfortable of the boats at the lake.

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria



And let me tell you, it was not just another boat ride. This was an indulgent 45-minute boat trip between a glacier and the highest mountains of Austria. The excursion offered the best views of the historic Zell town, the stunning alpine landscape, and the snow-capped peaks. Seated in the comfortable sundeck of the MS Schmittenhöhe we enjoyed beautiful views of the Steinerne Meer, the Hohe Tauern mountains, the Zell local mountain, the Schmittenhöhe as well as lovely views of the town of Zell am See itself.

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria

Boating on Lake Zell in Zell am See, Austria


Overall, it was a delightful tour with the weather favouring us - the sun shone nicely and the calm, turquoise water of the lake had a relaxing effect. The alpine landscape dotted with trees in fantastic autumn colours brightened up the mood. It was a real treat!

To check out the boat trip timings and prices, visit www.zellamsee-kaprun.com

Next up is the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Kitzsteinhorn mountain is located within the Kaprun region and the Kitzsteinhorn glaciers are a popular ski area with plenty of piste options catering for all grades of skiers. In addition to skiing, the Kitzsteinhorn has nearly 100 climbing routes and 12 kilometers of freeride mountain biking trails. And for those who come to experience the majestic Alpine scenery, Kitzsteinhorn lives up to the expectations, offering breathtaking views of the Alps. Whether you love nature and snow-capped mountains or are a skier (beginner or experienced), the Kitzsteinhorn area should not be missed when you are visiting Austria. You can read more about our visit here.

Kitzsteinhorn glacier


And finally, we would recommend a visit to the Schmittenhohe. We visited this place while in Austria and it was fabulous. Schmittenhohe has a number of different walks suitable for all levels. You can take the gondola to the top and then pick one of the walking routes. On a clear sunny day (we had excellent weather during our visit) the views from the top are amazing. We especially loved the view of the Zell town with the lake. Watch out for our detailed post on the Schmittenhohe.



Thank you to Zell am See-Kaprun tourism for organising our boat excursion. All views, as always, remain solely our own.

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21 comments :

  1. hat spectacular views! Absolutely beautiful! I love boating holidays and trips - thankfully I never get seasick so would love this excursion!

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    1. The boat excursion offers a different perspective of the town. I would recommend it if you plan to visit Zell am See.

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  2. It looks absolutely amazing. The photos are amazing.

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  3. What a trip. The views are amazing.

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  4. Spectacular colours. Looks like a fabulous place!

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  5. Beautiful, that has brought back lots of happy memories of a holiday to Zell am See we took a few years ago

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    1. Which season did you visit in? We were told the lake freezes in Winter and is a beautiful sight to behold.

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  6. wow that looks amazing! I would never want to leave with views like that xx

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  7. Looks amazing! would love a trip on that

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  8. Absolutely spectacular scenery. Looks so peaceful and inviting, not sure I could cope with the heights though

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  9. Looks stunning

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  10. What stunning photos and well written article! I felt as if I was right there enjoying the gorgeous views with the Sun on my face. How wonderful!

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  11. WOW!, beautiful boat & place, this world is stunning thank you for sharing a bit of it with us

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    1. Agree with you, Tracey. This world of ours is such a beautiful place.

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  12. wow! What spectacular scenery. We've visited Salzburg but love to explore Austria more

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  13. I've been to Austria and it's probably the most beautiful city I've ever visited (I've visited a few)! Love your photos!

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  14. Wow. This looks absolutely amazing. Breathtaking scenery.

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  15. Wow this looks breathtaking !!

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  16. So beautiful and so peaceful looking, an amazing way to relax and recharge the batteries :)

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  17. Such a lovely place and the view is stunning perfect for a day out with the family

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