Zell am See
5700 Zell am See, Austria
Photo courtesy of Schmittenhoehenbahn AG
Zell am SeeIn Austria's Salzburg province, the Zell am See resort boasts a postcard-perfect mountain setting. At the center of the area is Lake Zell, which runs for 2.5 miles and is just under a mile wide. Fed by mountain streams, it has remarkably clear and clean water-ideal for swimming on hot summer days, as long as you are prepared for a cool dip. As you explore the trails that traverse the area, your biggest challenge might be pronouncing the place names. Trails go up Schmittenhöhe mountain for great views of Kitzsteinhorn glacier, while the Guggenhöhenweg and Jetzbachastensteig are easily manageable paths, with plenty of flowery meadows to rest in. At twelve miles long, the popular Pinzgauer Spaziergang, or Pinzgau walk, follows a ridge and despite its length is a relatively easy trail. The highest peaks are in the Hohe Tauern National Park, south of the Salzach valley, which has more than 50 well-marked and maintained trails.
To learn more about all that the Alps offers, visit AFAR Journeys for six itineraries covering the many highlights of the region.