A walking tour of Zell am See

I’m just back from a holiday in Zell am See, a picturesque town situated on the western shores of Zeller See in the Salzburg land area of Austria.

The town, or rather city, has a long history dating back to Roman times and in the Middle Ages was an important mining area.

Today the central district is pedestrianized and I set out to explore the area.

Schloss Rosenberg – The Rathaus.

101 Schloss Rosenberg

102 Rathaus

The 16th century Schloss Rosenberg is a traditional Salzburg style property with four corner and one central tower. It is now used as the Town Hall.

Vogtturm (Kastnerturm). The Town Tower.

103 Town tower

The Kastnerturm, or Constable’s Tower is the oldest building in town and dates from the 12th century. It was once a grain silo but it now houses the heritage museum.Inside there are displays of old costumes and relics of the traditional way of life in the old Salzburg Land.

The Stadtbrummen , The Town Fountain.

04 Stadtbrunnen05 Town fountain

The Town Fountain is situated in the centre of the square and important historical events of the town are featured on the side panels.

Stadpfarrkirche, St Hippolyt Parish Church.

06 St Hippolyt07 St Hippolyt

The Parish Church of St Hippolyt lies not far from the centre and its tower with a height of 36 me3tres dominates the skyline. It was built in the 11th century in Romanesque style but has had several Gothic extensions.

The Marienkapelle, Marien Chapel.

108 Marien Chapel109 Marien Chapel

The Marienkapelle is a private chapel and contains a painting of the Ahrenkleidmadonna.

The “Austrian Fountain”, Der “Osterreich Brunnen”.



The fountain has nine columns and is dedicated to the nine provinces of Austria.


Alongside the lake in Elizabeth Park are three sculptures by Johann Weyringer. They depict a flower, a Capricorn and an eagle.

113 The Flower114 Capricorn115 The Eagle

Alongside the lake at Elizabeth park there are some fountains which play to music several times during the day and feature a laser show in the evening.

119 Fountains


One of the things I found unusual was the large number of tourists from the the Arab States.  Half the population seemed to be wearing the full Burka. I could not understand it. But , I soon found the reason.

According to a passage in the Koran, Paradise looks like a lake surrounded by snow capped mountains. A clever marketing man in the Zell am See tourist board realised that the town fitted the bill perfectly and began to promote the village to travel agents in the Middle East.

I too thought it was paradise and was longing to climb some of the 2000 metre mountains.


About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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6 Responses to A walking tour of Zell am See

  1. Love Australian architecture it’s so distinctive…

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    I agree, I also love the scenery, and the food!

  3. Sorry was suppose to be Austrian

  4. crosbyman66 says:

    I knew what you meant.

  5. Marie says:

    Very different from Australian architecture, sorry to say. We were in Salzburg last September, absolutely beautiful. Loved your photos, as usual. They looked familiar, but I could be just wishful thinking.

  6. crosbyman66 says:

    Salzburg was fantastic, we were there last week although we spent most of our time wandering round the Mirabelle Gardens which were so colourful.
    I will add some photos next week.

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