Zell am See, a slice of heaven on Earth

Dear Readers,

I am going to start this blog post with a note of gratitude to my friend Nidhi who planted a seed called Zell am See in my head, a place I would have otherwise never known about.

So, this trip happened because I wanted to gift my dearly beloved husband a holiday for our second year wedding anniversary. Since the big day falls in December and we hadn’t done any winter destination before, I jumped at breakneck speed into the opportunity of exploring Christmas markets {whilst layering like an onion} and drinking mulled wine.

Zell am see, an Austrian lake town close to the famous city of Salzburg is known for being pristine and untouched.

Here are some of the things we did in Zell am See-


‘THE’ STAY AT HOTEL GRAND

Now, this was a spurlge because this hotel faces the lake Zell so your room view is jaw-dropping at it’s worst!!! I really haven’t stayed in a property as quaint and romantic as this one. The hotel building dates back to 1894 and is obviously refurbished but still holds it’s old-school charm. I cannot stop raving about it because I genuinely want to urge you to go stay there. It’s one of those experiences you will remember & cherish for a lifetime.

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Decor at Hotel Grand
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Our breakfast view at Hotel Grand
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Christmas Decor at Hotel Grand
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Hotel Grand

SKI HOLIDAY

Zell am See is known to be a popular ski holiday destination. The husband and I can neither ice-skate nor ski so we were there for the views & the vibe and I kid you not; we were so tremendously mesmerised that we want to take our family there again in June, 2020.

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Even though the Christmas markets in Zell am See aren’t as huge as Prague, Budapest, London, etc. ; they have a charm of their own. We spent our evenings having early dinner and loitering around in the Christmas markets sipping mulled wine and munching on some fine cheese, churros & apple strudel.

This town is a perfect place for a family or couple’s getaway.

Whether you hire an Air BnB or choose to stay at Hotel Grand, your experience in Zell am See will be divine, I promise.

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Mulled wine in the snow…
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Christmas Market

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Christmas market cheeeseeee….

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TOP OF SALZBURG

It’s pointless going to Zell am See and not going up the mountains to goof around in the snow or do a snow (roller) coaster! Changing a multitude of cable cars, swinging around in the snow and sipping on hot drinks while at it, is an experience everyone who visits will cherish forever.

I would encourage you to go to the Kitzsteinhorn range as it has an observatory for the view suckers like me as well as a treat for those who ski.

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Brrrr….
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Cable car funny moments…
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Cable car lovey dovey moments…

ALPINE COASTER AMIDST THE SNOW

Kitzsteinhorn also has a snow coaster ride (alpine coaster) which was epic, scary and memorable for R & I. It’s definitely an experience you shouldn’t miss. Where else would you be able to experience this? Also, this ride has a lever which you have control over which means you can control the speed (you actually can’t much:-p ).

Rajeev was responsible for the lever and he kept panicking both the times we did this ride.

YES, we did this insane ride, twice!

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The craziest ride ever…

TAUERN SPA

Chilling around in hot pools amidst snow capped mountains was a far off dream I never dared to gallop to. The husband’s research materialised this. This is not just a popular spa joint but a hotel as well with over 11 hot pools, sauna and massage rooms. It really is a treat most of us must indulge ourselves in. Allow the pictures below to justify how rewarding this experience was. Also, as an FYI, we took a full-day pass but they have a 3 hour pass too which should be enough if you aren’t planning to lounge around all day.

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All in all, Zell am see is a lovely little lake town in Austria which is untouched and very very soothing to the eyes as well as spirit. As I mentioned before, I am bamboozling my family to travel to Zell am See in June 2020.

Why I choose to repeat?

‘cause Zell am See in summer is totally different from Zell am See in the winters.

Summers is all about fun activities like – swimming, paddle boarding, river rafting, sky diving, para gliding, hiking, biking, yoga on the mountains, cruising in lake Zell whilst having a champagne with brekkie and so much more.

I trust I left you excited & inspired because that’s all I intend to do with this blog post.

Do comment your thoughts, feedback and favourite picture below.

Love & Light,

Aakansha



Some more heartfelt moments….

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Baby & snow…

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Cosy dinner goals…
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What a view!
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Zell am See Train Station

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Priyanka Shewakramani says:

    Beautiful pictures Anku. Now I cant wait to explore this place 💖

    1. Aakansha says:

      I can’t wait to take you there in June 2020 *wink*

  2. Tanvi says:

    Very beautiful place indeed and i believe beauty lies in eyes of beholder .u are a beautiful soul 😇😇

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thank you my fellow beautiful soul, Tanvi
      Warm fuzzy hugs!

  3. Shikhaj says:

    Missed missed your posts Love ..welcome back 💖
    “Zell am See”
    I literally got to know about it through you …. Place looks heavenly
    On my bucket list Goals, thanks to you… 💖
    This couple looks sooo in love can’t pick one pic they are all so beautiful ❤

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thank you so much Shikha, for your kind words and positive vibes. I’d love to see your pictures in Zell am See. Hugs!

  4. Rajeev Shewakramani says:

    I have been waiting to read your posts about our holiday ever since we got back. And finally I can.
    You have so perfectly captured the mesmerizing beauty of this little lake town. You’re making me re-live our holiday 🤗

    1. Aakansha says:

      I AM RE-LIVING IT TOOOOOO XX

  5. Matta says:

    Your positivity is infectious!! And your couple energy is vivacious… I am always so glad to follow your holiday shenanigans. Inspires me…

    1. Aakansha says:

      Matta, you’re a legend yourself and reading this comment makes me blush! xx

  6. Shivani Shahu says:

    Beautifully portrayed 🤩💫

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thanks doll, I’d love to see you with your better half in Zell am See someday xx

  7. Hey Aakansha! Ah beautiful writing and photos ☺️ I have seen that you really enjoyed a lot guys! Looking forward to see you again you are an amazing couple ☺️

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thanks Kemal, it was such a pleasure meeting you!!! xx

  8. Pankhuri says:

    Beautifully expressed 💕

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thanks again Pankhuri :* :*

  9. Pankhuri says:

    Beautifully expressed! And amazing pictures 💓

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thank you Pankhs xx

  10. Piyush says:

    Beautiful pictures and city looks great to explore 😍🤩

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thanks Piyush, I’d love to see you there with your better half. xx

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