Discover the countryside around Zell am See

Discover the countryside around Zell am See

Towering peaks, stunning views, the loving embrace of spas and cosy pubs. Come on a trip to this popular Austrian resort and its surrounding countryside.

20. 2. 2024 eMobility

Set in the heart of the Austrian Alps, the Zell am See-Kaprun region combines natural beauty and cultural richness. And it is the destination chosen by Andrea and Sara, who have a blog called PrettyLittleLondon. They were accompanied on their trip not only by an Enyaq Coupé 85x in Laurin & Klement trim, but also by Heidi, who goes by the social media name heidi.from.the.mountains and spends most of her life at higher altitudes than the rest of us.

Kaprun, with its famous Kitzsteinhorn glacier, is their first stop. “The cable car will take us to a restaurant at an altitude of over three thousand metres. You can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a beautiful view in one of the highest restaurants in Austria,” says Heidi.

But on the way to the glacier, they will also take a look around Fusch an der Großglocknerstraße, a village at the foot of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner. But above all, this is where the excitement starts for motoring enthusiasts: the road that winds through the Fusch valley, which is part of the High Tauern National Park. The valley’s human history dates back to Celtic times. Lovers of mountain roads will revel in the numerous bends here, which, even in the snow, the Enyaq makes light work of thanks to its driving assistance systems.

The journey begins at the base of the Grossglockner mountain.

And at last they come to the Kitzsteinhorn. Rising majestically to an altitude of 3,029 metres, it’s not only a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts, it’s also a magnet for anyone who appreciates breathtaking views and culinary delights. The Gipfel restaurant, which Heidi recommended, is famous for being the highest restaurant in Salzburg. Here, guests savour specialities of regional and international cuisine while soaking up the panorama of the Alpine giants. And after a short hike to the top and a brief snowball fight, it’s back to the cosy interior of the pre-warmed Enyaq

Snowball fight on the Kitzsteinhorn, 3,029 metres above sea level.

After a long time spent in the cold, an opportunity to recharge your batteries is always welcome – that applies both to cars (charging from 10 to 80 percent takes less than half an hour for this Enyaq) and humans. The Tauern Spa in Kaprun offers twelve swimming pools, ten saunas and steam baths and an array of wellness and beauty treatments. “They have a thermal steam bath, and even an outdoor pool where you can swim and enjoy the view of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain,” Heidi says with relish.

Time for some pampering at Tauern Spa in Kaprun

Škoda Enyaq Coupé Laurin & Klement

The top-of-the-range variant of the electric Enyaq SUV is named after the founders of the Czech car company, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement. Its body and interior have specific design elements, and it comes with a wealth of equipment as standard. The 85x version delivers a maximum power output of 210 kilowatts and a range of up to 570 km in the WLTP cycle.* The interior comes with leather upholstery as standard and numerous other features, such as ventilated front seats with massage function.

Now fully relaxed, our trio stops at Zeller See – but on the lake shore opposite the town of Zell am See, which is less busy despite being full of cosy cafes. At 3.8 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, the freshwater lake is one of the largest bodies of water in the Salzburg area. Whether you’re sailing, swimming or just strolling along the shore, it’s the perfect setting for relaxation and recreation.

Zeller See - one of the biggest bodies of water in Salzburg district

The next destination is Kaprun Castle, a medieval fortress dating from the 12th century. As it’s so well preserved, the castle gives you the opportunity to step back in time. It serves as a venue for various events, including festivals, celebrations and concerts, imbued with a lively medieval atmosphere. People often stop here to spend a few minutes taking in the beautiful views of the valley through which the River Salzach flows.

Kaprun Castle and its breathtaking views.

“The only way to end our trip is a traditional Austrian dinner. I’ll take you to a restaurant that offers genuine local classics,” Heidi promises, and Andrea and Sara enthusiastically agree. Run by the Grainer family for more than 35 years, the Dorfstadl restaurant is acclaimed for its traditional Austrian cuisine in a rustic setting. The menu is full of regional specialities from Pinzgau, including steaks cooked on hot stones, venison and seasonal delicacies.

Journey's end: a table covered with Austrian specialities

Andrea and Sara

@dr_difilippo,  @santinisarah

A couple from London, their biggest passion is exploring and discovering new restaurants, cafes and other trendy places.

Heidi Messner

@heidi.from.the.mountains

Originally from northern Italy, Heidi lives in the Alps. Driven by her love of mountains, she creates content primarily focused on her passions: hiking, travelling, cycling and yoga. This makes her the perfect local guide.

Heidi, Andrea, Sara

* Preliminary values