In Austria, the cultural mountain traditions are much stronger than in other Alpine countries. Here in the pretty cobbled streets, that are filled with cafes and shops, it’s the norm for bar and restaurant staff to be wearing the national costume – Lederhösen for guys and revealing dirndls for girls. Think glühwein, wiener schnitzels and large servings of apple strudel and cream. You’ll find all this and more in Zell am See’s picture postcard streets as well as Christmas markets in December.
There’s also ice skating and paragliding – the lake being the finish line for the famous Red Bull X-Alps paragliding adventure race in summer. Overall, whether you’re a skier or not, it’s a great bet, as the decent sized town has plenty to do when you’re not on the slopes.