Lake Zell (German: Zeller See; Italian: Lago di Zell) is a small freshwater lake in the Austrian Alps. It takes its name from the city of Zell am See, which is located on a small delta protruding into the lake. The lake is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) long and 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) wide. It is up to 73 metres deep and at an elevation of 750 metres above sea level.

Lake Zell (Zeller See)
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Location of the lake in Austria.
Location of the lake in Austria.
Lake Zell (Zeller See)
Coordinates47°19′N 12°48′E / 47.317°N 12.800°E / 47.317; 12.800Coordinates: 47°19′N 12°48′E / 47.317°N 12.800°E / 47.317; 12.800
Primary inflowsSchmittenbach, Thumersbach
Primary outflowsSalzach
Basin countriesAustria
Max. length4 km (2.5 mi)
Max. width1.5 km (0.93 mi)
Max. depth73 m (240 ft)
Surface elevation750 m (2,460 ft)
SettlementsZell am See

The lake is fed by numerous small mountain streams in summer, but only one stream flows out of it into the Salzach. In winter the lake completely freezes and is used for winter sports. In summer the lake is used for pleasure boating (boats powered by combustion engines are not allowed except for the ferries that cross the width of the lake from Zell to Thumersbach, so electrically powered boats can be rented instead). The water is very clear and suitable for swimming or diving, but can be chilly.

The southern end of the lake, near Schüttdorf, is shallower and mostly filled with water weed, making it unsuitable for boating or swimming.

The "Alpine Lake" can be seen from nearby ski trails.[1]


  1. ^ Enright, Becki (2022-10-06). "Stunning slopes and memorable eats: an insiders' guide to Austria's ski scene". the Guardian. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
Panoramic view of Lake Zell, Zell Am See visible on the right
Panorama of Lake Zell