In the state of Salzburg, its administrative capital Zell am See sits beside Lake Zell and the Alpine vistas seen in numerous tourist brochures (most notably the mountain of Schmittenhoehe, which rises almost 6,500 feet above sea level). Famous for its MICE venues, Zell am See is a small, charming city center that has had a market since the 14th century and a rail station on the Salzburg-Tyrol line since 1875. The highlight is the part-Gothic, part-Romanesque church of Sankt Hippolyt, or Saint Hippolyte in English.
Zell am See has two airports fairly close to it. The nearest is Salzburg Airport W.A. Mozart (SZG), 40 miles to the northeast, which has service to European cities such as Frankfurt, London, Vienna and Zurich, while 90 miles to the west is Innsbruck Airport (INN), also known as Kranebitten, which has similar reach, although far more seasonal service.
Zell am See has its own MICE facility, the Ferry Porsche Congress Center, named for the Austrian Porsche automobile family. The center has 21,000 square feet of space for events for up to 1,000 persons, in areas such as its 20 function rooms. It also has 16,000 square feet of outside events space. The largest space in the center, Red Box, can cater to 400 persons theater-style and 210 for a banquet.
Although hotels here mainly cater to the outdoors and wellness brigade, MICE hotels in Zell am See and nearby area include the famed, 133-room Grand Hotel Zell am See, which occupies its own miniscule promontory in the city center, dates to 1896, and has its own little garden with lakeside terrace. Other choices in this small city include the 86-room Tirolerhof Zell am See, which has a spa; the 68-room Salzburgerhof, which has a meeting room and a banquet room for up to 80 persons; 40-room Seevilla Freiberg, which has a conference room with lakeside views and, even closer, a deck right by the water; and the 39-room Romantik Hotel Zell am See, which also has a space, plus a function room for up to 350 persons.
Memorable places in Zell am See and its surroundings in which to hold private events include, just south of the city center, the Voetter's Oldtimer Museum, which displays approximately 200 classic motor cars with space for events and is affiliated to adjacent Hotel Voetters Sportkristall, which itself has a spa, fantastic scenery, a bar, a restaurant, function space and 45 guest rooms. Also close to the car museum is the impressive Burg Kaprun, which dates to approximately 1280 and has some very cool spaces, including medieval halls, for rent, as well as having an enviable location amid mountains. In Zell am See itself are the Golf Club Zell am See, which has two 18-hole courses and a restaurant with views of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain, and, high up the Schmittenhoehe and reached by funicular, the AlpineResort Zell am See, which has function areas inside and out, spectacular views and 60 guest rooms.
Restaurants that can look after groups in Zell am See itself include Steiner Genusswerk, which has an airy feel and old wooden floorboards and is known for its fish dishes; Steinerwirt 1493, with an Austrian menu in a 28-room hotel that has been in operation since—as its name suggests—the late 15th century but is now boutique in style; Kupferkessel, which is in a wooden Alpine building and specializes in pizzas, although it has a wider menu; Restaurant Feinschmeck, in a 35-room hotel of the same name, which specializes in barbecued meats prepared in the middle of the restaurant floor and has some outdoor seating, too, and, for a real splash, the Kaisersaal restaurant at the Grand Hotel Zell am See, or the hotel's Panorama Restaurant, which has two rooms, one red, the other blue, for diners.