Zell am Ziller



Zell am Ziller is a municipality in the rear of the Zillertal in a valley basin on the right side of the Ziller and belongs to the Schwaz district in Tyrol (Austria).

The foundation of the community was laid by monks in the 8th century who converted the residents of the valley to Christianity from the Gerlos Pass and built a simple monk cell.

Zell was of great importance to the Archbishopric of Salzburg. In addition to extensive real estate, there was a direct connection over the Gerlos Pass to the Salzburg region.

In 1187 the St. John's Hospital was built for the numerous pilgrims and travelers, from which the foundation retirement home emerged. 1188 the place name Zell as Cellensis parrochia (parish of Zell) in a document Archbishop Adalbert III. first mentioned in a document by Salzburg. When gold was found on the Hainzenberg in the 16th century, the importance of the place increased, so that the administration of the Salzburg court in the Zillertal was relocated to Zell in 1592.

After the decline in mining in the 19th century, Zell was a place of cattle markets. In exchange for wine, the cattle were driven over the Tuxer Joch and the Brenner Pass to Bozen.

In the course of the Napoleonic Wars, Zell was sacked by Bavarian troops on November 6, 1809 during the Tyrolean uprising. After the end of the wars, the Austrian Emperor Franz I paid homage to the Austrian emperor on June 5, 1816, until he traveled on to Fügen, where the local imperial monument was erected. He was an advocate of the participation of the then still Salzburg areas such as Zell in the Tyrolean freedom struggle in 1809 and advocated the unification of these areas with the County of Tyrol.

Miners were still working in the mine until 1930, but mining was discontinued as unprofitable.

In 1989 Zell was raised to a market town.


Parish Church of St. Veit. Built in 1779.
Zillertal regional museum. The museum gives an insight into historical life. The centerpiece is the 17th century Hof Ental, which was removed from its original location and rebuilt here. Open: in summer.

The local ski area is the Zillertalarena, the largest ski area in the Zillertal; Valley locations are Zell, Gerlos, Krimml, Wald-Königsleiten; 30 huts and snow bars;
Height 630 - 2 500m; 50 lifts; 163 km of slopes;
Regular events
Gauderfest. The Gauderfest takes place every year in the days before the first Sunday in May. It is one of the oldest folk festivals in Tyrol. The Gauderbock, a Bock beer specially brewed by the local brewery for the festival, is served. There is also a pageant with floats, bands and groups in traditional costume. A highlight is the wrestling, a form of wrestling. The festival has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Getting there
By plane
By train
From Jenbach an der Unterinntalbahn (route Kufstein - Innsbruck) with the Zillertalbahn to Zell.

By bus
There are bus connections from Innsbruck main station.

By street
Zell is located in the middle of the Zillertal, the approach is from the north from the Lower Inn Valley (Inntal motorway A12, Kufstein - Innsbruck, toll!), Exit Zillertal and continue on the federal road B169 through the Zillertal to Uderns. The toll-free journey from Germany is possible via the route along the Achensee.

In an easterly direction, Gerlosstraße branches off to the Gerlos Pass (1490 m).