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Austria – Mondsee and Zeller See Lakes and Hohenwerfen Castle

Published: 8.7.2019
Austria is an increasingly popular destination with us, we can go on a trip to the lakes and the mountains, all by car and the road does not take us more than a few hours. Moreover, it is a neighboring countrys. It is a pity when people avoid trips around the corner and prefer more exotic destinations.

Today we will present you two beautiful lakes and a castle around which you will probably go. Specifically, we will talk about Mondsee and Zeller See, where you can see for yourself which of these lakes is more beautiful. As a bonus, we must not omit Hohenwerfen Castle.
If you go to Austria from the Czech Republic, plan the Mondsee Lake as the first destination and then take it directly to Zeller See around Hohenwerfen Castle where you can spend the night in the camp.


Lake Mondsee with an area of 16.62 km² and an altitude of almost 500 meters lies in the Salzkammergut region (the region of central Austria in the Länder of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria, in the North Limestone Alps). It is one of Austria's warmest lakes and the water temperature reaches 27 ° C. The Fuschler Ache and Zeller Ache rivers come here to form Seeache. The monastery and church of the 8th century or the local museums can be found right next to the lake. Most tourists come here, but mainly because of the lake itself and hiking in the mountains. If you want to stay at least a bit and make a trip around, it is worth noting that only 25 km away from Mondsee is the city of Salzburg (a statutory city located on the Salzach River and known for its dominant - Hohensalzburg Fortress).

příroda je tu nádherná   pohled z hradu na Salazach

If you drive about 75 km further, you will meet the fairy-tale castle Hohenwerfen. It lies 40 km south of Salzburg and is well visible from a greater distance. If you come closer, you will see a wild (and beautifully clean) Salzach River directly below it in the valley. You can go to the castle by cable car or take a little uphill walk, which will not take you more than 20 minutes. The castle was founded in 1077. It is certainly interesting for film lovers that in 1968 the local castle appeared in the film Where Eagles Dare with the Czech name Kam Eagles Don't Fly (staring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood). There is also the Sokolnice Museum.

hrad Hohenwerfe

Hohenwerfe castle   Hohenwerfe castle

The last stop today is Lake Zeller. It is a major tourist center, as it is mainly walking trails of all difficulty levels and the lake itself can enchant everyone. If you are traveling by car, you can use a large number of campsites right by the lake. Here's a change for car fans. Famous Ferdinand Porsche lived in Zell am See, the founder of Porsche.

Zeller See

GPS: 47°28'59.6"N 13°11'21.8"E

Text a foto: Jitka Kratochvílová

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