Boat tours
on Lake Zell

Boat tours on Lake Zell

Cruises and boat trips in Zell am See

A boat tour with an incredible mountain panorama is exactly what you want to experience on your holiday or during an event? On Lake Zell, this dream can come true! Enjoy some breath-taking views during a cruise or lake-crossing: the Kitzsteinhorn, the Steinernes Meer range and, of course, Zell’s landmark mountain, the Schmittenhöhe. The best spot for that is up on the ship’s sun deck! 

Schmitten’s fleet

MS Schmittenhöhe

Used for panorama cruises &
special trips 
Year of manufacture / engine power 2005 / 495 HP
Length / width / draught 35 m / 7.6 m / 1.2 m
Transportation capacity 255 Pax
Seats – lower deck 90
Seats – upper deck 55
Seats – open deck 70
Seats – Sundeck Lounge 40
Amenities equipment for presentations
(screen, sound system,
microphone, projector) 
Accessibility the main desk is


Kaiserin Elisabeth

Used for panorama cruises &
special trips
Year of manufacture / engine power 1972 / 147 HP
Length / width / draught 20 m / 4.5 m / 0.8 m
Transportation capacity ca. 80 Pax
Seats – interior 45
Seats – open deck 35

MS Großglockner

Used for lake crossings &
special trips
Year of manufacture / engine power 1966 / 147 HP
Length / width / draught 17.9 m / 3.8 m / 0.8 m
Seats – interior 80


Nostalgieschiff Libelle ("nostalgia ship") 

in Summer 2020 not available!

Used for Sonderfahrten
Year of manufacture / engine power 1947 / 90 HP
Length / width / draught 14.30 m / 2.9 m / 0.9 m
Seats – interior 30


Full steam head – during a cruise on Lake Zell

Switch up your perspective and experience the mountains of the Pinzgau region from the water! How about during a stunning panorama cruise aboard the luxurious MS Schmittenhöhe? On the Kaiserin Elisabeth, everything revolves around “Sisi”, Austria’s most famous empress. Another historical experience is a trip onboard Nostalgieschiff Libella (“nostalgia ship”). You can also cross the lake aboard the MS Großglockner. 

Prices & Times

Both the panorama cruises and the lake crossings on Lake Zell are possible at regular departure times. You can choose between different ticket options. Get an overview here!

A boat cruise as an unforgettable event

Wedding, birthday or company event: Celebrate on the water! In Zell am See, you’ve got the unique opportunity to do so. Depending on the event and your personal preferences, you can choose from our three charter ships and spend an extraordinary hour on the water with up to 85 people. You’d like to celebrate longer? That’s possible upon request and against a surcharge. 

Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail to or by calling +43 (0) 6542 789 -211.

Events on the boat

Fireworks cruise, full-moon cruise, star-studded cruise and many more – get informed about the spectacular events on the MS Schmittenhöhe!

COVID-19 measures on the boat

What you can do to protect yourselves and others!

To participate in the panorama cruises one of the following three points is required (3-G-rule): 

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR test not older than 72 hours or an antigen test not older than 48 hours or a self test with digital integration not older than 24 hours. Here you can find the actual testing stations.)
  • Formal confirmation from a physician of COVID-19 recovery after an infection
  • Formal confirmation of quarantine completion subsequent to COVID-19 infection (please note the validity of 180 days)
  • Proof of vaccination (two vaccinations with an EMA approved vaccine)
  • Proof of neutralizing antibodies 


ATTENTION: There are currently no quick tests offered at the drop-off points.

The wearing of FFP2-masks is obligatory from the age of 6 during the whole lake crossing and at the drop-off points.

Wintry starlight cruises on Lake Zell

One thing’s for sure: Boat trips on Lake Zell are a real highlight in Zell am See. It would be a pity if you couldn’t go on one during the winter months. But luck is on your side – in the form of the starlight cruises! You can go on these cruises on the weekends throughout advent season – the perfect way to put yourself in a Christmassy mood. Enjoy some mulled wine, hot punch and cookies along with a breath-taking view of the surrounding snow-covered mountains. 

Good to know: Starlight cruises on Lake Zell are offered during Christmas holidays as well. Find out more about the events in the region of Zell am See-Kaprun.