Village Camps Zell am See

A spectacular mountain and lakeside experience in Austria.

Breathtaking experiences and fun challenges in a spectacular alpine mountain and lake location

Our home is the pretty village of Piesendorf, nestling in the spectacular mountain and lakeside scenery of the Austrian Alps. Imagine boating on the tranquil lake of Zell am See and looking high into the mountains above to see the permanent snows of the Kitzsteinhorn, a real glacier! The welcoming Village Camps Austrian base is limited to just 80 campers who quickly become a ‘family’ in the hands of the caring Village Camps’ counsellor team. Campers choose from our innovative English and German language courses, the thrilling Mountain and Lake adventure camp or the unique, highly acclaimed Film Academy. It all adds up to a friendly, fun time with so much to do. Campers tell us that the most thrilling experience is the evening camp-fire and overnight stay in a mountain hut high into the Alps.

Other highlights are the excursions to Salzburg, right in the heart of ‘The Sound of Music’ country and the birthplace of Mozart, as well as the stunning mountain-pass drive to enjoy spectacular views of the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain.


The very special Chalet Notburgahof is the home of Village Camps Austria. With good sized multi-bedded rooms (2-5 per room) and ensuite facilities, its very own gymnasium, all-weather tennis courts, an outdoor challenge course, wonderful chefs and great food, this is the ideal camp location.

Limited to 80 campers in four exciting programmes – English/German Language camp, Film Camp and Mountain & Lake Adventure camp, the congenial atmosphere in this small village chalet could not be better. The view of the snow-capped mountains in the near distance is to die for.


Within easy walking distance is a super-sports complex that is part of the facilities available to campers. Included within the complex are a beautiful swimming pool, water slides, beach volleyball court, football pitch, 4 clay tennis courts, outdoor snooker, trampolines and an evening campfire site. Great hiking & biking trails abound. Chalet equipment includes ten mountain bikes with more available at local sport stores.

Camp Organisation

At Village Camps campers are assigned to groups according to age and/or skill levels. The morning period of 3 hours is devoted to the campers specialty programme (German Language, English Language, Film Academy or Mountain & Lake Adventure). During the afternoons campers from all programmes join an array of exciting activities. Certain afternoons the children can “sign-up” for an activity of their choice while other days, age group and all-camp activities are organized. The evening programmes offer a variety of fun and challenging events that help build team spirit.All children will have the chance to take part in the film production that goes on at camp. Throughout each session the Film Academy Director will work to include all aspects of camp from activities to language classes to be included in the end of session camp film.

Meals are provided in the chalet’s spacious and comfortable family-style dining room. Each session a barbecue offered on the outdoor terrace.
Evening Activities
Evenings are filled with exciting and imaginative games, spectacular events and relaxing activities. These include:Summer Camp Discos
Summer Camp Indoor Olympics
Summer Camp Team-building Challenges
Summer Camp Games geared to age levels
Summer Camp Village Outings
Summer Camp and much, much more…

Several popular and informative excursions are planned with the actual number to take place depending upon the weather and desires of campers. Some of the choices are:Salzburg

Birthplace of Mozart – An excursion day to Salzburg is held once per session. Campers are introduced to Austrian culture thanks to visits to historic sites as well as to current ones. Trip includes visit to:

Summer Camp Bishop’s Palace at Hellbrun
Summer Camp Salt Mines at Hallein
Summer Camp Shopping in Salzburg

Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse
Campers pass through one of the most spectacular, unspoilt landscapes on the globe. Meadows, woods, alpine pastures, rocks and ice await campers before the final view of the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain (3798m).
Krimml Waterfalls
Dropping in three stages a total of 380 metres, it is the only Austrian landmark to receive the European parliament’s Nature Preservation Diploma in 1967.
Mountain Hut Overnight
The highlight of the camp: an exciting hike through the scenic Austrian Alps culminating with an overnight stay in a traditional mountain hut in the area with breath-taking views over the valley below.

Activities available to the programmes in Austria

Abseiling Arts and Crafts Badminton
Banana Boat Basketball Beach Volleyball
Counsellor Hunt Football Hiking
Kayaking Mini golf Mountain Biking
Mountain Hut Overnight Rock Climbing Ropes Course
Sailing Softball Summer Sledding
Swimming Table Tennis Tennis
Trampolining Trekking Windsurfing

Sample Daily Schedule **

Monday to Friday

Mornings 07:30 – 08:00 Wake Up
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30 Period A – Speciality Programmes
10:45 – 12:15 Period B – Speciality Programmes
Afternoons 12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 All camp meeting
14:00 – 15:30 Period C – Sign-up Activities
15:45 – 17:15 Period D – Sign-up Activities
17:15 – 18:15 Free time
Evenings 18:15 – 19:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:30 Evening Programme
22:00 Lights Out – Yellows (10-12 years old)
22:30 Lights Out – Reds (13-14 years old)
23:00 Lights Out – Blues (15 and older)
Saturday Excursion Day
Sunday Morning: Late wake up call, breakfast and relaxed morning
Notes: ** This is a sample schedule and may be subject to change