From Zell am See into the Gastein Valley

ORF-E | 2020
1 x 41 min

In this documentary, Tyrolean filmmaker Hans Jöchler explores the picturesque province of Salzburg. The journey leads from Zell am See to the scenic landscape of the Gastein Valley.

Strolling in the idyllic old town of Zell am See was already appreciated in the days of the Habsburg Monarchy. Thus, the municipality, along with Bad Ischl, was considered one of the most popular places for the summer retreat of Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Empress Elisabeth. Not far from Zell am See, Fritz Sendlhofer shows his “diamonds”. In his saw museum, which comprises around two thousand exhibits, he proudly presents saws of all kinds, some of which even come from Cairo or Syria. However, Fritz Sendlhofer is known for more than his passion for collecting saws and beer mugs. He is a Beard Olympic and World Champion. Another highlight is the excursion to the Schmittenhöhe mountain station. With the fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and the view of more than thirty 3000 meter peaks, it is not surprising that the Schmittenhöhe was one of the favorite places of Empress Elisabeth. Only a few kilometers away lies Kaprun. The village excites for example with the annual Austria-wide spectacle of the dragon boat race.

Through breathtaking aerial shots of the rugged mountains, impressions of romantic little towns and encounters with outstanding personalities, the documentary characterizes the charm of the Salzburg region.

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