Gmunden

Austria

Gmunden is a small town that sits at the edge of the large Lake Traunsee in the Salzkammergut area of Upper Austria. It is generally considered a tourist town but is also used as a summer health retreat for Austrians owing to its variety of brine and salt related treatments available.

Gmunden is a town in Upper AustriaAustria in the district of Gmunden. It has 13,204 inhabitants. It is much frequented as a health and summer resort, and has a variety of lake, brine, vegetable and pine-cone baths, a hydropathic establishment, inhalation chambers, whey cure, etc. It is also an important centre of the salt industry in Salzkammergut.

Main sights

Schloss OrtTown hall of GmundenSchloss Cumberland, built as exile seat for Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover, 3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, in 1882Villa Toscana, 1870-1912 exile seat of Maria Antonia, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, and her family

There are a great number of excursions and points of interest round Gmunden, specially worth mentioning being the Traun Fall, 10 miles (16 km) north of Gmunden, a castle called Schloss Ort, and a ceramic factory producing Gmundner Keramik branded pottery. The town hall is also a popular tourist destination.

Traunsee

The Traunsee is a large lake in the Salzkammergut area of Austria and has a depth of 191m. Gmunden is nestled right on the banks of the northern edge of the lake and has great accessibility to its waters. The 145 road runs through Gmunden and down the western side of Traunsee and leads on to other areas in Austria.

There are a wide variety of activities on the lake and also several quaint villages to visit such as Traunkirchen and Ebensee – The Lake is a major tourist destination and has great facilities for boating, water sports and dining. You can take a ferry to one of the smaller towns across the lake or take advantage of the many hiking trails that surround it.

Seeschloss Ort

This charming castle sits proudly on a small island on the northern side of Traunsee and is a major tourist attraction in Gmunden. The castle has stood in some form since the 11th century and has been governed by many owners during its illustrious history.

A characteristic onion domed tower stands at the castle entrance and the white washed walls form a beautiful courtyard in the centre – The castle is accessible by a long wooden boardwalk in the Toskana Park and provides a stunning backdrop for photographs of the Traunsee. Photographers will love this iconic castle and the opportunities it gives for an epic shot – It really is a photogenic place.

Laudachsee

Gmunden is surrounded by several large lakes and also some small gems like Laudachsee. This peaceful and tranquil lake is hidden away at the eastern edge of the Traunstein mountain range and is the perfect place to escape from the world.

The surrounding area has many hiking trails that stray onto the mighty Traunstein and there is also a path that runs around the lake. The crystal clear waters of Laudachsee create some stunning reflections and the grassy banks provide a lovely setting to relax and maybe enjoy a picnic.

Traunstein

The highest mountain on the banks of Traunsee is the Traunstein and its summit stands at a staggering 1691m high. Also known as the guardian of the Salzkammergut, the Traunstein offers three challenging climbing routes – Hans-Hernler-Steig, Naturfreundesteig and Mairalmsteig.

These routes are cabled and have difficulty grading between II and III. Aside from the climbing opportunities you can hike around the whole mountain and see the picturesque Gmunder Hut and admire the fantastic Alpine scenery that is presented before you. Look across to the Traunsee and see Gmunden far below, or gaze across to the fantastic Grunau Nature Park to the east.

Grunberg

You can access the Grunberg mountain range via the Grunberg Cable Car which is just off of the Traunsteinstrabe which is on the eastern side of Gmunden and the Traunsee. This wonderful cable car will take you over 1000m above sea level to the top of Grunberg and once you are at the top you can enjoy some memorable views of the landscape below.

Grunberg is a hikers dream with a network of well-developed footpaths that snake around the mountain and onto the neighbouring Traunstein. You could literally spend hours exploring the paths and this amazing part of Gmunden.

Education

In Gmunden there are four kindergartens, four elementary schools and three Hauptschulen. The three high schools are BG/BRG Gmunden, BRG Schloss Traunsee, and Gymnasium Ort.

Contact

Gmunden
email
stadtamt@gmunden.ooe.gv.at
address
Rathausplatz 1, 4810 Gmunden
phone
+43 7612 794-0