The lively city with southern charm lost nothing from its attraction since its appointment as spa cure city (1862). Its unique location on the bank of the lake Traunsee, surrounded by mountains, together with its cultural past offers a special flair .
Gmunden is popular a health and summer resort. Besides, there are some points of interest in Gmunden and around the town. The town hall is a popular tourist destination in Gmunden.
Gmunden and lake Traunsee in Austria
Brief history of Gmunden
Gmunden was an important settlement as early as Celtic times and grew in the 11th century to
become a significant centre of the salt trade. Due to its favourable climate and the beauty of the Salzkammergut landscape, the aristocracy and wealthy citizens took their summer holidays at the town on Lake Traun as early as the 19th century. Emperor Franz Josef for example, visited regularly, prior to his summer holidays in Bad Ischl the Royal House of Hanover, where the nobility from all over Europe stayed. A chapter of world history was written in Gmunden. Important treaties that changed the shape of Europe were concluded in the Kammerhof (then the only seat of the Hapsburgs in the Salzkammergut).
Attractions in Gmunden
It's worth visiting the Traun Fall,which can be found some km north of Gmunden. One of the main tourist attractions in the town is the medieval castle called Schloss Ort . Original scene of the TV series, Orth Castle was built on the Lake Traunsee during the 10th cenutry. The town's ceramic factory produces Gmunden Keramik branded pottery.
Orth castle, Gmunden
Other attractions in Gmunden
- K-Hof (Kammerhof Museums Gmunden): Town museum in the Kammerhof building. Exhibitions: historical and geological development of the region; the development of ceramics in Gmunden; unconventional exhibition on historic sanitary items
- Schloss Weyer Gallery: Meissen Porcelain Museum
- Doll and Toy Museum: Family-run private museum
- Historic Paddle Steamer Gisela: Flagship of the Lake Traun fleet (built 1871)
- Old Town of Gmunden: With charming inner courtyards
- Gmunden Tram: one of the smallest and steepest trams in the world