Lake Traunsee in Upper Austria

Lake Traunsee ©aeiou.at

Lake Traunsee

With gentle hills blending into to the limestone Alps, Lake Traunsee is just next to the lofty mountain called Traunstein. Like an entrance to Salzkammergut, you can watch the lake from Mount Sonnstein and have an enjoyable time in the elegant spa town of Gmunden. Alternatively, the resorts at Traunkirchen, Altmünster and Ebensee are also great escapes. Traunkirchen is with slightly more than 1600 of inhabitants and so it is considered a small village. The Fisherman’s Pulpit in the parish church is the most famous about this place other than the outdoor opportunities to do hiking, diving, swimming, sailing, skiing and surfing. The lake Traunsee is about 191 meters deep. The main attractions to see is the medieval castle Schloss Ort. It is just 19 kilometers from the gate to Salzkammergut. This castle was founded by Hartnidus of Ort in 1080. Today, this castle is the study center for Land and Forestry and also a location for Schlosshotel Orth. Gmunden and Ebensee is surrounding this area, and you can find Traunstein mountain and the market town Altmünster. As for Gmunden, it is larger with about 13,000 people living in that area. Most people enjoy the health and hydropathic establishments and summer resort. Other than that, there are inhalation chambers and you can also find goat, vegetables, brine, lake and pine-cone baths. Historically in the 17th century, this place supplied battleships to Austria.

Vöcklabruck

Vöcklabruck ©antonbruckner.at

Vöcklabruck

Located on Upper Austria, this is boasted the 10 most visited in Austria. From the River Vöckla, Vöcklabruck got its name. It has many schools and shops other than services. And it used to be venues for International Music Gather and provincial garden show. One of the other interesting event that was held here was the Strawberry festival or the Erdbeerfest. If you are visiting this place, you must see the town square’s tower which is with frescos painted by Tyrolean Jörg Kölderer discovered in the sixties.  The other sight is the Baroque church of the 1691 called the St. Giles’ Church. Another medieval fortified church of 824 that is worth seeing is the Schöndorfer Kirche. If you like museum and artefacts, there is a Museum Heimathaus with Wolfsegg Iron as the main highlight. The Wolfsegg Iron is the 20 million year old Salzburg Cube and it was buried in 1885 in Tertiary lignite (or brown coal).

 

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