Gmunden Travel Guide

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Gmunden Things to Do


    When in the Town Square, I couldn't help being drawn to the renaissance styled 16th century Town hall with its ceramic chimes from the famous Meissen factory, painted with the Gmunden pattern (green flames). There are only 19 ceramic chimes worldwide, so its worth having a look at and staying for them to playThe Glockenspeil bells hang in the...


    I came to the old part of town by walking along the Esplanade. After viewing the Rathaus, I just started wandering the old town and found an arched entrance way for cars to pass through if coming across the River Traun. This was dated 1278 and had the Gmunden coat of arms located above the arches.I wandered further up the hill, and this is what you...


    When I was walking along the Esplanade, I came across this lovely park.In the centre, was a fountain full of clear water and surrounded by a bed of flowering Snapdragons. In the centre of the Fountain, is a man carrying a huge salt crystal. Gmunden is known for its ancient salt mine.There are more flower beds and a statue of Emperor Franz Josef....


    As we were driving out of Gmunden, we passed by this Kloster. It isn't in the old part of town, but across the bridge.Emperor Ferdinand II had the Kloster built as a base for missionary work in the Salzkammergut. During the Second World War, the monastery had to be completely vacated. In the years 1964-1967 the interior was redesigned, in 1958 the...


    I call this a little Tourist Train, quite good for people like my husband who can't walk a lot.The one at Gmunden takes you around the sights in Gumden, or it can be used as a shuttle service from the town hall to Schloss Orth, and after your visit in the Schloss Orth, you can easily come back with the train. The trip takes 20 minutes. This is a...


    Schloss Ort was an attractive looking Castle that was sitting on an island on Lake Traunsee. A walkway from the mainland takes you across to the Schloss.The Castle wasn't open for tours as it was being used as a Restaurant and for weddings, etc.Never mind, I still had a good view of the Schloss from the mainland. The Schloss is very old, built in...


    I was very happy the doors were open of this Roman Catholic church in Gmunden. This Church was first mentioned in 1270. The three-aisled basilica is built in Gothic style, and inside are some remnants of Gothic frescoes. Over time, the Church has been remodelled, the Tower rebuilt and the choir area altered.During World War II, the original bells...


    When we arrived at Gmunden, we found parking along the Esplanade. As it happened, the Esplanade ran for a long way, so we had a bit of a walk to the city centre.The whole length of the lakeside walk was 2 km. It was an enjoyable walk, one that quite a few people were doing, perhaps because it was market day. I walked past flowerbeds full of lovely...


    What a sight were the lakefront Roses and the Paddle steamer Gisela!The Gisela is one of the oldest steamboats in the world, built in 1871. Of interest for the men, is the oscillating compound steam engine which you can watch working from the deck.On the ship there is a buffet, music and Toilets. It can be used for weddings, birthdays and important...


    What looked to me to be a Lighthouse, is the office for buying tickets to rent Electric boats, Paddle boats and sailing boats.Boats can only be hired in fair weather from 9 -8pm from Friday to Sunday from May.Electric boats cost 8 euro half hour, and 13.50 euro for an hourPaddleboats cost 6 euro half hour and 9.50 for an hour.Sailing Boats for a...


    The day we were at Gmunden, the market was being held in the Market square. I always enjoy these, especially seeing the local food being cooked into different dishes for sale. There were a few stalls selling snacks, one of them was my photo. This lady had quite a queue and was doing a roaring business. Must be good food!

  • The Gisela, the only one of its kind in...

    A trip on the Gisela (the oldest coal-fired paddle steamer in the world) is certainly a unique attraction in Gmunden. The 52-meter (170-foot) long Gisela was built in Vienna and then taken apart and transported to the Traunsee, where it was reassembled for its maiden voyage in 1872. It has been ploughing through the waters of the Traunsee ever...


Gmunden Hotels

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  • Landhotel Gasthof Grunberg

    Traunsteinstrasse 109, Gmunden, Upper Austria, 4810, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Seehotel Schwan

    Located in the city center with a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding mountains, the Seehotel...

  • Pension Haus Magerl

    Ackerweg 18, Gmunden, Upper Austria, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Gmunden Restaurants

  • Pizza pizza! ...and Egyptian food too.

    This small restuarant specializes in Italian food and also in Egyptian food. I never like to talk bad about a restaurant, but this is a travel tip and I must be honest. The pizza here wasn't very good. I would definitely try the Egyptian food as you may have more luck with that. We did not and perhaps if we return (that's IF), we will try the...

  • Have your sweets with a sweet view of...

    Cafe-Konditorei Baumgartner's most unique quality is it's seating area overlooking the Traunsee. From this seating area, the visitor can enjoy a view of the Traunsee (the lake), Traunstein (the mountain), Seeschloss Orth, and the mainsquare of Gmunden. The one downside it has is that like most restaurants in Europe, smoking is allowed in all...

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Gmunden Transportation


    As always, when arriving at a new Town, we wonder where we can park our Car.At Gmunden, there was no problem at all. We arrived via the Shamsteiner strasse [120] and found a long row of car parks along the edge of the road and lakeside. The tree-lined pathway led to the town centre.There were plenty of parks, so we took one, bought the park'n pay...

  • Gmunden by Ferry

    A great way to explore the Traunsee and other towns on the Traunsee from Gmunden is to take the ferry that stops along the various towns on the waterfront. Service is very limited in winter but is quite available in the summer. Some towns are serviced all year round because there's no better public transportation connection from the train stations...

  • Gmunden train station

    Never use the train station as an indication of whether a place is worth seeing. Most train stations in Austria tend to be in the less pictureque parts of town, i.e. not the particularly pretty areas. Seeing the industrial plant in the background can put you off but its worth wandering into the centre of town and to the lake front.


Gmunden Shopping

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    Various: A must buy in Gmunden

    by seamandrew Written Nov 1, 2003

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    Several shops carry the Gmundner Keramik. Be sure to pick up some of this beautiful local craft. They have hundreds of years of experience and make exquisitie ceramic.

    What to buy: The beauty is they make so many things in ceramic that you can choose what makes you happy.

    What to pay: 20-??? Euro depending on how much you buy

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Gmunden Local Customs

  • Gmundner Keramik, simply Gmunden

    Pottery has been in the Traunsee area for more than 350 years. All the materials required for making the ceramic were located nearby, plus the rich citizens who could afford it lived the area as well. With so many years to perfect their craft, it's no wonder the Gmundner Keramik company makes some of the worlds most beautiful ceramic. In Gmunden,...

  • Meeting someone in Gmunden

    As in most places in Europe, larger cities and towns all have a number of Treffpunkten (or at least one). Gmunden is not to be left out. Should you make plans to meet someone in Gmunden, the Treffpunkt Austria is a great place to meet. To be honest, I think this was a store or a tourist location, I didn't think of getting closer to find out....

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Gmunden Warnings and Dangers

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    The narrow streets of Gmunden

    by seamandrew Written Nov 1, 2003

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    The streets of Gmunden are very narrow and also quite steep in some parts. I strongly suggest you take your visit at a slow pace if you don't consider yourself in moderatly good health. Exploring these small side streets is certainly a great way to immerse yourself in the city, but you're there to have fun and not to over-exert yourself. So take it easy and leave the car parked!

    Narrow and steep streets of Gmunden
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Gmunden Off The Beaten Path


    Pettenbach, and I didn't find a lot to see, but I did have a look at St. Benedikts Church. I was able to visit the inside of the Church, and I noticed a sketch on the outside wall. I think the Church dates to the 1400's.The scenery from here to Kremsmunster I thought was outstanding. Fields of yellow and different types of greens in the fields,...


    We depart Gmunden and are making our way to Pettenbach.The countryside around is very rural and quite stunning, especially if you can find a hill top to view the surroundings. Amazingly, it is very different to the Mountainous terrain when we approached Gmunden. Farms, crops and Apple trees, it was a lovely drive to Pettenbach

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Gmunden Sports & Outdoors

  • The Traunsee at your own pace

    Along the Esplanade, you will find a couple of small piers where you can rent a boat and use to explore the Traunsee at your own pace. Oddly enough, when we went, there were no boats, nor anyone at the stand. This could have been because it was Sunday. As in most of Europe, everything's closed on Sundays. Well, okay, not everything, but surely...

  • Sailing on the Traunsee

    One alternative to exploring the Traunsee is to do so on a sailboat. What better way is there if you think about it? Sailing on such a large lake, surrounded by mountains and hills, is an experience all should try, including myself. I hope to do so next time I'm in Austria during the summer. Contact the sail school for more information on required...

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Gmunden Favorites

  • DOGS

    What can I say about the one in my photo!I don't know if he is an Austrian breed or what, but I have never seen one like him before. I was glad he was on a leash.Does anybody know if he is a particular breed?

  • Schloss Ort

    Ort consists of two castles, the Landschloss and the Seeschloss , connected by a wonderful 400 foot-long wooden bridge build before 1110 AD !

  • The Swans of Gmunden

    Most any visitor will certainly remember their walk along the Esplanade. Making that memory more memorable is the number of Swans, ducks, and coots on the lake at any given time. These beautiful creatures add to the vibrant quality of the lake. Many a visitor or resident will stop along the path and gaze at or feed (not permitted by the way) the...


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