The Traunsee is the deepest lake in Austria. It's maximum depth is 192 meters (630 ft.). The eastern flank of this lake is dominated by rocky crags, particularly Traunstein. Several resorts are strung along the western shore, including Gmunden, Altmuenster, and of course Traunkirchen.
Traustein is the largest of the mountains around the Traunsee. It stands at 1691 meters (5548 feet). Because of it's sheer sides, it is very difficult mountain to climb. In fact, a number of mountain climbers have died trying to climb up the mountain. At the top of the mountain is a small hut for mountain climbers. Supposedly the sunrise is very nice from up there. I have yet to climb up and see it.
The most memorable quality of Traunstein is how it overlooks the Traunsee. It stands so high above the rest of the peaks that it basically stands alone. It's almost how a tall skyscraper dominates a city skyline.
The Cemetary of the Parish Church is not exactly what I would call a must see activity, but what I do find quite worthwhile to see are the various grave stones. In most cases, the typical stones are replaced by wrought iron artwork that depicts the crucifixion is some way or form. Some of these are highly ornate and indeed unique.
The High Altar of the parish church is worth seeing for its depiction of the coronation of Mary. It was built in 1754 by the jesuits and is still quite impressive. The church also has some side altars and a crypt that are worth seeing.
The parish church of Traunkirchen was originally built way back in 1020 by Benedictan nuns who came from the ErinKloster (a convent in Salzburg) to Traunkirchen and erected the oldest convent in Upper Austria. A large fire destroyed the convent in 1327. After the nunnery was shut in 1571 the Benedictines of Kremsmünster took command. In 1622 Emperor Ferdinand 11, by papal consent, conveyed the monastery to the Jesuits of Passau. Thus the monastery of Traunkirchen became resident of the Jesuits. A few years later, in 1632, a second large fire burned the church down and after the second fire the Jesuits rebuilt it into the great Baroque church that can still be seen today.
The church has a very special pulpit that is worth seeing as well as several fine baroque altars and portraits of the apostles. Also interesting is the cemetary outside the church.
For those visiting Traunkirchen, there is a small parking lot just outside the church. You can try to see if you can get parking there. It's the ideal place to park when visiting this small town.
The Fischerkanzel (Fisherman's pulpit) is one of the main points of interest in Traunkirchen. It was carved in 1753 from wood decorated with silver and gold, it portrays the New Testament scene of the astonished fishermen of the Sea of Galilee pulling in their suddenly full nets at Jesus's direction. The apostles stand in the tub-shaped boat hauling in the fish-laden nets. The composition, colors, and detail give it a very vivid impression that is worth seeing.