Traunkirchen Travel Guide

  • View from the Chapel
    View from the Chapel
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  • View from the Chapel
    View from the Chapel
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  • Traunkirchen
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Traunkirchen Things to Do

  • FLOOD WATER MARK

    When I was looking around the Monastery, I came across the floodwater marker.I always find these interesting, as the majority times, it is in the "old times" when the floodwaters were at their highest. Here was no exception, with the highest flood being in 1594!

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  • SPITZVILLA

    Spitzvilla is another Villa, easy to see as it's painted painted bright yellow. This Villa is owned by the province of Upper Austria, so is open to the public. Important guests that have stayed here are the English King "Edward VII" and the Emperor Franz Joseph I.There's and Cafe, and the now the pretty gardens surround the building are a public...

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  • THE RUSSIAN VILLA

    There are some architecturally beautiful buildings in Traunkirchen. One of them is the Russian villa that was built between 1850 and 1854 by a Danish architect who designed many of the Ringstrasse buildings in Vienna. The building was built for Sophie, a Russian princess. Many famous guests have resided here including Archduke Maximilian (brother...

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  • PARISH CHURCH OF TRAUNKIRCHEN

    The Parish Church of Traunkirchen adjoins the Monastery. This Church is in a lovely position overlooking the Lake, and has some nice onion dome spires and is beautiful inside.Destroyed by fire twice, it was rebuilt in Baroque style by the Jesuits after the second fire. Now, come with me inside, because in this Church, there is a famous fisherman...

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  • JOHANNESBERG CHAPEL

    As we were heading to Traunkirchen, we could see a Church sitting on a high outcrop that jutted out into the Lake. Arround it was a village. It was a very pretty sight, and it turned out to be the Village of Traunkirchen and the Johannesberg Chapel.Once in the town, I followed the lakeside path, and then followed another path uphill through a dense...

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  • LAKESIDE PATHWAY

    This is lovely to do! When I was in the Monastery, I exited out the door on the opposite side. This took me on a pathway beside the lake, and beside the high Monastery walls. As I rounded a corner, infront of me were Boat sheds, one was covered in moss and very picturesque, made even more so, as the pathway wound its way up hill and under shady...

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  • PARISH CHURCH CEMETERY ENTRANCE

    I think this was one of the nicest entrances I have ever walked through into a cemetery.Either side of the archway entrance is a lovely painted Mural.Now, even if you aren't interested in a cemetery, take your time to come up here, as you can walk around the Church and see some wonderful views of the lake.

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  • PARISH CHURCH CEMETERY

    I am a cemetery lover, and when I saw this one next to the Parish Church, I was "wrapped!"Austrian cemeteries are ever so pretty with their wrought iron crosses in all different styles. Some are very elaborate! Each plot, had a well cared for small flower garden and a gravel pathway took me past the graves. How pretty this cemetery was, one of the...

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  • TRAUNKIRCHEN MONASTERY

    The Traunkirchen Monastery is now owned by the parish of Traunkirchen. A very large building, painted white, I couldn't miss it! It was in 1020 that Benedictine nuns from the Erinkloster in Salzburg came to Traunkirchen and built the oldest convent of Upper Austria. During the Reformation, the Nunnery was dissolved in 1573 and was passed onto the...

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  • THE LION MONUMENTS - A SAD STORY

    We were driving along the road to Traunkirchen from Ebensee, when we saw a side road that went beside the Lake. Deciding it would be nice to drive on a less busy side road, we turned onto it, and to our surprise, hidden out of sight from the main road were large sculptures of Lions.There is a plaque just below the Lion statue telling the sad story....

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  • Spitzvilla

    Sadly there is not much more to say than the Spitzvilla used to belong to Karl Rudolf von Slatin who was Austrian Officer who enjoyed the trust of Queen Victoria of England and served as a Generalgovernor of Sudan for the English. Acquired in 1897, the Spitzvilla accepted great names of the era such as King Edward VII of England and Kaiser Franz...

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  • Russenvilla

    The Russenvilla (Russian villa), ideally situated on the Klavarienberg (name of the hill), get it's name because the Sophie Pantschulidze, the daughter of a Russian Duke, gave the order to build this villa. The famous architect Theophil von Hansen built the villa between the years 1850 and 1854. The villa hosted famous guests as the Archduke...

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  • Tourismusbüro Traunkirchen

    I strongly recommend you pay the Tourist Information Center in Traunkirchen a visit if you don't have a guide like I did. There is a wealth of information available to you there about Traunkirchen and what to see and do.

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  • Handarbeitsmuseum

    Just next to the church (attached to the structure actually) is the Handarbeitsmuseum (Hand Crafts Museum) in Traunkirchen. Inside you'll find many traditional hand crafts like Goldhauben (a very traditional golden hat worn by women in parts of Upper Austria and Salzburg provinces), and examples of local knitwork and crochet work.

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  • The Johannesbergkapelle

    On the hill overlooking the Pfarrkirche of Traunkirchen is a spire called the Johannesbergkapelle (Johannesberg Chapel). No one is quite sure when the chapel was built. The earliest mention of it in any official document is 1356. In 1651, the Jesuits of the Pfarrkirche enlarged the chapel. Inside the chapel is a baroque altar with a painting of St....

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Traunkirchen Hotels

  • Symposion Post

    I did not stay at this hotel, and I really can't recommend it. I only offer the tip so you know...

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  • Landhotel Traunsee

    I did not stay at this hotel, and I really can't recommend it. I only offer the tip so you know...

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  • Hotel-Pension Annerlhof

    Mitterndorf 23, Traunkirchen, A-4801, Austria

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Traunkirchen Transportation

  • Traunsee Ferry

    A nice alternative to train or car when traveling to Traunkirchen is to take the ferry from any of the many stops along the Traunsee. The Ferry stops in places like Gmunden and Ebensee which should make getting to Traunkirchen a very relaxing and enjoyable trip along the Traunsee.

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  • Taking the train.

    Fortunately for those backpacking across Europe or at the very least, without a car, you can take a train to Traunkirchen. Traunkirchen Ort (the name of the stop) is on the North-South line (which runs from Attnang-Puchheim to Stainach-Irdning) and is approximately 12 km from Gmunden. From this unstaffed train station, it's about a 5 minute walk...

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Traunkirchen Shopping

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    by seamandrew Written Jan 2, 2005

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    What better place to get your postcards and small souveneirs then from the small Tabak shop in Traunkirchen. Here, you can pick up some postcards, pick up the corresponding required postage, and have a seat somewhere along the lake, write out your postcards and ship them off from one of the town's mail bins. It's quite a good way to spend some extra time in Traunkirchen (weather permitting of course!). Oh and for those of you who don't know, Tabak shops are all over Austria.

    What to buy: Pick up some postcards. The Traunsee, Traunstein, and Traunkirchen are so picturesque, it would be a shame not to buy any.

    What to pay: Don't expect to pay more than your average fair for post cards.

    Tabak shop of Traunkirchen.
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Traunkirchen Local Customs

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    by seamandrew Written Jan 3, 2005

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    If you've read my tip on the Russenvilla (the Russian Villa) you'll know that the crest pictured here is on this building. This crest reprsents the former Habsburg dynasty and corresponding empire. Whenever you see this in Traunkirchen or anywhere around the world, you'll know what it refers to.

    The Habsburg emblem.
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Traunkirchen Warnings and Dangers

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    by seamandrew Written Jan 2, 2005

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    Floods have hit the town of Traunkirchen in the past and they're sure to hit again someday. For the time being, feel good knowing that it's been decades since the last dramatic flood of the Traunsee, but then again, this could mean it's overdue.

    Evidence of floods in Traunkirchen.

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Traunkirchen Off The Beaten Path

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    by seamandrew Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Just a few kilometers north from Traunkirchen is the lovely city of Gmunden. I have a whole page dedicated to this town so I highly recommend you pay it a visit! You can visit my page at Seamandrew's Gmunden Page or go to http://www.gmunden.at

    Gmunden as seen from Traunkirchen.
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Traunkirchen Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking in Traunkirchen

    While not the most streneous hiking you'll ever do, hiking behind Traunkirchen can provide you with some of the best views of the town and the lake. Most of the trails lead uphill so the higher you go, the more you see. One trail of note is the trail to the 'Malerwinkel'. This litttle spot is known as the artist's corner. When you get there, you'll...

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  • Scuba diving in Traunsee

    Scuba Diving is available in Traunsee, but be forewarned. You need to wear protective suits and also account for diving in altitude. Traunsee is located well above sea level so you have to adjust for that. The experts in Traunkirchen can surely help you prepare for your diving trip in Traunsee. From Traunkirchen, you can dive in at the Landhotel...

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Traunkirchen Favorites

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    by seamandrew Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Without a doubt, Traunkirchen's most appealing factor is it's heavenly location on the Traunsee. Situated on the middle part of the western shore of the Traunsee, it affords the visitor (and resident) astonishing views both north, east, and south of the Traunsee, mountains, and surrounding towns and cities. Austria has many precious towns, but Traunkirchen is one of it's more precious!

    Fondest memory: Standing on the waterfront, I was looking in all directions to take in the beauty of the town and it's surroundings. I looked back for a second and found this beautiful little boat house which I just had to photograph. I took many pictures of this because I knew this would be one of my best pictures. Indeed, most of them were good, but this one was great and will truly serve as a memory to me of my trip to Traunkirchen.

    A boat house in Traunkirchen.
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