Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Gmunden

Seeschloss Ort

This castle, set just beyond the lake's edge and reached by a causeway, is believed to have been built on the ruins of a Roman fortress. It dates from 909 or earlier (although it was rebuilt in the 17th century afte…
Top Choice Cave in Obertraun

Dachstein Caves

Climb to the Dachstein caves (Dachsteinhöhlen) and you’ll find yourself in a strange world of ice and subterranean hollows, extending 80km in some places. The two caves, the Dachstein Eishöhle and the Mammuthöhle, t…
Top Choice Museum in Gmunden

K-Hof

A double act that combines with one of Austria’s most unusual and refreshing museums, the Museum for Sanitary Objects, the K-Hof museum complex gives a fascinating insight into the history of the region. Exhibits co…
Mine in Hallstatt

Salzwelten

The fascinating Salzbergwerk (salt mine) is situated high above Hallstatt on Salzberg (Salt Mountain) and is the lake's major cultural attraction. The bilingual German-English tour details how salt is formed and the…
Palace in Bad Ischl

Kaiservilla

Franz Josef’s sprawling summer residence, the Italianate-style Kaiservilla, was an engagement present for him and his princess-to-be, Elisabeth of Bavaria, from his mother Princess Sophie. Elisabeth, who loathed the…
Museum in Attersee

Gustav Klimt Zentrum

High-tech multimedia exhibits provide an overview of symbolist painter Gustav Klimt's life and works on the Attersee, which for Klimt fans is comparable to Claude Monet’s Giverny. There's also a cinema screening inf…
Sculpture in Traunkirchen

Fischerkanzel

Carved in 1753 as part of the Pfarrkirche, this pulpit depicts the miracle of the fishes from the New Testament. It's a rather glam and glowing baroque take on this Bible story that is chiefly about the notion of sp…
Church in St Wolfgang

Wallfahrtskirche

St Wolfgang’s impressive Wallfahrtskirche is a spectacular gallery of religious art, with glittering altars (from Gothic to baroque), an extravagant pulpit, a fine organ and countless statues and paintings. The most…
Public Art in Attersee

Gustav Klimt-Themenweg

This 2km-long lakeside trail has information boards with prints of works by Gustav Klimt. The Vienna Secessionist painter spent regular spells on the Attersee's shores at the turn of the 20th century, painting many …
Museum in St Gilgen

Mozarthaus

There are five houses worldwide dedicated to Mozart, but this one takes the interesting approach of focusing mostly on the family, especially his sister 'Nannerl' (Maria Anna), an accomplished composer and musician …