Top things to do

Top Choice Wine Bar in Gmunden

Brot & Wein

The owner's astonishing collection of contemporary art posters dating back a couple of decades wallpaper this brilliant basement wine bar. During the week, head here in the evening for good-quality wine by the glass…
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 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…
Vintage in Gmunden

Wolfgang Leimer

A super-stuffed – but far from stuffy – vintage emporium, with a range of housewares, ephemera, furniture and clothes spread over several rooms and lined up in glass windows along a side arcade. This is the place to…
Bakery in Gmunden

Konditorei Grellinger

While the lakeside places overflow with visitors, this historic Konditorei (bakery) attracts a decidedly more local crowd. The beautifully evocative interior of original fittings brightened via a clever contemporary…
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…
Cultural in Ebensee

Glöcklerlauf

On Epiphany eve each year, the men of Ebensee don giant illuminated headdresses crafted from tissue paper for this pagan-inflected but now Christianised ritual. The 'Glöckler' – some 300 of them – roam through the s…
Austrian in Traunkirchen

Restaurant Bootshaus

A stunningly converted Bootshaus (boat house) at the lake's edge with panoramic views is the setting for locally sourced ingredients given the gourmet treatment by chef Lukas Nagl: Traunsee crab soup; sautéed porcin…
Clothing in Gmunden

Der Kleine Laden

Ingrid Thallinger's beautiful textile pieces are sold at this stylish little shop and include hats, scarves and jersey tops and bottoms made by hand and from sustainable materials. A long-time local, Thallinger also…
Church in Gmunden

Pfarrkirche

North of the Rathausplatz lies the 12th-century Pfarrkirche, a Gothic church later remodelled in baroque style. The altar, by the sculptor Thomas Schwanthaler (1634–1707), dates from 1678.