15 Best Things to Do in Gmunden (Austria)

Gmunden is a small town that sits at the edge of the large Lake Traunsee in the Salzkammergut area of Upper Austria. It is generally considered a tourist town but is also used as a summer health retreat for Austrians owing to its variety of brine and salt related treatments available.

The town has existed in some form since the 1100’s and had fortified wall defences. During the 17th century Battleships were constructed in Gmunden and it has served as an important military base too. The stunning surrounding Alpine scenery and mountain ranges provide fantastic hiking opportunities and the numerous parks and public spaces make Gmunden the perfect place for the adventurous and active types.

Lets explore the best things to do in Gmunden:

1. Traunsee


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The Traunsee is a large lake in the Salzkammergut area of Austria and has a depth of 191m. Gmunden is nestled right on the banks of the northern edge of the lake and has great accessibility to its waters. The 145 road runs through Gmunden and down the western side of Traunsee and leads on to other areas in Austria.

There are a wide variety of activities on the lake and also several quaint villages to visit such as Traunkirchen and Ebensee – The Lake is a major tourist destination and has great facilities for boating, water sports and dining. You can take a ferry to one of the smaller towns across the lake or take advantage of the many hiking trails that surround it.

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