From Bad Ischl, we have taken a town of Gmunden. The road led us near a yellow green lake Traunsee. We stopped a few kilometers from the city and prepared bycikles. For August mont the weather was very cold, so we wear warm clothes. After a short cycling near the lake, we reach the town centre and the coast from where we had a nice view to the picturesque island on the lake.
Trip to Lake Traunsee
The Schloss Orth set in the lake Traunsee is connected to mainland by a wooden bridge. The origins of when this castle was built are still unknown, but the tower has been documented as early as 1092 a.d.
The property includes an arcaded courtyard and a small chapel that has become a popular place to get married.
Castle was bought in 1878 by a nephew of Emperor Franz-Josef who lived here under the pseudonym of Johann Ort. Years later he claimed to know the truth of what happened at Mayerling to Archduke Rudolf and Maria but he disappeared in unexplained circumstances on a cruise in South America without ever having told anybody.
Traffic free road between more than kilometer long chestnut trees line called Esplanade, is the town's attraction. You can walk from Rathausplatz - Town Hall Square to the Lakeside Beach, watching the majestic swans.
In days of yore, members of the aristocracy strolled along the Esplanade. All they favored Gmunden as a pleasure ground, as did Franz Schubert, Friedrich Hebbel, and Johannes Brahms, among others.
Gmunden offers a beautiful walk along the lake. The view to the lake and mountain behind it are absolutely breathaking.
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Gmunden is famous for it's Ceramics, with distinct green and white designs.
The City hall of Gmunden - Rathaus is not the most spectacular in Austria, but Its bright green pastel color allow it to stand out making it visible and easily identifiable from across the lake or from a boat.
Whether you are a keen adventurer or a passionate sportsman, the holiday region of Traunsee can fill all your needs. From flying high over the Traunsee to a relaxing game of minigolf, from horse riding to skiing, this region offers a very extensive range of sport facilities to make the heart beat faster.
The region around Lake Traunsee is known as a water sports paradise. Due to this reason there are a lot of water sports facilities and jetties all round the lake Traunsee. Every year many important regattas take place here, for example, the great Austrian sailing week. Furthermore, the lake Traunsee has turned out to be a personal tip for windsurfing and kiting and offers plenty of space and wind for these sports amongst beautiful scenery.
Region around Gmunden attracts hikers from all over. The easy foothpaths and informative theme paths attract young and old but also the many running tracks and Nordic Walking tracks invite you to "soak in" the perceptible energy which surrounds the Traunsee.
First horse railway in Europe
In summer 1832 the horse railway between Linz and Budweis started operation as the first rail line on the continent of Europe.
Horse railway was 128,7 km long and there were station where teams of horses were changed. Transporting trains moved by the speed of normal horse gait but passenger transport moved in trot..
The journey from Linz to Budweis took fourteen hours, from Linz to Gmunden six and a half hours. Starting in 1854 the steam locomotive “Linz” operated on the Linz – Gmunden line and replaced the horse-drawn cars.