The town of Gmunden offers stories to touch and exciting sights. It is also the starting point of a comfortable lake cruise with the Traunsee Schifffahrt, incidentally the oldest lake cruise in Austria. Gmunden’s landmark, Seeschloss Ort, which is famous beyond its borders, is a must-see.
Since 1959, the current town hall has been home to the Meissen Porcelain Glockenspiel with the “Grüngeflammten” ceramic decor typical of Gmunden. Several times a day you can listen to the sound of the title melody of the famous TV series “Schlosshotel Orth” and other well-known songs.
The Seeschloss Ort
is the landmark of the Traunsee town. Rebuilt several times since then, it was also the setting and original backdrop for the successful TV series “Schlosshotel Orth”. Over the centuries, Ort Castle and the Ort estate have changed hands many times. A wooden bridge about 130 m long leads to the Seeschloss Ort with its Renaissance arcade courtyard, which is worth seeing and has been owned by the municipality of Gmunden since 1995. On the left side of the courtyard, various high-water marks are marked (formerly called “Göß Höh”), according to which the high water in 1594 in the Seeschloss Ort reached a height of 2.97 m and thus the top step of the ambulatory. The small castle chapel is dedicated to St. James. The castle tower, behind which the much smaller church tower almost disappears, bears the date “1092”. This is an indication of the origin of the lake castle with the small castle chapel belonging to it.
Paddle steamer “GISELA”
The “Gisela” (named after a daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph) is the last of a total of five steamships that sailed the picturesque Traunsee. She was built at Ruston’s shipyard in Vienna-Floridsdof. Through an exemplary rescue operation, this unique ship in 1981 as the first floating object under monument protection and could be generally redeveloped in the years 1980 to 1986. Austria’s “first floating post office” is located on the ship. It is possible to send letters or postcards directly from the ship to anywhere in the world. Our flagship celebrated its 135th birthday in 2006 and has the world’s last oscillating (moving cylinder) compound steam engine (built in 1870/Prager Maschinenbau AG) still in active service.