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Gmunden is located right on the north shore of Traunsee Lake in the Upper Austria lakes region. The city lies at an elevation of 425 meters and has nearly 16,000 inhabitants in an area of 63.49 square km.
The average annual temperature is just below 10° C with maximum values of over 30° C in July and August and the coldest values in the winter months of January and February with an average temperature of -3° C. Precipitation is about 1180.8 mm per year, with the summer months of May to August recording the highest amount of precipitation.
Gmunden is situated in the middle of the region, which is located on the northern edge of the Alps and extends over parts of the three federal provinces of Upper Austria, Salzburg and Styria. The city became known primarily for its Schloss Ort, a castle situated on the banks of Traunsee lake, which served as a film set for the TV series “Schlosshotel Orth”. The castle is one of the oldest buildings in the entire Salzkammergut, since it was already mentioned in documents around 900.
In addition, craftsmanship is deeply rooted in Gmunden because the decorative ceramic design in “swirly green patterns” was a big hit here: “Gmunden ceramics”. The first documented records of this ceramic art go back to the year 1492.
The region surrounding Gmunden is bordered by two mountains, the Grünberg at 1,004 meters and the Traunstein, located slightly further south at 1,691 meters above sea level. A cable railway, which was reopened in June 2014, runs on the Grünberg. From the Grünberg meadows, hiking trails with disabled access lead to Laudachsee, which are embedded in the recreational area on Traunsee lake and are found at 894 meters above sea level. There is also a summer toboggan run of 1.4 km in length (“Grünberg speedster”) on this plateau or a low ropes course. In addition, this is a suitable starting point for the demanding mountain tours on the Traunstein, the “guardian of the Salzkammergut range”.
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