by Susanne Stiegler
When staying at Lake Attersee, one must-do is a cruise with the Attersee shipping company, which offers different tours of the lake. I would recommend going on board of the southern route, which takes about 2.5 hours. The special thing about this route is that you cannot only enjoy the beautiful landscape and feel the fresh lake air, but also view magnificent villas of Austrian and international celebrities. Maybe you are lucky and spot the two times Austrian Olympic champion in alpine skiing Hermann Maier sunbathing in his garden – who knows?
For the water sport lovers among yourselves the surfing and water ski schools around the lake ensure a great time with activities like water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing or surfing. If you would like to experience a slice of adventure you have to visit the rope climbing park in Seewalchen am Attersee. There you can choose from different levels of difficulty and test your courage at an airy height. I would say – challenge accepted!
Lake Attersee has a close connection to the famous artist Gustav Klimt, who spent numerous summers at the lake. To mark Klimt’s 150th birthday, the Gustav Klimt Center opened on the avenue of Kammer Castle, which you should definitely pay a visit. Highly recommendable is Das Klimt, a café and restaurant located in the same building where you could enjoy a free breakfast on your birthday.
Now let’s turn to Lake Traunsee, which is just half an hour’s drive from Lake Attersee.
The city Gmunden at Lake Traunsee is world famous for its ceramic manufactory where you have the opportunity to take a tour. In this regard, don’t miss the Austrian pottery market, which takes place in Gmunden from 29th August 2014 to 31st August 2014.
Another big event which is held in Gmunden and in other villages around Lake Traunsee is the cultural festival Salzkammergut Festwochen Gmunden from 13th July 2014 to 24th August 2014. Every day it offers one or more events in the areas of music, theatre, film, art and literature.
If you are an outdoor fan and would like to explore Lake Traunsee on your own there are many opportunities to do so. Take the chance and rent a boat from one of the many boat rentals around the lake offering rowing, sailing, electric or pedal boats. I would recommend taking an electric boat in Gmunden to discover the bay and to have a fantastic view of the well-known lakeside castle Schloss Ort.
The area around the bathing lakes Traunsee and Attersee is a great place to go on a hike. If you would like to enjoy a breathtaking view over the Lake Traunsee and the whole region I suggest the mountain Kleiner Sonnstein in Traunkirchen. It is just a 1.25 hour hike to the top of the mountain and the path is not too difficult. For those of you who prefer a more relaxing way of going up a mountain, the new cable car on the mountain Grünberg would be the perfect option. On the top there are hiking paths, an adventure playground and a toboggan run which takes you down the mountain very quickly.
I think all these suggestions and tips give you no reason to hesitate to pay a visit to the beautiful regions of Lake Attersee and Lake Traunsee!
Tags: Culture, Hidden Treasures, Nature, Outdoors, Sports, Summer