The village center lies between the lake and the slopes of the Buchberg (888 m or 2913 feet, "Beech Mountain") and is the location of a Baroque pilgrimage church. There are views across the lake and up to the Höllengebirge ("Mountains of Hell").
A light railway connects the village with the main Westbahn railway line between Linz and Salzburg. The village is a centre for sailing on the Attersee, with a shipyard and an important yacht club (the Union Yachtclub Attersee) which organizes international sailing competitions. As Attersee mainly depends on the tourist industry it can be very busy during the summer months but has a quieter ambiance during the winter. A village festival is held annually, when local people come together to celebrate and play music.