Traunsee

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Traunsee
Traunsee.png
View from Gmunden
Location Salzkammergut
Coordinates 47°52′N 13°48′E / 47.867°N 13.800°E / 47.867; 13.800Coordinates: 47°52′N 13°48′E / 47.867°N 13.800°E / 47.867; 13.800
Primary inflows Traun River
Primary outflows Traun River
Basin countries Austria
Max. length 12 km
Max. width 3 km
Surface area 24.5 km²
Max. depth 191 m
Surface elevation 423 m
Settlements Gmunden, Ebensee, Altmunster, Traunkirchen

Traunsee is a lake in the Salzkammergut, Austria, located at 47°52′N 13°48′E / 47.867°N 13.800°E / 47.867; 13.800. Its surface is approximately 24.5 km² and its maximum depth is 191 metres. It is a popular tourist destination, and its attractions include Schloss Ort, a medieval castle.

At the North end of the lake is Gmunden, at the south end is Ebensee. The lake is surrounded by mountains, including the Traunstein, and a number of other towns and villages surround the lake, including Altmünster and Traunkirchen.

Traunsee lake is also apparently home to a lake monster known as "Lungy". In Austrian folklore, The legends tell of a Waterhorse being ridden on the back by a Mermaid. There are some rare photos and videos online showing what appears to be a large creature swimming in the lake. The very first photograph of the creature was taken by an English tourist in July 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Traunsee at Wikimedia Commons