The Styrian "Salzkammergut" is one of the most beautiful recreation areas of the Eastern Alps. The region surrounding Bad Aussee, Grundlsee, Pichl Kainisch and Tauplitz forms the heartland of this marvellous natural landscape with its enchanting lakes and mountains, crowned with the eternal ice of the Dachstein glacier.
Lake Grundlsee with its impressive mountain scenery is the largest natural lake in the province of Styria. It is a nature preservation area, and its shores are freely accessible nearly everywhere along the lake. Just a stone's throw away from MONDI Resort on lake Grundlsee you have the choice between romantic light walks, low mountain range hiking and high Alpine trekking tours.
Small larch-wood chalet-style houses with carved exterior woodwork, small glassed-in verandas and cloak rooms glow in vibrant red tones in the summer sun. Lake Grundlsee in the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut region, with its kilometres of natural beaches is a true Eldorado for swimmers, divers, sailing enthusiasts, sunbathers and nature lovers.
It is a miracle that Grundlsee has retained so much of its natural charm considering the wide range of hiking and walking opportunities and the modern riding school it has to offer.
The Grundlsee parish church (1888, neo-Gothic), the chapel in Gößl (1819/20, construction sponsored by Archduke Johann), the imperial stable ("Kaiserlicher Stall") with galleryand the "Via Artis", an artist's pathwith four stopping places are all well worth seeing.
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Lake Toplitzsee - an everlasting myth
Between 1943 and 1944 the Nazis used the area around lake "Toplitzsee" as a marine test station.
As the end of war became more imminent and the Allies were closing in on the Nazis, the SS ordered their men to dump weapons, explosives, documents, ammunition etc. in the lake in an act of desperation.
Since 1959 there have been repeated salvage operations in the lake, some of which have been successful. However the myth of hidden treasures deep in the murky depths of these unyielding waters remains.
According to legend Archduke Johann and Anna Plochl met for the first time on the banks of Lake Toplitzsee.
You can hear more interesting information about Lake Grundlsee and Lake Toplitzsee on the 3 Lake Tour which take visitors to the source of the river Traun.
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