The community of Altaussee links back to the stone age and really took off when the Celts began building the salt mines (hence the name of the region „Salzkammergut“, i.e. salt chamber area). That is why villages like Hallstatt and Altaussee look back at over 7,000 years of continuous settlement. Altaussee became more visible on the Austrian map when the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef the I. built his summer castle (like Windsor Castle, UK) in Bad Ischl, next to Altaussee. Since then, the area was a magnet not just for the Austrian/German aristocrats but also became very widely known by artists, scientists, and influential people, because of its location and sceneries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKmmWp6bBz8. Sigmund Freud, Ego Schiele, Victor Frankl, Gustav Mahler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal started to build the next layer of the Altaussee community a century ago and created a very unique culture of combining and discussing art and sciences.
Also, in pop culture, Altaussee was mentioned prominently. In 2014, the Hollywood movie “The Monuments Man” with George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Bill Muray told the story of retrieving the art treasures stolen from the Nazis and hidden in the salt mines. And in 2015, Altaussee was an essential location in the James Bond movie „Spectre“.
| From Vienna and Lower Austria:
Vienna – Altaussee: about 300 km
| From Germany:
Munich – Altaussee: about 230 km
| From Southern Austria:
Graz – Altaussee: about 160 km
|Arrival by car||A1 Westautobahn * Exit Regau * Gmunden * Bad Ischl * Bad Aussee * Altaussee
||A8 Munich – Salzburg *
A1 Westautobahn * Exit Thalgau * Bad Ischl * Bad Aussee * Altaussee
|A9 Pyhrnautobahn * Exit Liezen * Stainach * Trautenfels * Bad Aussee * Altaussee
|Arrival by train||Vienna West Station * Attnang-Puchheim * Bad Aussee||Munich * Salzburg * Attnang-Puchheim * Bad Aussee||Graz * Stainach/Irdning * Bad Aussee|