Seeschloss Ort
Seeschloss Ort
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada8,107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Not for being big and not for being nice to visit inside. The location on a small island makes it special. Amazing how they used every inch of this small island when they built it, this is why the castle has an irregular shape, but you won't notice unless you see my aerial pictures, attached. write me if you want to see the whole video.
You can walk around the entire castle in 10 minutes,

Enjoy it!
Written 14 November 2022
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BaronFoer
Jacksonville, FL909 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Nestled in the mountains on an island on the lake there is quite a bit of history here. You will love the view but will need someone to show you all the interesting points. We were fortunate and had someone with us so we got to wander all around it. The views out over the lake are great. It is just south of Gmunden so very easy to find. There was no admission fee for us and I don't believe they ever charge. If you like to check out some historic places this is easy to get to and interesting. It will also show you a high water mark for the lake which was interesting.
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Berny
Written 5 March 2014
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Christian P
Los Angeles, CA29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Beautiful small castle in lake Traun.

Don't pay the 3 Euros entrance fee to see the castle from inside. There is nothing to see. Small museum with no relevant information.

The walk around the castle is for free and worth doing while in Gmunden.
Written 26 June 2016
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ImmerWandern
Palos Park, IL10,582 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
On our drive from Vienna to Hallstatt we decided to take a break for a late lunch at the town of Gmunden, on the banks of the Traunsee (Lake Traun) in Salzkammergut. A quick search on-line showed that we could have both a good lunch and a scenic visit at Seeschloss (Lake Castle) Ort and so off we went. We ended up being extremely happy we did so.

We parked and walked a short distance through woods to the lakeside. On the way we passed an imposing building complex which turned out to the Landschloss, the Land Castle. It was the outer defense for the original castle on the lake and dates back to the early 1600s. By building the Seeschloss on an island, however, made the lake essentially a moat and the primary defense.

It is thought the Romans had a fort on the island and the first reference to a building on the site was in 909CE but the first documentation dates back "only" to 1053CE. The castle has had multple owners in the subsequent 1000+ years, including 3 Holy Roman Emperors. The current castle was (re)built in 1626 after a fire gutted the original structure. The tower clock was installed a few years later in 1634; it has been wound by hand every day since then. Seeschloß Ort is considered the oldest building in Salzkammergut

A popular local legend states that the lake is home to a monster, a giant seahorse called "Lungy" which is ridden by mermaids. There is another, more popular, legend, however. On the welcome sign guests were encouraged to call out "Riese Erla" or "Giant Erla". The legend of "Giant Erla und die Nixe" explained how this small island came to be (there were no other islands on Traunsee). The mighty giant Erla ruled Salzkammergut with elves, gnomes, dwarves answering only to him. One day, while at the lake, he found himself enchanted by a blond mermaid ("Traunsee nixe") named Blonderl. They fell in love and, as a sign of their devotion to eachother, agreed to let a local witch turn them into ordinary humans so they could be together. Before that transformation, however, Erla tossed rock after rock down from Traunstein into the lake until an island formed. He commanded the elves, gnomes and dwarves to build a palace for him and his bride, Blonderl. Once they were done the witch transformed Erla and Blonderl and the happy couple moved into their new home.

After enjoying the views of the town and Traunsee from the bridge and exploring the interior of the castle we sat down for a leisurely lunch at Orther Stub'n, inside the castle. It was as traditonal and interior as could be expected. The heavy wood beams in the ceiling and wide plank wood floors were centuries old. We enjoyed dumpling soup and trout freshly-caught from Traunsee. There was outdoor dining available in the interior courtyard but we selected to eat in the main dining room.

We then sat outside for awhile to contemplate the view to the south down the length of Traunsee. Traunsee is a glacial lake carved out during the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago. This island was likely a glacial deposit, part of a morraine. The glacial origin explains the appearance of these headlands, and the lake was basically a land-locked fjord.

But returning to the local legend, what about Erla and Blonderl? Unfortunately their joy was short-lived. Blonderl soon missed her lake and would stand in the water pining for her former freedom (she couldn't even swim). Even the meadows of Forget-me-nots that Erla planted did not console her and she died. Overcome with grief Erla reverted to his former giant form and abandoned his palace. He carved out the face of his love in the mountains (to the right of the photo a mountain, Erlakogel, appears to have the profile of a human face). He then disappeared into Traunstein Mountain, never to be seen again.

If ever in the area, I strongly recommend taking some time to visit Seeschloss Ort. You won't regret it.
Written 30 August 2018
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Marcela12
Melnik, Czech Republic584 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
An interesting place to see, there is a courtyard and some old chambers. You can watch a film about the area. There is no admission fee, you can walk free in the museum which is basically a couple of old chambers on the groundfloor.There was a summer school on the first floor and there is a restaurant in the courtyard so all in all there is not much to see but on a nice day you will have a lot of beautiful photos. Definitely worth a short visit. There is a huge car park close to the castle which is free so why not pop in if you like historical buildings.
Written 4 August 2012
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AnitaBev
Marina del Rey, CA16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011
Schools Ort is a very unique structure, on it's own little island, reachable by a wooden bridge. This is a free attraction, and interesting for those that enjoy historical buildings. It seems to be a popular site for weddings and receptions. Basically, it is an open courtyard, with one interior space to view, the chapel. All other rooms on both floors, were locked. The gift shop was nice.
Written 6 July 2011
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bernard v
Ashkelon, Israel132 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
walking through the park, crossing the bridge and touring the interior court and around the castle will be enough and you'll save a couple of euros. the museum may be interesting but all the explanations are in German.
Written 15 July 2018
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Travel_Bug81
Waterloo, Canada942 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
If you are passing by Gmunden, this little castle is worth a short stop. There is public parking that you don't have to pay about 2-3 minutes up the street from the official park entrance.
There is an entrance fee to the inside of the museum, but you can walk around on the outside of it, and on the bridge to take pictures. There is a park right next to the castle, so you can take pictures from the side, from the side of the lake. It's possible to take a boat ride from Gmunden to here.
The castle is not big, but it's pretty and its setting gives it a distinctive feature too. You don't need more than one hour to see it.
Written 28 September 2015
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ChrisR0208
München, Deutschland114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
I was looking for the "Schlosshotel Orth" which I know from the TV. It's a really nice place you should visit. It's not a hotel in real live but an event location.
Written 18 September 2020
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Taaashaaa
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
You will need literally 20 min to see the whole castle, though it is a nice one. We were a bit unlucky, there were preparations for a concert, so, the inside was hidden behind a lot of chairs :-), nice stroll around the castle.
Written 13 June 2017
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