Traunsee (About this soundGerman pronunciation ) 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.

Traunsee
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The northern half of the Traunsee
Traunsee is located in Austria
Traunsee
Traunsee
Traunsee is located in Upper Austria
Traunsee
Traunsee
LocationSalzkammergut
Coordinates47°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 inflowsTraun River
Primary outflowsTraun River
Basin countriesAustria
Max. length12 km (7.5 mi)
Max. width3 km (1.9 mi)
Surface area24.5 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
Max. depth191 m (627 ft)
Surface elevation423 m (1,388 ft)
SettlementsGmunden, Ebensee, Altmunster, Traunkirchen

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.

There is a local legend that speaks of a Waterhorse that lives in the lake. Records mention a mermaid riding on the back of a creature who lives in the waters. Locals refer to it as "Lungy" and photographs have been taken of the creature. [1]

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