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Obertraun (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Upper Austria
Political District : Gmunden
License plate : GM
Surface: 88.43 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 34 '  N , 13 ° 41'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 33 '31 "  N , 13 ° 41' 1"  E
Height : 513  m above sea level A.
Residents : 749 (January 1, 2020)
Postal code : 4831
Area code : 06131
Community code : 4 07 12
Address of the
municipal administration:
Obertraun 180
4831 Obertraun
Website: www.obertraun.ooe.gv.at
Mayor : Egon Höll ( SPÖ )
Municipal Council : (2015)
(13 members)
A total of 13 seats
Location of Obertraun in the Gmunden district
Altmünster Bad Goisern Bad Ischl Ebensee am Traunsee Gmunden Gosau Grünau im Almtal Gschwandt Hallstatt Kirchham Laakirchen Obertraun Ohlsdorf Pinsdorf Roitham am Traunfall St. Konrad (Oberösterreich) St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut Scharnstein Traunkirchen Vorchdorf OberösterreichLocation of the municipality of Obertraun in the Gmunden district (clickable map)
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Obertraun from the viewing platform "World Heritage View" built in 2013
Obertraun from the viewing platform "World Heritage View" built in 2013
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Obertraun is a municipality in the Upper Austrian Salzkammergut in the district of Gmunden in the Traunviertel with 749 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020). The community is located in the judicial district of Bad Ischl .

The area around Obertraun and Hallstatt has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 .


Obertraun is located at 513 m above sea level in the Traunviertel on Lake Hallstatt . The extension is 13.4 km from north to south and 11.6 km from west to east. The total area is 88.4 km², 15.5% of the area is forested. The Hirzkarseen and the Koppenwinkellacke are in the municipal area .

Community structure

The municipality includes the following two localities (population in brackets as of January 1, 2020):

  • Obertraun (630)
  • Winkl (119)

The municipality consists of the only cadastral municipality Obertraun.

Neighboring communities

The community has six neighboring communities, four of them in the Styrian district of Liezen (LI).

Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt Bad Aussee (LI)
Hallstatt Neighboring communities
Ramsau am Dachstein (LI)
Grobming (LI)

House (LI)


Originally located in the eastern part of the Duchy of Bavaria, the place belonged to the Duchy of Austria since the 12th century. "Obere Traun" was first mentioned in 1325 in the Upper Austrian Abbey of Traunkirchen. Since 1490 the area has been assigned to the Principality of Austria ob der Enns . During the Napoleonic Wars , the place was occupied several times.

Since 1918 the place belongs to the federal state of Upper Austria. Obertraun has been an independent municipality since 1920 and was previously part of the market town of Hallstatt. After the connection of Austria to the German Reich on 13 March 1938, the place to "Upper Danube" belonged. In 1945 Upper Austria was restored.

In 1954 the Heilbronn Dachstein accident occurred : ten Heilbronn students and three teachers were killed in a sudden fall in the weather in the Dachstein area.

coat of arms

Coat of arms at obertraun.png

Blazon : "Between the left, green slanting head, in it a silver, pointed three-mountain, and the left, blue slanting foot in gold, a red, striding cave bear."

The motif of the municipal coat of arms, awarded in 1971, refers to the Dachstein area with its show caves, which is made accessible to tourism by a cable car chain and towers over Lake Hallstatt; the heraldic animal points to the remains of skeletal cave bears (ursus spelaeus) from the older Stone Age in King Arthur's Cathedral of the giant ice caves (“bear cemetery”). In the last interglacial period, the climate was so favorable that the cave bear was able to find sufficient plant food in the high mountain regions. The animals spent the winter in the numerous limestone caves.

The community colors are green-yellow-blue.

Population development

In 1991 the community had 811 inhabitants according to the census, in 2001 it had 767 inhabitants.


The community council has a total of 13 members.

  • With the municipal council and mayoral elections in Upper Austria in 2003, the municipal council with 12 members had the following distribution: 8 SPÖ and 4 ÖVP.
  • With the municipal council and mayoral elections in Upper Austria in 2009, the municipal council had the following distribution: 9 SPÖ and 4 ÖVP.
  • With the municipal council and mayoral elections in Upper Austria in 2015 , the municipal council has the following distribution: 8 SPÖ and 5 ÖVP.
  • 1973–1990 Johann Höll (SPÖ)
  • 1990-2003 Robert Binder
  • since 2003 Egon Höll (SPÖ)

Culture and sights

See also:  List of listed objects in Obertraun


In 1895, an association was founded in the small village of Obertraun, which at that time was still part of the Hallstatt community , to beautify and promote tourism . That was the cornerstone of tourism in the community. The first summer guests came to Obertraun in the same decade. In 1909, locals and members of the Linz Friends of Nature began further exploration of the Koppenbrüller cave. A year later, the ice cave and the mammoth cave were explored. Construction of the Dachstein cable cars began in 1947 and operations began four years later. During this time in 1948 the facilities of the federal sports school were built .

  • Winter sports: Above Obertraun is the Freesports Arena Dachstein Krippenstein ski area with 30 km of off-piste routes from easy to extreme. However, many variants are dangerous for those unfamiliar with the area, as you can fall into sinkholes and caves. A special attraction is the eleven kilometer long valley run with an altitude difference of 1500 m. In a comparison in the 01/2006 issue of the ski & winter sports magazine Planet Snow , the Freesports Arena Krippenstein was named the best freeride spot in the Alps.
  • Dachstein Caves: Since their discovery in 1910, these show caves ( Dachstein Giant Ice Cave , Mammut Cave and Koppenbrüller Cave ) have been among the most famous natural monuments in Austria. They are accessible to the public as part of guided tours, but also for scientific research. They can be reached with the cable car from Obertraun to the Schönbergalm ( 1338  m ), which was modernized and completely rebuilt in 2007. The Dachstein Caves consist of the Giant Ice Cave (2 km in length, electrically illuminated since 1928), one of the largest underground ice landscapes in Central Europe with around 200,000 visitors annually, and the Mammoth Cave (over 62 km total length, some impressive passages), one of the largest European limestone caves. The caves were placed under nature protection in 1928.
  • Lake Hallstatt is used for swimming, fishing, boating, diving and stand-up paddling.


  • Federal Sports and Leisure Center Obertraun: The BSFZ Obertraun has numerous sports halls and sports fields as well as an athletics facility. Not only school classes, but also numerous competitive athletes find ideal conditions for training camps here.

free time activities

In summer:

  • Hiking (for example Heilbronn circular hiking trail on the Krippenstein, to Däumel- or Hirzkarsee, nature trail)
  • Mountain biking (almost all forest roads in Upper Austria are approved for this)
  • Climbing (the Seewand via ferrata is one of the most difficult in Austria)
  • fishing
  • Paragliding (especially from the Dachstein Krippenstein )

In the winter:

  • Skiing / snowboarding (the Freesports Arena Dachstein Krippenstein ski area is one of the best freeride areas in the country)
  • Touring (there are a large number of designated variants available, e.g. for crossings over the Dachstein )
  • Snowshoeing (local companies offer rental equipment and guided tours )
  • Cross-country skiing (there are around 14 kilometers of groomed trails, use is free)
  • Sledding


Sons and daughters of the church
People related to the community
  • Walter Nausch (1907–1957), Austrian football player and coach
  • Toni Rosifka (* 1945), Austrian extreme mountaineer, "The Lord of the Dachstein", as the International Herald Tribune called him. He is a mountain guide and mountain instructor who is recognized far beyond the borders of Austria. Its position as a pioneer for alpine safety and the associated training courses is outstanding.
  • Hansjörg Zauner (1959–2017), Austrian writer and visual artist
  • Heinz Hörhager (* 1966), Austrian radio presenter

Web links

Commons : Obertraun  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Obertraun  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )