Bad Aussee and Altaussee
The small town of Altaussee is situated by the Lake Altausseer See and is a popular spa town. The town dates from the 12th century but archaeological excavations have shown that the Romans were also here. As is usual for Salzkammergut towns it thrived in the middle ages with the salt mining industry.
Altaussee really became a tourist destination in the 19th century with wealthy aristocrats from Vienna flocked to the Salzkammergut for “Sommerfrische” vacations.
One of the main events in Altausee is the Narzissenfest, or Daffodil Festival, that attracts thousands of people every year. The festival lasts for four days and involves a “Daffodil Queen” and a parade with floats covered in daffodils and other flowers. This is a great opportunity to see the local people in their local Aussee Tracht ( traditional costumes).
Not far from Bad Aussee is another beautiful lake, Grundlsee. A lovely place to swim and enjoy the alpine scenery.