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Bad Aussee

Bad Aussee, the main town in the Styrian part of the Salzkammergut, lies at the fork of the Traun river, which cuts a scenic gorge between the Dachstein massif and the Tote Gebirge (Dead Mountains). The region’s original wealth was founded on its salt deposits. Later, Bad Aussee achieved renewed fame when, in 1827, Archduke Johann married Anna Plochl, daughter of the local postmaster. The Archduke, who made many important contributions to the life of Styria, was a grandson of Maria Theresa, the 13th child of future Emperor Leopold II. The former seat of the Salt Office, in Chlumeckyplatz, is a lovely 14th-century building which now houses the city’s regional museum with its exhibition on salt mining. The 13th-century, Romanesque St Paul’s church has a notable stone statue of the Madonna. Environs: A scenic road northwest of Bad Aussee will take you to Altausseer See and the Loser peak. On the road is an old salt mine, open to the public. During World War II it was reputedly used to hide works of art.

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