There are only a few Austrian artists who have a similarly high standing in the international art scene as the Viennese Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt. And there are few regions in Austria that have such a direct connection to this outstanding symbolist as the holiday region Attersee-Attergau in the Salzkammergut.
Klimt created some of his most important landscape paintings here. The "Houses in Unterach at the Attersee" is only the best known. Detailed information about Klimt's work and life can be obtained at the 26 stations of the world's first "Gustav Klimt theme trail", which runs between Schörfling, Kammer and Seewalchen along the north and south shores of Lake Attersee.
Every Saturday you can walk in the footsteps of the master with a Klimt specialist on the lake promenade, past the picturesque Villa Paulick, which was a meeting place for artists and intellectuals in Klimt's time. Those who wish can start the tour "Klimt and the Attersee Navigation" from here, which will take you to two of Gustav Klimt's places of stay: Litzlberg, Klimt's summer retreat with the Villa Oleander and Schloss Kammer, which inspired Klimt to paint several paintings between 1908 and 1912.
On the occasion of the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt, the Gustav Klimt Centre was opened in Schörfling am Attersee.
The centre houses a multimedia exhibition, including a cinema and multimedia touchscreens, where you can follow in Klimt's footsteps.
Between June and October guided tours with audio guides are offered. Advance booking is requested. Further information: www.klimt-am-attersee.at
Surrounded by a small park, a pointed turret and a descriptive boathouse down to the lake, the Villa Paulick in Seewalchen on the Attersee makes it look like a fairytale castle.
It was commissioned in 1877 by the imperial and royal family. court carpenter Friedrich Paulick. One of his three daughters, Emilie Flöge, was a friend of Gustav Klimt. Klimt often rowed over from his summer residence, the Oleander Villa, to visit Emilie.