Centrally located and nestled in the northern foothills of the Alps, the town nestles on the northern shore of Lake Traunsee and on the flank of Gmundner Hausberg, the massive Traunstein. The Salzkammergut region extends to the south, which is why Gmunden is often called the gateway to the Salzkammergut.
Approximately 20 km north of the city runs the Westautobahn (A1/E60), Austria’s most important east-west connection. An important railroad line with international connections also runs north of the city. The cities of Salzburg and Linz (<100 km), but also Vienna and Munich (about 200 km) are very easy to reach. The nearest airports are in Salzburg, Linz, Vienna and Munich.
Gmunden has had a constant population of about 13,000 for about 20 years, with the slightly declining birth balance being offset by a positive migration balance. Currently, 16.8% of the population is under 20 years of age, 58.1% is between 20 and 64 years of age, 25% is over 65. 81.1% of the population are Austrian citizens, 11.2% come from EU and EFTA countries, 5.5% from EU third countries and 2.2% from other countries.
Gmunden is the capital of the political district of the same name with a catchment area of around 130,000 people and has an appropriate infrastructure with administrative authorities, district court, clinic and around 20 schools and kindergartens. A congress center, a multifunctional municipal theater, the municipal museum with a focus on ceramics, as well as galleries and exhibition spaces form permanent cultural facilities of the city.