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Traunsee, Austria
Operator : Traunseeschiffahrt Karl Eder Ges mbH, A-4810 Gmunden, Traungasse 12a
The Traunsee is in Austria's Salzkammergut region not far from Salzburg. The lake is formed where the river Traun descends out of the Alps towards lower ground before joining the Danube at Linz. Although not a large lake, there is a great contrast in scenery. At the northern end of the lake at Gmunden, the hillsides roll down to the lakeside. On the southern half of the lake the mountains shear steeply as the scenery turns distinctly alpine.

The paddle steamer era began in 1839 on the Traunsee and has continued in the hands of successive private operators until the current day, with
PS Gisela dating from 1871 being operated on behalf of her preservationist owners by the Karl Eder Shipping Company alongside a fleet or motor ships.

Withdrawn in 1980 by the Eder company and seemingly destined for the scrap yard, Gisela was saved by the efforts of local preservationists. Now a protected national "monument", she returned to steam in 1986 and features the only set of operational oscillating engines in Europe.

Sophie (1839-1861 : engine used in the replacement Sophie until 1901)
Elisabeth (1859-1969)
Sophie (1862-1928)

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