Welcome to the Gustav Klimt Center on the Attersee!

The world-renowned artist on the Attersee

Comparable to Claude Monet’s Giverny, Paul Cézanne’s Provence and Egon Schiele’s Krumau, the Attersee was a place of unique artistic activity for Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). The world-renowned artist regularly spent the summer months between 1900 and 1916 in this region, preferably holidaying on the turquoise lake with his life partner Emilie Flöge (1874-1952) owing to the family ties between the Klimts, Flöges and Paulicks. Some 20 years previously, in 1883, a travel guide on the Attersee mentioned that one would have to be a “highly capable painter”, if one wanted to “come close to determining the colors of the lake”. In 1900 Gustav Klimt managed to capture the shades of the Attersee so masterfully in a painting that the art critic Ludwig Hevesi called it a “frame full of lake water”. Gustav Klimt would ultimately be inspired by the Attersee to create more than 45 of his approximately 50 known landscapes, which continue to delight art enthusiasts from all over the world. In 2003 an Artist Trail was dedicated to the famous holiday maker in the Salzkammergut, while the Gustav Klimt Center opened in 2012 in Kammer-Schörfling in close proximity to the avenue of Schloss Kammer once painted by Klimt.

Experience a touch of this unique atmosphere for yourself!

A visit to the Klimt Center, a walk along the Klimt Artist Trail or a boat ride on the Attersee will allow you to retrace Klimt’s steps and explore his impressive motifs on land or from the lake.

Soon you too will understand Klimt’s annual longing to “be there”!

Exhibition emphases 2018

In its seventh season, the Gustav Klimt Center’s operators, the Klimt Foundation, informed visitors through a permanent exhibition including a Klimt cinema and multimedia touchscreens about Gustav Klimt’s life and work during his annual summer sojourns spent between 1900 and 1916 at the “place of his longing” in the Salzkammergut.
Select facsimiles of his Attersee landscapes, including the most expensive one sold to date in 2017, highlighted the periods of Klimt’s painterly oeuvre during his stays in Litzlberg, Kammer and Weißenbach. In the Graphic Cabinet visitors encountered the world-renowned artist primarily as a creator of erotic drawings, while his designs for the mosaic frieze at the Palais Stoclet, which have been permanently embedded into the Klimt Center as large-scale reproductions, showed Gustav Klimt’s close relationship with nature. Inspired by the blossoms, flowers and trees on the Attersee, Klimt created a fascinating and still highly esteemed Symbolist-floral world both in his Stoclet frieze as well as in his landscapes. Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Klimt as well as of three further eminent fin-de-siècle artists – Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and Otto Wagner – 2018’s season at the Klimt Center also explored these pioneers of Viennese Modernism and their ties to the Salzkammergut as part of a special thematic emphasis.


Edition Klimt, Volume 3:
Gustav Klimt. Emilie Flöge -
Reforming Fashion, Inspiring Art
Edited by Sandra Tretter and Peter Weinhäupl
Christian Brandstätter Verlag, Vienna, 24,90
ISBN 978-3-85033-846-2


Edition Klimt, Volume 2:

Gustav Klimt. Summer Sojourns on the Attersee 1900-1916
Edited by Sandra Tretter and Peter Weinhäupl
Christian Brandstätter Verlag, Vienna, 24,90
ISBN 978-3-85033-969-8