The world-renowned artist on the Attersee

Gustav Klimt’s discovery of the Attersee as a Sommerfrische refuge in the summer of 1900 took place almost 50 years after the region had received its first touristic impulses. His quest for quiet spots where he would find relaxation and artistic inspiration led him to his favorite lake, the Attersee.

On the occasion of the Jugendstil artist’s 150th birthday on 14th July 2012, the Klimt Center opened in a prime location in Kammer-Schörfling along the avenue of Schloss Kammer once painted by Klimt. The permanent exhibition fitted with a Klimt cinema was created in keeping with a message full of longing conveyed by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) in 1901 in a postcard sent to Emilie Flöge on the Attersee from the stifling metropolis Vienna: “I long to be gone like never before”. Klimt, who would have celebrated his 155th birthday in 2017, enjoyed his summer sojourns away from the metropolis from 1900 onwards, together with the related Flöge and Paulick families, at the Brewery Inn in Litzlberg, from 1908 at the Villa Oleander in Kammer and from 1914 in the south of the lake at the Forester’s House in Weißenbach, and was often invited to the historicist Villa Paulick in Seewalchen.

The Klimt Center with its own cinema, shop and café has established itself as a popular meeting place for local visitors and international guests!