Talking of Gmunden: This town with its population of 13,000 is located on the north shore of Lake Traunsee at an altitude of 425 m above sea level. The first settlement of what is today the town dates back to the 5th century. We do not know when Gmunden changed from being a fortified market to a town, but it is known that the site was heavily fortified in the Middle Ages. It was not until around 1300 that Gmunden acquired its own church, but there was already a regional court (now a district court) in 1217. Today this small town is a charming summer holiday resort, with tourism still a major source of income. The tableware produced under the name Gmundner Keramik also enjoys a reputation extending far beyond the borders of Austria as being “charming and typically Austrian”. The most important sights in the town are the Land Castle and the above-mentioned Lake Castle at Ort, dating from the 10th century and hence one of the oldest buildings in the Salzkammergut.
The Railjet shown on the stamp, in contrast, is a high-speed intercity push-pull train operated by ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG and in commercial service since the start of the 2008/2009 timetable. It was first presented to the public on 15 September 2008. It is interesting that the Austrian Railways, unlike other railway systems, have chosen to use locomotive-hauled trains for high-speed operations instead of electrical multiple units. Like the former German “Metropolitan Express Train”, the Railjet trains are made up of individual coaches with airtight between-coach interconnections, but with normal screw couplings at the outer ends of the set of coaches
Release Date: 2010|08|27
Number of Copies: 440.004
Printing Style: Offset
Design: Hannes Margreiter
Printed by: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei