|Bundesland: Oberösterreich||Upper Austria|
Ebensee is situated at an elevation of 426 m at the mouth of the river Traun at the southern tip of lake Trausee. The history of Ebensee goes back to the saline that founded here in 1604/1607. In 1872 Ebensee was connected to the railroad system. The Solvay soda ash factory opened in 1883. During World War I Russian prisoners of war had to replace workers in the factory. During World War II Ebensee was the site of a labor camp (1943–1945) of the concentration camp of Mauthausen. SS soldiers were driven away by demonstrations of the local population one day before American soldiers arrived at Ebensee on the 6th of May 1945. About 16,500 prisoners of the labor camp were freed. An underground adit of the cement works of the labor camp has been adapted as a memorial and museum.
The parish church Sankt Joseph [centre] was built in 1726–1730.
The Baroque interior decorations date from 1730–1770. Ebensee became an independent parish in 1786.
The church was enlarged in 1911.