Imperial flair in the Salzkammergut
Emperor Franz Josef and his beloved Sissi once resided here, valuing romantic Bad Ischl as their summer residence. To this day, you can still find traces of those imperial times in this small town close to Wolfgangsee.
Historic Bad Ischl
The historic center of Bad Ischl radiates a unique charm all its own. Famous as the beloved summer domicile of holidaymakers from the Imperial household, this small town is today a world-famous spa and wellness resort. Its location in the heart of the Salzkammergut also guarantees beautiful scenery. That said, a stroll through the pedestrian zone and the narrow, romantic streets is a pure delight. Many historical pearls await you here: the Imperial Villa, Kurpark and Kurhaus, the legendary Konditorei Zauner and many more. And all of this, barely a 45-minute drive from Eugendorf.
Kurhaus Bad Ischl
This former therapy center with an imposing facade is today an attractive Congress Center and theater. For events of all kinds, with state-of-the-art stage technology. The warm, welcoming architecture, spacious rooms and marvelous grounds with a colorful sea of flowers was once a mecca for monarchs and statesmen, for balls and concerts. Today, it is a wonderful place of creativity, inspiration and contemplation. Enjoy this cultural, multipurpose hotspot in the heart of Bad Ischl – in the style, and with the captivating flair of imperial times.
Bad Ischl Town Museum
Look forward to a historically significant sightseeing attraction in this legendary Salzkammergut metropolis, where the young Emperor Franz Joseph and Princess Elisabeth celebrated their engagement. Today, these venerable walls house the considerable municipal collections of Bad Ischl. A first-class museum which, in this worthy setting, authentically and impressively reflects the culture and history of this spa town. Take a look at the Betrothal Room, uniform and hunting weapons of the emperor, as well as interesting exhibits about the importance of salt mining, folk culture and the town’s origins.
This former property of composer Franz Lehár is today a much-visited museum. Lehár purchased this striking villa in Bad Ischl in 1912 and, from that point on, spent almost every summer there. Needless to say, this is also where many of his successful operettas were written. Walk in the footsteps of this musical master of his time as you discover personal memorabilia, valuable furnishings as well as a unique and attractive art collection. Highlights include the Red Salon as well as the Biedermeier Room. No less interesting is the bathroom – preserved in virtually original condition.
In picturesque Bad Ischl, the former summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria continues to captivate countless visitors. This idyllic domicile of the Habsburgs is surrounded by magnificent park grounds. Visit the beautiful rooms in charming Biedermeier style. Also located on the grounds is the noble Marmorschlössl, the former teahouse which the emperor and his Sisi had built. Today, it is home to a top-notch photo museum – with unique exhibits and a collection focused on the history of photography.
This famous pâtisserie with a royal past has definitely written its own illustrious history – since 1832. Immerse yourself in the sweetest fairytale imaginable. Every day, you have around 250 different oven-fresh pastries and cakes to choose from, based on traditional recipes, including the heavenly Zauner-Kipferl and Kaisertorte. Add to that a delicious cup of coffee, and the delectable ensemble is complete. In the stylish, relaxed atmosphere of the former court confectioner, this café transports you back to imperial times. Zauner – the epitome of Austrian coffeehouse culture.
The Katrin Gondola is a special highlight of the spa and imperial town of Bad Ischl, promising a panoramic ride high above the treetops accompanied by heavenly views – of the imposing Alps and nearby lakes. This gondola has been carrying visitors and locals up to the Katrin Alm (1415 m) since 1959. Enjoy a glorious 15-minute ride into the heart of the nature sanctuary – mouthwatering treats also await you at the Berggasthof and at the Katrin Hut. In the summer months, they even offer an exclusive gondola ride where sparkling wine is served.
The panoramic views from the lookout platform at the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Warte are simply fabulous. The 599 m high, forested Siriuskogl – Bad Ischl’s local mountain – stands high above the Traun. It is one of the most popular excursion destinations in the idyllic Salzkammergut region. Also awaiting you here are beautiful hiking paths and a splendid mountain inn serving regional specialties and other delicious treats. Children likewise have good reason to be happy, since the adventure playground and a great small-animal petting zoo promise truly magical experiences.
Bad Ischl’s popular local mountain affords visitors one-of-a-kind panoramic views. You can also count on an array of exciting, entertaining impressions thanks to the Path of the Senses. An attractive hiking path for the whole family.