The imperial villa in Bad Ischl ©elsemargriet pixabay

Bad Ischl

Sightseeing tour through the imperial city of love Bad Ischl

The Emperor's favourite place in the Salzkammergut

Bad Ischl - a town full of charm just an hour's drive from Salzburg. Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Josef I loved staying in the spa town and attracted an international clientele who came to the Salzkammergut in search of health and pleasure. The Imperial Villa, the Kurhaus with spa gardens, the Esplanade with the town museum and the Lehárvilla are the most important sights in Bad Ischl.

Historic Imperial Villa

The imperial summer villa was once a wedding gift to the imperial couple. The couple spent their summers here for many decades. While Franz Joseph ruled his empire, Sisi found retreat in her marble palace.

A walk through the extensive imperial park lets you experience the history of the place. A guided tour of the imperial villa is possible.

Imperial week Bad Ischl

Bad Ischl is in a state of emergency for a week around the emperor's birthday on 18 August. Locals and countless visitors celebrate a nostalgic festival in honour of the former monarchy with an imperial steam train, a commemorative trotting race, the festive Imperial Night, traditional concerts, emperor and empress doubles and much more.

Other Places of Interest

Franz Lehár

Franz Lehár lived and composed in Bad Ischl almost every summer from 1912 to 1948 and his villa can be visited today in its completely original state.

The annual operetta festival, the Lehár Festival, is also named after him and offers high-calibre performances of operetta and classical music during the summer months.

Local history in the Bad Ischl town museum

Franz and Sisi celebrated their engagement in the Seeauerhaus at Esplanade 10 in 1853. The house was run as a hotel for a long time before it was turned into a museum by the town in 1989.

Here you can learn about the history of Bad Ischl, from the wealth-bringing salt to the town's rise to spa town and imperial residence. The museum's treasures also include original uniforms and artefacts belonging to the emperor, a folklore collection and a collection of East Asian artefacts from the end of the 19th century.

Your Hotel Scherer for excursions in Salzburger Land

Visit the picturesque Bad Ischl during your holiday in Salzburg. From Hotel Scherer you can reach the imperial city in around an hour by car. By train from the nearby Salzburg main station, you need to plan around 1 hour 50 minutes. The team at Hotel Scherer will be happy to help you plan your excursion.

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