Hotel Garni Villa Dachstein
Rettenbachweg 3, Bad Ischl, 4820, Austria
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Travel Tips for Bad Ischl
Since the main tourist information place was closed (after 12pm on Sundays) I ended up at this alternative place that specializes in package-type tours throughout the Salzkammergut region. I spoke with the person working here briefly and then decided to use the computer. The internet access was more expensive here than in most places, so I kept it brief.
Bad Ischl was originally known as the center of the Salzkammergut region's salt processing industry, but in the nineteenth century local doctor Josef Grotz discovered the soothing and even medicinal powers of the saltwater baths and voila! a spa town was born. When Grotz shared this knowledge with the Viennese doctor of the emperor, it wasn't long before royalty and celebrities began making Bad Ischl a popular retreat from Vienna and the rest of Austria. Emperor Franz Josef I along with many famous 19th century composers spent the majority of their summers here.
Today, the town remains a pleasant place with a very sophisticated air about it. You're as likely to see well dressed locals sipping coffee out of elegant cups and listening to classical music as you are to pass by a spa. I was here in the summer of 2004 and while my visit was only a single afternoon, I somehow managed to squeeze in the fancy cups and the music. Next time, I'm getting a massage!
The town is also a transportation hub of the region, so it's very likely that if you are spending any significant time in the Salzkammergut, you'll find yourself here.