This post-office is certainly a bit "Oversized" for a town of 13000 inhabitants...
. ...but of course during summertime, when the royal family was there, they had a lot of extra-business for the royal court
and today it is the most beautiful post-office in Austria - and as far as I know, it should be sold soon...
The Imperial Villa (Kaiservilla) in Bad Ischl
In 1854, the Austria Emperor Franz Joseph’s parents, Archduchess Sophie and Archduke Franz Karl of Austria, gave the newly wed couple a luxurious wedding gift: Villa Eltz, a cottage-style house in the middle of lush forests and Austria’s romantic mountains. A few years later, the young imperial couple extended the villa by adding two side-wings in the shape of the letter ‘E’ (for ‘Elisabeth’), renamed it, and used it as their new recreational residence and hunting lodge.
The villa is a yellow two-wing building in a neoclassicist style. The front entrance is braced on several pillars, whereas both wings are connected
by "bridges". There is only one fountain in front. The villa can only be visited in a tour. The right wing (Sisi's Apartments) are still inhabited by the great-grandchildren of the Emperor and cannot be visited.
Unlike other imperial parks such as Schoenbrunn in Vienna, the park of
the Imperial Villa in Ischl is not rich in decoration, but quite spacious and full of trees. The garden lies on the bottom of Mount Jainzen and is called "Kaiserpark" (Emperor's Park). In order to visit it, you would have to buy a ticket for the park and the villa tour, or enter it via a secret footpath from Mount Jainzen. In winter, the area cannot be visited.
"Marmorschloessl - the Empress's Tea House"
The Empress's Tea House is located in the upper part of the park. Nowadays, the two-storey house with a beautiful nostalgic patio is a museum of photography with an exhibition on old photographs.
"A view above Bad Ischl"
Enjoy a breathtaking view from the hill and the pavillions in the park, down to the villa and the old church and town of Bad Ischl. A view that was even enjoyed by the Empress and Emperor.
"The interior 1"
Since Kaiservilla was the Emperor's summer residence, he would also go hunting in the mountains and forests. The interior of the villa is full of hunting trophies which the Emperor shot himself. It includes some of the
old furniture and photographs of the last and most famous Habsburg generation: Franz-Joseph, Elisabeth (Sisi), and their children. It was also
here where the declaration for the beginning of World War I. was signed
by the Austrian ruler.
"The interior 2"
The cushion on which the legedary Austrian Empress Elisabeth ("Sissy") died is still on display in a small room. Above you can see Sisi's wedding
tissue with her monograph.