From 15. august to 18. august there are all sort of festivities in memoriam of the Kaiser
Kaiserfest of the 'Buergerkapelle' Bad Ischl at the 15. 8.:
Kaiserzug 2012 at the 15. 8.:
The Emperor's stroll at the 17. 8.:
Emperors-mass at the 18. 8.:
Die Kaisernacht und 8. Kaiser Franz Treffen at the 18. 8.:
(not every page is in english and more information on the german pages : replace /en/ with /de/)
This Roman Catholic Church which dates back until 1320, has seen many Imperial events and Concerts. In 1769, the old church was demolished, then rebuilt in the style of classicism with frescoes and new altars being added in 1870. The inside has mainly lovely, detailed frescoes, well worth coming inside to see.
Take note of the Organ built in 1888, and considered one of the best works of Austrian art of organ building during the monarchy.
This one is for all parents who take their children with them shopping.
Located in the main street, I came across this excellent Horse and Carriage on the footpath, specifically built for children to play on. I thought it was excellent, and it looked free, what a good idea!
As with most "BAD" or "SPA" Towns, the architecture of the buildings is beautiful, even the Post Office was a wow building!
Of course, the town was frequented by Aristocrats, so you would expect it to be nice.
The Italianate Kaiser villa, was bought for Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elizabeth as an engagement present by his mother. The interior can only be seen on guided tours.
There are others which I don't know the names of, but are worth seeing.
The tourist information office is located in the Trinkhalle near the train station. It's located in quite an impressive building. All the usual tourist information and bookings are here, and you can even order brochures if you want information before you arrive in town.
Opening hours summer:
Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 6.00pm Sunday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Opening hours winter:
Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Sunday and public holiday 10.00am - 2.00 pm
Mount Jainzen (about 800 meters high) is the imperial "home hill", since the park areal of the imperial villa lies on the bottom of it. This hill offers you breathtaking views above the town of
Bad Ischl, however, you should be fit to reach the top.
Emperor Franz Joseph spent about 60 summers (!) in Bad Ischl and also got engaged there with his cousin Elisabeth v. Bayern only 3 days after they`ve met for the first time. Kaiservilla - which had been once the house of a notary- was a wedding present by the parents in law to the young couple. In the following years the villa was remodeled- and when it was finished it had the shape of the letter E - for Elisabeth. It is surrounded by a lovely park where you`ll see also a small castle-like building- this is called "Marmorschlössel", once was Elisabeth`s teahouse and now hosts a photomuseum. On the occasion of marriage they vegetated the park with plants that usually couldn`t be found in that area.
You can visist the villa in a guided tour for a fee of about EUR 11. In one room you can still see the emperor`s original wall paper :). The most interesting room in my opinion is the emperor`s study, which still seems to be authentically furnished. On his desk there he signed the war declaration against Serbia, which was the beginning of WW I - and more or less the end of monarchy in Austria. A copy of the war declaration is lying on the desk.
A descendant of Franz Joseph still lives there in Kaiservilla - and it can happen-like in my case- that he comes down to talk to the visitors. All in all I found the atmosphere in the Villa a bit quirky :) - probably because it feels like if the emperor is still alive :).
In case you want to visit the park only and have a look at the building from outside- they charge EUR 4 for that.
Museum der Stadt Bad Ischl
A total overview of all local history is shown, as well as private collections of people like the asian art collection from mr. Sarsteiner.
The most important thing happened to Bad Ischl is the fact that in summer the austrian emperor Franz-Joseph and his wife came here quite a lot.
Daily between 10.00-17.00 hrs. except mondays.
Wednesday 14.00-19.00 hrs.
Adults € 4.20
Children under 15 € 2.00
Museum Fahrzeug - Technik - Luftfahrt
A wide range of vehicles is displayed from normal cars to military vehicles. From airplanes to helicopters and from cycle to motorcycles. All means of transportation are covered here.
Try to have a quick view at their scrap heap where many unrestored vehicles still wait to be restored and displayed. Nice museum for the ones loving transportation technique.
1. April-31. Oktober
Daily 9.00-18.00 hrs.
Adults € 8,00
Children 10-15 yrs.€ 3,00
Children under 10 yrs. F.o.C.
Bad Ischl was the summer residence of the Austrian emperor Franz-Joseph and his Wife Sissi (Elisabeth) They came here many times in summer. The Emperor came especially to hunt here. That was his many hobby. Walking through the Villa you see a lot of hunting trophees on the walls.
The declaration of the first world war was signed here. The papers are still on his desk. After the Austrian duke Franz-Ferdinand was killed in Sarajevo. He declared WW I.
It all happened in Bad Ischl between some hunting parties.
1. May - 14. Oct
Daily 09:30 - 16:45 hrs.
Winter / Spring
Every Wednesday until 1.May
at 12:00, 14:00, 15:00
(The access to the house is possible a quarter to these hours)
Entry to the Kaiservilla: including park and guided tour (ca. 45 min; obligatory)
Adults € 9.50
Children until 16 € 4.00
If you got the Salzburgerlandkarte the entrance to the Kaiservilla is free, but there is one catch here the entrance to the park is not included so ou have to pay € 3,00 a person to get to the Villa through the park even if you're not interested in the park.
The Kaiservilla was originally a hunting lodge owned by a Viennese lawyer, but in 1853 it was purchased by the archduchess Sophie as an engagement present for the Emperor Franz-Josef and his bride, Elizabeth (aka, "Sissie"). The emperor came here every summer for the next sixty years and enjoyed hunting in the nearby hills and socializing with his long-time mistress, the actress Katharina Schratt.
Just after the purchase, in 1854, the villa was redesigned and enlarged in the Palladian style by the Italian architect Antonio Legrenzi. Legrenzi designed the ground plan in the shape of the letter "E" for Elizabeth. The surrounding park was designed by Franz Rauch, head of the Imperial gardens in Vienna and Laxenburg.
You can visit the villa from May to mid-October daily from 9am to 11:45am and 1pm to 4:45pm with a guide only. It's around 10 Euros to visit the interior, but only around 3 to visit the grounds alone.
Check out the website below. It will give you a virtual tour and tell you everything you need to know about the Kaiservilla.
The parish church of St. Nikolaus was built between 1769 and 1780, but it was redone in the Nazarene style in 1880 (its completion coincided with the Emperor Franz Josef's 50th birthday celebrations). In 1890, the famous composer, Anton Bruckner played the organ to celebrate the emperor's daughter's wedding. The new organ was inaugurated in 1910 on the emperor's 80th birthday.
There was nothing going on inside the day I visited, so I was able to spend as much time as I wanted checking it out.
Inside this impressive buidling, you'll find a very modern conference and meeting facility making it the primary business hub in the Salkammergut region. I just took a quick look inside. I was more impressed with the live music going on outside among the beautifully sculptured gardens that surround the place.
The Stadtmuseum is located along the riverside Esplanade in the former Hotel Austria. It is most famously the place where the Emperor Franz-Josef announced his engagement to his cousin, Elizabeth von Wittelsbach of Bavaria in 1853. The museum has some memorabilia of the imperial family, but is also a city museum with items representative of the spa town as well as costumes and other cultural items of the Salkammergut region.
Open Tuesdays and Thursday through Sundays from 10am-5pm. It's open on Wednesdays from 2pm -7pm.
The Leharvilla is now a museum, but it was once home to Franz Lehar who was a popular music composer in his time (he lived from 1870 to 1948). He was basically the Andrew Lloyd Webber of his day and it was his comic opera, The Merry Widow that really launched his career success in 1905. His compositions brought him not only popular success, but a lot of money. The Leharvilla museum's beautiful furnishings are evidence of his wealth. You can visit from May through September every day from 9am to noon and from 2pm to 5pm for a small fee.