Bad Ischl Travel Guide

  • Kaiser Villa
    Kaiser Villa
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    Museum
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    Konditorei Zauner
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Bad Ischl Highlights

  • Pro
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     There is still an imperial flavor around 

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     None 

  • In a nutshell
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     Lots of great architecture 

Bad Ischl Things to Do

  • Alles Kaiser Imperial birthday

    From 15. august to 18. august there are all sort of festivities in memoriam of the KaiserKaiserfest of the 'Buergerkapelle' Bad Ischl at the 15. 8.:http://www.badischl.com/en/4-01-0-100398641/detail/Kaiserfest-der-Buergerkapelle-Bad-Ischl.htmlKaiserzug 2012 at the 15. 8.:http://www.badischl.com/de/4-01-0-100771151/detail/Kaiserzug-Bad-Ischl.htmlThe...

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  • ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH

    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,...

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  • FOR CHILDREN!

    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!

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  • LOVELY ARCHITECTURE

    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...

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    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...

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  • Climbing Mount Jainzen

    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 ofBad Ischl, however, you should be fit to reach the top.

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  • Kaiservilla

    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...

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  • A nice taste of local history!

    Museum der Stadt Bad IschlA 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.Opening HoursDaily between 10.00-17.00...

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  • By all means of transportation!

    Museum Fahrzeug - Technik - LuftfahrtA 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...

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  • The Summer history of Sissi and...

    KaiservillaBad 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...

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  • Kaiservilla

    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...

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  • Main church

    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...

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  • Congress and Theater House

    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.

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  • Stadtmuseum

    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...

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  • Leharvilla

    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...

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Bad Ischl Restaurants

  • The best Austrian pastry shop

    One off the best pastry shops of Austria, very traditional and for what you get not expensive Germgugelhupf

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  • Charming Italian Restaurant

    This delightful little Italian restaurant offers great pizza and other Italian dishes as well as some of the nicest people we met in Austria. The owner, Brigit, speaks perfect English as do her children and we had to literally drag ourselves away from the restaurant, we were enjoying her company and her excellent travel tips so much. The restaurant...

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  • Traditional Austrian coffeehouse

    Cafe Konditorei Zauner is a wonderful restaurant located in the middle of Bad Ischl town. It was first opened in 1832 and still remains as a popular cafe with both locals and visitors. The cafe still maintains the features of traditional Austrian coffee-house culture from the vintage looking furnitures to the serving style. The pastry shop sits in...

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Bad Ischl Nightlife

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    by wiener_nougat Written Jun 25, 2005

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    One of the places where people meet in Bad Ischl, when the lights are off. Nice interieur, reminding the times, when the emperor was in Bad Ischl

    On weekdays nice for a coffee or a beer.
    On weekends sometimes quite crowded.
    Good cocktails, and fast waiters ; )

    Dress Code: No dress code

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Bad Ischl Transportation

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    by acemj Updated May 22, 2005

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    Bad Ischl has the best transportation connections in the entire Salzkammergut region, so there's a good chance you'll end up here at some point. The train station is located on the eastern edge of town near the tourist information center. You can also catch buses here, but there is another bus terminal just a short walk north of here on Voglhuber-Strasse. I arrived by bus from St. Wolfgang (I transferred at Strobl) and the short trip only cost 3.10 Euros.

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Bad Ischl Shopping

  • Zauner Stollen

    Zauner is a Café & Pastry Shop since 1832 and was in imperial times a "k.u.k. Hoflieferant" Zauner Stollen, a harmonic blend of nougat grillage with wafers, hazelnuts and chocolate. Keeps fresh for up to three months. Small: 145 g, 8,50 €, big: 700 g, 36,00 €

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  • Worlds greatest pies!

    First a piece of history:In the year 1832 it was founded by Johann Zauner, a wine dealer and confectioner.Johann Nestroy liked the pastries at Zauner and forgot to pay, till he succumbed to the charm of the waitress. Here in the pastry shop Zauner the gugelhupf is baked using the original recipe from Katharina Schratt, since she ordered it for the...

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Bad Ischl Local Customs

  • Kaiserfest - Emperor's Birthday

    Each year on August 18th, the community of Bad Ischl still celebrates Emperor Franz Joseph I. Birthday, which he used to celebrate in Bad Ischl until his death. A red carpet is being rolled out, a mass is read in the local church, people dress up in Trachten (folklore) or imperial costumes, they sing hymns, old songs and play music. The owner of...

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  • Traunritter

    From the 16th to the 19th century, there were Traunreiter/Traun Riders in the area of the Salzkammergut. They had to transport the salt and other local goods across the mountainsand pick them up from the rivers. They had special outfits and were highly acknowledgedin the mountainous terrain. This image on the wall portrays a Traunrider in a...

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Bad Ischl Off The Beaten Path

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    by Roeffie Written Oct 2, 2005

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    Kurhaus Bad Ischl

    Normally this functions as the theatre and restaurant of the town as far as I know, there is a beautiful park surrounding the Kurhaus.

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Bad Ischl Favorites

  • Internet Access/info Part 2

    As already mentioned there is Internet Access available in Bad Ischl. The last time I was there it was located in the local Post Office. You have to pay some kind of Card with a certain amount and then you can feel free to go there whenever they have opened.Although it's not the most comfortable place, because you sit on Barstools. Also no Coffee...

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  • Dr. Franz von Wirer

    The first person to use the salt baths in the area for medicinal purposes was Dr. Josef Götz. When he told Dr. Franz von Wirer about his work, the good doctor made the town famous by turning some of his famous patients onto this new miracle in medicine. You see, von Wirer was a professor at the Vienna Medical School and was the personal doctor for...

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  • . . . The Traun River

    Yep, the Traun River runs along the southern edge of town and is highlighted by a beautiful street called the Esplanade on its northern edge. This street is lined with beautiful villas and other important buildings.

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