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Bad Ischl Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 112 photos


BAD ISCHL is well known as the summer residence of the Emperor Franz Joseph who during his 60 years spent his summer holidays here.

Bad Ischl is quite picturesque due to the large number of magnificent buildings from the time of the monarchy, having once been a meeting place for aristocrats and artists.

Much of what made it an imperial town remains standing today.

Bad Ischl and the Salzkammergut's most famous visitors were Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sisi.


The parents of the future emperor, Franz Karl and Sophie von Bayern, were childless, so it was suggested they bathe in the mineral saltwater baths of Bad Ischl.

The Empress became pregnant and gave birth to her first child, a son, later to become Emperor Franz Joseph.

He and his brother were thereafter referred to as the Salt Princes, because they essentially owed their lives to the saltwater of Bad Ischl.

In 1853 Sisi von Possenhofen, came to Bad Ischl with her sister Helene, who had been chosen to marry her cousin, Emperor Franz Joseph. The Emperor, fell in love with Sisi instead, and the official engagement was announced on 18 August, his birthday.

The Haus Austria, in which the engagement took place, is now the Museum of Bad Ischl, and the room in which the historic engagement took place is now the registrar's office.

We are now going for a drive alongside the Lake to the little Village of TRAUNKIRCHEN

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  • In a nutshell:Lots of great architecture
  • Last visit to Bad Ischl: Jun 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    This looks like a nice town - a shame you didn't have time to see more of it though!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Nice town :-) I like the wooden horse carriage - symbol of the town's past :-)

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Sep 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Didn't have time to explore here which was a shame! Looked to be a lot more of interest. Thanks for visiting!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Another nice stop on your tour of Austria.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Oh yes Bad Ischl is certainly worth a visit, when travelling in Salzkammergut !

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Love places like this! Awesome!


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