The Emperor City of Bad Ischl

Day trip through the ”Kaiserstadt”

The health resort of Bad Ischl is located at the heart of the Salzkammergut area, surrounded by the rivers Traun and Ischl. Already in the 19th century, the emperor appreciated the unique location and the beautiful nature and spent a lot of time at his summer residence in this charming village. This is why Bad Ischl is also called the Emperor’s city - ”Kaiserstaft” . Still today guests have the opportunity to get pampered like an emperor or empress in one of the great spa hotels or the Salzkammergut thermal bath. Bad Ischl offers not only a great diversity of spa facilities but there is also the Katrin railway, which takes you to numerous hiking paths in the picturesque Salzkammergut area. There is also an adventure outdoor pool, via ferratas and many offers for active relaxation in a the beautiful nature. In winter, the place turns into a little winter paradise with numerous leisure time and spa options.

Imperial Villa

Bad Ischl | Over many decades and into the 20th century European history was made in the Kaiservilla and Bad Ischl became the shadow capital of the powerful Danube Monarchy.

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© STMG | Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl: Besuch in “Sissi Sommer Residenz“

EurothermenResort Bad Ischl!

Bad Ischl | EurothermenResort Bad Ischl!: All under the same roof. A wellness centre offering Alambra, Yasumi Sauna with both indoor and outdoor saline pools.

» EurothermenResort Bad Ischl!

Salzkammergut long distance hiking trail

In 18 days through one of Europe’s most enchanting landscapes. Hike with us along the Salzkammergut distant hiking trail through Austria’s 10th state!

» Salzkammergut long distance hiking trail

© Kraft | Rast auf der Simonyhütte am Fußes des Dachsteins beim Wandern auf dem Salzkammergut Weitwanderweg

Lehár Villa & Lehár Monument in Bad Ischl

Bad Ischl | Lehár enjoyed the seclusion of his villa on the Traun river in Bad Ischl and claimed that this was where „the best melodies come to me“.

» Lehár Villa & Lehár Monument in Bad Ischl

© STMG | Lehárvilla: Die Villa des Operettenkomponisten Franz Lehár am Lehár-Kai ist einen Besuch wert

Katrin Via Ferrata

Bad Ischl | The new via ferrata high above Bad Ischl offers a breath-taking view of no less than five lakes and of course of Dachstein Mountain.

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© Outdoor Leadership | Klettersteig Katrin in Bad Ischl

Photo Museum in Bad Ischl

The Marble Palace, former tea room of Empress Elisabeth, now houses the Photo Museum of the Province of Upper Austria. Due to its location and architecture, this museum is regarded as one of the most charming in Austria.

» Photo Museum in Bad Ischl

Museum of Bad Ischl

Located inside the former “Salzfertiger” house at the Esplanade, it is where Emperor Franz Joseph announced his engagement to Elisabeth in Bavaria in 1853.

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© TVB Bad Ischl | Sehenswürdigkeiten in Bad Ischl: Das Museum der Stadt Bad Ischl bei einem Urlaub im salzkammergut.

Salzkammergut Museum of Nature Bad Ischl

The museum’s intention is to open the eyes of visitors to the beauty of nature. The diversity of local fauna can only be discovered with close attentio.

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© Naturmuseum Salzkammergut

The pump room of Bad Ischl

The pump room of Ischl - the “Trinkhalle” was built between 1829–1831 in the classical style. The colonnade and chessboard frieze along the cornice are fine examples of this period.

» The pump room of Bad Ischl

© TVB Bad Ischl | Haus des Gastes: Die Trinkhalle – auch mit zahlreichen Veranstaltungen - in Bad Ischl bei Ihrem Urlaub im Salzkammergut.

Golf in the Salzkammergut

Salzkammergut | Golf: Golfers will find seven dream golf courses within the Salzkammergut. Whether on the shores of Lake Fuschl, Mondsee, Attersee, Traunsee or in Ausseer Land, diverse fairways, manicured greens and stunning surroundings will inspire any golfer.

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Nestroy Monument in Bad Ischl

Bad Ischl played a large role in the life of Johann Nestroy. From 1845 he became a regular visitor to the town. In 1859 he bought Nestroy Villa which still stands to this day.

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Das Nestroy Denkmal in Bad Ischl

The ”Katrin Cable Car” in Bad Ischl

Enjoy a charming 15-minute drive to more than 1, 400 m above sea-level with spectacular views. Starting point for the magic 7-Lakes-View Hike or the impressive 3-Summits-Tour across the mountains.

» The ”Katrin Cable Car” in Bad Ischl

Wildenstein Castle in Bad Ischl

The ruined Wildenstein castle dominates the district of Kaltenbach and has a fantastic view over the town. First mentioned in 1392 as “Veste Wildenstein”.

» Wildenstein Castle in Bad Ischl

The Siriuskogl hill in Bad Ischl

The Siriuskogl hill and the Franz-Josef tower form one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the inner Salzkammergut. A 20 minute walk from the town centre and along a woodland path.

» The Siriuskogl hill in Bad Ischl

The Imperial Dine-Around

An entertaining city tour through Bad Ischl on the heels of the emperor, artists and company sprinkled with stories and anecdotes surrounding Austrian food culture.

» The Imperial Dine-Around

If you come to Ischl today, it's hard not to make a comparison with the imperial Vienna. As of 1848, Ischl served as the imperial summer residence and the center of courtly festivals. High nobility, prominent politicians, and artists of literature, painting and music all gathered here. Arthur Schnitzer, Alfred Nobel, Johann Nestroy, Karl Kraus, Adalbert Stifter, Ferdinand Waldmüller, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Johann Strauß, Franz Lehár, and last but definitely not least Emperor Franz Josef I. and Empress Elisabeth lead a sheer endless list of those personalities who were searching for inspiration and relaxation, and some of whom even built their own Villas here.

Summer trips with wellness, culture and nature

In summer, the “emperor city” offers not only an oasis for recreation in the various first class spa hotels and thermal baths including diverse offers to feel good and unwind but also a great selection of activities in the beautiful nature of the Salzkammergut area. The Katrin railway is the perfect starting point for unique nature experiences, such as the 7-lake tour offering splendid views of the surrounding crystal-clear lakes. Furthermore, the 3-summit tour is very popular as the path leads via the historic Franz-Joseph Cross across three summits through stunning surroundings. Convivial and traditional pasture huts with their sun terraces ensure pleasure and relaxation when you need to take a rest. Another great attraction in Bad Ischl is the Siriuskogl peak, also known as Hundskogl peak. A beautiful walking paths takes you to a cozy inn which offers regional delights and a picturesque panorama. If you prefer to discover the magnificent landscape on climbing tours, then the Katrin via ferrata is the perfect choice. Enjoy the stunning views of five glittering lakes in the surroundings as well as the health resort. Furthermore, there are numerous mountain bike routes, tennis courts, Nordic Walking tracks and a lot more – therefore, a diverse program is guaranteed during your summer holidays in Bad Ischl.

Winter pleasures in Bad Ischl

In winter, Bad Ischl turns into a small winter paradise with a lot of old, traditional buildings. In the center of the village, there is an ice-skating rink every year, which guarantees a great atmosphere along with fun and pleasures for young and old. Cross-country skiers on holidays in Bad Ischl can discover great snow-covered tracks in the Salzkammergut area. Furthermore, you have the possibility of getting to know the quiet and untouched nature with snowshoes on various winter waking tracks. Some great ski resorts are within easy reach, such as the Dachstein West skiing area, the Loser and Feuerkogel ski resorts.


Ort:  Trinkhalle Bad Ischl, Bad Ischl
Experience where tradition meets the contemporary.


Date: Thu, May. 24, 2018 , 10:00 — 11:30
Ort:  Trinkhalle Bad Ischl, Bad Ischl
Enjoy the unforgettable flair of the imperial town of Bad Ischl on a guided tour with certified Austria Guides.


Stadtführungen durch Bad Ischl

Date: Thu, May. 24, 2018 , 16:00 — 17:30
Ort:  Trinkhalle Bad Ischl, Bad Ischl
Erleben Sie das unvergleichliche Flair der Kaiserstadt Bad Ischl. Mit der Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card sogar gratis.


Date: Mon, Jul. 2, 2018 , 19:00
Ort:  Trinkhalle Bad Ischl, Bad Ischl
Dance evening with music requests in the historical centre of the Imperial town of Bad Ischl. Let’s dance….


Dinner is served - a taste of Austria

“It is well known that eating and drinking sustains both body and soul”. People within the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut stay true to this old saying. Sometimes rustic, sometimes modern, but always authentic – that is the cuisine within the Salzkammergut. This includes traditional meat dishes as well as heavenly sweet pastries and, typical for the lake region of the Salzkammergut - exquisite fish specialties. Connoisseurs can also enjoy an incomparable mix of culture, history and regional delicacies at numerous events between mountains and lakes. Let yourself be pampered; In the summer after a long mountain or bike tour. In winter, after an unforgettable day on the slopes or simply by a romantic dinner during your holiday in the Salzkammergut. Let yourself be inspired and take a look at our culinary hosts within the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region. We wish " Guten Appetit".

Information at a glance

  • Contact
    Tourismusverband Bad Ischl
    Auböckplatz 5 - Trinkhalle
    4820 Bad Ischl
    Phone: +43 (0) 6132 277570
    Fax 43 (0) 6132 2775777
    GPS: lg 047°/41,66'N lt 013°/37,40'O
  • Transportation Tip: Travel simply and quickly to the UNESCO World Hertiage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). All aboard . . . !