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Walking in the footsteps of the monarchy: thermal spa holiday in Bad Ischl

Paradise in the heart of the Salzkammergut – few words are enough to describe the former imperial city in Upper Austria. Bad Ischl’s cityscape is evocative of the glory of days long gone with its many grand buildings dating back to monarchic times. Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth were perhaps the most famous summer visitors to the idyllic imperial city in Upper Austria. Kaiservilla – an Art Nouveau villa situated in a large park – was their summer residence for decades.

Bad Ischl in the Salzkammergut - Emperors city in Upper Austria

Tradition & modernity: holiday in Bad Ischl

To this day, visitors on a holiday in Bad Ischl come across memories of a time where history was made in Bad Ischl. Every start of the year the light capes of the city’s bell-ringers light up. When the herdsmen start singing their songs, one experiences lived tradition up close. Contemporary culture has a permanent spot in the versatile Bad Ischl event calendar as well: From Lehár Festival, Emperor’s Festival, Night of Music, Shake the Lake to private views and exhibits, some of which taking place at Salzkammergut thermal spa, there are a lot of things to make a thermal spa holiday in Bad Ischl an unforgettable stay in the Salzkammergut.

The salt prince of Bad Ischl

Emperor Franz Joseph’s parents were childless for a long time. Upon doctor’s advice, they spent their summers at the imperial city in Upper Austria to have mineral brine baths. Soon the couple was delighted to learn they were expecting : future Emperor Franz Joseph, henceforth known as the salt prince. Franz Joseph took up Bad Ischl as his summer resort for 60 years, thereby establishing a tradition that, to this day, is noticeable in many places in the Salzkammergut.

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