Bad Ischl – destinations in the Salzkammergut

Numerous sights and destinations await you around the imperial summer resort of Bad Ischl. The Salzkammergut is a true treasure trove: mountains and lakes, historic places, grand villas, ancient salt mines, and lots of sports options are part of your diverse holiday programme. Here are the best suggestions!

Holidays in the Salzkammergut

Bad Ischl: Imperial days and traditions

Bad Ischl celebrates its probably most famous guest, Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, with the annual Imperial Days. Fans of the “good old days” can experience the imperial train and festival, historic clothes, imperial hunters and carriages around the birthday of the former monarch on 18 August. The centre of Bad Ischl is fully dedicated to nostalgia – colourful, cheerful and with a smile. To this day, Bad Ischl has managed to maintain many historical testimonies to the imperial era, particularly the Imperial Villa, the former Habsburg summer residence, and the Villa Schratt, which was inhabited by a good friend of the Austrian monarch.

Hiking in the Salzkammergut

Customs and culture in Bad Ischl

Choose from a particularly diverse and colourful cultural programme during your holiday in Bad Ischl. Lovingly lined-up traditional events are just as much part of Bad Ischl’s event calendar as contemporary art, ranging from the Lehár Festival and the Imperial Festival to the Night of Musicals and the boogie festival to vernissages and exhibitions.

Feel free to have a look into Bad Ischl's calendar of events, to inform about upcoming events.

Customs and culture in Bad Ischl

Salzkammergut trips: travelling to salt

Spectacular natural scenery, deep-blue lakes and majestic mountains await you during trips to the Salzkammergut. The so-called Styrian Salzkammergut between Altaussee and Grundlsee used to put artists, intellectuals and the Viennese upper classes under its spell during imperial times. Here, the mountain spring with its thousands of wild daffodil blossoms, the summer with crystal-clear lakes, and autumn with fog-free, clear air affording unexpectedly clear views during hikes awaits guests. The Salzkammergut owes its name to its salt deposits, which were used as early as in Celtic times and once made the Archdiocese of Salzburg very rich. Discover the world of salt in the show mines Hallstatt, Altaussee and Hallein, and see up close how the “white gold” was extracted!

Salt mine in the Salzkammergut

Bathing at the hotel’s own beach & hiking in the Salzkammergut

You absolutely have to go on trips to the Salzkammergut lakes during your spa and health holiday in Bad Ischl – the region has a total of 76 lakes! Lake Wolfgang, Traunsee, Mondsee, Irrsee, Lake Fuschl, Attersee, Lake Altaussee and Lake Hallstatt are near your holiday resort Bad Ischl. Guests at the 4*S Hotel Royal experience a truly special highlight: the hotel’s own bathing beach of the 4*S Hotel Royal is located directly at Lake Wolfgang, only a 15-minute drive away from the hotel in Bad Ischl.

Adventure and activity in the Salzkammergut

Salzkammergut hiking region and the landmark mountain Katrin

If you want to go higher during your holiday, Bad Ischl is the place to be. The Katrinalm and the Siriuskogel are popular destinations right outside the door. A nature reserve that you can explore on a hiking round trail awaits you on the Katrinalm at 1,400 m above sea level. The hike leads you to the three highest rises of the massif, the Katrin, the Elferkogel and the Hainzen. The Franz-Josephs-Warte on the Siriuskogel offers a breathtakingly divine view beyond compare over the imperial summer resort with its grand buildings. Furthermore, numerous other diverse hiking routes await you throughout the entire Salzkammergut hiking region!

Numerous destinations in the Salzkammergut

Active holidays in Bad Ischl: water & mountain sport, golf & skiing

Trips to the Salzkammergut and sports activities complement each other perfectly. Find many options to practise your favourite sport in every season in and around Bad Ischl:

  • ÖAV indoor climbing wall near the thermal spa Bad Ischl: the adventure ticket “Klettern und Therme” gives you a 4-hour pass for the Salzkammergut thermal spa along with admission to the climbing wall.
  • Cycling and mountain bike routes for casual and competitive bikers
  • Water sports: sailing, rowing, water ski, diving, swimming
  • Running tracks and Nordic walking trails
  • Golfing at the Salzkammergut golf centre: handicap course, corrective training, golf packages, etc. Contact: thermal spa cooperation partner golf school Laimer in Bad Ischl
  • Winter sports: alpine skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating
Winter sports program in Bad Ischl

Trips to the Salzkammergut for all ages

It goes without saying that there’s a lot to discover for families with children in and around Bad Ischl. We particularly recommend two destinations! Hallstatt, only a 20-minute drive from Bad Ischl, is a particularly worthwhile Upper Austrian destination. The scenic place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located directly at Lake Hallstatt and is home to a show mine.

Relax like an emperor in Bad Ischl and discover the Salzkammergut during trips. Best send your non-binding holiday enquiry to the 4*Superior Hotel Royal right now!

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