Bad Ischl in Salzkammergut

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Kongress- und Theaterhaus © Peter Haas/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kongress- und Theaterhaus © Peter Haas/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bad Ischl is a spa town in Austria. It lies in the southern part of Upper Austria, at the Traun River in the centre of the Salzkammergut region. The town consists of the cadastral community Ahorn, Bad Ischl, Haiden, Jainzen, Kaltenbach, Lauffen, Lindau, Pfandl, Perneck, Reiterndorf and Rettenbach. It is connected to the village of Strobl by the river Ischl, which drains from the Wolfgangsee, and to the Traunsee, into which the stream empties. It is home to the Kaiservilla, summer residence of Austro-Hungarian monarchs Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth. In 2024, Bad Ischl will be one of the European Capitals of Culture – the third city in Austria after Graz (2003) and Linz (2009).

Besides the Kaiservilla, the city offers several health spas and tourist attractions, like the historic Kongresshaus opened in 1875, the new Kurhaus built by Clemens Holzmeister in 1932, as well as the Lehár Villa, the former residence of Franz Lehár, that he acquired in 1912 and today serves as a museum. The Saint Nicholas parish church was first mentioned in a 1344 deed.

Kaiservilla © Sigmunds/cc-by-sa-3.0 Kaiservilla © Aconcagua/cc-by-sa-3.0 Kongress- und Theaterhaus © Peter Haas/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Lemur1000/cc-by-sa-4.0 Bad Ischl and Traun River © flickr.com - David McGregor/cc-by-sa-2.0 Elisabeth Hospital © Thomas Ledl/cc-by-sa-3.0-at
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Bad Ischl and Traun River © flickr.com - David McGregor/cc-by-sa-2.0
Bad Ischl is also known for the Konditorei Zauner pastry shop, former k.u.k. purveyor established in 1832, and the small Lehártheater built in 1827.

A gondola lift runs from the town up to the Katrin alpine pasture at 1415 m (4643 ft), which offers a panoramic view of the Salzkammergut mountains. The ruins of Wildenstein Castle, which burnt down in 1715, are nearby.

The Bad Ischl Cemetery is listed by the State of Upper Austria as a protected historical site. Amongst those buried there are the composers Franz Lehár, Rudi Gfaller, and Oscar Straus.

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