Bad Ischl: A Place with many Popular Faces

Bad Ischl is a spa town in Austria. This city lies in the southernmost region of the Upper part of Austria. The city lies near Traun River. The whole town consists of several parts like Bad Ischl, Katastralgemeinden Ahorn, Kaltenbach, Rettenbach, Lauffen, Haiden, Lindau, Janzen, Pfandl, Reiterndorf, and Perneck. 

The whole town was connected to a river with Ischl. This river starts from Wolfgangsee and ends at Traunsee and between this parts it will also divide into many streams. This town also works as the Kaiservilla and in the summer season, it will work as the residence for Austro Hungarian monarchs Emperor Franz Joseph I and his Empress Elisabeth. This city will become the European Capital of Culture in 2024 and it is the third city to be declared after Linz and Graz. 


Since Hallstatt culture, this town is working as the settlement area. The first time it is mentioned in a deed as Iselin in 1262. Then in 1419, it was again declared by Archduke Albert V of Austria as the local area for the salt chamber which is at Wildenstein Castle. 

Ischl also got the privilege to become a market town in 1466 by Emperor Fredrick III. In 1563 the first salt mine was opened in this town and the first salt evaporation pond was established in 1571.

The use of brine starts in this town in the early 19th century. The brine is also used for medical purposes. With the time this town got the popularity for their spa resorts as some of the famous personalities came here like Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich and Archduke Franz Karl of Austria. 

The first hotel in the whole Salzkammergut was opened in Ischl and the name of the hotel is Hotel Post. The hotel opened in 1828. Franz Karl’s son Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria also chose this town as his summer residence in 1849.

The engagement ceremony of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth of Bavaria also takes place at this place. Their engagement takes place at Sea Auerhaus and after their ceremony, this place was called the Stadt Bad Ischl. Franz’s mother also gave him the Kaiservilla as a wedding present in 1854. After she gifted him this villa this place will become their summer residence. 

After living here for some years he gave this place a name called Heaven on Earth. He also allowed the mistress of nearby mansion Katharina Schratt. Franz also declared war with the Kingdom of Serbia in 1914 here. You can also say that the declaration of the first world war was signed in this place. 

After signing the declaration of war he moved out to Bad Ischl and never returned back here. But the villa was still owned by the Habsburg Lorraine family. Hence all the parts and rooms of this villa were opened for the public to visit. 


The population of Ischl was increased slightly as in 1869 the total population count of this city was 6827 which later on became 13,813 in 2015. The foreign population consists of 15 percent of the total population of Ischl. 

Sights to visit


This beautiful place is in Bad Ischl and is considered as the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Currently this villa is on the name of his great-grandson Anduke Markus Emanuel Salvator. Before, the villa belonged to the Viennese notary and the previous name of this villa was Biedermeier Villa. 

This villa was owned by Josef August Eltz before but in 1850 this villa got purchased by Dr. Eduard Mastalier. After the wedding anniversary of Franz Joseph I with Elizabeth, his mother purchased this villa and gifted him as the wedding present. As years got passed out the villa got altered and constructed into Neoclassical style and the architect who was converting the design of the villa is named Antonio Legrenzi. After the emperor goes from this villa and not returned for several years so this place became a tourist place for most of the visitors  


This museum was built by Clemens Holzmeister who was the former residence of Franz Lehar in 1932.

Nicholas Church

This church was the first church that is built-in Ischl and this church got built-in 1344.

Konditorei Zauner Pastry Shop

This is one of the best pastry shops in Bad Ischl. This shop got established in 1832 and from then they are creating some good quality pastries. They will take care of their traditional Austrian coffee flavors in every pastry. So if you are visiting Ischl then we will suggest you to at least try their pastries once because they are quite amazing in their own way. 


There is a gondola that is quite popular and starts from the upper part of Austria and ends to Kartini alpine pasture which is at the altitude of 1415 meters. This gondola will provide you a paranomic view of Salzkammergut mountains. It will also show you the Wildenstein castle which got burned out in 1715. 

Bad Ischl Cemetery

This is not a monument but this place got listed by the government of Austria as the historical place because some great personalities like Franz Lehar who was a great composer, Rudi Gfaller and Oscar Straus got buried in this place. 

Notable Persons

Helmut Berger

Helmut Berger was a very famous Austrian actor. He was famous for his sexually ambiguous roles played in many films. He got the name and fame and also become of the greatest actor in European cinema in late 1960s to 1970s. some of his famous characters played in the movies is Luchino Visconti, his amazing performance in King Ludwig II of Bavaria in Ludwig. 

For this role, he also gets awarded the David di Donatello award. He also get nominated for Golden Globe Award because of his performance in The Damned. He mainly seen in the European movies but also worked under some American productions like The Godfather Part III as well as he performed in an opera named as Dynasty. 

Leopold Engleitner

Leopold Engleitner was an Austrian conscientious objector and Holocaust. He is the kind of person who easily shares all his experiences with the students so that they will learn from his mistakes. A documentary was also filmed in his life and the name of the documentary is Unbroken Will. 

He was the oldest male concentration camp survivor before his death. He was also the oldest male in Austria. He was born in Aigen-Voglhub which is in Austria. But he grew up in the imperial city of Bad Ischl. In 1930 he read the whole bible intensively. During the second world war, he also faced religious intolerance and persecution from the neighborhoodand the other Austrian authorities.  

Jorg Haider

Jorg Haider was a famous Austrian politician. Not only the politician but he also becomes the governor of Carinthia two times. He a the long-time leader of the Freedom Party of Austria and after that, he becomes the chairman of Alliance for the Future of Austria. 

But when he joined these alliances he has to leave the membership of Freedom party of Austria. He always remained in controversies and his controversies were not only famous in Austria but they are also popular in abroad countries. 

Many parties objected his parties participation in government and they also imposed some mild diplomatic sanction on his party. He got died in a car accident just after he lead the BZO in the parliamentary elections. 

Leopold Hasner von Artha

He was a very great personality and he also served as the 4th minister-president of Cisleithania. He holds the office in February 1870 and leaves the office in April 1870. He was also the monarch of Francis Joseph I. he was born in 1818 in Prague and got died in 1891 in Bad Ischl.

Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen

He was the pilot of a fighter jet during the First world war and after it, he rose to the rank of Field Marshal in Luftwaffe during the Second World War. He was born in 1895 in a Prussian family. He decided to join the German army when he was 18 years old. He chose to go to the army rather than any academic institute. 

He joined the army in 1913. During first world war, he was fighting at the western front and win the Iron Cross. But in 1915 he got posted on the eastern front and he stayed at this front till 1917. He and his family prepared a lot of heroes during the first world war who comes up and showed their bravery. His brothers are the flying aces and they both also encouraged him to join Luftstreitkrafte. 

Franz Lehar

He was a very famous Austrian Hungarian composer. He is very famous for his operettas. One of his famous operetta is The Merry Widow. He was born in 1838 in the northern part of Komarom which is the kingdom of Hungary. He was also the bandmaster in the 50 regiment Austro Hungarian army. 

He was born with the Hungarian language but he tried a different language when he was of 12 years. Firstly he tried to add another sound on the letter of his father`s name Franz. He started his career when his brother got admitted to the cadet school, he started to learn violin at Prague Conservatory. 

Roger Lewis

He was a Welsh academic, biographer and journalist. He was raised in Monmouthshire, Bedwas and got the education in Bassaleg School in Newport. After it he attended the University of St Andrews and before going for further studies at Magdalen College. He became a fellow at Wolfson College. 

He had written several books like carrying on, Laurence Olivier, Peter Sellers these books are based on Charles Hawtrey. He also showed his dislike of Welsh language and he called this language an appalling and moribund monkey language. For this comment, Plaid Cymru and Jonathan Edwards also reported against them to police and they also registered a complaint in the Press Complaints Commission.

Jacques de Menasce

He was a plain composer and a critic of Austria but he belongs to American nationality. He was born in a Jewish family inBad Ischl. His family was filled with Jewish writers like Jean de Menasce who was the first cousin of composing`s father. 

He pursued his studies from Vienna music academy and his teachers are Joseph Marx, Paul Pick, and Emil von Sauer. He was very encouraged with Alban Berg. For them, he also released a piano composition named as a concerto. There are some recordings of his works that still exist. The first recording is Vanguard Classics which consists of the second piano performance.

Leo Perutz

He was an Austrian novelist and mathematician. He was born in Prague and then become the citizen of the Austro Hungarian empire. He also lived in Vienna till 1938 after migrating from Palestine. According to some records he was the mathematician who invented the algebraic equations. 

He also worked as a statistician for an insurance company. He was also related to the biologist Max Perutz. In 1950 he returned back to Austria for the summer and spring vacations. He went to the markets of St. Wolfgang. He got died in the spa town called Bad Ischl in 1957. He also wrote a novel while he was healing from the injuries of the first world war. The name of his book is the Third Bullet. 

Josef  Plessis

He was born in Bad Ischl and then become the member of the Socialist movement. He also took part in the Spanish Civil war and in this he got injured twice during the war. 


With the final words we conclude that Bad Ischl was a very beautiful place. Not only the architecture but they also have a very great history. So if you are planning for visiting this place then go ahead and we hope you like this place. 

Featured hotels Bad Ischl

Hotel Garni Sonnhof

Double rooms from: € 95.00
Located in the town centre of Bad Ischl, right opposite of the train station and close to the thermal baths, surrounded by tall old trees and pleasant gardens, Hotel Garni Sonnhof is housed in an appealing building with the traditional for the region wooden decoration on the façade, offering a fine combination between contemporary 3 star comfort and warm Austrian hospitality. All 16 guestrooms have private balconies with nice views, en-suite bathrooms, well-stocked mini bars, free Wi-Fi Internet access and cable TV. Delicious breakfast buffet is served every morning in the charming winter garden of the property.

Landhotel Hubertushof

Rooms from: € 62.00
Landhotel Hubertushof is a luxury 4 star establishment providing the ideal base for a relaxed spa vacation and numerous outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking and golfing. It is situated in the central area of the historic thermal resort of Bad Ischl, in the amazing tourist region of Salzkammergut, Austria, close to the Imperial Villa, a couple of steps from the thermal springs and the famous Eurotherme spa complex, within easy walking from the train station. Property’s amenities include a fully equipped spa and wellness centre, traditional restaurant, free private parking and Internet access.

Goldenes SchiffHotel Goldenes Schiff

Double rooms from: € 83.00
Hotel Goldenes Schiff enjoys an attractive and picturesque riverside situation in the town centre of Bad Isch, overlooking the River Traun, its lovely valley and the breathtaking mountains surrounding it. The hotel is just 300 m from the Congress Centre / Kongresshaus, 0.6 km from the train station and a short walk from Kaiservilla. A bus stop can be found just 100 m from the property, providing quick and easy transport to the base station of the Katrinseil cable car / Katrinseilbahn (less than 2 km). Bookings include special discounts the nearby Eurotherme Spa Centre, located only a two-minute walk away. Furthermore, guests will benefit from complimentary on-site private parking, Wi-Fi Internet connection, conference facilities, bike rental, restaurant and bar. Rooms are equipped with all modern 4 star comforts, airy, bright, with welcoming design. Some of them boast romantic views over the river and to the mountains.

Goldener OchsHotel Goldener Ochs

Double rooms from: € 55.00
Housed in a pretty historic building from the 18th century, the family-run Hotel Goldener Ochs boasts a romantic riverside location in the town centre of Bad Ischl, Austria. Having a picturesque inner courtyard garden, it stands just 400 m from the Congress Centre, 800 m from the EurothermenResort Spa, 1 km from Kaiservilla and only 300 m from a stop of the local public buses, which ensures easy transport to all more distant areas of the town, including the Katrinseil cable car. One of the best advantages of this charming family-friendly hotel is its on-site spa and wellness area with indoor swimming pool, steam bath, Kneipp baths, fitness gym, sauna, salt graduator, relaxation room with romantic river views. Other amenities include private car parking, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi Internet connection in all guest rooms. Rooms have elegant and welcoming design, spacious interiors (standard double rooms are 22 m2) and a full range of modern 4 star comforts.