Salzkammergut

The Salzkammergut is a unique landscape which is characterized by crystal-clear lakes, large woods, impressive mountains, alpine meadows and soft foothills. This region owes its name to the salt extraction which dates back to the iron-age and has always brought grand wealth to this region.

The region offers popular excursions - some suggestions for a day-trip:

  • shipping on Lake Wolfgangsee and Lake Mondsee,
  • visit of the historic town centre of St Wolfgang,
  • with the railway 'Schafbergbahn' up to the Schafsberg,
  • walks at the Postalm,
  • visit to the ceramics museum at Gmunden,
  • discover the World Heritage at Hallstatt,
  • visit the Emperor Spa Bad Ischl,
  • explore the underground grottoes and caves in the
    Dachstein Mountains ...

Bad Ischl - The Imperial Town

Bad Ischl is a lovely small town, a beautiful spa. This spa came to fame primarily during the years of Franz Josef’s reign. Emperor Franz Josef and the Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) as well as Austrian's and European's aristocracy made pilgrimages to Bad Ischl to benefit from the healing qualities of the salt water baths. Various artists, composers and writers spend their summer months in this picturesque location.

Bad Ischl’s most important attractions:

The Imperial Villa

Bad Ischl’s most famous summer visitor, Emperor Franz Josef, spent around sixty summers in a Biedermeier villa situated on enormous grounds.

The Photographic Museum / The Marble Manor

The marble manor was once Empress Elisabeth’s teahouse and today houses the photographic museum of the province of Upper Austria.

The Motor, Technology and Air Transport Museum

The museum contains historic motorbikes, cars, helicopters and even planes.

The Franz Lehar Villa

The operetta maestro composed 24 of his 30 operettas here.

The Assembly Rooms, Bad Ischl

The elegant ballroom which once hosted lavish parties.

Zauner’s Pastry Shop

The most famous coffee house in Bad Ischl. The specialities are Zauner croissants, Zauner fruitcake, Zauner wafers and Zauner Guglhupf (ring cake).

Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a charming village with skilfully constructed houses in gothic, renaissance and baroque style. Hallstatt owes its existence to the rich salt deposit in the salt mountains.

St. Wolfgang

is a climatic health resort at Lake Wolfgangsee. In the 13th, 14th and 15th century St Wolfgang was a centre of Christian pilgrimage to the memorials of St Wolfgang. In the church you find a beautiful late Gothic winged altar (1471-1481) by M. Pacher and the most important Gothic winged altar in Central Europe. The hotel 'Im Weissen Roessl' owes its fame to the operetta of the same name by Benatzky (1930).

Mondsee

is a lovely village at Lake Mondsee with a Benedictine Abbey founded 748, a Gothic collegiate church, an impressive pseudo-basilica church, a lake-dwelling museum, museum of local history and culture (Mondsee Abbey Culture) and 'Mondseer Rauchhaus' open air museum. Since 1929 performances of 'Mondseer Jedermann' ('Mondsee Everyman') morality play have been taking place in summer. Lake Mondsee is one of the warmest bathing lakes of the Salzkammergut region with a good water quality.

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