Bad Ischl

The Emperor’s Great Love

Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress »Sisi« – they are inseparably linked with Bad Ischl. In 1823, Austria’s first saltwater spa was opened and only four years later princess Sophie and Franz Joseph’s mother came for a health treatment to Bad Ischl.

In the years to come, four »salt« princes were born. Franz Joseph’s first visit to Bad Ischl was in 1849. Here he celebrated his engagement to his later wife, Elisabeth.

At the turn of the century, many famous personalities, aristocrats, heads of state and artists came to Ischl, including Franz Léhar who composed 24 operettas in this town. Bad Ischl received health resort status in 1929.