Imperial Villa of Bad Ischl in Austria - © STMG

Imperial Villa

Over many decades and into the 20th century European history was made in the Kaiservilla and Bad Ischl became the shadow capital of the powerful Danube Monarchy. You can see the originally preserved chambers, in which Empress “Sisi” Elisabeth spent her summer months and were Emperor Franz Joseph ruled and eventually declared war to Serbia in 1914 and started WWI with it. His reasons for doing so he stated in his “To my Peoples” manifesto that was written here. On a 45-minute long guided tour you can experience the special air of past times and you can get interesting and personal information on the life of the imperial family. Kaiservilla is surrounded by the spacious Kaiserpark that invites to longer walks and is home to the former tea house of Empress Elisabeth, the Marmorschlössl. Can be only visited on a guided tour!

Bad Weather Alternatives

Even if the sun decides to take a break or the weather god is in a bad mood, there’s no reason that your holiday plans should fall through. The many attractive free-time activities of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut ensure a diverse program even on rainy days. Experience our ancient mining tunnels and mystical caves, grand spa facilities, interesting exhibitions and historical churches. There’s an event no matter the weather! Even on ‘dreary days’, a holiday on Lake Hallstatt is always bright!

Informationen at a glance

  • Contact
    Tourismusverband Bad Ischl
    Auböckplatz 5 - Trinkhalle
    4820 Bad Ischl
    Phone: +43 (0) 6132 277570
    Fax:+ 43 (0) 6132 2775777
    GPS: lg 047°/41,66'N lt 013°/37,40'O
    Opening hours
    Tourismusverband Bad Ischl
    Monday to Friday
    09:00 – 17:00 hrs.
    10:00 - 14:00 hrs.
    Sunday/Holiday closed
    9 July - 27 August 
    Sunday/Holiday open
    10:00 – 14:00 Uhr
    08. December open
    09:00 – 17:00 hrs.
  • Transportation Tip: Travel simply and quickly to the UNESCO World Hertiage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). All aboard . . . !

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