A traditional spa town with the inimitable reminders of its former Imperial glory
"a traditional spa town with the inimitable reminders of its former Imperial glory", known as "Sisi's favourite place"
and the home place of Lehar ("Gypsy Love", "The bird seller", etc)
and this summer (2012) Lehar's Festival.
But it also the perfect location for cycling & mountain biking, hiking, running, golf and bathing in summer and ski in winter,
and dining and wining of course.
And so on...
Emperor Franz Joseph spend approximately sixty summers there.
Our activities were less impressive: we walked around the (small and sweet) town, doing some sightseeing, then we missed the absolute gem of Bad Ischl - The Kaiservilla (never mind, the next time will do), didn't eat anything in famous Restaurant Goldenes Schiff and passed near Konditorey Zauner almost with no mental disaster. But we lifted ourselves to Katrin Mountain for breathtaking views and mini-trail. Then rain begun and washed us down, in direction of the train station. Actually we were not equipped for serious trails (all Austrian trails are serious) but the place looks great for hiking, cycling and climbing of all types.
So, we came to Bad Ischl train station in rain with not having a clue where we wanna go next. We set inside the station for a while, learning a train/bus schedule, and then we cut in direction of Hallstatt. Hallstatt is a fairytale village on the shore of the fairytale lake, surrounded by fairytale mountains. As you see, everything is fairytaly there, and it's true. We have been in Hallstatt a year ago for a couple of days, took the maximum we could and left it charmed by its beauty.