The Salzkammergut

The City Museum showcases the long history of Bad Ischl and stages changing exhibitions. This also happens to be the building where Franz Josef and Elisabeth were engaged, the day after they were formally introduced at a ball. You can also organise a tour of the historic Lehàr Villa here (combined entrance adult/child €9.50/€5.40).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Salzkammergut attractions

1. Lehár Villa


This pink villa was the home of opera composer Franz Lehár and is a picture of late-Imperial-era Austria in all its stuffy glory. Left exactly as Lehár…

2. Kaiservilla

0.34 MILES

Franz Josef’s sprawling summer residence, the Italianate-style Kaiservilla, was an engagement present for him and his princess-to-be, Elisabeth of Bavaria…

3. Salzwelten Altaussee

6.88 MILES

Situated near the Altaussee about 6km north of Bad Aussee, this working salt mine was the secret hiding place for art treasures stolen by the Nazis during…

4. Wallfahrtskirche

8.26 MILES

St Wolfgang’s impressive Wallfahrtskirche is a spectacular gallery of religious art, with glittering altars (from Gothic to baroque), an extravagant…

5. Salzwelten

10.13 MILES

The fascinating Salzbergwerk (salt mine) is situated high above Hallstatt on Salzberg (Salt Mountain) and is the lake's major cultural attraction. The…

6. Beinhaus

10.22 MILES

This small ossuary contains rows of neatly stacked skulls, painted with decorative designs and the names of their former owners. Bones have been exhumed…

7. Kammerhof Museum

10.27 MILES

Kammerhof Museum, housed in a beautiful 17th-century building, covers local history and salt production. It also has some portraits of Anna Plöchl, the…

8. Weltkulturerbe Museum

10.32 MILES

This multimedia museum has a strong focus on the region’s history of Iron Age/Celtic settlement and salt mining, taking you through 26 stations of…