The city tour

Walk through Bad Ischl from Sisipark to Kaiserpark

The city tour connects Sisipark/Esplanade, Kurpark and Kaiserpark and leads through Bad Ischl's historic city centre – this is how a city turns into a horticultural show. During a stroll through the horticultural show and through Ischl you will meet a range of special places of historic importance, like Trinkhalle, Rudolfspark, the Lehár Theatre and the city museum on Esplanade, amongst other sights in the imperial city. 

View on the Auböckplatz in Bad Ischl
Auböckplatz at the state horticultural show

Sights in the city of Bad Ischl 

The walking trail from Sisipark via Esplanade, Kurpark and the city centre to Kaiserpark leads not only through the state horticultural show but also presents various Bad Ischl sights and landmarks. 

Here are the city tour's highlights:

  • Bad Ischl city museum (Esplanade 10, Seeauerhaus): It was here where Emperor Franz Joseph and Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria celebrated their engagement on 19th August 1853. Today the museum shows the Bad Ischl's development as a city, from the boom of a spa city and an imperial summer retreat.
  • Lehárvilla (Lehárkai 8): The mansion of the operetta composer Franz Lehár has remained in its original state and lets you dive into the world of his music and life.
  • Kurpark with Kongress- & Theaterhaus: Built between 1873 and 1875 the former Kurhaus served as a concert hall and ball room for various guests from science, culture and the royal families. Today balls, culture events and various performances during the famous Lehár Festival take place in the Kongress- & Theaterhaus.
  • Town Hall (Pfarrgasse 11)
  • Rudolf memorial in Rudolfspark (on Bahnhofstraße 1): one of the first prominent spa guests in Bad Ischl was Archduke Rudolf, Cardinal-Archbishop of Olmütz. The memorial remembers him.
  • Trinkhalle (Auböckplatz 5): It was built between 1829-31 as “Wirerbad”; the former pump room with its impressive architecture represents Bad Ischl's importance as a spa city. The elegant, almost 80 metre long indoor venue served as a pump room for the spa guests that came for drinking cures and later it served as a stage for spa music. Today Trinkhalle is used as a “House for the Guest” for weddings, various events and touristic purposes.
  • St Nikolaus parish church (Auböckplatz 3): the inside reveals frescoes, altarpieces, mosaics, a carved way of the cross and the in Austria unique “Kaiser-Jubiläums-Orgel” organ.
  • Lehártheater (Kreuzplatz 16): Since 1827 performances have been taken place at Lehártheater. Today the theatre still offers high-class culture and first-class cinematic experiences with state-of-the-art dolby-digital cinema technology. 


Dahlias at the Landesgartenschau Bad Ischl
Dahlia flowers in Bad Ischl

(Traffic) Connections

The individual areas of the state horticultural show in Bad Ischl are all located within walking distance. This way all the connecting paths are easily accessible and suitable for families and prams. A shuttle service is also provided; take the pick-up train, horse-drawn carriage or rickshaw to get from Kaiserpark to Sisipark and back. 

After your city and horticultural show visit your tired legs deserve a break. You will appreciate that Hotel Goldener Ochs with its spa area is just around the corner – located opposite Esplanade and directly on the Traun riverside. Indoor or outdoor on the inviting sun terraces, indulge in recreation and let us pamper you in a culinary way in the restaurant afterwards. 

If you need further information on the Bad Ischl state horticultural show, our reception team at Hotel Goldener Ochs in Bad Ischl will gladly help you. A tip for your stay in Bad Ischl: take a look at our horticultural show package deals! We will immediately respond to your no obligation enquiry

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