Between mountains and thermal springs – imperial vacations like once Sissi and Franz in Bad Ischl with Kids!
The imperial family already knew more than 100 years ago that a very special breeze blows in Bad Ischl during the summer months, the summer retreat. Sissi and Franz spent almost every summer in the imperial villa. Bad Ischl still retains this imperial charm. Vacation between traditions, culture and nature can be combined in Bad Ischl in the middle of the Salzkammergut even with the children in the best way. Which beautiful destinations and family activities we can recommend to you, you can read here!
Our accommodation tip for Bad Ischl with children
The Hotel Goldener Ochs is the address in Bad Ischl, or rather in the whole Salzkammergut for family vacations. Full of stories and traditions is the family-run house. When Verena Schweiger took over the 4-star hotel from her parents in 2018, fresh momentum was allowed to move into the house. Strong, harmonious colors run like a red thread through the house, even into the beautiful spa area. Her latest work is the Traunvilla with a direct river view.
In the summer, the garden and the terrace on the Traun River beckon, where you can really enjoy the summer freshness while having dinner. Several playgrounds can be reached after only a few minutes walk. The Ochsen can also score with a play corner and many toys. Even in the bar there are some and on top the kids are mixed extra non-alcoholic drinks. Every day, the kids are allowed to take over the pool for an hour and splash around to their heart’s content. This way, relaxation on vacation in the mountains succeeds one hundred percent. Click here for our favorite accommodation in Bad Ischl!
Excursion destinations for families in Bad Ischl and Salzkammergut with children
Whizzing down the mountain with the Abersee summer toboggan run
With a view of Lake Wolfgang and fresh mountain air in your face, the Salzkammergut with kids summer toboggan run takes you down into the valley just a few kilometers from Bad Ischl. First, however, the lift takes you to the top of the mountain. You have to take the bobsleds with you. Smaller children share a bob with a parent. Once you reach the top, you’re spoiled for choice as to which of the two slides you want to go down first. They both lead across meadows, forests and one or the other tunnel. It’s a lot of fun! Click here to find out more about our favorite place.
Hike with children in the Salzkammergut on the local mountain Katrin of Bad Ischl.
Directly in front of the front door of the Hotel Goldener Ochs the hike starts first to the valley station of the Katrin cable car. Conveniently, the leads past the Traun River and a playground. After a 15-minute ride on the historic cable car, you reach the nature reserve at 1,400 meters above sea level. Numerous hiking trails start from here, which can be adapted according to the children’s ability and willingness to hike. Those who choose the 2-hour 7-lake view hike can enjoy a unique mountain panorama. On the one-hour round trip “Rosen- und Feuerkögerl” (Rose and Fire Kögerl), you can take a leisurely walk to the “Trauntalblick” viewing platform and then return to the mountain station via the natural, wildly romantic path. One thing no one should miss, however, is a stop at the Katrin Almhütte.
In the footsteps of Sissi and Franz at the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl
Emperor Franz and Empress Sissi were the biggest fans of Bad Ischl. They spent their summer retreat – as the city escape of the nobility was called in those days during the summer months – with their family in their imperial villa in the middle of the city, in keeping with their status. The descendants of the two still live in the imperial villa today and also make it accessible to visitors with exciting guided tours. Immersing yourself in the way of life of that time with its customs and traditions is also fun for children in the Kaiservilla. Afterwards, you can take an extensive tour of the Imperial Park and visit the Marble Castle. Click here to learn more about our favorite place.
Jump into the turquoise lakes in the Salzkammergut with children.
One lake in the Salzkammergut is more beautiful than the other and in summer this means pure swimming pleasure! The choice is not easy and in this case it is best to let the children decide. This is what is waiting for you at the different lakes:
- Fuschlsee: Strandbad Fuschlsee with outdoor pool, water slide and café with lake view.
- Wolfgangsee: natural beach Wasswiese with playground, pedal boat rental and small snack bar
- Mondsee: Alpenseebad Mondsee is considered the largest stand-up pool in the Salzkammergut with a slide paradise for the kids and sandy beach
Experience animals up close and play a lot in the village of animals
The village of the animals is a small fine animal park in the Salzkammergut. You can get very close to the animals there and even feed some of them. In addition, there is a nice playground and a go-kart track for the kids to discover. Because of the pleasant size, a visit to the village of animals is very relaxed. A stop on the way to the Wolfgangsee or the summer toboggan run is very worthwhile. Click here for your favorite place!
Bathing in the brine pools at the Bad Ischl spa on bad weather days.
Bad Ischl is known for its brine pools. Many positive properties around health and well-being are attributed to this water. At the EurothermenResort Bad Ischl, you can truly hole up with the kids on bad weather days and immerse yourself in the various pools. In the outdoor area, you can let yourself drift by the “Lazy River” and take a break in the brine grotto on the bubble loungers and in the graduation house. Children are very welcome. There is even a small children’s area. Click here to go to the spa!
We can heartily recommend a vacation in the Salzkammergut. Away from the typical tourist crowds, you can enjoy your vacation here to the fullest.