Our most recommended things to do in Bad Ischl

Salzkammergut: Sandstone Beer Cellar Tour

Salzkammergut: Sandstone Beer Cellar Tour

Step into the oldest beer cellar in Bad Ischl. Marvel at the stone pillars of this hand-carved sandstone cellar, which was used as a cold store for the locals. Learn about the geology and history of this 500-year-old natural cellar and witness traces of the ice age. Hear how the cellar was once owned by the Ischler brewery, and how the building above it, known as Cafe Casino, was acquired by the Schmalnaeur family in 1971. The building dates back to the 1600s. Walk on a audioguided tour of the cellar and admire the unique geological features of this cold store, which used to be connected to the cellars in the surrounding area. Finish your tour and then visit the in-house brewery.

From Vienna: Melk, Salzburg, and Hallstatt Private Tour

From Vienna: Melk, Salzburg, and Hallstatt Private Tour

Embark on a fascinating day trip from Vienna to some unique Austrian landmarks. Explore the historic Melk Abbey, the charming town of Salzburg, the scenic Lake Wolfgang, and the picturesque Hallstatt. Customize your itinerary depending on your needs and interests. Melk Abbey Be introduced to the history of Benedictine Abbey. Overlooking the town of Melk and the Danube River, the impressive baroque-style Abbey is home to the famous Melk Abbey library and contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau as well as the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg. During the visit, you can also explore the Abbey church and the garden pavilion. After approximately 1 hour visit of Melk, your journey continues through the Austrian countryside towards Salzburg. Salzburg Move on to the city of Salzburg. Upon arrival, independently explore the beautiful Mirabell Palace Gardens which was used as a filming location for popular "Sound of Music" movie, Mozart Museum, the UNESCO protected Old Town, and catch a spectacular view of the city from the Hohensalzburg fortress. Surrounded by mountains, Salzburg is well known as the birthplace of Mozart and the architecture is heavily inspired by Italian designs. Continue with a scenic drive through the Salzburg Lake District to Hallstatt. Hallstatt Hallstatt is located directly on Hallstattersee. Hallstatt is known as one of the most photographed villages in Europe. Stroll along the Promenade into the colorful town center with numerous small shops, cafes and restaurants. In order to make your visit to Hallstatt more memorable, you have the opportunity to visit the Skydeck directly above the town as well as the Salt Mines for more scenic photo opportunities. In the late afternoon, drive back through the beautiful Austrian countryside to your accommodation in Vienna.

From Salzburg: Private Tour of Hallstatt

From Salzburg: Private Tour of Hallstatt

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Salzburg (or any other location in the city on request), and meet your private driver/guide for an excursion to Hallstatt. Journey along the shores of the emerald-green Fuschlsee to the Schloss Fuschl (Fuschl Castle), and then continue to St. Gilgen to take a stunning photo of the beautiful scenery from a great view point. Depart St. Gilgen and drive along the shores of Wolfgangsee lake en route to Bad Ischl, famous for its spa and the imperial summer palace. Next, make your way through picturesque Bad Goisern to reach one of the highlights of the tour at the stunning town of Hallstatt, considered the pearl of Austria's Lake District. Upon arrival in Hallstatt, your guide will point out all the hidden gems and must-see sights. You will have 2.5 hours to explore the town, allowing plenty of time for lunch in one of the lakeside restaurants (own expense). Leave Hallstatt and make your way back to Salzburg via the Gosausee lake, where a backdrop of the glistening Dachstein glacier awaits you for a short stop. Travel through the Dachstein mountain range, passing the ski resort area from Russbach to Golling before drop off at your hotel or any location of your choice in Salzburg. 

Private Tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg

Private Tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg

This is a great excursion for anyone who loves incredible scenery and history. After meeting your guide in your hotel (or any other location in the city) escape Salzburg for a private excursion to Hallstatt. Journey along the emerald-green Fuschlsee to the first stop at Castle Fuschl. Travel on to St. Gilgen and take a stunning photo of the beautiful scenery from a great view point. Leaving St. Gilgen and driving along the Wolfgangsee our trip will bring you to Bad Ischl, famous for its spa and the Emperor’s summer palace. Driving through Bad Goisern you will reach one of the highlights of our tour, Hallstatt: the pearl of the Lake District. In Hallstatt you can choose between taking the panorama funicular railway up the mountain and experience the magnificent World Heritage view 360 meters above town, on the Hallstatt sky walk and continuing on to the oldest salt mine in the world. Alternatively you can visit the 5 Fingers viewing platform – this is probably the most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps and reaches out like a hand over the 400m drop. But it is not just the viewing platform it is also the route there that offers plenty of special features. After your adventure in the mountains or the salt mine you will have enough time to discover all the hidden gems as well as the must-sees of Hallstatt, as well as to have lunch in one of the beautiful lake side restaurants (at own expense). On your way home from Hallstatt, the Gosausee with its backdrop of the glistening Dachstein glacier awaits for a short stop. Then, journey on along the Dachstein mountain range through the ski resort of Russbach to Golling and finally your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other destination in the city of Salzburg.

From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in Vienna, sit back and relax in the comfort of a luxury vehicle as you make your way to the city of Melk. Visit the Benedictine abbey located on a rocky outcrop with spectacular views of the Danube River. See the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and go to the top of the abbey to get panoramic views of Melk. Drive past pretty lakes and scenic towns such as Bad Ischl. Stop at the beautiful town of Hallstatt on the Hallstätter See, and learn more about its historic salt production. Visit a subterranean salt lake to see the mummy of a prehistoric miner preserved in salt! Next, visit the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the city of Salzburg. Explore the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town, and discover where the legendary movie "The Sound of Music" was filmed. Return to Vienna and get dropped off at your hotel at the end of a memorable day

Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Tour from Vienna

Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Tour from Vienna

Depart Vienna and travel to the historic city of Melk in Lower Austria. See the Benedictine abbey that contains the tomb of St. Coloman of Stockerau, along with the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, the first dynasty of Austria. Go to the top of the abbey to get a great view of Melk and its surrounding gardens. Continue further into the Lake District and drive through the beautiful towns of the Wachau Valley, such as Bad Ischl. Stop in Hallstatt, famous for its salt production dating back to prehistoric times and a cultural heritage that links some of the oldest civilizations of Europe. Move on to the birthplace of Mozart in the beautiful city of Salzburg. Admire the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress atop the Festungsberg, and discover the busy shopping street of Getreidegasse, with the house where Mozart was born at number 9. Return to Vienna or get the option to stay in Salzburg and explore independently.

Hallstatt, St.Gilgen,St Wolfgang Salzkammergut from Salzburg

Hallstatt, St.Gilgen,St Wolfgang Salzkammergut from Salzburg

Begin the tour with a pickup from your hotel in Salzburg. Then, relax in a private van and enjoy the picturesque countryside on a drive to St. Gilgen. Spend some time in this beautiful lakeside village, which is a popular tourist destination. After this, drive to St. Wolfgang to explore some more. Enjoy the scenery in this market town, which is situated on Lake Wolfgangsee. Take some photos of the historic buildings here, and keep an eye out for The Pilgrimage Church, famous for its altarpiece. drive to the Salzkammergut region and arrive at the town of Hallstatt. Admire the towering mountains which surround the buildings here, and see the salt lake. Visit the world's oldest salt mine while you are here, and gaze at the well-preserved architecture. Finally, return to your hotel in Salzburg at the end of the day.

Salzkammergut: Audioguided Sandstone Beer Cellar Tour

Salzkammergut: Audioguided Sandstone Beer Cellar Tour

Step into the oldest beer cellar in Bad Ischl. Marvel at the stone pillars of this hand-carved sandstone cellar, which was used as a cold store for the locals. Learn about the geology and history of this 500-year-old natural cellar and witness traces of the ice age. Hear how the cellar was once owned by the Ischler brewery, and how the building above it, known as Cafe Casino, was acquired by the Schmalnaeur family in 1971. The building dates back to the 1600s. Walk on a audioguided tour of the cellar and admire the unique geological features of this cold store, which used to be connected to the cellars in the surrounding area. Finish your tour and then visit the in-house brewery.

Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

With a professional local guide and a luxury private vehicle, you will be sure to save time and get the maximum out of a full-day private sightseeing tour to Hallstatt. Starting at 10 AM. Make yourself comfortable in your luxury touring vehicle and enjoy the lovely countryside of Salzburg on the way to the first stop, the charming village of Ebenau. After a short ride, you will arrive at Schloss Fuschl which is an old Prinz archbishop hunting lodge located at the picturesque Fuschlsee (Lake Fuschl). Take a few shots of the Castle and the emerald green lake as its backdrop. Your journey will take you to St Gilgen and the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang). The village of St Gilgen was used in the world-famous movie The Sound of Music and was the birthplace of Mozart's mother. Your journey will take you along the Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl, where the Kaiser (Emperor) Villa is located. Once you arrive at Hallstatt, your professional local guide will point out all of the must-sees in Hallstatt, including a gorgeous photo place, Charnel House (Bone House), Hallstatt Museum, Hallstatt Waterfall "Waldbachstrub," the Sky View Platform, Hallstatt's local residence area, and more. Following an 8-hour exploration of Hallstatt and the lake district, your drive will return you to Salzburg via Gosau, Abtenau, and Golling, where your private tour will end with a drop-off at your Salzburg city hotel or anywhere else in the city of Salzburg.

From Salzburg: Day Tour of Hallstatt

From Salzburg: Day Tour of Hallstatt

Begin the tour with a pickup from your hotel in Salzburg. Then, relax in a private van and enjoy the picturesque countryside on a drive to St. Gilgen. Spend some time in this beautiful lakeside village, which is a popular tourist destination. After this, drive to St. Wolfgang to explore some more. Enjoy the scenery in this market town, which is situated on Lake Wolfgangsee. Take some photos of the historic buildings here, and keep an eye out for The Pilgrimage Church, famous for its altarpiece. drive to the Salzkammergut region and arrive at the town of Hallstatt. Admire the towering mountains which surround the buildings here, and see the salt lake. Visit the world's oldest salt mine while you are here, and gaze at the well-preserved architecture. Finally, return to your hotel in Salzburg at the end of the day.

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Very nice day with Yosef, our driver. He tailored the day to our interests. His English is good. We never felt rushed. The Mercedes minivan was very clean and spacious for our group of 4. Water and juice were provided. As in the tour description, a driver is provided, not a tour guide. So at each destination, we were on our own. But, the sites did not need a guide, and we were happy to sightsee at our own pace. Very good communication with Yosef and the company.

Great moments with my family and outstanding services provided by our guide Darko. More than a tour, it was a great opportuntiy to know amazing places in Austria! Darko was great, taking care of us and all details to enable an unforgettable day for our family. Thank you, Darko!

Mr D was a great guide and a friend to us. He took us around everywhere and the whole experience was so much better than we expected. It was one of the highlights of our trip and I recommend this to everyone visiting Vienna.

Our guide was wonderful!! We felt well cared for and he made sure we saw all the stops. Would highly recommend this tour!!

Magical day - Medo Youssef was the perfect guide and driver!