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The Emperors Retreat: Architecture of Bad Ischl

Bad Ischl in Upper Austria used to be the favorite retreat for the ruling family of the Austrian Empire. The Habsburg family liked it so much that they bought property here and many other wealthy families followed suit. Hence, in the end of the 19th century many beautiful and spacious villas were built in different styles, such as classicist, art deco and traditional. Furthermore, there is a plethora of interesting churches and administrative buildings in Bad Ischl worth visiting.

Discovering Bad Aussee

Bad Aussee is one of these special spots on our planet you won’t forget having been there once. It will lurk you back eventually with its beauty and its remoteness. The lake is situated in the Styrian part of the so called “Salzkammergut”, a region in Austria historically linked to the mining and trade of salt. Bad Aussee is a retreat town with a beautiful lake close by and distinguishable by a certain kind of Alpine architecture called Bad Aussee style. It is not too touristy and a perfect spot to spend one day or a longer vacation.

Waters of Austria

A little known fact about Austria is that it is one of the places in the world which are very rich in natural water sources. Water is used as drinking water and for agriculture, but also as an enormous source of power. Also, the water streams in the Alps are very beautiful and there are numerous impressive waterfalls to be discovered.

Discovering Bad Gastein

During the 19th century Bad Gastein in Austria became a fashionable resort in the Alps, visited by European monarchs and the rich and wealthy. In this period many impressive hotels were built in the principal styles of the era – classicism and art deco. In the decades after WWII Bad Gastein lost its appeal to other places and the remote town became forgotten more and more. Lately efforts were made to preserve and maintain the cultural heritage in Bad Gastein. The shine of the days gone by is coming back again slowly but surely.

Pictures of Austria

Since the COVID-Crisis in 2020 we all had the unique chance to discover our little countries anew. Personally I travelled a lot before but mostly abroad, so I didn’t have many opportunities to travel around Austria. This change substantially in the past year and a half and so I discovered many architectural and natural places in Austria I didn’t know before.

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