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Kurpark & Kongresszentrum Bad Ischl (c)

World-class culture

With the motto "Culture is the new salt", the Salzkammergut was chosen to be Europan Cultural Capital of 2024. But Bad Ischl and the Salzkammergut already offer a wide range of cultural activities for all tastes and ages:

Whether Léhar (Leharvilla / Lehartheater), Kalmán, Bruckner, Brahms, Nestroy or the Walzerköng Strauss - many artists felt at home in Ischl and left their mark here.


The operetta week, which has been taking place in the Kongress- und Theaterhaus since 1961, is now called the Lehár Festival and is a highlight of the Salzkammergut summer. In addition to classics, you can also expect musicals here.


Image: Kurpark in Bad Ischl | ©


& World Heritage

The tradition and customs of the UNESCO World Heritage region also invite you to get to know and admire the region:

In winter, the famous nativity scenes, Advent markets and the Glöckler run are enchanting: at the local Advent markets, you will find regionally produced treasures and delicacies such as Holzknechtnocken. The privately-owned, hand-carved Ischl nativity scenes, often several hundred years old, can even be admired as part of a nativity scene tour through the region. The
Goldhauben - women wearing golden bonnets -, carnival parades, palm consecration and the erection of the maypole are just a few of the traditions that await you.


Image: Advent in Bad Ischl | ©

Advent & Christkindlmarkt in Bad Ischl
​Tradition & Weltkulturerbe
Lehar Filmtheater in Bad Ischl © Brigitte Leithner

Contemporary art & culture

The imperial city is open to new things: with the Kulturabo - a cultural subscription -, you always have an overview of the diverse cultural events in the region - from festivals, cabaret and readings to jazz and operetta.


Image: Lehár Filmtheater in Bad Ischl | © Brigitte Leithner

Galerie Kultur von Wetrang
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