It was recommended to me by the ticket officer at the Austrian train station in Linz where I had just arrived by train from the Czech Republic (by the way so easy to do and I recommend doin both countries.) I wasn't sure where I wanted to go next I was just concerned about finding an affordable option for a city that I could then go to Slovenia from easily. The man recommended Bad Ischl with a side day trip to St. Wolfgang and he was so right it was well worth it. Bad Ischl is a small town but lots to do espeically walking around the gorgeous hillsides and the town and I'm sure in summer there is so much more in the way of arts and entertainment. It's a spa town and when I walked outside the train station I crossed the street and came to the Royal Hotel and spa so I went in and they had a room which included breakfast, afternoon tea (with soup, breads and fabulous desserts) and dinner and full use of their incredible spa facilities. I loved it!!! The food is amazing with so many choices all day and the spa with several pools, some with salt water as that seems to be a big draw here for healing especially skin irritations. They have a whole sauna are with Sauna Masters keeping you happy and warm and hot and well sweated out. Yes, there is such a thing as a Sauna Master and they work hard especially in the sauna which is outside where every hour they have a special session where you sit for 15 minutes with a group of people in the hot sauna and then you go out and either shower and then get sprayed or slathered with salt or some kind of fabulous concoction and then go back in for 5 more minutes. It's amazing and to be walking around outside afterwards to cool off and you can see the stars and the snow covered mountains it's fabulous. You are naked for these things in the sauna/steam area but it's worth it and don't be shy Europeans are used to doing the naked spa thing so we Americans just need to join in and enjoy the freedom. There is also in this area a heavily salted warm pool where you can float and relax afterwards (yes naked as well) and relieve all tension in your muscles. In the other area of spa (all wearing bathing suits) there are two outdoor pools even in winter, one that has a lazy river where you just let the current push you along and the other which is heavily salted and still warm. I just loved the whole experience and it's worth a visit. And a day visit to St. Wolfgang is recommended especially if you are there between April and the December because they have a train that takes you up into the mountains and it looks like fun. And the staff at the hotel are so friendly and spoke English and the buses going and coming to this area are easy. I took the #150 from Bad Ischl just across the street from the hotel directly to Salzburg where I caught a direct train to Ljubljana, Slovenia. And if you are just staying in Austria and Bad Ischl you can do Salzburg as a day trip since the bus only takes and hour and half to get there.
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- Thermal Spa Hotel RoyalImperial holidays at the EurothermenResort Bad Ischl in the Austrian SalzkammergutTradition and modernity – in the perfect mix. The 4 star hotel Royal, located in the idyllic Bad Ischl, will whisk you away into a world full of enjoyment and wellbeing.Bad Ischl lies in the heart of the Austrian Salzkammergut. This popular holiday region in Austria spoils you with gorgeous lakes, a majestic mountainscape and innumerous possibilities for holiday activities during summer as well as winter. At Bad Ischl, where the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph and his Empress Sisi spent their annual “summer retreat”, the thermal hotel Royal awaits your arrival. During your thermal holiday in Austria’s Bad Ischl, a touch of Royalty is never far away. The rooms and suites at the 4 star thermal hotel Royal offer modern and outstanding comfort. The luxurious suites take you back to the glorious past, where the Imperial household and Austrian nobility honoured the town of Bad Ischl with their presence. Look forward to unforgettable holidays in a truly unique atmosphere.Enjoyment and recreation at the 4 star thermal hotel Royal****The culinary delights at the thermal hotel Royal are a truly indulging experience. The beautifully designed restaurants offer a stylish backdrop for exquisite pleasures for the palate. Relax at the sun terrace or tea bar during your thermal spa holiday at the Royal-Oasis.Secure your room or suite for your stay in the Austrian Salzkammergut at the thermal spa of Bad Ischl ... more less
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