Everything regal in the imperial town
Around the Emperor's birthday
Everything is all about Emperor Franz Josef in Bad Ischl on 18 August. Every year it's full steam ahead back to the good old days, the imperial era, in August – the so-called "Emperor's Days" in Bad Ischl.
The Emperor's Days
Anyone who is not familiar with the Emperor's Days yet will experience lovers of nostalgia here to the highest degree. The Emperor's birthday is celebrated on these days and you might think that you are in the middle of a journey back in time. From the Emperor's procession to the Emperor's festival, from the Emperor's ramble to the Emperor's mass, surrounded by historical attire, imperial hunters, sedan bearers, the Imperial Hymn is sung here striding across a red carpet that leads 2.5 km through the delightful lanes in Bad Ischl.
Bad Ischl is all about Emperor Franz Josef
Every year Emperor Franz Josef's birthday is celebrated in great style in Bad Ischl. It starts with the Emperor's arrival with the imperial procession to his beloved Bad Ischl on 15 August. Countless spectators await "their" Emperor at 12.27 p.m. at Bad Ischl train station. In the afternoon the traditional Emperor's festival of citizens' music bands takes place on the esplanade (in good weather).
The red carpet awaits you
The red carpet is rolled out in Bad Ischl on 17 August. Every guest becomes "Emperor" for the day. On this day the town is completely blocked for traffic. There is something to discover on every corner. The "Emperor's ramble" takes you into the early hours of the evening.
The highlight of the festivities is the "Emperor's mass on 18 August – you could believe you are part of the monarchy there. Uniforms wherever you look. All the regiments of the former k.& k. monarchy take position. After the mass, the regiments march, led by Bad Ischl's Bürgermusik brass band, to the imperial villa to pay their respects to his Imperial Highness Archduke Markus Salvator of Habsburg Lothringen there. Afterwards there is a reception for invited guests where there is also a great deal for the many onlookers to admire.