Bad Ischl is one of the country's most fashionable spas and was the summer seat of Emperor Franz Josef for more than 60 years. Located by a mountain, by a river and near several skiing areas, it offers a wide choice of activities: trips with the cableway, visits at the Emperor's Villa, the Salt Mine, the Operetta Festival or the Salzkammergut Gulf Club, sporting at tennis courts, hiking or cycling. Take time and explore Lake Wolfgangsee on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Balloonists will find a paradise on Lake Wolfgangsee. This lake also offers: ice fishing, ice skating and alpine curling. Winter walks in the Bad Ischl - Wolfgangsee region are special. Skiers can take advantage of the nearby "Katrinalm" ski area.