2008-06-07 Bad Ischl

Trip Start May 17, 2008
Trip End Jun 22, 2008

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Bad Ischl is a town bigger than Banff, were relaxation, spa, swimming, hiking are taken in by many visitors and locals. Our hotel Eurothermenresort Bad Ischl is just part of the overall complex that has currently 1 50m indoor salt water pool. A second 30m indoor pool, several Jacuzzi's, Saunas, Massages and Therapies of many kinds! The original thermal hot springs and hotel and spa complex are amazing for the distance from any major center, yet are where the Bavarian kings had palaces and came for the medicinal properties of the water here. The town is very nice and clean and there are lots of walking paths throughout the hills overlooking the Ischl river (which is quite high due to the recent rains).
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The hotel has been undergoing a major renovation over the past year and they have spared no expense! There is so much change (not finished yet)- they even use local salt crystal in a lot of their columns (complete with lights- check the pics). The salt is mined in local mines in the Salzkammergut area- A local resource that can be seen in many shops around town as crystalline salt.
We went into Salzburg tonight to take in Mozart's Requiem- a very nice orchestral offering complete with choir in the church where he was born and across the square from his birth house.

We found the old town pretty easy and did some touring around by foot- along the main avenue, there are passageways rather than streets, a nice way to go from avenue to avenue (most are covered in case of rain).
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The town folks were also setting up for the world soccer cup series and in the pouring rain, it was interesting with all the spectators running for cover! 
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Returning to Bad Ischl after the rain subsided was very nice as the countryside is very hilly, green with lush vegetation of all kinds, pretty hillside and hilltop villages, even nicer in the fading sunlight.
We got back in enough time to enjoy a very nice and well prepared multi course dinner at our hotel. They do a very good job with all the dinning arrangements here and the waitresses are excellent.  
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Eurothermen Bad Ischl

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