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Linz in Upper Austria

A summer of operetta – Lehár Festival in Bad Ischl

Bad Ischl, Oberösterreich, Österreich

Europe’s largest operetta festival

Bad Ischl, a former retreat of Austro-Hungarian royalty, is where Franz Lehár wrote his timeless works – and the light gaiety of operetta lives on in this charming town to this day. High-quality, lively operettas have been performed here at the famous festival for over fifty years.  As the largest and oldest operetta festival in Europe, the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl has a rich history. Every year, it treats its guests to performances of operettas by an array of different composers in the magnificent Kongress and TheaterHaus, located at the heart of the spa gardens.

Each booking is for 4 nights and 5 days

Brief description of the 2023 programme:
Madame Pompadour is an operetta in three acts by Leo Fall (1873–1925) with a libretto written by Rudolf Schanzer and Ernst Welisch. Leo Fall’s energetic, catchy melodies alternate with tender, sentimental musical numbers. The work premiered in Berlin on 9 September 1922 with Fritzi Massary in the leading role as Madame Pompadour.
With Der Vögelhändler (The Bird Seller), first performed in 1891 in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Carl Zeller (1842–1898) and his librettists created one of the most successful operettas of its time, indeed of the genre as a whole. No doubt one of the reasons for the popularity of this well-constructed musical comedy of errors is the fact that its ingredients are perfectly balanced for theatrical effect: an abundance of idyllic rural ambience, ample folksiness, a strong pinch of eroticism, a good portion of emotion and plenty of catchy melodies, including “Ich bin die Christel von der Post” and, of course, “Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol”.
Wheelchair places are available (free of charge) at every performance in the Kongress- und TheaterHaus.
Please make your request at the time of BOOKING.
For hearing aid users, induction loops are available to borrow at no cost. This technology requires a hearing aid with a T-coil, which must be activated by a hearing aid specialist for this purpose.
Please make your request at the time of BOOKING.

  • 4 nights
  • 4-night stay at **** Hotel Villa Seilern, including buffet breakfast and local taxes 

Day 1

  • 1 x welcome evening at the hotel – distribution of travel documents and information about the itinerary
  • 1 x four-course dinner at the hotel (which holds the “Grüne Haube” designation, indicating high-quality, organic, vegetarian cuisine) 

Day 2

  • 1 x admission to the Imperial Park
  • 1 x admission to the Marmorschlössl (Empress Sisi’s marble “cottage”) and visit to the heritage exhibit
  • 1 x original Ischl Lebkuchen gingerbread biscuit in the shaded grounds of the Marmorschlössl
  • 1 x approx. 30-minute horse-drawn carriage ride through Bad Ischl
  • 1 x dish of “Kaiserschmarrn” – an Austrian speciality consisting of chopped sweet pancake – served with spiced stewed plums at Residenz Elisabeth
  • 1 x visit to the Am Fluss gallery, which presents unique artworks of various kinds, with new pieces on show almost every week
  • 1 x introduction and meeting with the artistic director of the Lehár Festival, Thomas Enzinger
  • 1 x category-one ticket for the operetta Madame Pompadour by Leo Fall 

Day 3

  • Day trip to Hallstatt
  • 1 x train ride from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt
  • 1 x boat trip from Hallstatt railway station to Hallstatt market
  • 1 x admission to the World Heritage Museum
  • 1 x visit to the Salzkontor shop, including the gift of a small, 100 g bag of salt
  • Return journey by boat and train
  • 1 x dinner at the hotel
  • 1 x category-one ticket for the operetta Der Vogelhändler (The Bird Seller) by Carl Zeller 

Day 4

  • 1 x breakfast with Dr Schweeger, artistic director of the Capital of Culture 2024
    • Exclusive insights, background information and thoughts on “23 for 24” 
  • 1 x admission to the building where the imperial couple announced their engagement, which currently houses a special exhibition on Franz Lehár
  • 1 x imperial refreshment at Konditorei Zauner, former confectioners to the Imperial and Royal Court, featuring “Kaisertorte” and coffee
  • 1 x visit to the Etienne’s Art gallery on Kreuzplatz – concrete art

Day 5
Departure or option to book extra nights

  • Telephone support from our office daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. 
  • Half-board
  • Breakfast
possible date of arrival


from price
  • € 1250,00 per person
  • bookable from 1 person
Travel periods (19.07.2023 - 27.08.2023)
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non-binding inquiry

Package price per person in a double room:                         €1,250.00
Single room supplement                                                          €110.00
Supplement for additional 2x evening meals in the hotel     €40.00

We invite you to visit the Lehár Festival in Bad Ischl in cooperation with Austrian radio station Ö1.
In addition to the popular Ö1 programme “Ambiente – Reisen mit Ö1” (Ambience – Travels with Ö1) broadcast on Sunday mornings, Ö1 offers extensive travel inspiration through its “Von der Kunst des Reisens” (On the Art of Travel) catalogue.

Discounted prices are available to Ö1 Club subscribers (and to one travel companion).

The trip is guaranteed from a minimum of 1 person.
The latest version of Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH’s terms and conditions applies.
Reservations and payment via Salzkammergut Touristik.
Arrival and departure by rail may be offered as an additional service.
We always recommend that participants take out travel insurance.

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A summer of operetta – Lehár Festival in Bad Ischl
Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH
Götzstraße 12
4820 Bad Ischl

Phone+43 6132 24000-0

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