The spa in Bad Ischl
gains European importance
In 1821, the Viennese doctor Franz Wierer came to Bad Ischl and gathered information on the treatment successes of the “saline physicist”, Dr. Dr. Josef Götz, who had been testing the effect of brine baths on ill salt workers since 1807. The great successes did justice to both doctors and therefore, the state chancellor, Prince of Metternich, visited Bad Ischl already in 1824.
However, the story also recollects Archduchess Sophie, who had been childless up to that time and, upon recommendation of Dr. Wierer's, took mineral brine baths in Ischl. Soon afterwards, she gave birth to her first child. Emperor Franz Joseph was born, followed by Maximilian, Karl Ludwig and Ludwig Viktor, the so-called “four salt princes”.
Famous figures staying in Bad Ischl helped it to develop enormously. From a poor village, it became a bathing and health resort with an urban character. Hotels, baths, noble summer villas were founded; in 1906, Ischl was renamed “Bad Ischl” and was bestowed the designation, “health resort” by the state government.