The Hohenzollern Waterfall in Bad Ischl

The Hohenzollern waterfall near Bad Ischl in Upper Austria was a popular destination for excursions back in the days of the Emperor Franz Joseph I.

The 20-metre-high Hohenzollern waterfall is hidden in the middle of the forest near the spa town in the Salzkammergut. It owes its name to Princess Pauline Hohenzollern-Hechingen.

It was common practice in Bad Ischl in the early 19th century to name special places in and around the town after well-known personalities. After all, the spa had many famous guests. Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth (Sisi) also spent many summers in the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl, now open to the public. The Emperor Franz Joseph liked to make trips out to the Hohenzollern waterfall.

A view of Bad Ischl spa town in Upper Austria
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A circular trail of about seven kilometres leads from Bad Ischl around the Jainzenberg into the gorge formed by the waterfall. At the so-called “Glücksplatz” (‘a place of happiness’), hikers can enjoy the silence of the forest mixed with the murmur of the refreshing water.

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