Most of the year, Bad Ischl seems trapped in its imperial past, a nostalgia that can be relaxing at best and soporific at worst. During July and August, however, the spa livens up a bit and presents a well-rehearsed operetta in whichever public building can accommodate it. In the past, The Merry Widow or Johann Strauss's Der Tzigeunerbaron have been presented 3 nights a week, usually at 8pm. Tickets cost 28€ to 68€ ($45-$109). For reservations and information, call tel. 06132/23839.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.