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Bad Ischl

town, central Austria. It lies at the confluence of the Traun and Ischler Ache rivers, about 26 miles (42 km) east-southeast of Salzburg. First mentioned in records of 1262, it received municipal status in 1940. The centre of the Salzkammergut resort region, the town has saline, iodine, and sulfur springs and has been a much-frequented spa since 1822. It became internationally known as the summer residence of Francis Joseph, emperor of Austria and king of Hungary, from 1854 to 1914 and was frequented by the composers Franz Lehar, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, and Johann Strauss the Younger. The Imperial Villa is open to the public, and Lehar's home is a museum. Shoes, clothing, and metalware are manufactured. Pop. (2006) 14,106.

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