In the 19th century, Bad Ischl was a center of culture. Emperor Franz Joseph I used to spend the summer here and the (money) nobility followed the emperor into the “summer freshness”. It was here that important artists such as Johann Strauss, Anton Bruckner, Johann Nestroy, Alexander Girardi, Emmerich Kalman and Franz Lehar met. In the summer, Bad Ischl was a turning point for European culture and politics. In 1914, for example, Emperor Franz Josef signed the declaration of war on Serbia, which triggered the First World War.