Unusual Attractions to Visit in Austria

On top of all the fantastic museums, concert venues and coffee shops, Austria also boasts some amazing, unusual attractions that could really help your visit to the country come alive. Stay in a beautiful Austrian zimmer to get the most out of your stay – and see how many of these you can check off while you’re there.

Ice caves
When you think of Austria, you probably don’t think of ice caves, but in a valley near Salzburg that’s exactly what you’ll find. They have some wonderful ice sculptures and are certainly worth visiting in between checking out Mozart’s birthplace and doing some shopping.

Floating opera
Austria is very well known for its opera, but there is also a floating opera that makes for a great twist on the traditional venues. This only happens during the summer in Bregenz, so make sure you check the available dates before you go.

Lederhosen festival
If you are after a bit of traditional Austrian culture, you should definitely check out the lederhosen festival that takes place in Winidischgarsten. You’ll find plenty of beer as well as lots of lederhosen, making for a really great day out.

Again, the rainforest probably isn’t what first springs to mind when you think of Austria, but it is in fact home to Europe’s last remaining protected stretch of rainforest. You’ll find this in the Donau-Auen National Park, which is an area of floodplain filled with diverse flora and fauna. You could stay in a great Austrian zimmer and make a day trip to the park during your visit. There are plenty of Hotels in Austria, so accommodation is no issue.

Ferris wheel
Vienna is home to some of the most exciting cultural attractions in Europe – and there is also a rather famous Ferris wheel that you should definitely have a ride on while you’re in the city. You’ll find the Ferris wheel in the Prater amusement park and it could make a great end to a day of exploring the Votive Church or cathedral.

The lakes
As you probably know, Austria is well-known for its lakes – Carinthia is a good area to visit as the lakes in the region have won awards for its quality and the water can reach temperatures of up to 28 degrees centigrade.

Traditional ball
Finally, experience a traditional ball Austrian-style by spending the evening at the Johann Strauss Ball. This is an annual event that takes place at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, so make sure you check out the dates and availability before you’re due to travel.

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