The Spanish Riding School, Vienna
One of the best-known and most popular attractions in the country, the Spanish Riding School offers a unique opportunity to see the Lippizaner horses perform dressage to classical music. Yes, in other words, you get to see dancing horses. Taking place at the Imperial Palace every Sunday between March and November, this is a truly amazing show which will leave you wondering about your own dancing skills, or lack thereof. It’s the only school of its kind in the world making it well worth a visit.
Hohe Tauern National Park
One of the biggest national parks on the continent, the Hohe Tauern National Park comprises over one thousand square metres and covers parts of three of Austria’s regions – Carinthia, Salzburg and East Tyrol. As well as being home to over four hundred and fifty kilometres of ski slopes, there are also numerous hiking trails where you can catch glimpses of deer, chamois, ibex, mountain goats and a host of other fauna and flora. A welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the country’s cities, the park is the perfect place to spend a couple of days ‘getting in touch with nature’ and the like.
Located near the town of Werfen in the east of the country, these ice caves are the largest of their kind in the world. Discovered in 1879, the caves consist of over forty kilometres of passageways where you will see numerous varieties of ice formations including waterfalls, glaciers, columns and towers. They are open between May and October and it is worth noting that even in summer the temperature inside the caves never rises above one degree Celsius so it is quite a good idea to wear warm clothes for your explorations among the ice.
The Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Walk) Visitor Centre, Innsbruck
Home to the most expensive crystal that money can buy, the Swarovski Kristallwelten, is quite possibly the most breathtaking establishment you will ever enter. Prepare to be dazzled - quite literally- by the host of crystal glass on display. From chandeliers in palaces all over the world to jewellery favoured by renowned fashion designers including Donna Karan, Yves St. Laurent, Coco Chanel and Givenchy, the name Swarovski has been impressing people world wide for over one hundred years. The museum itself opened in 1998 and as well as the crystal collections, is home to works of art by Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.
The KunstHausWien, Vienna
If you’re looking for an attraction with a difference, then look no further because while the fact that it’s an art gallery may seem conventional enough, that’s about the only thing about the KunstHausWien that is. Created by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this wacky museum is like something from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Colour is used in abundance in both the décor and the contemporary art which is on display making a visit a really uplifting experience and a welcome change from the norm. Also located to the even crazier Hunertwasser House which is also well worth checking out.