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Unique Experiences in Austria - The Little Gems You Can't Find Anywhere Else

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

Its central location in Europe and its nine federations, make Austria one of the continent's most fascinating nations. The country has a population of nearly 9 million. When so many wish to reside within its borders, imagine what beauty and interest this place holds. Austria is a country filled with famous musicians and artists, as well as breathtaking scenery and architecture.

Here are some of our favourite unique experiences in Austria.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Known as the finest and most famously preserved citadel in Central Europe, the Hohensalzburg Fortress must certainly be seen in person. Visitors from all over the world come to explore this longstanding medieval fortress. The museum and the staterooms can be explored while touring the castle. It is best to set aside a full day for this important visit.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Salzburg Marionette Theatre

Salzburg Marionette Theatre is among the oldest marionette theatres in the world, having opened in 1913. Previously, live actors performed at this theatre, and today it is used for recording live soundtracks. For marionette productions, there are over 500 characters that are being used. The puppet masters for the theatre perform operas from composers such as Tchaikovsky, Shakespeare, Mozart, and Saint-Exupéry using their wooden characters.

Visit Salzburg's Old Town

Visit Salzburg's Old Town to see its cobblestone streets, quaint alleyways, preserved 15th-century buildings, and awe-inspiring architecture. It has some of the best shopping around, making it a perfect place to pick up souvenirs and eat.

Salzburg's Old Town

Panorama Museum

A well-known painter from the 1820s, Johann Sattler, painted an impressive wall depicting a panoramic view of Salzburg. Not only did that painting depict the architecture and buildings of Austria, but it included detailed depictions of the people and their lives from over 200 years ago as well.

Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg Austria
Hellbrunn Palace

Guided Sound of Music Tour

I have watched the movie countless times. Imagine having the opportunity to visit all the beautiful locations in Austria from Sound of Music that you grew up watching. There are over 15 sites, including Mirabellgarten, Hellbrunn Palace, and Nonnberg Abbey. Even if you don't take a guided tour, make sure you visit these iconic spots.

The Home of Mozart

Upon moving away from Mozart's birth home, his family settled next to the Salzach river. The home today serves as the Mozart's Residence Museum, where you can see how Mozart grew up and see the artifacts from his childhood.

St. Peter's Cemetery and Catacombs

The St. Peter's Cemetery and Catacombs is Salzburg's oldest Christian cemetery dating back to the 1600s. Since 696, monks have lived, prayed, and worked at the monastery. There is no doubt that this is an amazing site. It's not only a place of mourning, but also a place with beautiful architecture and rock caves in the Mönchsberg.

St. Peter's Cemetery and Catacombs

The Klessheim Palace

Once upon a time, this magnificent Baroque structure served as the residence of Salzburg's Archbishops. The Salzburg Casino is located within the palace, and it is a beautiful place to enjoy a little gambling. The gardens, interior design, and grounds are all noteworthy. If you make this trip, dress appropriately. There is a dress code for all those who visit.

Sachertorte & Coffee

The Germans are known for their thick, rich chocolate cakes. Take a bite of the most exquisite dessert around, the Sachertorte.

Christmas Market/Christkindlmarkt

You must visit the Christmas market if you happen to be in Austria in November or December. Taking part in this age-old tradition will create memories that will last a lifetime. You can smell roasted chestnuts and warm mulled wine as you stroll through the three squares: Domplatz, Kapitelplatz, and Residenzplatz and take in the true essence of the season.

Christmas Museum

If you make it up to the Christmas Market, you should also visit the Christmas Museum. Thankfully, Salzburg's Christmas Museum is open throughout the year. At this museum, you will learn everything you need to know about the spirit of Christmas and its history.

Salzburg Open-Air Museum

The Open-Air Museum offers so much to see and do. With structures and artifacts from the 16th century, you can see how the natives lived centuries ago. There are more than 100 historic buildings to explore, so you are in for a long and exciting day.

While in Town, Get a Horse and Carriage Ride

When you need to get around town, horse-drawn carriage rides are very popular. It's no wonder they are so popular with tourists! As you see the city from a unique vantage point, carriage rides are one of the best ways to learn about it.

Horse Drawn Carriage in Residenzplatz in Salzburg, Austria

Stiegl Brauwelt

Everyone who loves beer is invited! Through its tasty beer tastings and informative exhibits, this brewery gives you a thorough understanding of beer's history. This immersive experience is not to be missed.

Toy Museum

Whether you brought the kids along or left them behind, you should visit the Toy Museum. The museum houses the largest collection of toys from around Europe. Nearly every part of the museum is hands-on and interactive, so you will feel like a kid again.

Last but Not Least, Try Austrian Food

Although this one may seem obvious, Austrian food and culture are absolute must-tries. Red meat, bread, and potatoes are Austrian favorites. A hearty meal paired with mulled wine or freshly brewed beer is a must before you head home. The classic dishes you should try include strudel, wiener schnitzel, tafelspitz, and speckknödel.

Are you ready to check these unique experiences in Austria? Which one are you most interested in?

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