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13 UNIQUE Things to do in Austria. Bucket List Must Haves!

Best things to do and see in Austria

Are you looking for top things to do in Austria? You have found the right place! We have a great bucket-list of things to do and places to stay in Austria 🙂

Austria is an incredible destination to visit at any time of the year; and there are so many things to experience, do and see in this stunning country. Most people visit Vienna but if you really want to see how Austria looks like you have to go to the Salzkammergut region in Austria! From famous Hallstatt to amazing views in Schafberg there plenty of attractions and things to do in Austria!

Still not sure what you can do in Österreich?!

Read our guide to find many hidden attractions, cool sights and unusual things to do in Austria – your ultimate Austria bucket list!

From top-rated tourist attractions to free things to do in Austria – we are sure that our list of great ideas will make you want to return to Austria many times! We will for sure 🙂

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OK, close your eyes.

Seriously, close your eyes and imagine…

… a country with breathtaking views, crystal clear lakes, endless trekking paths and stunning nature.

Can you see it? Yes, it’s AUSTRIA! 🙂

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SO, WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRIA?

1. Visit Salzburg – a great place to stay in Austria

Whether you are listing to Mozart’s requiem while walking around the Altstadt or take the funicular to Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg is a perfect place to start your adventure in Austria.

Classical music not your cup of tea? Just buy some Mozartkugel – everybody loves them!

(TIP: if you have enough time you can also visit Munich or Bavaria – with a Bayern-Ticket it’s easier and more affordable than you think)

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Salzburg schloss things to do and see in Austria

Salzburg view things to do and see in Austria

2. Drive up Grossglockner High Alpine Road – must have on any bucketlist Austria!

When visiting Austria, Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße, with its 36 turns, is one of the highlights for many tourists from all over the world.

No question, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is among Europe’s most amazing panoramic roads. The stunning scenery, combined with serpentine curved roads, guarantees a great adventure. The entry fee is at €36, but believe me – it’s worth every cent!

Make sure you block the whole day for this trip. You will definitely stop your car every few 100s meters to take pictures. The views are sensational – you will want to jump…

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things to do and see in Austria Grossglockner

things to do and see in Austria Grossglockner Gosia

… and she’s gone.

3. Walk on the Suspension Bridge – unusual thing to do in Austria

Ha! Don’t worry… she’s back… 🙂

On your trip to Ramsau am Dachstein, the suspension bridge is a must-have. Make sure to put the Dachstein Sky Walk on your bucket list!

Would you dare to walk on it?

Before you get there, you will have the opportunity to ride a gondola up to 3000m. Check the latest prices here.

(TIP: make sure you take the trip 1st thing in the morning to avoid the crowd. But hey, if you go there in October, as we did, there is a very high chance there will be no one around you)

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4. Take the Stairway to Nothingness – stunning thing to do in Austria

You haven’t heard about Treppe ins Nichts?

Well, scroll down to see pictures…

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… and … tell me you are not thinking about booking a flight to Austria and a hotel right now? 🙂

If you love spectacular views, you will get many from the last step of Stairway to Nothingness. It can’t get better than this! Make sure to add this trip to your bucketlist Austria.

5. Have a strudel, bratwurst or gulaschsuppe

There is nothing better (after a long hike) than a gulaschsuppe followed by a cup of coffee with apfelstrudel! Agreed?

OK, a bratwurst with pommess (fries) would also be a good choice.

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things to do and see in austria bratwurst

6. Go to Schafberg by cog railway…

Choo-choo, puff-puff, off we go!

Brings back some memories from childhood, right? 🙂

Well, you can feel like a child again when you jump on that cog railway – it will take you up to Schafberg in no time (okay, roughly in 35 minutes).

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6b. …and admire the amazing views!

Once you get to the top, Boy! WHAT a view!

This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Austria – we can’t recommend it highly enough. The endless views are just breathtaking.

(TIP: upon arrival, you will have to “book” your return place on the train – make sure you stay there at least 2-3 hours)

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7. Take a boat trip in Hallstatt – Austria’s main tourist attraction

When you type in Google best things to do and see in Austria, Hallstatt will be in the top results – I can guarantee this!

I guess they have an amazing PR person 🙂

Don’t take me wrong, it’s a very pretty village but there are much nicer places to visit in Austria.

If, by accident, you end up being there, rent an electric boat – it’s fun and you will be able to take pictures from a different perspective.

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things to do and see in austria Hallstatt

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8. Go hiking in Silberkarklamm

If you like hiking in narrow valleys between mountains – this gorge, with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it, will be a perfect choice for you. Have you ever seen such a long wooden staircase? 😉

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9. Drive around in Folzmoos area

Wake up early in the morning, don’t waste time!

Jump on the car and start exploring – the marvellous landscapes and charming villages are just around the corner.

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10. Go off the beaten track

There are 100s of hiking trials in Filzmoos, the tricky part is: to decide which one to choose.

Whichever you will go for, you can be sure it will NOT be crowded…

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things to do and see in austria Go off the beaten track

11. Go hiking around Gosausee

Probably the best lake in Dachstein Salzkammergut area!

It will take you only one hour to follow the path around the lake – as long you don’t stop every 5 minutes 🙂

P.s. NO, the 2nd picture it’s not upside down. It’s a reflection in the lake!

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things to do and see in austria Gosausee

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12. Meet the locals

Best hidden gems? Ask the locals! They always know many.

Right, maybe not all locals… 😉

But, please make sure you say HELLO when you meet them during your trip to Austria.

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13. Just relax…

… probably the best thing to do in Österreich.

Sometimes when we travel, we are too busy (with taking pictures etc.) to have time to stop…

So… slow downstop… and just relax…

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things to do and see in austria views

Know any other amazing things to do in Austria?

Please let us know and we will try to visit them next time we are there.

Where to stay in Austria?

If you would like to see all the amazing things from our list, we would recommend staying at Landhaus Vierthaler in Filzmoos.

We absolutely loved that place!

The owners, Maria and Wolfgang, were super nice and the place was spotlessly clean! We gave them 10 as a review on Booking.com – which we have never done before 🙂

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