When we speak about Austria, most of the people start thinking about such cities as Vienna, Salzburg or Innsbruck. And this is true, they are incredibly beautiful and belong to the places everyone should see in his lifetime! But if you want to see something special, something that not every guide book will tell you about, something where not every tourist we go, something secret and wonderful, read out list of TOP 5 most beautiful hidden places in Austria and get ready for your perfect creative trip!
1. The Green Lake (Grüner See)
The Green Lake (Grüner See) is a lake in a village of Tragöß, which located in the Styria region of Austria. It is now hard to guess that the lake has such a name because of the colour of its water that comes from the snowmelt from the karst mountains around. In winter the lake is usually only 1-2 meters deep, but when the spring comes and the snow starts to melt, its maximum depth can reach even 12 meters! We recommend it to visit during summer, since this is a season when the lake and the nature around are the most beautiful and the weather is the best for enjoying these natural wonders!
2. Riegersburg Castle
Riegersburg Castle is one of the oldest and most beautiful castles in the country. It is situated at the height of 450 meters, on a dormant volcano above the town of Riegersburg in the Austrian state of Styria. It has 108 rooms and 25 of them are open for visiting hosting different museums and galleries with the changing exhibition. The castle was built in the beginning of the 12th century and nowadays is owned by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. Incredible place to visit for all the history and architecture lovers!
The Seegrotte is an underground cave system with a large grotto located under a former gypsum mine. It is located near Hinterbrühl, Austria, which close to Vienna. Seegrotte is a true natural phenomenon with quite an exciting story! Until 1912, it was a gypsum mine, but after a failed underground blasting operation, it was flooded with 20 million liters of water. Also, during World War II it was used for production of Heinkel He 162 jet fighters. Nowadays this is a great hidden place to visit, which can be easily reached from Vienna. Here you can take a boat tour for only 5-10 EUR and discover the secret underground world!
Many people go to Austria for skiing and other winter sports, but now everyone knows that this is a home for one of the biggest natural wonders - Eisriesenwelt, a limestone ice cave. It is located in Werfen, Austria, about 40 km south of Salzburg, inside the Hochkogel mountain. This is the largest ice cave in the world. It was discovered by scientists only in the end of the 19th century, because local people that lived there believed that this was an entrance to hell and refused entering it. However, you don't have to afraid of this, better put Eisriesenwelt on the list of the places you have to visit!
Have you ever heard an expression that sometimes one place can create lifetime memories? Probably, it was said by the person who has visited the Ziller Valley (Zillertal) in Austria, since this is a place that can not be described by words. It is located in Tyrol and is the widest valley south of the Inntal. Many people come here for skiing, however, we do recommend to visit it in summer as well! Its green mountains and stunning nature will fill you with peace and harmony. It is also famous with its music traditions, so during summer, many festivals are taking place here.
Be curious, and if on your way from one destination to another you will see something beautiful, just jump out of your car, change your plans, be curious and discover the secret places of Austria! We are sure, there is a lot of them, find your favourite one and share it with us! Have an adventurous trip!