Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Three Popular Theme Parks in Austria

Minimundus Worthersee Austria

You may well be mistaken for thinking that there is a distinct lack of family-oriented theme parks in Austria – indeed this blog is coming as much as a surprise to me as it will to you. However, my research has revealed the fact that there are three theme parks within the country that are actually very worthy of consideration for a day out with the kids.

The first one we’re going to look at here is called ‘No Name City’ and this can be found very close to Wiener Neustadt, in Wollersdorf. This is where Austria brings you face-to-face with the American Wild West and there are opportunities to indulge in fun activities such as shooting practice, canoeing, panning for gold and there are even thrilling shows to enjoy. 

Next on our list of theme parks in Austria is ‘Minimundus’ (near Klagenfurt in Carinthia), which quite literally translates as ‘Small world’. This could prove to be one of the best model villages you have ever visited: with no less than 150 models replicating everything from the Taj Mahal to the Statue of Liberty. Many of these models have even been painstakingly constructed in the same materials as found in the original buildings for even more authenticity. 

Lastly, but by no means least, we take a look at ‘Styrassic Park’ which will prove to be a tremendous hit with the kids – plus anyone else who loves dinosaurs for that matter! This theme park is located just to the south-east of the city of Graz and features no less than 70 life-size models of dinosaurs. The theme park will prove to be very educational for the younger ones; and at the same time heaps of fun! There is even the chance to experience exactly what an earthquake or volcano may be like to live through.

Styrassic Park Austria

So, my fun-seeking friends, I bet you weren’t expecting me to come up with quite so many great suggestions for a day out at an Austrian theme park. But, low and behold, here we have three great ideas for you this summer.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Memorable Visit to Austria’s Highest Peak: Grossglockner


As Austria is well known for being such a mountainous country, I always had a desire to visit the absolute highest peak within the country. This was a piece of information that is very easy to find out when in the country, as the mountain is actually one of Austria’s most popular tourist attractions in its own right.

So, having discovered that the highest mountain in Austria goes by the name of ‘Grossglockner’, I found out that it was actually easier to reach this summit than I thought. I relied on a good road connection to get to me to the border between East Tyrol and Carinthia, where this mountain may be found. 

Once there, I learnt that some 900,000 tourists visit this mountain each and every year – making it the second most popular attraction in the entire country. The mountain rises above sea level to a height of 3,798m and it is actually made up of two summits lying side-by-side, the Grossglockner and Kleinglocker (which is 3,770m and therefore slightly shorter). These form the appearance of a pyramid-like shape and make the mountain quite unique and interesting to behold. 

Grossglockner is also well known for the fact that it contains one of Austria’s most famous and extended glaciers: Pasterze. Both the glacier and the mountain itself can be viewed by way of guided tours that are available during the warmer and more hospitable months of the year. If you plan to take a trip to the mountain during the winter, you are likely to encounter problems physically getting here and pretty much everything will be closed. 

I travelled along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road which lies over 2,500m above sea level and is the highest of its kind in the country. The views that greeted me on this awe-inspiring trip quite simply took my breath away; and I would say that if you ever get the chance to visit the mountain, never, ever pass it up. You can get more detailed information on visiting times etc. through the following website: http://www.grossglockner.at/en/hochalpenstrasse/

*** Photo credit: www.tourentipp.de