Top Choice Cave in Obertraun

Dachstein Caves

Climb to the Dachstein caves (Dachsteinhöhlen) and you’ll find yourself in a strange world of ice and subterranean hollows, extending 80km in some places. The two caves, the Dachstein Eishöhle and the Mammuthöhle, t…
Top Choice Museum in Gmunden


A double act that combines with one of Austria’s most unusual and refreshing museums, the Museum for Sanitary Objects, the K-Hof museum complex gives a fascinating insight into the history of the region. Exhibits co…
Top Choice Castle in Gmunden

Seeschloss Ort

This castle, set just beyond the lake's edge and reached by a causeway, is believed to have been built on the ruins of a Roman fortress. It dates from 909 or earlier (although it was rebuilt in the 17th century afte…
Palace in Bad Ischl


Franz Josef’s sprawling summer residence, the Italianate-style Kaiservilla, was an engagement present for him and his princess-to-be, Elisabeth of Bavaria, from his mother Princess Sophie. Elisabeth, who loathed the…
Museum in Bad Ischl


The City Museum showcases the long history of Bad Ischl and stages changing exhibitions. This also happens to be the building where Franz Josef and Elisabeth were engaged, the day after they were formally introduced…
Church in Gmunden


North of the Rathausplatz lies the 12th-century Pfarrkirche, a Gothic church later remodelled in baroque style. The altar, by the sculptor Thomas Schwanthaler (1634–1707), dates from 1678.
Palace in Gmunden

Schloss Weyer

This palace contains a good collection of Meissen porcelain, silver and jewellery and has specialised temporary exhibitions dedicated to the same.
Museum in Mondsee

Museum Mondseeland und Pfahlbaumuseum

Next door to the parish church, this museum has displays on Stone Age finds and the monastic culture of the region (as Mondsee is a very old monastery site).
Church in Mondsee

Basilica Minor St Michael

If you’re allergic to the film The Sound of Music, there’s just one piece of advice: get out of town. Even the lemon-yellow baroque facade (added in 1740, incidentally) of the 15th-century parish church achieved not…
Museum in St Gilgen

Heimatkundliches Museum

The town museum has an eclectic collection ranging from embroidery – originally manufactured in the building – to religious objects and thousands of animal specimens.