Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria

  • Publish date: Sunday، 22 August 2021 Last update: Friday، 27 August 2021
Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria

Animal lovers this is for you. It is said that animals are balm for the soul and that sometimes they work better than any medicine. We as adults need that kind of interaction often while Children benefit from the positive effects of a pet from an early age. A pet stays in our memories forever especially if they’re a childhood friend! They teach us confidence, empathy, and how to take responsibility. Many places in Austria offer wonderful opportunities to forget your everyday worries and recharge your batteries. Here’s a list our favourite experiences with animals which you can enjoy during your next trip to Austria.

1) Alpine Marmots on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Who can forget the Marmot that went viral on social media after screaming around the mountains?

Get your phone or professional camera ready because you’re about to go on the most scenic roads in the world and meet some of its first inhabitants.

The Alpine Marmots! These furry high mountain residents are very sociable and curious and eager to get close up to visitors.

Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria


© TVB Filzmoos by Coen Weesjes

2) Lamas and alpacas trekking in Zell am See

The perfect option for solo travellers. Instead of spending time alone while hiking in Austria, you can get a lama or an alpaca as a companion.

Not to forget the opportunity to experience the stunning landscapes and the beautiful nature of Zell am See and Kaprun and learn interesting facts from your guides about the animals and region.

Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria

Lama and Alpaca Trekking

© Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus GmbH

3) Hiking with Donkey through stunning Alpine landscapes

Just like in the old days, donkey trekking is the best way to slow down your pace and enjoy the road.

It is a perfect opportunity to calm yourself, exercise patience, and enjoy the views of the Austrian Alps. You’ll also have a good laugh with the friendly donkey.

Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria

Donkey Feeding

© Urlaub am Bauernhof Bernd Suppan

4) Ride a dog sled

Riding a dog sled is one of those bucket-list adventures we always imagine experiencing.

What’s unique about this adventure is that you can try it both in summer and winter.

When you stand at the back of the sled pulled by huskies, you feel their power and are able to experience the landscape in a unique way.

Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria

Husky Ride

© Peter Maier

5) Horse-back riding at Ebbs Stud Farm

Feel liberated while riding in harmony with a horse while being gently carried through Ebbs Stud Farm.

The farm has a great landscape and it is located near Kufstein in Tyrol, which is a top thoroughbred breeding and foaling facility and stands as the Leading Haflinger Stud Farm in Austria.

You can also have horseback and carriage riding lessons with professional, fully trained and qualified riding instructors.

Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria

Horse back riding

© Andreas Hofer, guerilla-fotografie-com

6) Affenberg Landskron in Carinthia

Have you seen a diving or a swimming monkey before? At the “Monkey Mountain” you can access an enclose of 160 Japanese macaques and watch the monkeys' behaviour without cages.

Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria

Monkey Mountain

© Region-Villach-Tourismus-GmbH

7) Getting close with rescued animals at Gut Aiderbichl near Salzburg

A meeting place for humans and animals. Gut Aiderbichl, is Europe's largest animal paradise for rescued animals in Henndorf near Salzburg.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the world of goats, bisons, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, and the like.

Austria has many dedicated petting zoos around the country offering a wonderful opportunity to feed, pet, or even hold some of the animals

Unique Animal Experiences You Must Try in Austria

Encounter with farm animals

© ÖW, the-creating-click

There are many other animal adventures available in Austria including traditional horse-carriage rides in the countryside or a visit to one of the various zoos like the Animal World in Herberstein in Styria, Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna or the Alpine Zoo in Innsbruck.

We’re sure these experiences will stay in your memory forever.

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Husky Ride © Peter Maier