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Published on January 9th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

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10 FACTY THINGS ABOUT AUSTRIA

Welcome to the land of Mozart, schnitzel and strudel. Austria, we love you already. 

1. MUSCLY MUSEUM

Austria is home to the world’s first and only Arnold Schwarzenegger museum

2. SKULL AND BONES

Austria’s St Florian Ossuary is filled with 6,000 neatly stacked skulls

3. PIPE DREAMS

Austria is home to Das Park Hotel, where guests sleep in rooms converted from old sewage pipes and pay ‘what they like’ for their stay

4. MORE SKULL AND BONES

In the 1700’s the cemetery in the Austrian town of Hallstatt ran out of room, so local priests exhumed many bodies, whose skulls were hand painted and decorated by relatives, and now all sit in a room near the chapel

5. SISTER ACT

The nuns at Austria’s Cistercian Abbey of Marienkron offer massages to visitors as a way of earning an income

6. LOST IN TRANSLATION

Austria is home to the world’s only museum dedicated to the artificial language of Esperanto

7. TRAIN OF TERROR

Austria is home to a 100+ year old train called the Grottobahn, which whisks travellers through a land of dwarves, dragons, gnomes and taxidermy

8. MAN SPA

Austria’s Starkenberg brewery offers beer spa treatments where visitors can relax in pools of Pilsner

9. ANCIENT EATERY

At 1,200 years old Salzburg’s St Peter’s Stiftskeller may just be the world’s oldest restaurant

10. F&*K OFF

The unfortunately-named town of Fucking, Austria has had to install theft-proof signage because of the popularity of their town name with red-handed visitors

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