25 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Austria

Whether its high mountain peaks or more modern cities, Austria has a lot to offer. So, before you book your flight to Europe, here are 25 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Austria.

15

Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace (beautiful fountain) got its name from the spring that provided the palace with water. Apparently it tasted so fresh that Emperors had it delivered to their table.

schönbrunn palaceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
14

In 1552 a Hapsburg prince brought an elephant from Spain back to Vienna but it died in the cold climate shortly thereafter

elephantSource: wikipedia, Image: freestockphotos.biz

13

When artist Edwin Lipburger got into a dispute with authorities over building permits for his spherical house, he decided to declare independence from Austria

kugelmugelSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
12

His new country was called the Republic of Kugelmugel (Ball Hill). Authorities, however, moved his house to Prater Park in downtown Vienna and surrounded it with barbed wire

kugelmugelSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

11

When Edwin refused to pay taxes to Austria, only a presidential pardon saved him from jail. Today, Kugelmugel still stands as a tourist attraction.

kugelmugelSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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