5 unusual and cool places to go in Vienna, Austria

Visit a grisly crime or globe museum, a gruesome crypt, a museum of fake art and a challenging maze.

Austria’s capital city, Vienna lies along the Danube River. The city is famous for some of its notable residents, like Beethoven, Sigmund Freud and Mozart. It is also well-known for its beautiful imperial palaces, like the Habsburg’s summer residence, Schönbrunn. Vienna is also noted for the Museums Quarter district with a mixture of elegant historic and modern buildings, housing exhibitions of the works of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and others.

However, Vienna also has a more hidden side [VIDEO] that you won’t see on the average tour of the city. Here are five unusual, and often weird, sights you should see on a visit [VIDEO] to Vienna.

These off-the-beaten-path attractions include the Criminal Museum with its grisly depictions of murder, a museum dedicated to globes of the world, a crypt housing the remains of tens of thousands of people, a museum displaying only fake works of art and a challenging maze.

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Kriminalmuseum (Crime Museum) - Große Sperlgasse 24, Vienna, Austria

This museum is not for the faint-hearted. As noted by the official website, there are some shocking things displayed in the Kriminalmuseum, including medieval torture devices, blood-stained gloves, skulls, death masks and depictions of brutal murder. Exhibits date from the Middle Ages up to the present day and relate to murder and crime. The Crime Museum is housed in the Seifensiederhaus (Soap Boilers House) in Leopoldstadt and is pretty historic itself as it dates back to 1685.

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Globe Museum - Herrengasse 9 Palais Mollard Vienna, Austria

Anyone who still believes the world is flat (yes, they are still out there!) should probably visit this museum. It houses globes of the world dating back to the 19th century, when they were often made as a pair with a globe of the world and a celestial globe. This is reportedly the only public museum in the world dedicated solely to globes and it is an astonishing and beautiful display of our ever-changing world.

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Stephansdom Crypt - Stephansplatz 3 Vienna, Austria

Getting back to the more grisly side of Vienna, Stephansom Crypt holds the skeletal remains of more than 11,000 people. The museum is in the centre of Vienna, where people normally gaze at the grand St. Stephen’s Cathedral above the crypt. Besides the bones and skulls, there is also the Ducal Crypt, which houses bodies, hearts and imperial intestines, including Empress Maria Theresia’s stomach.

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Fälschermuseum (Museum of Art Fakes) - 28 Löwengasse Vienna, Austria

People have been forging great art for years, but you wouldn’t expect their work to end up in a museum, yet it has. The Fälschermuseum is a small art gallery without one original piece. Fakes on display include copies of Rembrandt, Klimt and Matisse paintings created by a clever forger. As noted by Atlas Obscure, instead of condemning the forgery practice, this museum celebrates the art of the forger.

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The Lost Garden of Schloss Schonbrunn - Schloss Schönbrunn Vienna, 1130 Austria

Schloss Schonbrunn is an ornate and splendid former hunting lodge in the centre of Vienna which was previously the summer home of the Habsburgs. While it is pleasant to view the hunting lodge itself, what really stands out is the Irrgarten (lost garden) in the grounds. Dating back to 1686, the original topiary maze was destroyed in 1892, but it was rebuilt in 1999, following the layout of the original maze and it is notoriously difficult to navigate.

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