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9 Things To Do With Kids In Vienna, Austria

Vienna is one city that requires no introduction. We had high expectations for the Austrian capital and home to the Vienna Schnitzel

Although the city has a well-known history associated with classical music, operas and art, it is also home to schnapps, Swarovski Crystals, and psychoanalysis. All the sorts of things that most young children will yawn at.

But we still found plenty to amuse, entertain and educate our kids in the 5 days we spent in Vienna. Here’s how we did it:

 

1) House of Music (Haus der Musik)

I don’t play an instrument and I love top 40 music, rarely listening to anything else. And while the idea of a House of Music sounded like a yawn-fest, I admit defeat. This place was awesome.

This unassuming building houses 5,000 square metres of interactive discovery on anything musical. Each of the 5 floors is packed with exhibits like famous composers of the past, scientific displays on how sound is generated, a strange room filled with swirling sounds of the womb, concert halls with interactive screens where kids can play digital music or make their own CD. And I can’t forget our favourite - conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Kids and adults will love this place; it’s certainly one-of-a-kind. 

Entry Cost: Adults: €12,00, Kids: €5.50, Under 3 free. Family ticket: €27.

Location: The museum lies in the heart of Vienna, between St. Stephen´s Cathedral and State Opera, next to the University of Music and Applied Arts. The main entrance is on Seilerstätte.

Tip: Nearest underground station is Karlsplatz or Stephansplatz.

 

2) Big Bus Hop-on-Hop-off Bus

This is always one of our favourite ways to get an overview of a city and get our bearings. This particular bus tour has 2 routes. The Red Route took approximately 90–100 minutes. While the Blue Route took approximately 85 minutes.

We got to see all the big sights like the Vienna State Opera, Natural History Museum, Parliament, Vienna City Hall, St Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Imperial Palace and even the Schonbrunn Palace.

It was perfect since the weather was particularly dreary during our stay, so we still got to see everything, even in the rain. 

Cost: Adults: €20.00, Kids over 5: €10.00, Under 5: free. Online prices are cheaper.

Location: You can start the tour at any of the route’s bus stops.

Tip: Decide where you want to get off ahead of time to make the most of your day. 

 

3) Prater Theme Park

The Wiener Prater was walking distance from our hotel and holds the title of the oldest amusement park in the world, “Wurstelprater”.  It’s origins date back to 1162 AD, and it was donated to the people of Vienna in 1766. Entry into Prater is free of charge, but the individual attractions charge. If you’re thinking of trying several different rides the Pratercard is useful, or you can save your pennies and just look around. 

As we made our way through the park we did let the kids choose a ride each and then Josh choose one for me.  It happened to be the Prater Turm, 117 metres tall and with a maximum speed of 60 km/hr – it is the highest-flying swing in the world. You have to watch it to believe it. It offered insane views of the park if you were still long enough to see them. It was only €5 and worth every penny.

Entry Cost: Prater Park entry is free. Rides vary from €1.50 to €5.

Location: Vienna's 2nd district in Leopoldstadt.

Tip: Try the langos from the street food vendor (deep fried flat bread) which only cost a couple Euros.

Prater Turm: the tallest flying swing in the world

 

4) Giant Ferris Wheel

To get sturdier view of Vienna and Prater amusement park, I recommend a ride on the Wiener Riesenrad. A super sized ferris wheel with a really interesting cultural influence and architectural history. In fact, it’s one of the oldest wheels of it’s kind in the world. Entry also included access to a cute historical display that incorporated miniature models of the ferris wheel at different stages of it’s life.

Entry Cost: Prater Park entry is free. Rides vary from €1.50 to €5. The Ferris Wheel is: Adults: €9, Kids: €4, Under 3: free.

Location: Vienna's 2nd district in Leopoldstadt.

Tip: Bring your camera, the views on here are as swell as those on the London Eye


5) Bogi Park

The largest indoor playground in Vienna. I think my kids can say this was their favourite part of Vienna. It was located outside the city walls and took a while to reach on foot from the train station, but was certainly worth it. There was a great big net to climb, go karts to drive, trampolines to bounce on and free Wi-Fi for the adults.

Entry Cost: Adults: €4, Kids 3 – 16: €9.50

Location: Gutheil-Schoder-Gasse 17.

Tip: Bring socks for the kids otherwise they are available for sale at the cash register. Nearest underground station is Schopfwerk.


6) Schönbrunn Palace

Younger kids might find this a bit of a challenge, but good news is there are extensive gardens to play in and next door a children’s museum (see next point). Older kids will love the history and story behind this palace. Built in the 17th century, it has played a central role in Vienna’s political landscape. The rooms are beautiful to they eye and a photographer’s dream (although no photography is allowed inside, argh!). 

Entry Cost: Adults: €11.50, Kids 6 – 18: €8.50, Under 6: free

Location: Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47.

Tips: Nearest underground station: U4, Schönbrunn station. Trams: 10 and 58, Schönbrunn station.

Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone about these photos
The elaborate palace gardens are alone worth the visit

 

7) Children’s Museum (Kaiser Kindy)

If the palace is not the kid’s ideal vacation activity then next door is just for them. From the moment you step in, it’s fun all the way. The kids can dress up as princes and queens, sit on a throne or change their outfits to suit their mood. There are toys to play with from imperial times and they can even decorate old-style white wigs, or set the table for an imperial banquet.

Everything is based around imperial Vienna so the kids can learn about the food they ate, how old the palace is and so much more. Our kids didn’t want to leave.

Entry Cost: Adults: €7.50, Kids 3 – 18: €6, Under 3: free. Family tickets available.

Location: Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47.

Tips: Nearest underground station: U4, Schönbrunn station. Trams: 10 and 58, Schönbrunn station.

 

8) Vienna Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)

This zoo was founded in 1752 which makes it the oldest zoo in the world. Today its main purpose is for species conservation and general nature conservation.

There are buildings on the grounds that still stand from the 18th century and make an absolute gorgeous addition to the beautiful surrounds.

It is one of the few zoos to house pandas, which we absolutely loved. But it also featured an amazing rainforest house and an aquarium the kids really enjoyed. But the best part for us was the newest exhibit – the polarium for Arctic animals, namely those absolutely gorgeous polar bears!

Entry Cost: Adults: €16.50, Kids 6+: €8, Under 6: free.

Location: Schönbrunn Zoo is in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace.

Tips: Wooden pull-along carts are available for hire for €2 which our kids loved being chauffeured in. Nearest underground station: U4, Hietzing station. You can do all 3 activities in one day – Palace, Children’s Museum and Zoo.

 

9) Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule)

Unfortunately we had our days mistaken and missed our scheduled time at the Spanish Riding School. But I bet the kids would have loved it. It’s the only institution in the world that has practiced classical equitation for nearly 450 years.

You can go see the horses train or you view an actual show. I am sure it would have been a winner if we had made it. 

Entry Cost: Check their website, prices change regularly.

Location: Entrance is at Michaelerplatz.

Tips: You need to buy tickets a specific session in advance (best done via their website). Nearest underground station: U1, Karlsplatz, Opera or Stephansplatz.

 

Family Friendly Accommodation

While we were in Vienna we enjoyed our stay at two different hotels. 

Hotel Franzenshof was a basic, friendly hotel walking distance to Prater amusement park. Check latest prices here. 

Our second stay was at the 4 star Best Western Hotel Hermonie. We loved this hotel, from it's very friendly staff, to the afternoon cake and tea to the delicious breakfast. It is located in the trendy Serviten quarter and highlights a unique art concept of dance and paint. Check the latest prices here. 


Final Word

When it comes to culture, there are few places in the world that compare to Vienna. And while this aspect is a drawcard for adults, we discovered the side of this city that youngsters can appreciate. Weather it’s high above the cityscape, in front of an orchestra or sitting on a throne, there’s fun to be had by all ages in this unique metropolis.

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Posted by mark on
really liked your article it just backed up some researching i have been doing. Hitting vienna up in may with 2 kids for 5 days. Did you slip over to bratislava at all?
Posted by Carmen Everywhere on
hahah They even have a children museum there! I always associate Vienna with high culture and philosophy, especially from the late 19th- early 20th century. It is nice to read it is an amazing city for the kids too. You and your kids sure look to be having fun, even kids conducting an orchestra. Swell!
p.s. I had hard time proving I was a human below...:(
Posted by hayat on
Where in the region of SalzburgerLand can guests enjoy alpine slides?
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