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25 Best Things to Do with Kids in Vienna [with Tickets & Map]

25 sights for children in Vienna

Here is our list of attractions for the whole family

Vienna is one of the most exciting metropolises in the world and inspires both young and old visitors with its exciting attractions and experiences!

To ensure that your visit to Vienna is an unforgettable event for the whole family, here are the 25 best sights for children in Vienna that you should not miss.

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1.   Schönbrunn  Zoo

Schoenbrunn Zoo giraffe

As the oldest zoo in the world, Schönbrunn Zoo is one of the highlights of Vienna.  Not only is it part of the Schönbrunn UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has also been named “Best Zoo in Europe” five times in a row.   The zoo, on the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace, was opened in 1752 by Emperor Franz I Stephan of Lorraine, Maria Theresa's husband, as an imperial menagerie.

700 animal species, some endangered animals, live here on an area of 17 hectares.  These include pandas, tigers, orangutans, polar bears, koalas and elephants. A train commutes between the Tiergarten, the Emperor's breakfast pavilion, the elephant house and the Tyrolean Court.

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  • Ticket Overview of Schönbrunn Zoo
  • Skip-the-Line Ticket for Schönbrunn Zoo: Book here!   (Most popular option)
  • Schönbrunn Children's Museum Tour with Zoo Option:  Buy now!
  • Vienna PASS with free admission to Schönbrunn Zoo:  Buy here!

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2. Schönbrunn Palace Children's Museum & Maze, Labyrinth and Labyrinthikon

Schönbrunn Palace Children's Museum & maze, labyrinth and labyrinth icon

In the Schönbrunn Palace Children's Museum , children can be princesses and princes for a day and get to know the everyday life of imperial children.  For this purpose, 12 rooms in the west wing of the Residenz were converted into a children's museum, where children can become active and e xperience history in a playful way.   What is particularly nice, however, is that the children can try out everything themselves at many stations.

In addition to the palace  and zoo , a v isit to the maze, the labyrinth and the labyrinthikon  is an experience for the whole family.  Whoever finds the right way through the high hedges in the maze will be rewarded with a viewing platform. In the labyrinth  opposite, a bridge has to be crossed and a hall of mirrors provides lots of fun.  The Labyrinthikon has various playgrounds for running around and playing, including a climbing frame, a hall of mirrors, a large xylophone and a water playground.

  • Vienna PASS with free admission to Schönbrunn Children's Museum, Maze, Labyrinth and Labyrinthikon: Buy here!

3. Indoor Playground Family Fun

Indoorspielplatz Family Fun in Vienna in Austria

Vienna's largest indoor playground in the 22nd district is a small children's paradise.  In the huge indoor and outdoor Family Fun adventure park, children up to the age of 12 can experience fun and action thanks to attractions such as trampolines, go-kart tracks, fun shooters, wave slides, bull riding, climbing walls, electric go-karts and much more. 

A mix of amusement park, action area and delicious gastronomy awaits the little ones in the 7,500 m² play area.  The little ones are also taken care of, a 1,000 m² small children's area is dedicated to them alone.

4. Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions in Vienna, Austria

The Museum of Illusions is a p opular destination for the whole family.   The interactive museum amazes not only children with extraordinary illusions and exhibitions. In addition to optical deceptions, illusions and holograms, they can also expect a rotating tunnel through which they can defy physical forces, as well as an antigravity room.   Put your brain to the test here!

  • Get your ticket now for incredible moments and amazing tricks at the Museum of Illusions!

5. Prater & Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel

Attractions in the Prater

A classic Viennese attraction is  Prater in Vienna  with its famous Giant Ferris wheel .  The Viennese landmark in the heart of the city provides ultimate fun , especially with the Wurstelprater  amusement park,   which has been around since the early 19th century.  Be sure to take a ride on the iconic   Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel and look out over the rooftops of Vienna. At the highest point of the wheel, at a height of 64.75 meters, you can enjoy an amazing view over Vienna.

Another exciting attraction in Prater is the  Liliputbahn .  For train lovers, the Liliputbahn with its open carriages is certainly a special experience, because various locomotives, including steam locomotives, operate on the route. The almost 4 km long round trip takes 20 minutes.

But the Prater is much more than just an amusement park. It is one of the city's "green lungs" and a popular recreation area for locals and tourists alike.  It is also a popular sports facility and even offers "excursions into space" in the planetarium.

  • Ticket Overview of Popular Giant Ferris Wheel Ride
  • Skip-the-cashier-desk-line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride tickets  
  • Flexipass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 top sights (ride on Ferris Wheel selectable)
  • Vienna PASS including ride on the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel

6. Haus des Meeres

House of the Sea in Vienna, Austria

Haus des Meeres  is very popular with young and old. An a dventurous journey into foreign animal and plant worlds awaits you here.  About 10,000 tropical and native animals and plants are presented over more than 4000 square meters, spread over ten floors.  In addition to Austria's largest aquarium , there is a glass tunnel that you can walk through and the " Brandungsriff" adventure aquarium .  It is also exciting that the Haus des Meeres is housed in an anti-aircraft tower from World War II.

7. Time Travel Vienna

Time Travel Vienna in Austria

Time Travel Vienna is located in the historic vaults of Michaelerkloster in the center of Vienna. It is a real highlight for the whole family.  During a virtual journey through time of about 50 minutes, you can travel to eight different stations in Vienna's rich history.  Thanks to the multimedia experience with s pecial effects and innovative technology, the informative journey becomes an exciting history lesson that even children will be enthralled with.

Highlights include an original wartime air raid shelter, the  Virtual Reality Music Ride  in Walzer Hall, and a 5D cinema that takes you back to Vienna at the time of the last major plague epidemic, or you can take a virtual horse-drawn carriage ride.

  • Admission Ticket & "Sisi's Amazing Journey" Virtual Reality Experience
  • Admission Ticket, Time Travel and Magic Vienna History Tour

8. ZOOM Children's Museum

ZOOM Children's Museum in Vienna, Austria

The ZOOM children's museum in the Museums Quarter has won awards.  In addition to the Children in Museums Award, it received the  2011 Promising Practice Award . 

Young visitors can look forward to exciting experiences, because they can touch everything in the museum's exhibition rooms , ask questions and learn with all their senses.  In the children's museum there are the ZOOM hands-  on exhibition s, the  ZOOM studio  for artistic activities, the  ZOOM a nimation laboratory and the play area ZOOM ocean .

9. Old Danube Lido

Alte Donau lido in Vienna, Austria

The Alte Donau lido is a family-friendly pool that is one of the largest and most diverse outdoor pools in Vienna .  It offers various pools for swimmers and non-swimmers, and has a 150-meter-long pebble beach with slides and a Noah's Ark to play with.  There are many different ways to get active in sports, ranging from football and badminton to gymnastics and fitness equipment.

10. Museum of Technology

Technical Museum in Vienna, Austria

You are offered a fascinating insight into the world of technology in the Museum of Technology. The family-friendly museum provides not only free admission for children, but also has an adventure area for children aged 2 to 6 years.   In 2001, the Museum of Technology was expanded by the incorporation of the Austrian Media Library, which represents the Austrian archive for audio recordings and videos on cultural and contemporary history.

  • Get your skip-the-line ticket to the Museum of Technology and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of technology.

Fiaker in Vienna in Austria

The Fiaker, a two-horse carriage, is a comfortable and exciting way for children to explore Vienna.  Totally kitschy for some, absolutely romantic for others, the carriages are part of the Viennese cityscape and are popular photo opportunities for many tourists.  There are stands for the Viennese rental carriages at various locations in the city. During a tour, you will visit Vienna's city center while listening to exciting stories.

  • Visit a Horse Stable + Fiaker Ride Back to the City Center & Secrets of the Fiaker   (recommended)
  • 30-minute Fiaker Ride through Vienna's Old Town
  • Carriage Ride through Schönbrunn Palace Garden
  • Mozart Concert with Dinner and Carriage Ride

12. Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria

The Natural History Museum  houses one of the largest natural science collections in Europe.   The museum, which was originally located in the Imperial Palace , is one of the most important natural history museums in the world.   The new building was constructed according to plans by Gottfried and Carl Semper and opened in 1789 by Emperor Franz Joseph I.

Today, you can see more than 100,000 exhibits in 39 exhibition rooms.  Since 2014, a digital planetarium has been one of the museum's main attractions.  Other highlights are the dinosaur hall and the statue of Venus von Willendorf.  Numerous interactive stations invite you to participate and discover, which makes it even more exciting for children.  And especially great, Children under the age of 19 have free entry.

A very special highlight is the Night at the Museum , in which the little ones experience an exciting program in the museum all night long.

13. Bohemian Prater

Bohemian Prater in Vienna in Austria

On the outskirts of Vienna, right next to Laaer Berg recreation area, Bohemian Prater awaits with exciting attractions.  The small amusement park is particularly well suited for families who want to spend a relaxing day away from the big city.   Just like its big brother, Vienna Prater , there are various rides and restaurants in Bohemian Prater, some of which are 100 years old.  The center of the amusement park is the Tivoli.

14. Danube Cruises

Danube cruises in Vienna, Austria

A scenic Danube cruise is a great experience for young and old.  It's one of the most leisurely and enjoyable ways to explore Vienna. During a wonderful trip through the Danube Canal, you can e njoy the imperial city from the water and relax at the same time.   Alternatively, you can go on a tour of the Wachau, which is very popular with the Viennese themselves.

  • Boat Cruise on the Danube Canal with Lunch Option
  • 3.5-hour Grand Danube River Cruise
  • Evening Cruise along the Danube
  • Sightseeing Boat Tour with Lunch
  • Heurigen Cruise with Viennese Songs & Buffet   (recommended)
  • Cruise and Schnitzel Tour

15. Imperial Treasury

Imperial Treasury in Vienna, Austria

The Imperial Treasury  is located in the Swiss Wing, the oldest part of the Imperial Palace .  With its valuable exhibits, which impress both children and adults , the treasury is one of the most important collections in the world. 

Highlights are the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, such as  the imperial crown and the Holy Lance , the crown of Emperor Rudolf II, which later became the Austrian Imperial Crown, as well as precious jewels and the  agate bowl , which was considered the legendary Holy Grail.  An audio guide for children is also available.

  • Overview of the Best Ticket Options for the Imperial Treasury
  • Ticket to the Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace 
  • Combo ticket for the Imperial Treasury, the Kunsthistorisches Museum & Kunstkammer Vienna
  • Private Tour of the Hofburg Imperial Palace with the Imperial Treasury + Highlights of the Old Town

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16. Chocolate Museum Vienna

Chocolate Museum Vienna in Austria

Chocolate Museum Vienna in Prater  is a magnet for big and small chocolate lovers.  The museum's guests are greeted by a special employee, Pepper the robot.  The tour of the museum is designed as a quiz, and those who take part in the quiz are rewarded with chocolates.  

Passing through a mock jungle with artificial cacao trees and jungle animals to the Chocolate Museum's basement is just a highlight of the visit.  You can also prepare your own chocolate creations yourself.

  • Book now a chocolate workshop and free tasting at the Chocolate Museum. A treat for young and old!

17. Zeiss Planetarium

Zeiss Planetarium in Vienna in Austria

An exciting journey through the world of astronomy awaits visitors of all ages in the Zeiss Planetarium. The journey through the starry sky lets you look into the infinite worlds of space .  You are invited to dream and gaze at the stars, be it with multimedia shows or with special programs for children and families.

18. Madame Tussauds Vienna

Madame Tussauds Wien in Austria

Since 2011, the Vienna branch of Madame Tussauds wax museum has been delighting visitors of all ages.  It is located in Vienna's well-known amusement park,  Wiener Prater .  Take selfies with international stars, personalities from Austrian history such as Emperor Franz and Sisi or stars of the music industry such as Falko and Mozart. The highlight for many is the  interactive 5D experience "Sisi Uncovered 5D" .

  • Secure your ticket for Madame Tussauds now  and enjoy an unforgettable encounter with your favorite stars!

19. Danube Tower & Danube Park

Donauturm and Donaupark in Vienna in Austria

Austria's tallest building is an experience for young and old!  The 252-meter-high Danube Tower  on the edge of the Danube Park is a landmark of Vienna and a popular destination.   On the viewing terrace, at a height of 150 meters, you can enjoy a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of Austria's capital.  You can indulge in culinary delights in the tower café at 160 meters or in the rotating tower restaurant at 170 meters.

As one of the largest parks in the city, the Donaupark   also offers numerous attractions, such as children's playgrounds, climbing combinations, ball courts, gaming tables with chess boards and skater facilities.

  • Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket to the Danube Tower   (Most popular option)
  • Flexipass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 top sights (Danube Tower selectable)

20. House of Music

House of Music in Vienna in Austria

In the Haus der Musik  sound museum, located in  Palais Archduke Carl ,  children and adults can transform themselves into composers.   The museum in the historic old town was opened in 2000. The history of music is presented in a multimedia and interactive way, starting with the first human musical instruments up to the present day. 

Here, you not only learn more about the grandiose composers, you can become one yourself! Compose your own music and conduct the Vienna Philharmonic yourself. A great experience for young and old.

  • Admission Ticket to Haus der Musik  
  • Ticket to Mozarthaus Vienna (incl. audioguide)

21. Old Danube & Floridsdorf Water Park

Old Danube & Floridsdorf Water Park. Vienna, Austria

The  Alte Donau  local recreation area is a magnet for visitors in the city of Vienna.  In summer, this idyllic place attracts with swimming opportunities, pedal boats, boat rentals and a wide range of restaurants, while winter offers pure ice skating fun.

Part of the Old Danube is the idyllic Floridsdorf water park , a popular place for young and old. About a third of the natural park is water.  To the west of the water park there is a natural winter quarters for mallards, seagulls, coots, swans, gray herons. There is also a large active playground in the park.

  • E-Boat Rental of a "Floating Island" for a Leisurely Trip on the Old Danube
  • Guided Kayaking Tour on the Old Danube

22. Dschungel Vienna

Jungle Vienna in Vienna in Austria

Dschungel Wien is located in the Museums Quarter and deals with performing arts.  As a theater for children, teenagers and young adults , it is aimed at people aged 0-20 with various events.  Each season, 60 productions are realized and played in over 500 performances. The program is supplemented by various workshops. In addition to delicious children's dishes, the   j ungle café also offers space to romp and play.

23. Urania Puppet Theater in Vienna

Urania puppet theater in Vienna, Austria

The Urania puppet theater in Vienna was founded on the initiative of two elementary school teachers who set up a puppet theater in an adult education center in 1948. This was very popular. Since 1950, the Urania in Vienna has housed the puppet stage, the main characters of which are  Kasperl and Pezi .

24. Ice Apricot Dumplings in  Tichy I ce Cream Parlor

Ice apricot dumplings at Eissalon Tichy in Vienna, Austria

The Eissalon Tichy is o ne of the best ice cream parlors in Vienna.   Even if it took a while for the ice cream parlor's apricot dumplings, which were invented there in 1967, to win the hearts of customers, they are now considered a Viennese specialty.  About 35,000 ice apricot dumplings are produced every week. The apricot is covered in vanilla ice cream instead of batter and rolled in slivers of nuts.

25. Lainz Zoo

Lainz Zoo in Vienna, Austria

Lainz Zoo was originally designed by Ferdinand I of Austria in 1561 as a fenced-in hunting ground for his family.  Today it is a nature reserve and offers visitors of all ages a unique cultural and natural experience.  There are various attractions, such as the nature and forest educational trails, the enclosure with ancient cattle, various vantage points, camp meadows for picnics, a lookout tower, forest playgrounds and the Nikolai chapel.  The Hermesvilla, Empress Elisabeth's "Castle of Dreams" , which shows various exhibitions, is particularly worth seeing.

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The best family-friendly activities in Vienna

Devorah Lev-Tov

Sometimes overlooked in favor of Paris or London, the central European city of Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Not only is it gorgeous, but Austria's capital city is packed with museums, palaces and one-of-a-kind attractions. In the summer, families can spend plenty of time outside in the city's parks, playgrounds and gardens, while in the winter it turns into a snowy wonderland.

Getting to Vienna with points and miles is doable and there are plenty of family-friendly hotels in the city, some at surprisingly affordable award rates. Once you've booked those, it's time to start planning the fun part, what you'll do when you're there. Experiencing Vienna with children is about experiencing arts and culture in a fun way. Here are some ideas:

Affordable family fun in Vienna

Sometimes finding a bargain in Vienna can seem difficult, but there are actually several free and inexpensive attractions and activities that kids and adults will enjoy.

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Climb the St. Stephen's Cathedral Tower

St. Stephan cathedral in Vienna, Austria

The city's most famous church, featuring a unique tiled roof, is worth exploring. The St. Stephen's Cathedral South Tower, affectionately called "Steffl" by the locals, is one of the city's main landmarks. Visitors can climb its 343 steps up to the "Türmerstube" for panoramic city views. Tickets for the south tower for adults cost €5, teens age 15–18 are €3, children 6–14 are €2 and children under 6 are free.

See movies outside in summer and Christmas markets in winter

Belvedere Palace in Vienna

Outdoor cinema is a popular pastime in Vienna, with nearly 10 different locations around the city hosting open-air cinemas throughout the summer. From the Belvedere Palace gardens to Vienna's City Hall Square, there's something for everyone — and most of the screenings are free. Wintertime brings the city's glittering Christmas markets, which, if you can somehow avoid buying anything, are technically free. There are also lots of fun ornaments, bakery items and small gifts for purchase starting at just a few euro. During the winter markets, you'll also find affordable rides and ice skating.

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Visit the world's oldest amusement park

Sunset Vienna Amusement park Prater ferris wheel

The world's oldest amusement park is actually the Prater in Vienna and not the more well-known Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. While it's not the best amusement park we've been to, it's still got an interesting history and makes for a great way to pass an afternoon with kids. Admission to the park is free -- you just pay for the rides you want to go on. Most run between €1.50 and €5, but the giant Ferris wheel costs €12 for adults, €5 for kids 3 to 14, and free for kids under 3. The Vienna Chocolate Museum is just across the street, for you to either indulge or avoid.

Go for a swim

Strandbad Gänsehäufel Old Danube Vienna

Vienna has several public swimming areas and beaches along the Danube, but the favorite of locals and visitors alike is the famous Strandbad Gänsehäufel . On the Alte Danube (Old Danube, a quaint part of the Danube River stuck in time), this riverside park has ideal swimming conditions and a range of recreational activities like beach volleyball, a climbing park, a soccer field and boat rentals. There are also snack stands to buy things like schnitzel and fries. Entry costs €5.50 for adults, €1.80 for children over 6, and is free for children under 6. In the winter there's ice skating!

Climb around pristine playgrounds

Vienna is an extremely clean city and its gorgeous parks and playgrounds are spotless. That's not to say that kids can't clamber around and play in the sandbox — but even the sandboxes are somehow clean. One of the most easily accessible playgrounds for tourists is behind the impressive baroque Karlskirche church, which is definitely worth seeing. With the glittering dome as a backdrop, there are two playgrounds filled with wooden structures for climbing and exploring: one for older kids and one for toddlers. A favorite structure is a wooden pirate ship.

Educational fun in Vienna

Vienna's history is epic, and the number of museums there is staggering. Here are some of our favorite ways to sneak in some learning.

See a palace

Schönbrunn Palace Vienna Austria

The spectacular 300-year-old Schönbrunn Palace actually has a children's museum inside of it. Experience Schönbrunn Palace shows visitors what life was like hundreds of years ago. In 12 rooms of the former Habsburg residence, kids can see walls painted with fantasy landscapes, speak fan language (a sort of "secret" code using hand fans) and learn about the art of makeup at the court. The best part: Kids can try on Baroque dresses and wigs (get the camera ready).

Also on the palace grounds is the famous Schönbrunn maze, a separate labyrinth with puzzles and games, as well as a playground. There are various tours of the palace available at prices starting from €16 for adults and €11.50 for kids 6 to 18 (kids under 6 are free). Admission to the children's museum is €9.50 for adults and €7.50 for kids (children under 3 are free) and entry to the maze is €6 for adults and €3.50 for kids 6 to 18 (kids under 6 are free). There are also various combination tickets available, including a family pass, which starts at €52 for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

Visit the world's oldest zoo

Schonbrunn Vienna Zoo

At 250 years old, the Schönbrunn Zoo is the oldest in the world. It holds 700 animal species, including pandas, koalas, orangutans and Siberian tigers. There are various feedings scheduled throughout the day. Take the palace train to get around if you start to get tired. Tickets cost €20 for adults and €10 for children over 6 (under 6 are free). Entry to the Desert and Palm houses is not included.

Teach your children about art

Vienna is filled with incredible art museums and they can be daunting, especially with kids. Thankfully, one of the best, the Belvedere , has a children's studio where kids can engage with art and draw, paint, experiment, dance and act. In one of our favorite family museum programs, kids can pick up a museum detective kit (20 pages packed with puzzles and games) for free at the Upper Belvedere's ticket desk and set off on their own journey of discovery through the Belvedere's masterpieces. Tickets start at €8 for adults and are free children up to age 18.

KunstHausWien in Vienna Austria

One of our favorite museums in Vienna is kid-friendly without even trying. Kunst Haus Wien is a brightly colored, fantastically shaped museum devoted to eccentric Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Filled with the artist's imaginative paintings and architectural models (some of which became a reality, including the building the museum is housed in), the museum excites those young and old. Be sure to get a snack in the otherworldly garden café. Tickets start at €11 for adults and €5 for children 10 to 19. Children under 10 are free.

Other museums

House der Musik children museum Vienna

With so many museums, it can be hard to choose which ones are worthwhile. Aside from all the art museums, we also love the Museum of Natural History , the House of Music , the ZOOM Children's Museum , the Remise Transport Museum , the Museum of Illusions and the Museum of Technology .

Splurges in Vienna

Vienna is not always an affordable city, and there are definitely several pricey activities. These ones are actually worth the indulgence.

See a horse ballet

Spanish Riding School Horses

The world famous Spanish Riding School puts on daily performances with their gorgeous white stallions, known as Lipizzans, in the massive and grand Baroque arena at the Hofburg Palace, often performing to equally grand music. Tickets start at €27 for the nosebleed section and go up (steeply) from there. Another option is to watch the morning exercise for just €15, €7.50 for kids 6 - 12, 3 - 6 are free and children younger than 3 are not admitted. You cannot purchase morning exercise tickets in advance.

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Time Travel Vienna

Time Travel Vienna lets visitors feel and experience Vienna's eventful history through 5D cinema, animatronic wax figures, rides and multimedia. Going back to the days of the Roman camp Vindobona, the Hapsburgs, Mozart and World War II, the experience shows Vienna's history in a creative and fun way. Tickets start at €19.50 for adults and €15.50 for children 5 to 14. Children under 5 are free.

Restaurants kids will love

Thankfully, most kids like schnitzel, the unofficial national dish of Austria that's found all over the place in Vienna along with the ubiquitous hot dog and sausage stands.

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There are also incredible pastries to be had -- and make sure to drag your kids to at least one grand Viennese coffee house.

Café Central

Cafe Central Vienna

If you only go to one coffeehouse, make it this one. Café Central in Palais Ferstel has been wowing visitors since 1876 with its high ceilings, magnificent inner courtyard, excellent patisserie and pleasant piano music. Order some kaiserschmarrn (sugared pancake strips) or hot chocolate for the kids so you can sip your coffee in peace.

Skopik & Lohn

Offering a mix of Viennese and French cuisine, trendy Skopik & Lohn has a large outdoor patio where the people-watching is top-notch and kids can be a little louder than they normally would at a restaurant of this caliber. Order them the extremely thin wiener (veal) schnitzel while adults try more exotic fare like mille feuille with smoked eel and duck breasts with thyme jus and rhubarb.

Kolariks Luftburg and Kinderwelt

Classic Austro-Hungarian dishes like goulash, schnitzel, sausages and stelze (grilled pork knuckle) populate the Kolariks menu, alongside salads, pizzas and pastas. There's also a solid beer list and some self-serve taps for the grown-ups to explore while the kids visit the adjacent children's play area complete with bouncy castles, slides and jungle gyms.

Naschmarkt Vienna

Vienna's most well-known market, Naschmarkt , has 120 stalls and restaurants selling everything from produce to sausages to cheese to wine. Neni is a funky Israeli restaurant, while Trattoria Pulcinella sells pizza.

Demel or Sacher

Cafe Sacher Vienna Austria

These dueling pastry shops both lay claim to the famous sachertorte; visit both and decide for yourself which one is better. Demel dates back to 1786, while Café Sacher 's red dining room is as grand as it gets.

Bottom Line

Vienna is ripe for discovery by visitors young and old alike. It's impossible not to find something to love in the city, whether its art, history, food or all of the above.

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Sightseeing in Vienna with the whole family

In a horse-drawn carriage or on two wheels, or on the water: That's how a sightseeing tour guarantees children and adults a fun time.

Do your little ones love horses? A very special tour through Vienna city center can be made in a fiaker or horse-drawn carriage . Attractions along the route are explained by the coach driver.

Ship ahoy! On the Danube and the Danube Canal, the DDSG also offers themed boat rides for children, during which, for example, a clown provides entertainment while the parents enjoy the view of Vienna.

Do you know what a trike or a Segway is? People from 12 years of age can try out these unusual, electrically powered vehicles and get to know Vienna at the same time. Almost all of Vienna's main attractions lie along the route, which Vienna's city guides take you along on the Segway tour around the Ringstraße and through the Old City.

Some tourist guides also offer guided city walks for families. You can search for "Children and Youth Programs" in the online database of the Austrian tourist guides and contact your tourist guide direct.

Bus tours and hop-on-hop-off tours, which let you get on and off the bus as often as you like, also provide a good overview of Vienna's attractions. 

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2 Days in Vienna: The Best Things to do in Vienna with Kids

Top sights in Vienna

During our recent month trip in Europe we spent only 2 days in Vienna.  Whilst it wasn’t very long, it certainly gave us enough time to check out some of the best things to do in Vienna with kids. 

If you’re going to visit Vienna with children and wondering what to do in Vienna in 2 days, then you’re going to find this post helpful.  In this post I detail all the top things to do in Vienna with children of varying ages, from tiny toddlers to teenagers.  We look at some of the best places to visit in Vienna in 2 days, including some of the most popular Vienna tourist attractions as well as some suggestions if you have a little more time. 

As well as looking at what to do in Vienna with kids, this post covers off on how to get around in Vienna and some tips on where to stay in Vienna for families.

Click here if you want to see our exact Vienna itinerary.

Page Contents

  • 1.1 1. St Stephen’s Cathedral
  • 1.2 2. Hofburg Palace
  • 1.4 3. Giant Ferris Wheel
  • 1.5 4. ZOOM Children’s Museum
  • 1.6 5. Naschmarkt Markets
  • 1.7 6. Schonbrunn Palace
  • 1.8 7. Schonbrunn Zoo
  • 1.9 8. Fiaker Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
  • 1.10 9. Danube Tower
  • 1.11 10. House of Music
  • 1.12 11. Hundertwasser House Vienna and Museum
  • 1.13 12. Spanish Riding School
  • 1.14 13. Belvedere Palace
  • 1.15 14. River Cruise
  • 1.16 15. Time Travel
  • 1.17.1 Christmas Markets
  • 1.17.2 Ice Skating
  • 2.1 Red Vienna City Card
  • 2.2 Vienna Pass
  • 2.3 Vienna Flexipass for 3, 4 or 5 Top Sights
  • 3.1 1. Vienna City Tour with Guided Tour of the Schönbrunn Palace
  • 3.2 2. Vienna Walking Tours
  • 3.3 3. Tram Ring Tour
  • 3.4 4. Traditional Dinner and Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller
  • 3.5 5. Day Trip to Wachau and Danube
  • 3.6 6. Half Day Tour to Vienna Woods
  • 3.7 7. Day Trip to Hallstatt through the Austrian Alps
  • 4.1 Exquisit Wien
  • 4.2 Pension Primavera
  • 4.3 Pension Mozart
  • 5.1.2 OBB Railjet
  • 5.1.3 Express Train S7
  • 5.2 Arriving By Train
  • 6 Getting Around Vienna
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  • 7.2 Click on the image below and pin it to Pinterest.

The Best Things to do in Vienna with Kids

Throughout this section I have provided a comprehensive guide to all the best Vienna attractions for kids.  I tried to provide as much information as possible to make your planning easier, including locations, opening hours and ticket prices.

You will note that for many of the Vienna tourist places I often recommend you purchase your tickets in advance from Klook or Get Your Guide .  Yes, I will receive a small commission if you do purchase from these sites – but as you will see in most cases you will save yourself a bit of cash in doing so.  Other times the price may be the same, but you will save time by not having to line up at the attraction for tickets.   I use these sites myself to book tickets for our travels around the world.

Please note that all prices mentioned were correct at the time of writing and may fluctuate depending upon changes to currency conversion and rate increases.

To check the rate in your local currency, click here.

1. St Stephen’s Cathedral

Whether you have one day in Vienna or one week, you can’t visit Vienna without a experiencing the magnificence of St Stephen’s Cathedral. The outside of the Cathedral is decorated with coloured tiles to depict the double headed eagle which is the coat of arms of the city of Vienna.  Inside you can see vast treasures and relics alongside the tomb’s and burial sites of a number of historically important Austrian people. Climb the 343 steps into the tower room where 13 bells hang and you get a marvelous view of Vienna.

St Stephen’s Cathedral is located in the centre of the city and is one of the must things to see in Vienna.

Location: Stephansplatz, 1010 Vienna

Opening Hours: 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 7am to 10pm on Sundays and holidays

Price: Entry is free but, it costs 3€ to climb to the viewing platform and to take the lift in the north tower is 4€.

Taking a tour in the Cathedral is a great option as you get access to everything with an audio guide included for 21€. 

2. Hofburg Palace

A must do in Vienna (even if you just have one day in Vienna ) is to visit at least one of the palaces lived in by the Habsburg family.  The Hofburg Palace was their main residence and here you can visit private apartments and state rooms set out as they would have been for the family. Visit one of the most important treasure chambers in the world which hold a number of imperial crowns and royal jewellery.

We didn’t have time to visit the inside of Hofburg Palace but did visit the Schonbrunn Palace which was well worth it.  We did walk around it though and through the gardens.  I highly recommend that when you’re looking for things to do in Vienna with family you take them to at least one of these magnificent palaces. 

Location: Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna 

Opening Hours: 9am to 5.30 pm September to June and 6 pm July and August

Price: 13.9€ for adults, 8.20€ for Children 6 to 18 and free for children under 6.  You can also save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

3. Giant Ferris Wheel

Must do in Vienna

If you’re wanting fun things to do in Vienna, take the kids for a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Prater amusement park.  The Giant Ferris Wheel was first built in 1897 and has been an icon of the city ever since. If you’re visiting Vienna with toddler or even teenagers, everyone loves a ride on a Ferris wheel!

Location: Prater amusement park at Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Vienna

Opening Hours: Opening hours vary throughout the year. Click here for full details .  

Price: 12€ for adults, 5€ for Children 3 to 14 and free for children 0 to 3. Click here to purchase your tickets online.   You can also save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

4. ZOOM Children’s Museum

Best museums in Vienna for children

When it comes to museums, one of the best museums in Vienna for kids is the ZOOM children’s museum.  This kids’ museum Vienna has on offer, is located within the Museum Quarter and unlike other museums, at ZOOM you don’t just turn up and look around, rather it is made up of a range of workshops which you must book your children into. 

There are a range of workshops available which change throughout the year and are suitable children of all different ages.  Workshops go for around 60-90 minutes and each one is on multiple times per day.

When we were there, we took Myla to the Earth and Soil workshop.  Over 90 minutes, Myla learnt about how we use soil to grow food we eat, how rain, soil and sun work together to grow plants, the different microorganisms that live in soil and dressed up as an archaeologist and dug up the soil for various treasures.

vienna tour for family

If you’re looking for Vienna activities designed for kids that the family are encouraged to get involved, one of the ZOOM workshops are a must.

Location: Museums Quartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

Opening Hours: Workshops are on at varying times throughout the day.

Price: Prices vary depending upon the workshop.  The one we went to was free for children but 6€ for adults.  You can also save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

Visiting Prague?  Click here for our detail post on things to do in Prague with Kids.

5. Naschmarkt Markets

For all lovers of food, one of the Vienna top attractions is the Naschmarkt – a local food and produce market.   These markets have a colourful array of 120 stalls stocking fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious cuisines including Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian and others with treasures. On Saturday there is a flea market that is well loved by the locals. A visit to Naschmarkt is well worth it, even if you don’t wish to purchase anything.  

Location: Wienzeile, 1060 Vienna

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 6am – 7.30pm and 6am to 6pm on Saturday.

Price: Free

6. Schonbrunn Palace

Vienna sightseeing

When it comes to the top 10 things to do in Vienna, Schonbrunn Palace is definitely one of them.  In fact the Schonbrunn Palace is one of the most popular places to visit in Vienna!

As mentioned above, the Schonbrunn Palace was one of the residences of the Habsburg family.  It was in fact their Summer residence – can you believe it!  Now the Schonbrunn Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site which has 1441 rooms and some seriously impressive gardens which include fountains and monuments and even its very own zoo!  

Within the palace grounds, there are numerous different attractions and exhibits to see including a tour of the palace rooms, children’s museum, Imperial Carriage Museum, Crown Prince Garden, Orangery Garden, Maze & Labyrinth, Zoo (see below), Palm House and Desert Experience.  Whilst you can enter the palace ground for fee, each of these attractions have an entry free.

To go inside the palace, you must take a self-guided tour.  There are two different tours to choose from the Grand Tour (see 40 rooms) or the Imperial Tour (see 22 rooms which are also included in the Grand Tour).  We decided to see take the Imperial Tour which I thought was plenty to see, any longer might get a little boring for children, although Myla really enjoyed it.

We also went to the Children’s Museum at the palace which in my view is one of the top museums in Vienna to visit with the little ones.  This is a fantastic museum, not just for the children either.  It explained all about the palace in a simple and easy way to understand.  For the little ones, they will love how interactive it is – they are encouraged to touch and play with almost everything!  They can can dress up as kings and queens, play with toys that the children who lived at the palace once did and even visit full replica rooms such as a child’s bedroom, dressing room and toy room.

We also had a quick stroll around the gardens, but given we had limited time in Vienna we simply didn’t have time for anything else at the palace.  Honestly you could spend the entire day here and still not see everything.

There are a number of different tickets that allow you access to different areas. One example is the family pass that gives you access to the children’s museum and the hunting lodge which have a day’s worth of activities each. The family pass saves you at least 50% off the value of buying the tickets individually. Click here for full details of the different entry options and to purchase a ticket.

If you’re visiting Vienna with the kids, make sure you see the Schonbrunn Palace, it really is a Vienna must see!

Location: Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Vienna

Opening Hours: from 8am with closing times vary between 5 and 6.30pm throughout the year.

Price: Entry to the palace grounds are free, but there are entry fees to the different exhibits on site.  You can also save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

7. Schonbrunn Zoo

Whilst part of the Schonbrunn Palace, I thought it was also worth mentioning the Schonbrunn Zoo separately as it’s also one of the popular places to see in Vienna, particularly for families. 

The Schonbrunn Zoo is the oldest zoo in the world, first built in 1752 and has been voted the best zoo in Europe five times, beating 126 other zoos across Europe.   The zoo is considered to be one of the best and most modern zoos in the world and has some of the most generous animal compounds you will see.

As you can see, you could easily spend the entire day at the Schonbrunn Palace making it one of the perfect days trips from Vienna city for families.

Opening Hours: 9am daily and the closing time varies between 4.30pm and 6.30pm throughout the year. Please note that some of the animal enclosures close one hour or half an hour before closing time.

Price: 20€ for and adult, 10€ for a child (6-18) and children 5 and under are free. Click here for full details and to book your tickets. Save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

8. Fiaker Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Taking a horse drawn carriage around the city to see the top sights in Vienna is a really special way to take the journey.

Myla desperately wanted to take a ride in the horse drawn carriage and whilst I was hesitant due to the price and lack of understanding as to whether the horses were well cared for, we went.  It certainly was a love way to see the Vienna sites, particularly all the pretty Christmas lights around Vienna.

Location: Horse-drawn carriage stands are all over the city including Stephansplatz, Michaelerplatz, Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz and Burgtheater/Volksgarten.

Price: The short tour (approx. 20 min. through the centre of the Old City) costs 55€; the long tour (approx. 40 min. through the Ringstrasse and the Old City) 80€.  You can also get a good discount if you have the Vienna City Card.

9. Danube Tower

One of the popular Vienna Landmarks is the Danube Tower which rises 252 metres above the ground and is the perfect way to get a spectacular view of Vienna’s cityscape. There is a fully accessible outdoor platform and a glass-panned indoor section which allows you to take in the views in strong winds and bad weather.

The terrace at the top of the tower has two floors, one being a restaurant and the other a café.  Both floors making a full rotation on the axes every 26 minutes. So you can enjoy homemade pastries, strudel, and cakes as well as a range of delicious Viennese coffee specialties and warm Austrian delicacies at a table and take in the views while you relax.

Location: Donauturmstraße 4 1220 Vienna

Opening Hours: 10 am and midnight daily

Price: 14.50€ for adults, 9.50 € for kids with under 6’s being free.   Click here to purchase your tickets online.   You can also save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

10. House of Music

This very modern and interactive museum takes you on a journey through five floors filled with exhibits that educate about music and its history.  There is a staircase that is laid out as a the keys of a piano, an opportunity to try your hand at conducting as well as learning about the lives of great composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. 

I really wanted to go to the House of Music as I’ve heard, it’s one of the great family things to do in Vienna, but we just didn’t have time. 

Location: Seilerstätte 30, 1010, Vienna

Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm daily

Price: 13€ for adults and 9€ for children (children under 3 are free). This includes admission, coat check and an app guide that you can download to your Smartphone; there is a child’s version too. Click here to book your tickets online.    You can also save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

11. Hundertwasser House Vienna and  Museum

Places to visit in Vienna

For all the art and architecture lovers, add a visit to Hundertwasser House Vienna to your Vienna sightseeing list!  This unique colourfully decorated building was designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and is a must see for lovers of colourful architecture.  On top of the top of the building is more than 200 trees making it a stunning oasis in the centre of the city.

Whilst you can only view the house from the outside, make sure you also stroll through the Hundertwasser Village which is basically a shopping area which the artist has also created. 

You can also visit the nearby museum where you can learn more about Hundertwasser’s work.

Location: The house is located at Kegelgasse 34-38, whilst the museum is located at Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, just a short walk away.

Opening Hours:   The house is available to see at any time, but the museum is open 10 am and 6 pm daily.

Price: The house is free to view, but the museum is 11€ for adults, 5€ for 10 years old+, up to 10 years old are free. Click here to purchase your tickets online.

12. Spanish Riding School

Kids of all ages will love seeing the horse perform at the Spanish Riding School, one of the most popular Vienna points of interest.  Here you can experience the magnificence of the Spanish Dancing white Lipizzaner stallions and the Spanish Riding School.  This is the only place in the world where classical horsemanship is still practiced.

There are three ways that you can take in this experience.

  • During the morning training session you can observe the horses being put through their paces and building the strength they need to perform. Morning exercise takes place between 10am and 12noon, you don’t have to stay for the full 2 hours. Tickets are 16€. Click here for full details and to book your tickets.
  • Experience a full (70-90 minute) performance by the horses and riders choreographed to traditional Viennese music. These tickets are limited so it is worth booking in advance to get the day that you want. Tickets are 32€ each. Click here for full details and to book your tickets.
  • Take a 55 minute behind the scenes tour of the riding school and see the architectural finery of the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole. Tours start at 1pm, 3pm and 4pm. Tickets are 19€ for adults and 10€ for 6 to 18 year olds. Click here for full details and to book your tickets.

Please note that children under three cannot enter the Spanish Riding School.

Location: Imperial palace at Michaelerplatz 1 (Besucherzentrum/Visitor Center), 1010 Vienna.

Price: Varies, see above.

13. Belvedere Palace

The Belvedere is a palace that holds an art gallery. Here you can enjoy the amazing art works while taking in the rooms decorated for royalty, some of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Europe. The upper Belvedre holds a permanent exhibition which includes the largest Klimt collection in the world and the “The Kiss”.

The lower Belvedre is a demonstration of the way in which the affluent lived centuries ago including the Golden Room and the Marble Gallery. Artworks can be seen in the lower Belvedere as well, including the stables where there is a medieval exhibit.

There is also 21er Haus which holds a collection of post war to modern day art works. Connecting the upper and lower are gardens that are equally as exuberant.  

Location: Corner of Prince Eugen-Straße and Landstraßer Gürtel

Opening Hours: 10am but closing times vary

Price: There are a variety of different ticket options depending upon what parts of the palace you wish to explore.  Tickets start at €13 for adults and children are free.  Click here for further information and to purchase tickets online.   You can also save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

14. River Cruise

A cruise down the Danube is a lovely relaxing way to see some of the Vienna tourist spots.  There are a range of different Vienna boat trip options such as:  

  • A one-hour cruise for 23€ for adults, 11.50€ for children 10-15 years old and children 9 under are free. There are different starting times throughout the day. Check here for full details and to make a booking.  
  • A one-hour cruise with a two course meal costs 29€. The cruise departs daily at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm.    Check here for full details and to make a booking.
  • A 3.5-hour trip which takes in both the Vienna Danube Canal and the great Danube. The tours are carried out with both the French designed MS Vindobona, which is now one of the sights of Vienna (departure 11:30 and 15:00) and the MS Wien, which has a large outdoor deck (departure 10:30 and 14:00). Both ships are air conditioned. A meal of Wiener schnitzel of pork with parsley potatoes is also included. Tickets are 39€. Check here for full details and to make a booking.

15. Time Travel

If you’re looking for some fun kids’ activities Vienna offers, consider visiting Time Travel.  This attraction is a highly interactive multimedia experience which will take you back in time to explore the history of Vienna. With 5D cinema, animatronic shows, music and special effects, this attraction will keep you and your children entertained for hours.  Here you get to experience various parts of Vienna’s history including life in nobility, a bomb shelter during World War II and the comical ideas of Mozart amongst many others. 

Again we ran out of time so didn’t get to visit Time Travel, but this looks like one of the Vienna places to visit where the whole family can learn about Vienna’s history and have a whole lot of fun at the same time.

Location: Habsburgergasse 10A, 1010 Vienna

Opening Hours: 10am-7pm daily

Price: 16€ for an adult, 13€ for a child 5 – 14 years old. Children under 5 enter for free. Click here to purchase your tickets online. You can also save on entry fee with the Vienna City Card.

16. Christmas in Vienna: Things to do in Vienna in December

Vienna winter attractions

If you’re visiting Vienna in December, you’re in for a real treat!  We were in Vienna right up until Christmas Eve and let me tell you Christmas in Vienna is gorgeous!!!  The whole city is covered in lights and you’ll find Christmas trees and Christmas markets on every corner.

Here’s a brief overview of top things to do in Vienna in December:

Christmas Markets

One of the best things to do in Vienna at Christmas time is to spend some time at the various 13 Christmas markets dotted across the city.  The markets are Vienna winter attractions in themselves, as they light up the streets and provide delicious aromas from the delightful traditional Austrian food and drink that are served.  Not to mention the numerous stalls selling gorgeous little handicrafts perfect for souvenirs to take home or for Christmas gifts.

We loved visiting Vienna Christmas World which is in Rathausplatz.  These markets are just magical with the Gothic Revival City Hall in the background and massive ice-skating rink.

We visited a variety of other Christmas markets during our short stay in Vienna, you can’t help but visit them as they are almost every street corner!

We found that all of the markets sold similar trinkets and handicrafts as well as delicious baked goods and of course the mulled wine.

Ice Skating

Vienna with kids in winter means ice skating!!  Even this crazy Aussie family gave it a go!

We went ice skating at the Christmas Markets at Vienna Christmas World which is in Rathausplatz.  There is a massive ice skating rink and trails here, but after Christmas it becomes even bigger, in fact the largest artificial ice skating rink in the world!

Other ice-skating rinks in Vienna can be found at Winer Eislaufverein (between Stadtpark and Konzerthaus) as well as Kunsteisbahn Engelmann.

Purchasing a city pass is often a great way to save money if you intend on visiting a few of the Vienna main attractions.  Some passes even include transportation.

As to which pass is the right choice for you, really depends on which places in Vienna you intend to visit.  I recommend you compare the pass price to the individual Vienna tourist sites prices and make the decision from there.

Here are a few passes worth considering:

Red Vienna City Card

The Red Vienna City Card includes unlimited public transport and one child aged 15 or under travels free per card holder.   The tickets cost 17€ for 24 hours, 25€ for 48 hours, 29€ for 72 hours.  

With the card you all receive discounts to over 210 different activities and transport.   For examples discounts include:

  • Horse-Drawn Carriage: Save 15 €
  • Time Travel: Save 5 €
  • Schönbrunn Zoo: Save 3 €
  • Giant Ferris Wheel: Save 1 €

So not massive savings. but given you also receive unlimited public transportation, it’s overall pretty good value.  We had the Vienna City card red pass and found it great.  I mean you will need to work out how much you will use it, but if you intend on using public transport to get around then I think it’s well worth while.   Click here for full details and to book your tickets.

There is also a white Vienna City Card, but I think the red card is where the value is.

Vienna Pass

With this pass you have unlimited access to the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses that cover routes to all the major attractions in Vienna. The bonus is that all children under 6 get free access to all inclusive offers with an adult that holds the pass.

This pass gives you free entry to 70 of the top attractions across Vienna. With bonus fast track entry to these attractions:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Belvedere (Upper and Lower Belvedere)
  • Desert Experience House
  • Imperial Treasury
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) & Neue Burg
  • Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Technology
  • Schönbrunn Zoo
  • Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel
  • Winter Palace

To understand the savings you could get here is a breakdown of the entry fees for an adult to some of the attractions. 

Schonbrunn Palace Grand Tour: 17.50€

Schonbrunn Zoo: 20€

The Giant Ferris Wheel: 12€

The Spanish Riding School: 12€

Hofburg Palace: 13.90€

Hop on Hop off: 39€.

So if you were to were to purchase the 2 day pass at the cost of 89€ you’ve already saved yourself 25.40 €.

The Vienna Pass comes in 1, 2, 3 and 6 consecutive day tickets and start at 59€. You can choose to include a transport card as well which gives you access to all transport networks in Vienna.  And remember you don’t need to purchase one for kids under 6 as they travel free on your pass.  Click here for full details and book your ticket.

Vienna Flexipass for 3, 4 or 5 Top Sights

If you are planning to visit a few select attractions this might be a better option for you. You get to pick either 3, 4 or 5 attractions to visit out of 30 different ones.  The good news is whatever pass you choose it’s valid for 30 days from the first day you use it.

Here are attractions covered and their entry fees:

Schonbrunn Zoo:    20€

Upper Belvedere: 15€

The Danube Tower: 15€

Vienna Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Tour: 28€

So if you purchased the five attraction pass for 58.50€ and visited the above attractions you would save 31.50€.  Click here for full details of the pass and to book your ticket.

Vienna Tours

If you’re the sort of person that prefers someone to take care of everything for you, and not have to worry about navigating your way around, you may prefer one of these Vienna tours.

1. Vienna City Tour with Guided Tour of the Schönbrunn Palace

Take a 3.5 hour guided bus tour around Vienna with a special skip-the-line entry and tour of Schönbrunn Palace. You will get to admire the many magnificent buildings along the Ringstraße, the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna State Opera, the Museum of Art History, the Hofburg Palace, the Austrian Parliament, and the Court Theater.

Tickets are 54€ for adults and 19€ for children (2-12 years old). The tour begins near State Opera. Click here for full details and to book your ticket.

2. Vienna Walking Tours

A Vienna walking tour is a great way to get to see the sights and learn a little more about the city.  A guided walking tour is particularly well worth it if you’re trying to see Vienna in a day or two.  Here are a few walking tours to consider:

  • 2 Hour Walking Tour : Get your bearing of the city of Vienna on this guided historical walking tour of the streets of Vienna. You will see the Austrian National Library, the church where many Habsburg weddings were held, the Albertina, the Monument Against War and Fascism, the Imperial Crypt, the Providentia Fountain and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The tour leaves most days and costs 17€ for adults and 8€ for children (6-13 years old). Click here for full details and to book your ticket.
  • 5 Hour Underground Walking Tour: Take a look under the Viennese streets and hear the 2000 year history of these parts. You will also visit the Baroque crypt of St. Michael’s Church with well-preserved mummies. This underground tour happens at 1.30pm on Wednesdays and costs 19.50€ for adults and 10.50€ for children (6-18 years old). Please note that this tour does not have access for prams and wheel chairs. Click here for full details and to book your ticket.

3. Tram Ring Tour

If you’re wondering what to see in Vienna in one day, take the Tram Ring Tour.  This is a great low-cost option to see the iconic boulevard of Ringstraße with all its historic architecture and parklands. This tram tour is available 365 days a year. The first ride starts at 10:00 AM, and the last ride is at 5:30 PM. This tour starts at the Schwedenplatz in the first district of Vienna, and whilst riding you can receive historic information with an audio guide.

The tickets are 10€ for adults, 5€ for children 3 to 13 years old and those under 2 are free. Click here for full details and to book your ticket.

4. Traditional Dinner and Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller

This show and meal is for the Sound of Music fans out there. You will be treated to a 3 course meal made with regional specialties. The musical performance is some of the best known operettas of Austria including pieces of composers like Johann Strauß, Robert Stolz and Franz Lehar.

The Rathauskeller is located at Ringstraße in the basement (wine cellar) of Vienna City Hall, Rathausplatz 1 / 1010 Vienna. The show is performed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm between April and October. Tickets are 65€ for adults, 44€ for children 7-12 years old and free for 0-6 years old. Click here for full details and to book your tickets.

5. Day Trip to Wachau and Danube

If you have a little more time in Vienna, there are some great Vienna day trips to choose from.  If you are in Vienna on a Saturday or Wednesday and would like to take a trip out of town this picturesque tour of the Wachau Valley is well worth it. The landscape and the villages make for some of the most picturesque scenery you will see. While touring you will see the town of Dürnstein and the ruins of Dürnstein castle on a nearby hill, the Benedictine Abbey at Melk and on the river cruise you can take in the picturesque views of the Danube riverside.

Tickets at 71.29€ for adults, 31€ for children (3-12), 2 and under travel for free.  You can pick a river cruise down the Danube or a 3 course lunch as part of your ticket. Click here for full details and to book your tickets.

6. Half Day Tour to Vienna Woods

Take a leisurely half day tour to the picturesque outskirts of Vienna. Your tour guide will give you an account of the history of the various locations that you will visit. The locations include the former hunting lodge at Mayerling, the memorial chapel, the underground aircraft factory the Germans built during World War II and boat trip at Seegrotte Hinterbrühl  one of the most spectacular natural monuments of the world today.

Tickets are 51€ for an adult and 19€ for 3 to 12 year olds. Click here for full details and to book your tickets.

7. Day Trip to Hallstatt through the Austrian Alps

This day trip is 12 hours as you go further from Vienna. Travel along a panoramic road through the heart of the Austrian Alps. You will get to visit one of the oldest monasteries in Austria at Admont Abbey and take a guided walk through the village of Hallstatt.

The bus will pickup from hotels in central Vienna. Otherwise meet at the Tourist Information Office, Albertinaplatz 1, A-1010 Vienna at 7.45am. Please note that no hotel drop off is included. This tour is available on Saturdays from November to March and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from April to October.  Tickets are 119€ for adults and 95€ for children aged 1 to 12 years old. Click here for full details and to book your tickets.

Where to Stay in Vienna

In terms of where to stay in Vienna, for first timers (like ourselves) I would recommend staying either in or as close to as possible the city centre.  The city centre (called Innere Stadt) is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site and surrounded by the Ringstrasse.  The entire area is fairly small, but very picturesque with cobblestone streets.

When it comes to hotels in Vienna, staying within the city centre is fairly expensive, so your best bet it to stay somewhere just outside the city centre close to an underground stop so you can easily get around to all the different places of interest in Vienna.   

Accommodation does tend to be a bit pricey in Vienna, even away from the city centre.  However below I have listed 3 different family hotels in Vienna that I recommend based on their ability to adequately accommodate a family of 2 adults and 2 children, having private bathroom facilities as well as being in a central location. 

For cheaper accommodation you will need to move further out from the city and / or consider getting a room with shared bathroom facilities.

Exquisit Wien

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  • Exquisit Wien is located just a short 10-minute walk from the Museums Quarter which sits just around the city centre. In fact to walk to the centre of the city centre will only take 30 minutes.  However it is also just 140 metres to the Neubaugasse Underground station so you can easily get around to all the top sites in Vienna.    
  • Families are best accommodated in the family room which have a double bed and bunk beds. The family room includes a TV, desk, balcony,  and Wi-Fi.
  • This is only just newly listed on TripAdvisor so there is no rating as yet, but on Booking.com it’s rated 9.8/10 among families.
  • At the time of publishing the best rate was  $172 AUD per night for 2 adults and 2 children (including breakfast) on Booking.com.

Click here to check the prices and / or to make a booking at Exquisit Wien.

Pension Primavera

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  • Pension Primavera is located just a short 10-minute walk from the Museum Quarter which sits just around the city centre. In fact to walk to the centre of the city centre will only take 30 minutes.  However it is also just 77 metres to the Neubaugasse Underground station so you can easily get around to all best places in Vienna.    
  • Families are best accommodated in a budget double room which have a double bed and a sofa bed. The room includes a TV, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, sitting area and Wi-Fi.
  • 92% of people on TripAdvisor rate this hotel as above average and it’s rated 9.2/10 on Booking.com.
  • At the time of publishing the best rate was  $168 AUD per night for 2 adults and 2 children on Booking.com.

Click here to check the prices and / or to make a booking at Pension Primavera.

Pension Mozart

  • Pension Mozart is located just a short 5-minute walk from the Museum Quarter which sits just around the city centre. In fact to walk to the centre of the city centre will only take 20 minutes.  However it is also just 400 metres to the Museumsquartier Underground station so you can easily get around to all the best places to visit in Vienna.
  • Families are best accommodated in the standard quadruple room which have a double bed and two single beds. The room includes a TV, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi.
  • 38% of people on TripAdvisor rate this hotel as above average and it’s rated 7.1/10 on Booking.com.
  • At the time of publishing the best rate was  $170 AUD per night for 2 adults and 2 children on Booking.com.

Click here to check the prices and / or to make a booking at Pension Mozart.

Getting to Vienna

You will most likely arrive in Vienna via train or plane so below I have included information on how to get to the city centre from both the airport and main train station.

Arriving at the Airport

In most cases for a family you are going to find the easiest and most direct way to get from the airport to your accommodation is by an Uber.  Whilst it might cost a fraction more than public transport, of course the advantage with an Uber is you don’t have to worry about lugging around your bags on public transport.  An Uber will cost around €30.

You could also arrange a private transfer, so your transport is waiting for you once you arrive.  A private transfer for up to 4 people will cost €35.    Click here if you wish to book a private transfer.

If you are a small group or traveling solo, there are plenty of public transport options including the City Airport Train (CAT), the OBB Railjet or the Express train S7.  If you have the Vienna City Card, take the OBB Railjet or Express Train as it will be by far the cheapest option.

There is also a bus option, but it takes longer than the train options below and is more expensive so I haven’t included it.

The CAT leaves every 30 minutes (between 6.09 am and 11.39 pm from airport to the city or 5.37 am to 11.07 pm from the city to the airport) and takes just 16 minutes to reach Wien Mitte which is just outside the city centre.  From here you can transfer to other public transport to reach your accommodation.

Tickets are €11 per person with children under 14 free of charge.  A return ticket is €19.  You can also get a discount with the Vienna City Card .  Click here to book your tickets online.

OBB Railjet

These trains leaves every 30 minutes (between 6.33 am and 11.03 pm from airport to the city or 5.42 am to 10.00 pm from the city to the airport) and takes 15 minutes to reach Vienna Main Station, which is 2.5 km outside the city centre.  From here you can transfer to other public transport to reach your accommodation.

Tickets are €4.20 per adult and €2.10 for children, children under 6 are free of charge.

If however you already have the Vienna City Card, it will only cost an extra €1.80 for adults and €0.90 for children, for a ticket which takes you from the Airport to the Vienna city limits

Express Train S7

These trains leaves every 30 minutes (between 5.18 am and 12.18 am from airport to the city or 4.19 am to 11.49 pm from the city to the airport) and takes 25 minutes to reach Wien Mitte which is just outside the city centre.  From here you can transfer to other public transport to reach your accommodation.

If however you already have the Vienna City Card , it will only cost an extra €1.80 for adults and €0.90 for children, for a ticket which takes you from the Airport to the Vienna city limits

Arriving By Train

The main station in Vienna is Vienna Hauptbahnhof, where most trains will stop.  This station is a few kilometres out of the city centre, so you will need to get transport from her to your accommodation.  If you have the Vienna City Card you can use this to take local transport to your hotel. 

We arrived in Vienna via train, as we had Eurail Global Passes.  Learn more about the different Eurail options here .  However if you are just travelling within Austria, an Austrian Rail pass may be the best option.

Click here to read our guide in whether Eurail passes are worthwhile or not.

Getting Around Vienna

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Many of the top tourist attractions in Vienna are clustered together in the city centre so you can easily walk between a few at a time.  However if you do want to rest your legs from time to time, the public transport is really easy to use.  Simply download the OBB App and you can use this to plan any of your journeys.

As mentioned before, having the Vienna City Card is an ideal way of getting around the city as not only do you get unlimited use of public transport and free transportation for kids but you also get massive discounts into some of the best attractions in Vienna too.

Another option is to use the Hop On Hop Off bus, which not only will take you around to all the major attractions but also provide some commentary too.   We had a 2 day pass for the Vienna Sightseeing hop on hop off bus which we found good fun.  We rode the hop on hop off bus on our first day in Vienna as a way to get our bearings around the city.

The Vienna Sightseeing hop on hop off bus route has actually 5 different routes to choose from, each taking you to a different part of Vienna.  There are 50 different stops, at all the major Vienna attractions.  Also whilst on board you get commentary on the various attractions as well.  Just grab some headphones as you board the bus, plug them in at your seat and tune in your language.  They even have a kids audio guide too.  Click here for more information about the Vienna sightseeing hop on hop off buses .

Vienna – Our Verdict

We only had such a short time in Vienna so we barely got to see much at all.  However what we did see we really enjoyed.  

Vienna is a stunning city, which some fantastic buildings and museums to explore.  It’s very easy to get around whether on foot or via public transport.  However accommodation is a little pricey.

Overall we really enjoyed our time in Vienna and hope to come back for a longer period some day soon.

Thanks to the Vienna Tourism for providing us with a Vienna City Pass and for Vienna Sightseeing Hop on Hop Bus for hosting us.  However always, all opinions expressed in this post remain my own.

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Magical. Regal. Extraordinary. Vienna is all of these, plus more. It is quintessential Europe. If you are looking for the ultimate European getaway, Vienna has to be one of your stops. Definitely check out the following things to do in Vienna with kids… or even without. You can’t go wrong.

Top 15 Things to do in Vienna with kids

1. prater amusement park.

Yes, it has a large Ferris wheel, but it also has been called one of the top ten most beautiful city parks worldwide . That’s quite a reputation to live up to.

Walk, run, cycle, even ride on horseback. Many people enjoy the natural beauty here. Even if you don’t go into the amusement park, take a picnic lunch and enjoy some downtime.

Entering the amusement park is free. However, rides are pay-as-you-go and can range from 5€ and higher.

The giant Ferris wheel is 10€, however, if you have the Vienna Pass , it is free (along with Madame Tussaud’s – right across from the Ferris wheel).

➡️ Click here to check out the Vienna Sightseeing Pass – a 1, 2, 3 or 6-day pass that gives you free access to 70+ attractions plus unlimited rides on the Hop-on-Hop-off bus for one low price.

Looking out at steel structure carrying red cable cars around a wheel at a children's park in Vienna

2. Spanish Riding School

Who doesn’t love seeing beautiful horses put on a show?

Come see the Lipizzans – the Ballet of the White Stallions – put on an enchanting show at the Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace.

Unfortunately, we missed the timing of their performance, but we were able to see them in the courtyard.

Check their website for showtimes before you start your day.

Two white horses standing next to two men holding their reigns in front of a white building with a tree on the left

3. Schönbrunn Palace

What can I say? This complex is the crown jewel of Vienna. If you do nothing else on this list, head to Schönbrunn for the day.

Yes, I say ‘day’ because, besides the extravagant palace, the next four items on this list are also on the palace grounds.

Schönbrunn Palace is Austria’s most visited tourist attraction.

Commissioned as a hunting lodge for Emperor Leopold I in the late 1600s, it later became the summer residence for the Habsburgs under the reign of Maria Theresa.

Wander through the baroque palace and stunning grounds wishing this was your summer home. Oh, maybe that’s just what I did! Am I the only one? Definitely consider this complex as one of the top things to do in Vienna with kids.

Massive orange and beige stately palace against a blue sky with people walking toward it

Tours and prices

Ticket prices vary depending on which tour you choose. In addition, there are also several combo tickets available giving you access to other sites.

The grand tour allows you to access 40 rooms and is 22€ for adults, 15€ for children 6-18. Get the free audio guide or take a guided tour (for a nominal amount). Little K absolutely loved the audio guides. I think it’s because she could actually listen and learn about things instead of just walking around. Definitely try them out.

The Vienna Pass includes the Grand Tour in addition to the Schönbrunn Zoo, Carriage Museum and Strudel show. See, your whole day is planned!

If you happen to be here around the Christmas holidays, you need to visit the Christmas market at Schönbrunn! It’s one of the best Christmas markets in Europe .

Important : You will get a timed entry ticket for the palace when you first check-in. Even though we arrived about an hour after opening, our entry ticket was for two hours later. Check out numbers 4 through 7 on this list of things to do in Vienna for how we spent our time.

4. Schönbrunn Zoo

Admittedly, we don’t usually go to zoos in Europe. Even though I have been vacationing here for years, this was the first zoo encounter I had.

We had time to kill before entering the palace, so we walked through the palace gardens to the zoo.

Famous for its pandas and home to over 700 species of animals, the Schönbrunn Zoo is the oldest zoo in the world! If you can’t make it to China to see the pandas, definitely see them here.

Vienna is very clean and the same can be said about its zoo. Everything is manicured and taken care of with the utmost precision.

Take note that it is a lot of walking, especially if you are coming from the palace. If you have little kids with you, definitely take a stroller.

Even with an 8-year-old, we took breaks and luckily brought snacks and drinks with us. Plus, the palace is a decent walk from the metro station.

Just remember that the grounds are massive. It was in the 90’s (Fahrenheit) when we visited and this ended up being a very long and tiring day.

Light brown tiger with black spots laying on a bed of straw up against the glass at the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna

5. Imperial Carriage Museum

To the right of the palace, find the Imperial Carriage Museum.

Get a glimpse into how royalty traveled.

See the royal carriages of Maria Theresa, Napoleon, and Franz Joseph. Trust me, here in Vienna, you hear those names a lot! I loved learning about the history and culture of Vienna. It really is one of the most regal cities in Europe.

❇️ Click here to check on prices for the Vienna Pass – use it for 1, 2, 3 or 6 days to save money on over 70 attractions!

6. Children’s Museum at Schönbrunn

Attached to the main palace to the right, is the Children’s Museum. Get some insight into the lives of children of royalty.

See toys they played with, how they learned and then dress up in some regal costumes.

Take a picture as your royal souvenir.

Little girl wearing a red regal robe and crown sitting on a chair with two large cutouts of royal men on each side at Schonbrunn's childrens museum

7. Attend the Strudelshow

Ok, I have to mention the Strudelshow. Again, it’s on the palace grounds, directly to the left in the long building.

Although we were not intentionally going to this, it was included in the Vienna Pass .

Talk about entertaining! It’s a quick 20-minute show where you watch how to make the strudel dough. Learn the secret ingredient in the apple filling as well!

Both German and English speaking guests are entertained as you learn the basics of strudel making. Furthermore, take home a recipe card and try it yourself.

Little K was called up to help finish the strudel.

For a more detailed look, click here to learn more about the best apple strudel in Vienna . Oh, and yes, you do get to sample it.

Little girl on the left with an older adult on the right both with white hats and aprons gathering up a white towel to flip the strudel on it over to its side

8. Ride the Ring Tram or Hop-on Hop-off Bus

If you prefer to ride rather than walk, check out either the ring tram or the hop-on, hop-off bus.

Vienna’s main, historical center is situated within the ‘ring’. A road encircles this area and the ring tram travels around it. We took this just to get a better view of the city as many of Vienna’s stately buildings line this road. An audio system in eight languages gives you historical context as you are driving around the ring.

The hop-on, hop-off bus has four different routes, differentiated by color. Use this to get to destinations or take the entire ride to see the city.

Useful if you had enough of walking as there really is so much to see in the city.

Tip – Don’t take the hop-on, hop-off bus if you want to get somewhere quickly. Instead, take the metro and walk. I know this from experience!

Large bright yellow tram with a man standing at the doors with writing Vienna Ring Tram on the side

9. St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Right in the heart of the ring is St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It is a Viennese gothic symbol built in the 12 th century.

Take a guided tour or just walk around in awe as you marvel at the intricate stained glass and statues throughout this massive cathedral.

Walk the 364 steps up the tower for grand views over Vienna. Or, if you are like me, let your husband and children walk up the tower and you can sit in a pew and be mesmerized by the interior beauty of the cathedral.

Looking up at a gothic orange and beige cathedral with the rightmost tower soaring toward the sky in Vienna

10. Visit outdoor cafes

Talk about fun! There are so many cafes. You could visit a different one each day and not repeat any.

I was on a quest to find the best café in Vienna . Therefore, I made it a little game to see which one had the best dessert.

The Viennese culture relishes downtime and conversation with friends. Take time on your vacation to do the same.

Enjoy a drink or coffee and a little pastry to go with it (don’t worry, you can share… well, maybe you can – I had a hard time with it).

Little K learned she loved to make iced tea herself from a pot of hot water, tea bags, and ice cubes. Little things… stop and enjoy them as you are trying to see the top things in Vienna with kids.

People sitting at tables under a large maroon umbrella that reads Cafe Central in front of a stately white building with large windows; take time to experience cafe life with kids in Vienna

11. Zoom Children’s Museum

This is the only item on my list of things to do in Vienna with kids that we didn’t make it to. It was on my list, but there just wasn’t enough time.

Zoom is a highly interactive and hands-on experience. If your kids love getting their hands dirty while learning, this is the place for them.

The museum is divided into 4 different areas based on age group:

  • Interactive exhibition (ages 6-12)
  • Ocean (8 months – 6 years)
  • Studio (ages 3-12)
  • Animation studio (ages 8 -14)

Check the Zoom website for specific program start times.

12. Hofburg Palace – Imperial Apartments of the Habsburg’s

I guess I just have a thing for royalty and history.

Vienna’s largest building was the ruling home of the Habsburg’s for seven centuries.

Check out how the royalty lived by visiting the Imperial Apartments. They lived here until 1918. Furnishings have been restored for historical authenticity.

While you are here, see the Imperial Silver collection. Can you imagine using all of that? What about cleaning it? Not. For. Me.

Oh, and yes, the Hofburg Palace, the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Treasury are all covered on the Vienna Pass .

Large white baroque building with green dome against a blue sky with people walking in through the center arch

13. Sisi Museum

Located within the Hofburg, the Sisi Museum dedicates itself to Empress Elizabeth.

Take the audio guide and walk through the exhibit room to see how she lived, how she ruled and how she loved.

This was an exquisite look into the life of Vienna’s most famous empress.

Little K loved this – and she is 8. Not sure if it was the exhibits or the audio guide or she just felt grown-up going through it, but she learned a lot and was able to talk about Sisi after we left. Kids are not too young for this!

14. Imperial Treasury

This is the place to drool at the jewels, gold and other treasures of the Habsburg’s.

Also located within the Hofburg Palace, see the Austrian Imperial Crown as well as the Imperial Regalia of the Holy Roman Empire. Remember all this from world history?

The Treasury houses ancient items such as the agate bowl which was once thought to be the Holy Grail. Take time to read the text next to objects and be impressed that you are standing next to items you learned about it school.

Don’t forget to see the largest cut emerald in the world.

Gold crown on a brown pedestal with a gold staff laying in front of it both behind glass at the Imperial Treasury

15. Wachau Day Trip

Changing gears here! See the natural beauty of the Vienna countryside and get outdoors.

As I was researching things to do in Vienna with kids, this day trip kept popping up. It’s a wonderful way to see the Danube and a different side of Vienna.

The Wachau Day trip entails taking a train to Melk, walking through the town and seeing the gorgeous monastery on the hilltop, cruising the Danube by boat before heading back to Vienna by train.

➡️ Click here to check prices for this Wachau Day trip to Melk, the Abbey and the Danube River Cruise

Don’t forget to stop and have lunch! We ate schnitzel at a quaint outdoor café in Melk before heading to the monastery.

This was a different experience, yet fun, especially the relaxing boat ride.

Looking up at a yellow and cream large building with a clock tower in the center; greenery surrounds the hilltop

Vienna with Kids

Wow – there is just so much to see and do in Vienna. I honestly can say I want to go back, although just not sure when! I added coming back to Vienna to visit the Christmas markets to my bucket list.

✅ Click here to check the prices of the Vienna Pass for 1,2 3 or 6 days to save the most money on all your Vienna attractions!

On this trip, we stayed at the stately Park Hyatt right smack in the middle of everything. Stay tuned, I’ll have a review coming soon.

If you are planning a European trip, don’t overlook going to Vienna with kids. I know that usually London, Paris, and Rome are at the top of the list when you think of Europe, but Vienna is absolutely incredible. You don’t want to overlook it.

Have you been to Vienna? What would be your top things to do with kids in Vienna? Please let me know in the comments!

For other fun Austrian moments, check out these posts:

Best apple strudel in Vienna

  • Best cafés in Vienna

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The 7 best things to do in Vienna with kids

Feb 5, 2020 • 5 min read

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Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna retains a feeling of grandeur and elegance. Today, its numerous parks and palaces are open to the public, and the chandeliered ballrooms and frescoed corridors house an incredible breadth of museums. It might not seem like an obvious family destination, but there are some museums, parks and gardens that are particularly good for families with younger children. Here are the top things to do in Vienna with kids.

A huge model of a carnivorous dinosaur stands next to a complete skeleton of another inside the Natural History Museum in Vienna.

1. Natural History Museum

The  Natural History Museum  is the reason many visit Vienna. It's a truly encyclopedic collection of natural wonders housed in one of a pair of twin palaces (across the way is the Kunsthistorischesmuseum ). For historians, the highlight is the Venus of Willendorf (the world’s oldest sculpture), but the kids will hightail it to the dinosaur exhibits, which include numerous complete fossils as well as moving, roaring, life-size mechanical reproductions. There are so many taxidermy specimens of animal life – an example of just about every creature you could imagine. Beware, the collection is huge and it would take a full day to do it justice.

2. House of Music

The House of Music  balances grown-up displays (portraits of famous composers, artefacts from their lives) with interactive exhibits that children love: a musical staircase, for example, each step of which is a virtual piano key, so you can play your way up and down. There is also a charming virtual conductor installation, where Zubin Mehta, conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic, interacts with you and helps you lead his orchestra – and if you are too choppy with your conducting, the musicians will give up on you and grumpily stop playing.

3. Spanish Riding School

If your children love horses, then catch the famous  Spanish Riding School show, or even a practice session (which are open to the public and ticketed). See the Lipizzaner horses in action, dancing and leaping, but be sure to book ahead. These shows are regularly sold out and the lines to buy tickets on the day often wind the length of several city blocks. You can catch a free preview by looking into the glass atrium of the stables across the street from the performance space.

4. Zoom Children’s Museum

Zoom Children’s Museum  is one you should reserve before you arrive. Unlike most museums, it does not have open exhibition spaces that you wander through, but rather offers a series of themed exhibits that are accompanied by museum staff. They lead kids through various activities, such as one on the human body, one on oceans, another on animation, and more. All the exhibits are hands-on, for specific age groups, and entry is ticketed and at precise times. This is regularly sold out, so be sure to book ahead.

A young girl and boy are looking at the many fish in an enormous aquarium at the House of the Sea (Haus des Meeres) in Vienna; the little girl is pointing at one of the fish.

5. House of the Sea

The House of the Sea  private museum was built in a former Nazi air-raid tower, made to withstand Allied gunfire. The concrete tower opens up to a surprising variety of aquatic and terrestrial animal life. The lower floors include a glass tunnel that allows you to walk through an enormous tank, as rays and sharks cruise by on all sides. The exhibits are generous and expansive (not something one can always expect from a private museum), with several hands-on installations. A huge highlight for children is a two-storey open space criss-crossed by bridges and containing a combination of pens (for the crocodiles and turtles) and an open run for birds, monkeys, bats and more. 

6. Vienna Zoo

The world’s oldest zoo began as an imperial menagerie back in 1752. Today it features over 700 species sprawled across 42 acres (17 hectares) of the elegant Schönbrunn Palace Grounds. You can visit special shows and feedings of various animals, like the elephants, sea lions, penguins, wolves, tigers and even giant anteaters. This is so expansive, and a bit outside the city centre, that a full day should be dedicated to it.

The huge Ferris Wheel in Prater Park in Vienna; attached to the yellow wheel are several enclosed red cabins.

7. Prater Park and the Giant Ferris Wheel

While your kids are unlikely to be familiar with the classic Orson Welles film, The Third Man (1949), parents can live out their film noir fantasies by riding the Riesenrad  (Giant Ferris Wheel) in Prater  park. First built in 1896, the current version dates to 1947, and provides spectacular views of the city. Prater is lovely for a stroll and also features an amusement park with over 250 attractions, a museum of chocolate, and even harness horse-racing, so there is plenty to do.

There are two city cards available for tourists, Vienna City Card and Vienna Pass. While they offer a long list of perks, they may not be good value for a family. The cards are pricey, and the biggest benefit is free use of public transport. If you visit only two attractions per day (which may be as much as kids have energy for) then the cards may not suit.

Another useful tip is to buy entry tickets online – even if you are standing next to the attraction. You can skip lengthy lines by buying your ticket with your smartphone and showing the ticket QR code at the door, cruising past all the people who are waiting to buy tickets the old-fashioned way. 

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Make history fun on a family walking tour of Vienna. Explore the Old Town, visit the Imperial Treasury and discover Austrian history, legends and fairytales. Extended options: tickets to the House of Music and horse carriage ride!

  • Explore the highlights of Vienna with a 5-Star Family Guide
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Hear the legend of the Basilisk in the Well and other interesting legends of Vienna on a family tour of the Old Town. Explore the historic center with a Private Guide to discover fun things to do in Vienna for families with children. Feel the magic of this beautiful city!

Choose the 2-hour option to see the best of Vienna and visit the Imperial Treasury in Hofburg Palace. On this walking tour you will discover some of the most beautiful and important palaces, churches and monuments of Vienna while playing games and learning about the city. Your Private Guide will entertain you with fun stories and activities for children to inspire them to solve the mysteries of the Habsburg empire.

The main highlight of this family tour will be a visit inside the Imperial Treasury where the most precious imperial artifacts, crown jewels, and historical militaries are kept. From expensive diamond necklaces to medieval swords, every kid will find something interesting here. With skip-the-line tickets you will avoid standing in long lines at the ticket office, so you will have more time to explore the Old Town with your Private Guide.

Choose the 3-hour option to see the best of Vienna and visit the Imperial Treasury and the House of Music. Skip-the-line tickets to both attractions are included to save time. The House of Music is a one of a kind sound and music museum with modern and interactive exhibits that allow you to learn through play. Your children can put their musical talent to a test by playing the Virtual Conductor, see various musical instruments, and learn about great musicians such as Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven!

Choose the 4-hour option to enrich your family adventure in Vienna with a horse–drawn carriage ride! On this extended tour, you can fully explore the Old Town on foot and in a traditional horse-drawn carriage that will make your children feel like they are in a real fairy tale. This is your chance to see the highlights and hidden gems of Vienna, from the Town Hall to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy a medieval-style adventure and visit the House of Music and Imperial Treasury.

  • Family Tour of Vienna with the Imperial Treasury, House of Music and Horse-drawn Carriage Ride (number of attractions depends on the option selected)
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Exploring Vienna with Kids: A Family-Friendly Guide to the Austrian Capital

Exploring Vienna with Kids: A Family-Friendly Guide to the Austrian Capital

Vienna, the city of art, culture and Waltz has long been a favorite destination for travelers seeking the glory of imperial palaces and the charm of historic streets.

But is it suitable for families with children?

No worries – Vienna has plenty to offer to your little ones too!

From interactive museums to infinite green spaces. There’s something for every age. If you’re planning a family trip to Vienna , don’t hesitate.

Here’s how to make the most of it with your young ones.

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Getting Settled: Finding Family-Friendly Accommodation

First things first.

Before digging into Vienna’s attractions , it’s crucial to find the right place to stay. Vienna has a range of family-friendly accommodations. You will definitely find something, from cozy apartments to hotels that adjust their offer specifically to children’s needs.

Consider locations near parks or public transportation for easier access to attractions.

For those moving to Vienna with kids, securing a comfortable and convenient living space is crucial. Finding services like a Vienna Moving Company can smooth the moving process, ensuring a trouble-free transition for the whole family.

Exploring Vienna’s Family-Friendly Attractions

Once settled, it’s time to explore!

Vienna is full of attractions that are fun for the whole family. Start your adventure with a visit to the famous Schönbrunn Palace . While parents admire the magnificent interiors, older kids can wander around in the palace gardens or enjoy the interactive Children’s Museum inside. The maze and the Gloriette viewpoint are also great spots within the palace grounds that offer both fun and pleasing views.

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The tropical house, Crocodile park, The terrarium – these are must-sees which ensure a memorable experience for the entire family.

For a dose of history blended with fun, the Time Travel Vienna tour offers an engaging journey through Austria’s past, complete with multimedia effects that will surely attract children and adults alike.

This interactive experience includes 5D cinema, animatronic shows, and virtual reality, making history both entertaining and educational.

Don’t forget to hop on the iconic Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater amusement park for breathtaking views of the city.

The Prater also features numerous rides and attractions that cater specifically to children, such as carousels, bumper cars, and miniature trains.

Cultural Immersion: Engaging Activities for Kids

Vienna isn’t just about history and amusement parks; it’s also a hub of culture and creativity. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Engage your children in hands-on experiences at the ZOOM Children’s Museum , where they can unleash their artistic talents and explore various interactive exhibits. The museum’s diverse sections, including the “Ocean” play area for toddlers and the “Animation Studio” for older kids , ensure that children of all ages have a fantastic time.
  • Alternatively, join a family-friendly cooking class to learn the secrets of Austrian cuisine together. Many local cooking schools offer classes where families can prepare traditional dishes like Wiener Schnitzel or Apfelstrudel , providing a fun and delicious way to bond.
  • For a relaxing day outdoors, head to the Vienna Woods or the Danube Island , where kids can run freely, ride bikes, or enjoy a picnic amidst nature. The Vienna Woods offer numerous hiking trails , and some are easy enough for children. The Lainzer Tiergarten , a wildlife preserve in the Vienna Woods, is an excellent spot for families to explore and see animals like wild boar and deer.
  • Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend a classical music concert tailored for children , introducing them to Vienna’s rich musical heritage in a fun and accessible way. The Wiener Musikverein and the Vienna State Opera frequently offer family-friendly performances that are both entertaining and educational.

Dining Out: Family-Friendly Restaurants

Finding the right place to eat with kids can sometimes be a challenge, but Vienna has you covered.

Many restaurants offer children’s menus and play areas, ensuring a pleasant dining experience for the whole family.

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For a unique dining experience, try a heuriger , a traditional Austrian wine tavern often found on the city’s outskirts. These taverns serve local wines and hearty meals, with outdoor seating perfect for energetic kids.

Places like Mayer am Pfarrplatz not only offer delicious food but also provide a relaxed, family-friendly environment with beautiful outdoor gardens.

Shopping with Kids: Fun Souvenirs and Treats

A trip to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without bringing home some unique souvenirs. Visit the Naschmarkt , Vienna’s most famous market, where you can find a wide variety of foods, spices, and local products. Kids will love the vibrant atmosphere and the chance to try some local treats.

Another must-visit is the Manner Shop near St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where you can stock up on the famous Manner wafers. The store offers a wide range of wafer flavors and other sweet treats that make perfect gifts for friends and family back home.

5 Practical Tips for a Smooth Family Trip

Before concluding your family adventure in Vienna, here are some practical tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

  • Plan Ahead : Research attractions and activities suitable for your children’s age group and interests. There are numerous websites that provide comprehensive guides to family-friendly activities.
  • Pack Wisely : Carry essentials like snacks, water, sunscreen, and weather-appropriate clothing for your outings. Vienna’s weather can be unpredictable, so layering is key.
  • Use Public Transportation : Vienna’s efficient public transport system makes getting around with kids hassle-free. Trams, buses, and the U-Bahn (subway) are stroller-friendly and offer easy access to most attractions.
  • Take Breaks : Pace your itinerary to allow time for rest and relaxation, especially for younger children. Vienna has numerous parks and green spaces where families can take a breather.
  • Stay Flexible : Be prepared to adapt plans based on your children’s mood and energy levels. Having a few backup activities or indoor options can be handy, especially if the weather changes unexpectedly.

In conclusion, Vienna is not just a destination for grown-ups; it’s a city that welcomes families with open arms. With its wealth of family-friendly attractions, cultural experiences, and practical amenities, Vienna promises an unforgettable adventure for both kids and parents alike.

For more tips on exploring Vienna , check out other guides to family-friendly activities. And if you’re looking for an ultimate itinerary to make the most of your trip, you might find this three-day itinerary helpful.

Prepare for an unforgettable family getaway in Vienna, where every corner is a new discovery and every moment is filled with wonder and excitement.

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Things to Do in Vienna with Kids: Your Travel Guide to Exploring Austria's Capital City

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Vienna is a place of wonder – not just for adults but kids too. The enchanting blend of old and new, the elegant buildings and architecture around every turn, it’s a gorgeous place full of history and intrigue. If you’re thinking about visiting the City of Dreams, there are a wealth of great activities, kid-friendly tours and guides, and family-friendly attractions in Vienna.

Let’s explore the possibilities for young travelers in this one-of-a-kind destination.

Vienna's Family-Friendly Attractions

Part of Vienna’s magic comes from its rich cultural history. Some of the most famous composers and artists came from Vienna, and it’s no wonder when you see how inspiring and captivating the city can be. Your kids can experience that inspiration firsthand by visiting some of Vienna’s renowned cultural and historical institutions.

Key Vienna Museums and Exhibits

No matter your family’s interests (or ages), there are great museums and exhibits for kids in Vienna.

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Vienna Natural History Museum

Dinosaur bones, life-size dinosaur models, fossils, and so much more – what more could kids ask for? The museum is the perfect place to explore and learn. Some of the most famous exhibits at the Vienna Natural History Museum include the Venus of Willendorf, a prehistoric figurine dating back to around 28,000 BC, and the meteorite collection, which contains specimens from Mars and the Moon. The museum also has an extensive collection of dinosaur skeletons, including a Diplodocus and a Stegosaurus. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the Vienna Natural History Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions on various natural history topics.

Haus der Musik

If the thought of bringing busy kids into a museum makes you slightly nervous – take a trip to the Haus der Musik where music and noise are encouraged. Dedicated to the art and science of music, this museum features interactive exhibits, sound experiments, and so much more.

One of the most popular exhibits is the Virtual Conductor, where your kids can conduct their own symphony. Many exhibits were designed with kids in mind, so they can make noise to their heart’s content.

This is not just a trip to any zoo, but to the world’s oldest zoo. The Vienna Zoo has more than 700 species of animals, including giraffes, tigers, koalas, and everything else kids can’t wait to see. The giant pandas are often considered the star of the show, as very few zoos are lucky enough to have these amazing animals.

You can also take kids on the Schönbrunn Panorama Train , which takes nine stops including the Gloriette. This easily accessible activity is excellent for small children and people with wheelchairs.

Outdoor Activities for Kids in Vienna

There’s nothing like fresh air to refresh and recharge on a big vacation. Check out these fantastic and unique spots to get outside with the kids.

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Prater Amusement Park

The Prater Amusement Park is home to a variety of rides and attractions. It is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, dating back to the late 19th century.

The park includes a mix of modern rides and traditional attractions. Some of the most popular rides at the Prater Amusement Park include the Wiener Riesenrad, a giant Ferris wheel that offers panoramic views of the city, and the Praterturm, a tower that drops riders from a height of 117 meters. In addition to its thrilling rides, the park also has a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as a large green space where visitors can relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Vienna City Beach

What kid wouldn’t love a day at the beach? Even though Vienna is landlocked, you can still enjoy a day on the sand. This unique urban beach on the banks of the Danube River offers visitors a relaxing place to sunbathe, swim, and enjoy various recreational activities.

The beach features sand volleyball courts, a beach bar, and a variety of lounging areas where visitors can soak up the sun. There is also a swimming pool with a sandy beach area perfect for families with children. In addition to its recreational offerings, Vienna City Beach hosts events throughout the summer, including concerts, movie screenings, and sports tournaments.

Donauinsel Recreational Area

One of the most popular outdoor activities for families is the Donauinsel Recreational Area, a long, narrow island in the middle of the Danube River. The Donauinsel offers visitors a wide range of activities, including hiking, cycling, swimming, and boating. There are numerous walking and cycling paths that run the length of the island and several beaches where visitors can swim and sunbathe.

The island also features a variety of sports facilities, including soccer fields, basketball courts, and beach volleyball courts. There are also several playgrounds and picnic areas.

Historic Landmarks

Many experts say traveling is the best form of education for kids – so take some time to visit historic landmarks suitable for children in Vienna.

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Schönbrunn Palace

Your kids will not forget a trip to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace . This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the summer residence of the Habsburg emperors built in the 18th century.

The palace also features beautiful gardens, considered some of the finest in the world. The lush gardens feature a variety of architectural landmarks, including the Gloriette, a beautiful structure that offers panoramic views of the city. Our Schönbrunn Palace tour is perfect for families and children since our small-group tours are customized to that day’s guide and group.

Hofburg Palace

Continue your exploration of the Hapsburg family’s power with a trip to Hofburg Palace , a historic palace in Vienna's center. It was the primary residence of the Habsburg dynasty and served as the center of the Habsburg Empire for over 600 years. The palace features a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Gothic to Baroque, and contains over 2,600 rooms.

Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace is a historic complex of two Baroque palaces in Vienna, Austria. The palaces were built in the 18th century as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, a famous military commander.

The palaces are surrounded by beautiful gardens, fountains, and sculptures, and offer visitors stunning views of the city. The Upper Belvedere Palace is home to one of the world's largest collections of Austrian art, including works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. Some of the most famous works in the collection include Klimt's "The Kiss" and "Judith."

Tips for Touring Vienna with Kids

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Visiting Vienna with kids doesn’t have to feel intimidating – it’s a beautiful, family-friendly city with so much to offer travelers of all ages. Here are some insider tips and tricks to help you create a memorable and fun-filled trip.

  • Prioritize attractions – don’t try to see everything in one day. Depending on your kids’ ages, pick one or two things to do in a day and build in time for some rest and playtime.
  • Time your tours – although nap times can be unpredictable (or nonexistent) on vacation, consider nap timing when booking tours. Also, try to take tours or visit landmarks outside peak hours to avoid crowds.
  • Take kid-friendly tours – tours are a fantastic way to keep younger travelers engaged and entertained. Check out family-friendly guided tours in Vienna and book some tours that interest your family.
  • Book accommodations with kids in mind – Vienna has many options for family-friendly accommodations. Whether you prefer a hotel's amenities or a vacation rental's privacy, you can find options for every budget.

Kid-Friendly Food and Drink Options

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Finding food kids will eat can be a concern when traveling, but there is plenty of Austrian cuisine for kids. One of Austria’s most famous dishes, wiener schnitzel, is a thin, breaded, pan-fried chicken or veal cutlet and is an easy option for kids.

Dig into some delicious kaiserschmarrn, a fluffy shredded pancake, usually served alongside a fruit compote or jam for dipping. Spätzle is also a good choice for kids; it’s an egg noodle, similar to Italian pasta, often served with cheese or meat. When all else fails, it’s not hard to find a delicious pretzel!

We didn’t forget dessert – here are some of the best places to find Vienna’s famous pastries. Vienna is known for some of its delectable sweet treats, like apfelstrudel (a sweet and flaky pastry filled with thinly sliced apples, raisins, and cinnamon), linzer tortes (a buttery shortbread crust filled with raspberry jam and topped with a lattice crust of almond pastry), and more.

Stop by some of these spots (and explore others!) to try some of Vienna’s best pastries:

  • Café Leopold Hawelka – a legendary café in Vienna's old town that has been serving traditional pastries since 1945. It is known for its Buchteln, a type of sweet yeast bun filled with jam.
  • Demel – This traditional bakery and pastry shop has been serving up confectionaries since 1786, and it is located on Kohlmarkt, one of Vienna's most famous shopping streets. It is known for its beautiful displays of cakes, pastries, and chocolates.
  • Café Central – this historic café in the heart of Vienna is famous for its Viennese coffee and delicious pastries, including the classic Sacher Torte.

You can also consider taking our Vienna Food Tour , as sometimes a guided tour will inspire kids to branch out and be more adventurous with new cuisines.

Safety Tips for Touring Vienna with Kids

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Vienna is a big and bustling city, so talking to kids about public transportation safety and other precautions is important. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay at least five steps away from curbs when walking.
  • Stick close to family when using public transportation.
  • Always look both ways when exiting public transportation.

With so much technology available today, you can leverage tech tools to keep your kids safe.

  • Put an Airtag or other tracking device on your kids when going to crowded, busy areas.
  • If your kids have a cell phone, make sure they have a translator app in case they get lost and need to communicate with someone.
  • Important phone numbers
  • Where you’re staying
  • Other relevant/important information

Talk to your kids about stranger danger precautions, including:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of who is around you.
  • Keep your wallet and phone in a secure place, and be cautious of pickpockets and theft in crowded areas.
  • Avoid sharing personal information with strangers (like kids' names or where you’re staying), especially if they seem suspicious or ask too many questions.
  • If a situation or person feels uncomfortable or unsafe, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation.

You hope you won’t have to deal with an emergency while traveling, but it’s better to be prepared. Here are some tips for handling emergencies while traveling with kids:

  • Pack a first-aid kit – bring a first-aid kit with essentials such as bandages, antiseptic, and medications for common ailments.
  • Have important documents on hand – keep important documents, such as medical insurance cards and emergency contact information, on hand in case of an emergency.
  • Know where to go for medical help – research hospitals or clinics in the area you are visiting ahead of time.
  • Keep snacks and water on hand – make sure to have snacks and water readily available for your kids in case of a medical emergency or delay.
  • Have a plan for lost kids – discuss a plan with your kids in case they become lost or separated from you, such as staying in one spot or finding a security guard.
  • Use technology – consider using technology such as GPS trackers or emergency apps to keep track of your kids and be prepared for emergencies.
  • Translate key phrases before you go – if you have allergies or other medical conditions, translate key questions or words so you can be prepared when you arrive.

Plan a Visit to Vienna with Kids

From stunning museums to relaxing outdoor recreation areas, traveling to Vienna with kids is not just possible – it’s incredible. By planning out your itinerary, booking some Context  guided tours , and designing a trip with your family’s interests in mind, you can give your kids the experience of a lifetime.

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Vienna Sightseeing Tour

A family-friendly tour of Vienna’s highlights from the comfort of a private minivan.

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Our Vienna Sightseeing Tour is designed for families , and covers all the main highlights of the city , all visible from the comfort of a luxury, fully-equipped minivan. Meet your expert, family-friendly guide and your private chauffeur, hop into the minivan and sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you witness all this beauty. Stops along the way will enable everyone in your family to see some of the monuments in detail and take wonderful pictures.

All the major highlights of Vienna are included in this 2-hour private sightseeing tour : the architectural wonders of the Ring road , the Belvedere Palace, Hofburg Palace, Hundertwasserhaus and the more modern district on the other side of the Danube.

Kids will stay engaged throughout the tour thanks to the enthusiasm of your guide and a fun-filled game booklet . The Vienna Sightseeing Tour is the best and most comfortable way to enjoy the sights of Vienna with your children .

This tour is available in the following languages : English

Meeting Point : The family’s hotel or Hotel Coburg

Finish : The family’s hotel

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  • A private, professional and family-friendly guide
  • A private chauffeur and mini-van
  • A game booklet and gift for each child
  • Entrance fees (only the exterior of the sights are seen, no time to visit inside)
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  • Ring Road monuments (city hall, Hofburg palace, parliament, museums)
  • The Belvedere Palace
  • Hundertwasserhaus
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10 Family-Friendly Activities in Vienna During Winter

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Embark on a winter wonderland adventure in Vienna with my guide to the top 10 family-friendly activities that guarantee magical moments Bundle up for the ultimate Vienna experience as we explore the city’s enchanting winter offerings From the captivating Time Travel and Magic Vienna History Tour to the adrenaline pumping Giant Ferris Wheel Ride theres something for every family member In this blog I’ll share firsthand experiences and valuable insights as a passionate travel blogger Get ready for a ride through Viennas rich history indulgent chocolate workshops skip the line access and unforgettable performances Lets make your winter getaway an extraordinary blend of fun and learning.

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A winter wonderland of imagination and education.

Vienna Winter Canvas is not just about frosty air and snowflakes it is a journey through time and enchantment Begin your expedition with the Time Travel and Magic Vienna History Tour an immersive experience that brings the city tales to life Through the lens of history and engages your family in a captivating narrative that blends education with sheer wonder.

Ferris Wheel Delights and Panoramic Views

Elevate your Vienna experience with a thrilling spin on the iconic Giant Ferris Wheel This is not just any ride it is a Skipthecashierdeskline adventure that ensures more time enjoying breathtaking views and less time waiting The cityscape transforms into a winter wonderland creating memories that linger long after the ride concludes.

Equine Elegance at the Spanish Riding School

For a touch of elegance witness the Performance Of The Lipizzans at the Spanish Riding School The grace of these magnificent creatures set against the backdrop of Vienna architectural splendor paints a tableau of sheer beauty it is not just a show it is a dance that transcends time and leaves an indelible mark on young and old hearts alike.

Chocolate Alchemy and Family Fun

Indulge your senses in a unique experience at the Chocolate Workshop in the Chocolate Museum w Tasting Unleash your creativity as a family and craft delectable treats It is more than a workshop it is a symphony of flavors that celebrates togetherness and the sweet side of Vienna.

Unveiling Secrets with Guided Tours

Delve deeper into Vienna attractions with guided tours Explore the Spanish Riding School’s inner workings with a Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour Uncover the illusions at the Museum of Illusions and discover the diverse wonders of Schönbrunn Zoo all with skip-the-line privileges.

Madame Tussauds Where Wax Meets Reality

For a dose of celebrity encounters secure your Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket Pose with lifelike wax figures of your favorite stars it’s an interactive experience that sparks laughter and amazement.

EcoFriendly Exploration on Electric Buses

Take a sustainable spin through Vienna with an Electric Bus Tour Explore the city’s nooks and crannies while reducing your environmental impact It is a chance to see Vienna through a different lens one that prioritizes both exploration and conservation.

A Grand Finale of Artistry and Harmony

Conclude your Vienna journey with the grandeur of a Spanish Riding School and Vienna Philharmonic Show Witness the harmonious blend of equestrian artistry and musical brilliance in a performance that transcends ordinary entertainment. I assure you that these recommendations are not just activities they are gateways to a Vienna winter filled with imagination education, and unforgettable moments for the whole family.

As we bid adieu to this enchanting journey through Vienna winter offerings I trust these recommendations have woven a tapestry of joy and wonder for your family From the magical echoes of the Time Travel and Magic Vienna History Tour to the panoramic thrills of the Giant Ferris Wheel Ride each experience was carefully curated to create memories that transcend the season. The grace and prowess of the Lipizzans at the Spanish Riding School painted a portrait of equine elegance while the delectable delights of the Chocolate Workshop added a sweet note to your family adventure Guided tours revealed the secrets of Viennas attractions providing a deeper understanding and appreciation for the city’s rich tapestry.

Whether skipping lines at the Museum of Illusions or marveling at wildlife with Schönbrunn Zoos skip the line tickets each moment was designed to maximize enjoyment Madame Tussauds brought celebrities to life and an Electric Bus Tour allowed you to explore sustainably ensuring your footprint was as light as the winter snow. Finally, the grand finale a harmonious blend of artistry at the Spanish Riding School and Vienna Philharmonic Show This experience transcended mere entertainment leaving an indelible mark on your hearts. Vienna in its winter attire proved to be more than a destination it became a canvas for family bonding learning and laughter As your devoted travel blogger I hope this journey filled your days with warmth and your nights with the magic that only Vienna in winter can provide Until the next adventure may your travels be as delightful and enriching as the winter days spent in this captivating city Safe travels fellow adventurers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Here are some recommendations for a memorable family day out in Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens: Explore the vast gardens surrounding the Schönbrunn Palace. Kids can enjoy the playgrounds, the maze, and the Children’s Museum, making it a perfect blend of history and outdoor fun. Vienna Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn): One of the oldest zoos in the world, Schönbrunn Zoo provides an exciting day for children with a diverse range of animals, educational exhibits, and special children’s activities. Prater Park: Home to the iconic Giant Ferris Wheel, Prater Park is an amusement park with a variety of rides suitable for different age groups. Don’t miss the Liliputbahn, a miniature railway ride. Museum of Natural History (Naturhistorisches Museum): Delve into the wonders of the natural world with fascinating exhibits, including dinosaur skeletons, meteorites, and a giant globe. The museum often hosts interactive events for children. Vienna Children’s Museum (ZOOM Kindermuseum): Designed specifically for kids, this interactive museum encourages hands-on exploration in various themed exhibits, fostering creativity and imagination. Technisches Museum Wien (Technical Museum): Ideal for older kids, this museum showcases technological advancements engagingly. Interactive displays cover everything from transportation to robotics. Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea): A thrilling aquarium housed in a World War II flak tower, where kids can marvel at marine life, walk through a tunnel surrounded by sharks, and enjoy the panoramic views of Vienna from the top. Vienna Prater Liliputbahn: Take a charming train ride around Prater Park. The Liliputbahn is a miniature railway that captures the fascination of young minds. Augarten Park: A vast green space with playgrounds and open areas for picnics. It’s a great spot for a relaxed day outdoors, and the porcelain factory in Augarten offers guided tours for older kids. Globenmuseum (Globe Museum): Located within the Austrian National Library, this unique museum displays a fascinating collection of globes, perfect for cultivating an interest in geography.

Vienna, with its rich history and cultural heritage, offers several fun facts for kids to enjoy: Imperial Treasure Hunt: Vienna was once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire. Take your kids on an imperial treasure hunt at Schönbrunn Palace, where they can explore secret passages and uncover fascinating stories about royalty. Giant Ferris Wheel Tales: The iconic Giant Ferris Wheel in Prater Park has stood tall since 1897. Share the exciting story of this historic ride with your little ones, emphasizing its timeless appeal. Talking Statues: Vienna has talking statues that share interesting tales from the past. One such statue is of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Burggarten, which “talks” about his life and musical genius. Lipizzaner Horses at the Spanish Riding School: Introduce your kids to the elegant Lipizzaner horses, stars of the Spanish Riding School. Share fun facts about their training and performances, making a visit to the school an educational and entertaining experience. Mozart’s Child Prodigy Years: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the musical genius, composed his first symphony at the age of eight! Inspire budding musicians with this incredible fact about Mozart’s early achievements. Vienna’s Musical Legacy: Vienna is often called the “City of Music” with a legacy that includes famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Explore the city’s musical history through fun anecdotes and perhaps catch a family-friendly classical concert. Tiergarten Schönbrunn – Oldest Zoo in the World: The Schönbrunn Zoo is the world’s oldest, founded in 1752. Share fascinating facts about its history and the diverse array of animals, making a visit an exciting adventure. Culinary Delights: Introduce kids to Austrian cuisine with delightful facts about popular treats like Sachertorte (chocolate cake) and Apfelstrudel (apple strudel). A visit to a traditional Viennese café can be a sweet experience! Vienna’s Magical Parks: Vienna boasts beautiful parks and gardens, including the magical Augarten. Share tales of princesses and adventures while exploring these green oases within the city. Museum of Natural History Mysteries: Unveil mysteries at the Museum of Natural History, where kids can marvel at dinosaur skeletons and learn about ancient civilizations through interactive exhibits.

Several Christmassy activities might have you running to the airport: Vienna Christmas Markets: The enchanting Christmas markets in Vienna are a must-visit. The twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the aroma of holiday treats create a magical atmosphere. The Christkindlmarkt in front of City Hall and the market at Schönbrunn Palace are particularly popular. Ice Skating at Rathausplatz: The Rathausplatz transforms into a winter wonderland with an ice skating rink. Glide under the stars with the iconic Rathaus (City Hall) as your backdrop. Christmas Concerts: Vienna, known as the “City of Music,” hosts numerous Christmas concerts in historic venues. Enjoy classical music performances and festive tunes to get into the holiday spirit. Vienna’s Festive Lights: The city is adorned with sparkling lights and decorations during the winter season. A stroll through the beautifully illuminated streets, especially around the Ringstrasse, is a magical experience. Admiring the Festive Window Displays: Explore the charming streets of Vienna and take in the festive window displays in the city’s shops. Many stores go all out with creative and enchanting decorations. Delicious Austrian Treats: Indulge in traditional Austrian Christmas treats such as Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Maroni (roasted chestnuts), and of course, the famous Sachertorte. Attend a Nutcracker Ballet: Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” with a ballet performance. The Vienna State Opera often hosts magical productions during the holiday season. Candlelight Tours at Schönbrunn Palace: Experience the grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace with special candlelight tours during the winter season. The palace’s rooms are beautifully illuminated, creating a fairy-tale ambiance. Winter Wonders at Belvedere Palace: The gardens of Belvedere Palace are transformed into a winter wonderland. Explore the grounds, enjoy the festive decorations, and take in the panoramic views of Vienna. Vienna New Year’s Eve Trail: If You are extending your stay into the New Year, join the Vienna New Year’s Eve Trail. Enjoy live music, entertainment, and the spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

Here’s why these traditional treats add a special touch to your Viennese Christmas: 1. Spätzle Delight: Spätzle, a type of soft egg noodle, is a comforting and hearty dish often served during the winter season. Whether paired with rich sauces, cheese, or as a side to festive roasts, spätzle brings warmth and a taste of Austrian tradition to your Christmas feast. 2. Krapfen Joy: Krapfen, Austria’s answer to doughnuts, are a sweet indulgence that takes Christmas desserts to the next level. These filled pastries, often with apricot jam or custard, are a delight to the taste buds and a popular treat during the holiday season. 3. Culinary Tradition: Vienna takes pride in its culinary traditions, and spätzle and krapfen are beloved staples that have stood the test of time. Enjoying these dishes during Christmas connects you to the rich gastronomic history of the city. 4. Festive Atmosphere: Viennese Christmas markets and cozy cafes are the perfect settings to savor spätzle and krapfen. Whether you’re enjoying them as street food or in a charming café, these treats enhance the festive atmosphere, providing a sense of warmth and indulgence. 5. Shared Moments: Food has a way of bringing people together, and sharing spätzle and krapfen with family and friends creates memorable moments. It’s a way to bond over a table filled with delicious, seasonal delights, adding to the joy of the holiday season.

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10 Fun Things To Do In Vienna with Teens

D o you ever dream of exploring Austria while riding bikes along the Danube? How about eating a piece of the world-famous Demel's chocolate mousse cake or discovering the magic of Vienna with teens?

Is Vienna worth visiting?

Yes! You'll find that Vienna is home to world-class museums, magnificent cathedrals, a hopping cafe culture, the Opera, and architecture that is second to none.

3 Days in Vienna with Teens? Start With an Audio Tour

If you DO happen to be traveling in Vienna with teens, you may wish to buy two pieces of chocolate mousse cake!

If you only have 3 days in Vienna to explore, you'll want to get started right away.

On our first afternoon in Vienna, Austria, our oldest daughter was sick and our middle daughter just needed some downtime. Sometimes travel is like that—travel with teenagers especially—and you just have to roll with the punches.

Chris and I set out to explore and discover the best views in Vienna with our youngest daughter, Kristen, for the afternoon. We ventured out with the voice of Rick Steves in our ears.

Rick offers three FREE separate audio tours for Vienna:

  • Vienna City Walk
  • St. Stephen's Cathedral Tour
  • Ringstrasse Tram Tour

We took the Ringstrasse Tram Tour and started our audio tour by hopping onto Tram #2 as it circled the city center.

The Ringstrasse, or the Ring, was designed in the Habsburg era with the intent to connect the outlying town with the imperial center.

You'll need to switch to Tram #1 halfway through the tour, but it is a nice relaxing way to discover unique things to do in Vienna with teens. Especially if your travels and adventure are often go, go, go to see as much as possible. Some of the important sites that you will learn about are:

  • Café Sacher and their famous dessert
  • Neuer Markt
  • Dorotheergasse
  • Plague Column
  • Kohlmarkt & Demel Bakery
  • Michaelerplatz
  • The Hofburg Palace and the Imperial Apartments, Spanish Riding School, Treasury

Out of all the things we saw and experienced while exploring Vienna that day (and on subsequent days with all three of our girls), these are the top 10 places to visit in Vienna with teens that we would recommend to you (especially if you only have a 3 days in Vienna to spend touring the city).

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Top 10 Things to Do in Vienna with Teens

1. st. stephen's cathedral.

St. Stephen's Cathedral , often considered the symbol of Vienna, is a magnificent structure. The interior is lavishly decorated with columns, altars, and an impressive organ.

Entrance to the cathedral is free, though you can purchase tickets for a guided audio tour . Book your tickets online in advance for additional activities which include a visit to the catacombs, taking the elevator to the top of the north tower, climbing the 343 steps to the Steffl Tower (south tower)—the panoramic view from the south tower is worth the climb and offers some of the best views in Vienna.

2. St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's sits in the heart of Vienna; if you are a fan of Baroque architecture and art, this beautiful church is a must-see while touring Vienna. St. Peter's is a working church, however, it is free to visit and open daily. Be mindful of appropriate dress and behavior.

The church hosts a variety of concerts . Some are free (with donation) and others require a ticket. With the popularity of the concerts, you'll certainly want to get your ticket in advance.

How many days in Vienna should you plan for your visit? Enough to be able to add a concert to your itinerary!

3. Michaelerplatz

Enter the Michaelerplatz, the historic city-center of Vienna, and you'll feel as though you have stepped back in time as you enjoy some of the best views in Vienna as well. On one end of the square you'll find a wing of the Hofburg Palace Complex and to your right the Palais Herberstein. Continue circling around to see the Loos House, St. Michael's Church, and Roman excavations.

As suggested by our Rick Steves Audio Tour, we saw St. Stephen’s church, ate ice cream, and then later enjoyed a chocolate mousse cake from Demel’s . Like us, you may wish to sit in the Michaelerplatz to enjoy some of the best views in Vienna... and the cake.

4. Hofburg Palace

As you enter the Michaelerplatz and see the Hofburg Palace, you may think that this "wing" makes up the entirety of the palace. Au contraire. The palace is a series of lavish, interconnected buildings. It was the former residence of the Habsburg monarchy.

Explore the public areas of the complex for insights into the opulent Imperial life:

  • The Sisi Museum - learn more of Empress Elisabeth
  • The Imperial Apartments - a display of rooms used by Elisabeth and her husband, Emperor Franz Joseph
  • The Silver Collection - shows off the Imperial table decor, porcelain, cutlery and utensils, and crockery

You'll no doubt see a fiaker or two—Viennese horse-drawn carriages—circling the drive.

Perhaps you have heard of the famous Lipizzaner stallions and the  Spanish Riding School . Don't miss the chance to see the horses in action. The entrance to the visitor center and arena is opposite the ticket counter for the Sisi Museum.

You could spend a 3 days in Vienna with teens discovering just the Palace and surrounding area!

5. Kunsthistorisches Museum

If looking for royal treasure is more in line with your tastes as you explore Vienna with teens, the  Imperial Treasury  is a short walk from the palace in a building separate from the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Natural History Museum. Marvel at the crown jewels, religious relics, and priceless collections of the Habsburgs:

  • Habsburg Imperial crown
  • Holy Roman Emperor's coronation robes and crown
  • A solid gold rosebush
  • Emperor Maximilian I's 15th-century ceremonial sword

Perhaps these treasures are some of the best views in Vienna.

The main Kunsthistorisches Museum building on Maria-Theresien Platz houses treasures with an eclectic mix of art from the likes of Raffael, Bruegel, Holbein, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt. You'll also find Egyptian antiquities, Roman and Greek treasures, and an extensive coin collection.

6. Ausseres Burgtor - Triumphal Arch

If you happen to reach the Ausseres Burgtor when a musical group sets out to perform, you will be in for a treat. Take a seat on the steps and listen to an impromptu concert with outstanding acoustics. The arched passageway connects the Michaelerplatz and the Hofburg Palace with the Kunsthistorisches Museum group of buildings.

Won’t lie, it was kind of nice to sit and listen for awhile.

7. Schonbrunn Palace

While you are exploring Vienna with teens, I suggest you add a tour of the Schonbrunn Palace , the former home of Maria Theresia of the Habsburg nobility, to your itinerary.

Take the Grand Tour to see the lavish luxury of the rooms and private apartments of imperial royalty.

8. Schonbrunn Gardens and Zoo

The grounds surrounding the palace are extensive and precise.

You'll see rose bushes and rose arches, ponds, Roman ruins , and shady rows of trees in the extensive palace gardens. Venture into the maze section of the gardens and have fun trying to find your way out.

There are activities for both the old and young in the gardens, including the Schonbrunn Zoo. It just happens to be the world's oldest zoo .

You can take tours of the zoo in the early morning hours where you will have the park virtually to yourself, themed tours, or behind-the-scene tours.

If you happen to appreciate a picnic lunch, the gardens are the perfect place to enjoy your repast. Bring along some fresh bread, cheeses, meats, fruit, cookies and drinks. Lunch will be simple in nature but will bring lasting memories when you are looking for things to do in Vienna with teens.

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9. Gloriette

Continue on to the columned Gloriette in the gardens and sit to enjoy one of the best views in Vienna. Built in 1775, apparently the Gloriette was built as eye candy to be viewed by the royalty from the Schonbrunn Palace. They created the best views in Vienna to enjoy everyday.

Today it houses a cafe, but was previously used by Franz Joseph I as a breakfast hall as well as a dining hall and festival hall.

Turns out it is just a nice place for you to relax, take some pictures, cool off in the shade, enjoy the afternoon, and do a little people-watching.

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10. Albertina Museum

Albertina is another magnificent museum in Vienna. The outside entrance stairs to the Albertina Museum are often decorated to draw in crowds.

"The  Albertina  is a museum in the Innere Stadt (First District) of Vienna, Austria. It houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and approximately 1 million old master prints, as well as more modern graphic works, photographs and architectural drawings.

"Apart from the graphics collection the museum has recently acquired on permanent loan two significant collections of Impressionist and early 20th-century art, some of which will be on permanent display." Wikipedia

Day Trips from Vienna with Teens

After you explore for 3 days in Vienna, if you are interested in a little bit of traveling outside the city, Melk, the Melk Abbey, the Danube River, and the Wachau Valley might be just what you are looking for.

It took a little bit of planning finesse on my husband's part to get us to Melk, Austria.

You'll want to take a bus, then a train, and then transfer to another train before getting THE train tickets for the day to the Wachau Valley of Austria.

At our last stop, a helpful station agent helped us coordinate tickets to Melk, and we didn’t even have to make a mad dash for the train.

Don't be afraid to ask for help. So many people around the world are willing to help. Many of them speak English as well if that is your native language.

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We arrived in Melk, Austria around the same time as an English-speaking tour was starting at Melk Abbey . I would not recommend this if you aren't in the best of shape, but we took off on an uphill hike that might have taken 30 minutes at a leisurely speed. At Kline-speed (and wanting to arrive in time for the tour), we reached the abbey in about 10 minutes.

Our girls were NOT pleased. Whew.

But we made it. Joining the English-speaking tour with Florian was our goal, and though it had already begun, AND we were a little breathless, we were still able to join.

The tour of Melk Abbey includes the royal wing, the great hall where lavish dinners were held, the library which housed over 100,000 books, the chapel, and then the gardens. It was all lovely.

Riding Bikes Along the Danube

When planning for this trip, Chris had discovered a bike ride from Melk to Krems, Austria.

So, after we finished the tour of the Abbey in Melk, Chris downloaded an app and then tried to get a code from a bike rental company. It took awhile for him to get things set up, but he finally got things squared away for an afternoon of bike riding along the south side of the Danube.

The Danube is not blue.

Just saying.

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Let’s just say I fell off my bike within ten minutes of starting the ride! Don't do that.

I was bringing up the rear with my family and got held up when my youngest slowed down to go through a small entryway onto the bike path that was flanked on either side by columns. I didn’t have anywhere to go at the last second as she slowed but into a column and down I went.

Got my elbow and knee pretty good; I kept going to work out the kinks.

Now, let me just say that the blurb we read about this ride suggested that it was a nice, leisurely downhill coast. DOWNHILL. It was not, IN ANY WAY, leisurely or a downhill coast.

After a couple of hours and about 25 km, we finally stopped in a small town called Spitz, Austria. Our bike-riding muscles were worn out.

Though Chris was ready to ride a couple more hours until we reached Krems, his girls were not willing to go further by bike.

Again, my friends, be flexible. Especially when you are traveling with teenagers.

You can catch a bus to Krems.

By the time we arrived in Krems the town was pretty much shut down for the day. Boo.

After walking around for a short time, Chris found a train leaving from the Krems station back to Vienna. We only had a few minutes before it left and were all willing to run a little back to the train station to catch it. Sadly, we picked the slower train and it was two hours later when we finally rolled into the Vienna station.

Chris and I ate Built Bars protein bars on the train as our pseudo dinner. Not the best meal. Sometimes you have to make do in a pinch. Our girls weren’t having any of it. Luckily we finally reached the station in Vienna and found a small food court.

Essential Travel Gear for Your Days in Vienna with Teens

Chris and I both do extensive advance research when we travel and find many amazing places to visit and activities to enjoy.

I often take pictures of him while on vacation where he is looking at his phone. People sometimes comment, "Chris is always on his phone. Is he bored?"

Not so. He is checking train schedules, making sure apps are downloaded, and keeping up-to-date on excursions. The cell phone makes it so much simpler. If you aren't traveling with a cell phone , I highly recommend it.

Recommended Travel Gear

  • Portable Charger - I promise, you will use it!
  • Headphones, Airpods, or corded earbuds
  • Tablet and Keyboard
  • Cable Organizer
  • DSLR Camera, Point and Shoot Camera, or Underwater Camera
  • Camera battery, Charger, Memory Card
  • Power Strip
  • International Adapters
  • Apple Watch
  • The NorthFace Recon Backpack for Women
  • The NorthFace Recon Backpack
  • Travelon Crossbody Messenger Bag

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There are so many more items I use and recommend for travel . Check out my Amazon Storefront for more suggestions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is vienna family friendly.

Definitely. In fact, it is one of the most family friendly cities in Europe. If you are considering visiting Vienna with teens, I think you'll discover it to be a destination that has something for everyone in the family.

Is Vienna budget friendly?

If you compare Vienna to a more affordable destination such as Germany and then a more expensive country such as Switzerland, Vienna falls in the middle as an affordable destination. You can make choices in your accommodations, activities, entertainment, and food that will help your budget.

When is the best time to visit Vienna?

Summer is always a great time to visit Vienna when the day-time temperatures are high and nights are warm. If you want to add a little color to some of the best views in Vienna, consider a visit in the fall when temps are still pleasant.

What are the best views in Vienna?

Belvedere Palace (the featured image on this post) is one of the most photographed buildings in Vienna. You can also find Instagrammable spots at the cathedrals, Schonbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, and all along the Ringstrasse .

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Final thoughts on 10 fun things to do in vienna with teens.

Visiting Austria is the perfect destination when you are traveling with family. If you are exploring Vienna with teens, there are plenty of sites, excursions, day trips , and tours to keep everyone happy. There's just a little something for everyone.

Travel with teenagers does require some advance planning and research, especially if you are traveling on a budget. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South . It was a bit outside of Vienna, but allowed us to use Hilton Honors points with the two rooms that we needed. Plus, it included breakfast which can add up to a big savings when you travel with family.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South
  • Hertha-Firnberg-Strasse 5, 1100, Vienna, Austria
  • TEL: +43-1-60530555

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