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Things to do with kids in Vienna

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Vienna may not seem like a ‘kid’ friendly vacation… but there are plenty of things to do and see in and around the city of Vienna with your children that everyone will enjoy!

Vienna is an amazing city full of culture, history and music. No matter what the age of your children you can find fun things to do for the entire group. This list is my families “top 10”.

1. ZOOM Children’s Museum

ZOOM is the hands on place to take your kids in Vienna. ZOOM has a changing schedule but will include 4 or 5 different choices depending on your child’s interest and age. This is totally kid powered fun that they can really sink their teeth into. You are encouraged to make a reservation ahead of time. We have experienced the art class first hand. They begin by donning appropriately sized coveralls for this painting extravaganza, the class is taught by professionals and really encourage the kids to get their hands dirty. This included color shading, mixing and even spraying paint on to the paper covered walls! Anything goes here to let your little ones express themselves with color and at the end of the session you can take your masterpieces home to decorate your walls or even use as wrapping paper.

2. Schönbrunn Palace

There are so many things to do at Schönbrunn you will only have a problem choosing which one! There is a Kinder program to the right of the main entrance of the Palace; this includes setting the imperial table and dressing up as a royal child. Kids will learn the differences between royal and middle class children as well as what kids ate and played with from the time period. Located within the palace gardens are the Maze and Labyrinth. Both are geared towards a range of ages in children and you can let them run free trying out all the hands on fun and activities, like the amazing playground and climbing equipment.

3. Demel

Need a break from the walking and can’t get your kids to stop? Try grabbing a table in the back of Demel (one of the most famous Konditorei in Vienna). You view the glass enclosed kitchen and your little one can watch till their hearts content of huge rollers pressing out dough, or cakes being iced right before their eyes… you will actually have time to enjoy your Melange and torte.

4. Natural History Museum

The building alone will stop you in your tracks but the sheer volume of the collections inside will knock you out. Start at the insects and work your way through to the mammals. If your child has a special interest in a particular species you are sure to find it here either in formaldehyde or behind glass. They even have a special hands on section just for kids. For a special treat stop in the café, you can order up a chocolate fondue for the table. This will revive everyone!

5. Schmetterling Haus

Located between the Albertina and the Burg Garten, the Schmetterling haus is a small conservatory that even the littlest in your group will enjoy. As you walk through be ready for butterflies of all colors to land on you and come along for a ride. You can even see them hatching out of their cocoons! After walking through you can sit and enjoy a short film on a variety of butterflies and moths.

6. Carriage Ride through Vienna

No trip to Vienna will be complete without a fiaker ride through the city. The kids absolutely love it! After all the walking you do in Vienna, everyone needs a break while having someone point out all the “must sees”. Start at either Stephansdom or Michaeler Platz, you can opt for a shorter ride (less expensive) or take the longer route along the ring.

7. Zanoni & Zanoni

Ice cream is king in Vienna! Zanoni has two locations in the first district and open year round. They have the largest selection of amazing flavors that will be sure to please everyone in your family.

8. Prater

The Prater is one of the most amazing and oldest amusement parks in Europe. Take the entire family on the ReisenRad to see over all of Vienna. Rides here range from frightening to the easy bumper cars of yesteryear. Perfect for the entire family.

9. Schönbrunn Zoo

Located on the Palace grounds is the oldest zoo in Vienna. The zoo has been updated since the imperial days and has some really great exhibits throughout. If your little ones love a certain animal check the feeding times and get an up close and personal view.

10. Spanish Riding School

Watching the Lipizzans dance will amaze kids of all ages! A good deal for families is to buy tickets to view the morning exercises and take a guided tour of the barns. Take some time afterwards to stop in the café for cake and coffee.

Photo of the Spanish Riding School show, Vienna originally posted by BrianScott

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Venere Travel Blog writer kerry nieh

Kerry owns and operates a Personal Chef and Catering business in Washington DC. She has taken a year off from her business to travel and experience Europe with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs! Kerry currently resides in Vienna, Austria.

5 responses to “Things to do with kids in Vienna”

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  1. Lou Knee says:
    November 27th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Yes…I agree..the imperial butterfly house is just about the best tourist attraction for kids in Vienna..

  2. Vienna Travel Fan says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Vienna is agreat travel destination with kids – note also this article on Vienna with children (partly overlaps with your suggestions, though)

  3. Nina says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    where do you like to stay in vienna with two children (boys 9,12) and another family with teens/20′s “children” and two adults?

  4. Precia says:
    November 18th, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Headed there for the first time with 3 boys at Christmas. Want to do Christmas Markets and then worried that the morning exercise plus tours with horses will be long and too boring. Only have 2 1/2 days. How do we prioritize? Palace, Markets and Horses and that’s it? Any feedback?

  5. Wil says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 4:34 am

    We will be in Vienna in july 2010. We have 2 children( 5&7). Your post was very helpful. I would like to know where do you think would be a good place/ B&B to stay for the first few days that we are there?


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