Top 10 places to visit to visit with kids & family in Vienna, Austria
Vienna is the capital and also the largest city of Austria. It has a population of 1.8 million and is also Austria’s primary city. It has the second largest number of German speakers after Berlin and hosts many international organizations like United Nations and OPEC. It is known as the City of Music for its vast musical history, as well as the City of Dreams, being the home to the world’s first psycho-analyst, Sigmund Freud.
It is known for its high quality of living, so much so that the UN-Habitat has classified Vienna as the most prosperous city in the world in 2012/2013. The summers have warm temperatures, and the winter are dry and have temperatures near freezing point. The most popular tourist attractions for kids here are:
- Schönbrunn Palace
It is a former imperial summer residence consisting of more than 1400 rooms. It has a tremendous history, and with its vast gardens, it is a beautiful picnic spot. The westernmost part of the castle which was turned into a play area and drill ground for the children is a huge tourist attraction along with a botanical garden that you can visit with your family. You can enjoy the marvelous architectures and the historical monuments of the palace while the kids can enjoy the gardens and playgrounds.
- Children’s Museum
The Kaiser Kindy is an ideal place for kids, as they can play dress up as well as learn everything about the history of Vienna firsthand. Kids can dress up as prince or princesses, sit on thrones and learn about the food eaten during ancient times in Vienna, due to everything being in the imperial theme.
- Haus der Musik
There are five floors of this museum that houses history about many past composers, scientific displays on how sound is generated, concert halls with interactive screens where kids can play their songs or make playlists. You can try Namadeus, a musical game invented by Mozart, which turns names into melodies. You can compose a Viennese waltz by throwing a pair of dice and last but not the least; you can virtually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This is a highly recommended place for kids and families alike, for future Mozarts or Beethovens.
- Vienna State Opera
It offers children’s operas all around the year except July and August when they take a break. They do it from the top of the Opera House and are adaptations of original operas or new plays made just for children to enjoy their time there. The operas are on an hourly basis, with each’s duration being an hour long, but the tickets are sold out way in advance, so you have to make a quick decision if you plan on visiting this amazing place.
- Prater Amusement Park
It is an amusement park filled with plenty of rides, food stands, and shops. There are so many things to do like visit the wax museum or ride on the rollercoasters, that your kids will eat hot every minute there. There are free-falling towers and even a ghost train to go check out with the whole family in tow. Like any other amusement park, it is filled with playgrounds, slides, and slopes, and adventure sports for your kids to try out.
It consists of two Baroque palaces, the Orangery and Palace stables. It features a number of fascinating works of art, including a lot of Gustav Klimt masterpieces. There is ‘Art Detective on the trail of masterpieces’ booklet to guide little children through paintings to find the mistakes in them and to ask them questions about various sculptures, which is a fun way to grab the attention of the kids while you look around, and also will serve knowledge to them about ancient Medieval arts from way before the 21st century.
- Kunsthistorisches Museum
This museum brings out the inner architects, artists, and sculptors out of your kids. Here kids can create their works of art inspired by the paintings and sculptures inside the museum. The kids will treasure this experience, and it is really a must to visit this place if you ever plan on visiting Vienna with your kids.
The Museum of Modern Art allows young children to invent comics from stories they see in the exhibition, do junk recycling from waste and create animated short films, on Saturdays and Sundays. This is an extremely enthusiastic opportunity for kids who love reading comics and ever want to write comics or even for adults to just try a hand at something fun.
- ZOOM Children’s Museum
You can take a break from the architecture and music for a while and ensure your kids are shaving a good time by taking them here. For younger children, there is a tunnel or mirrors where they can enjoy and a water mattress they can crawl on, which will help improve their motor skills. Older children can view hands-on exhibits that can help them experience life in Medieval times or produce animations.
The kids can enter a small-size indoor town where they can try out different professions like working at the supermarket, hospital, and schools, etc. This is enjoyable for the kids; they can play pizza makers or play nurses. They are also paid in a local currency called Eurolinos. This is a massively enjoyable experience for kids, and you should visit this place if you end up in Vienna.
It is a large municipal park, filled with statues of popular Viennese artists, sculptures and writers, and which is famous for its waltz concerts. You can take a break from all the touring and the sightseeing, and spend a relaxing day out for a picnic or something with your family and children. Kids can play in the gardens while you can laze about on the sunny slopes and admire all the sculptures.
- Big bus
A city-wide bus or train ride is the best way to spend a few hours viewing all the scenic beauty of the city and to see all the tourist attractions like Parliament, Natural History Museum, St Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Imperial Place, among other sights. This is the best way to have a wide outlook of the whole city, if you cannot visit all the places with the kids in tow or because you are there for a short period of time. There is the Red Route for 95 minutes and Blue Route for 85 minutes, a website report.
- Wiener Riesenrad
Built in 1897, this is a giant Ferris wheel where visitors can also find an exhibition full of miniature versions of the wheel at different times of its life. So the trip can be both fun and educational. It is the oldest Ferris wheel which we see in quite a lot movies, and it would be adventurous for both the kids and people of any age to climb into a giant Ferris wheel.
- Bogi Park
This is the largest indoor park in Vienna situated on its outskirts. The hike up there and all the exciting things there makes it worth your kids’ time. There is free WiFi for adults. There is a huge climbing net the kids can enjoy on, go karts for both kids and adults to ride on and a trampoline where all the kids can bounce and have fun. This is just like any other park, and you can visit it a day out of your vacation just to spend a quiet day with your family and kids.
- Tiergarten Schönbrunn
It is one of the oldest zoos in the world, mainly believing in conservation and one of the few to house pandas. There are a rainforest house, an aquarium, and a solarium for the kids to enjoy without pestering you. The aquarium for the arctic animals is the biggest hit among children. There are cute pandas to look and click pictures. The zoo is a huge hit among people of all ages.
Hence Vienna is not just a tourist place for adults or art enthusiasts. Common laymen and little children have a lot of unique and special adventures to enjoy on this trip. There are many other amusements parks and lots of gardens with a scenic beauty which can be visited in the evenings for a picnic or something. Vienna is totally a cool place for kids as well as adults. Do not hesitate to go even if you have to bring your kids with you.