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A 3-day family holiday in Vienna – with children!

Holidaying with the kids and the whole family

Even when on a short break to Austria’s capital, you will want to see and experience as much as possible, and both children and adults want to get their money’s worth.

children in schönbrunn palace garden and gloriette on hill top
children in schönbrunn palace garden © wildman /

This three-day programme will help you to discover the most exciting places in Vienna with the whole family:

Family holiday – Day One

The best way to directly immerse yourself into Viennese life is by starting with a visit to Schönbrunn Palace. Individual tours for children and adults whisk you away to life as it was during imperial times. A particularly fun highlight is dressing up in the Grand Imperial Courtyard, where children can transform themselves into princes and princesses. A perfect option is the Family Pass, which includes a visit to the Palace and the Children’s Museum.

After regaining some energy at Café Restaurant Residenz, you can spend the afternoon outdoors. The adjacent Schönbrunn Zoo is home to more than 500 different animal species. Whether you decide to do things independently with map in hand or as part of a family tour, an exciting afternoon is guaranteed.

If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can take a walk between the palace and the zoo through the Maze – who will be the first to find their way out?

Day Two

After a truly exhausting first day, the second is best begun in a rather more relaxed way. By taking a ride on the Vienna Ring Tram you will be able to view the most beautiful buildings in Vienna in comfort. A multimedia system provides you with information on the sights, while a separate listening programme for children will entertain even the youngest.
Lunch is best spent in one of the restaurants at Museums Quartier and from there you can start the afternoon in the surrounding museums. While younger visitors are participating in the interactive exhibits or one of the latest workshops at the Zoom Children’s Museum, adults can visit the Leopold Museum, to name just one, or enjoy a few hours of peace and quiet in one of the many cafés.

Day Three

Begin your final day at the Vienna State Opera on the Ringstraße. A small stroll through Kärntner Straße towards Stephansplatz will give you the chance to hunt for small souvenirs in the exclusive shopping streets.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a Viennese landmark and from there, you can enjoy a wonderful view over all of Vienna. The 343 steps up to the Pummerin, the cathedral’s large bell, are perfect for a bit of competition between the kids and adults.

In any case, you should bring your break to a close with a visit to the Wiener Wurstlprater amusement park. With candyfloss, a ghost train, and rollercoasters, as well as a traditional hall of mirrors and ring toss, children will love it. Finally, the impressive view over Vienna with a ride on the Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna’s giant ferris wheel, will make the evening perfect.