Tips for days out – free offers for children

Free entry to museums, parks, and landmarks

While looking for excursions with free or cheap entry for children, we found several experiences and have listed them here.

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Free entry to numerous museums

In many Viennese museums, kids under 19 go free. First and foremost, the exhibition at the ZOOM Children’s Museum is especially interesting. However, the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) is also a great attraction with life-size dinosaurs and elephant models, as well as tiny snails and shimmering stones. At the Technisches Museum (Museum of Technology), visitors can learn more about technical phenomena through interactive experiments and multimedia features. Children also go free in: AlbertinaBelvedereKunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum), Museum of Applied ArtsMuseum of Modern ArtTheatre Museum, Museum of Military History.


Donauinsel – a variety of offers for children

On sunny days, it is well worth visiting the extensive Donauinsel (Danube Island), which is ideal for cycling, skating, and walking. There is also a beach volleyball court and numerous swimming spots where you can cool off. The Donauinsel is also perfect for a cosy outdoor picnic. The nearby Alte Donau (Old Danube) offers more opportunities for swimming.


The Augarten is not only known for its marvellous Porcelain Museum. It features huge lawns with plenty of room for picnicking, playing, and running around. On especially sunny and hot days, the free children’s outdoor pool is the perfect place for the little ones to take a dip and cool off.

Schloss Schönbrunn Labyrinth

Inside the park in front of the baroque palace, there is a labyrinth, of maze, of tall hedges, ideal for playing hide-and-seek. And not too far from this, there is also a playground with a sandbox. The maze goes great with a visit to the Schloss Schönbrunn itself, which offers separate puzzle games and creative workshops organised just for children.

Lainzer Tiergarten

This former hunting preserve of the imperial family extends over 2,450 hectares and is home to a variety of plants and animals. Highlights for children: six different woodland playgrounds invite kids to play for a while in the diverse natural and cultural landscape. Another special feature is the Hermesvilla, which Emperor Franz Joseph once presented as a gift to Elisabeth. Free entry is offered here on the 1st Sunday of every month.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

With its mystical atmosphere, St. Stephen’s Cathedral (called “Stephansdom” or “Steffl” locally) is an exciting place for all ages. This Viennese landmark is also free to enter, while for a small fee, visitors can also ascend the 343 steps to the Pummerin (“Boomer”) bell – don’t pass up the chance for the adults and children to race each other to the top!