With such a rich history and cosmopolitan cityscape, Vienna, Austria, offers an ideal setting for families seeking chic accommodations, culture and fun. Take the kids sightseeing and exploring all over the city, but be sure to check out these top spots.
Zoom Children’s Museum is a unique kid-centric space with hands-on exhibits, art workspaces, science workshops and even animated film studios. Ideal for children 13 and younger, there is a space for kids of all ages. Young children and babies enjoy Zoom Ocean room, filled with soft, fun and durable toys while 3–6-year-old kids get crafting in the art studio.
For something a bit more worldly, head to the Belvedere Museum and Palace. The art gallery and World Heritage Site boasts impeccable grounds and historic, ornate architecture. Stroll around the palace taking in the view before heading inside to enjoy works by the masters. Peruse famous pieces by Gustav Klimt or open your mind to more contemporary works by artists like Eva Koťátková.
To visit Vienna without taking in a bit of its music history and culture would be a near crime. Bring the kids to Haus der Music and explore the Sound Museum on a musical adventure. The interactive museum is perfect for kids while introducing them to the great composers of Austria. Turn names into songs playing Namadeus — a musical game invented by Mozart himself — or compose your own waltz with a dice game.
Have a bit of family fun at the Prater Amusement Park, also known as the Wurstelprater, the oldest amusement park. The public park offers family a fun and old-fashioned getaway with arcade games, train rides and the impressive Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel. The park remains open all day, everyday, so guests feel free to pop in as they please.
Feel like a royal for a day exploring the Schönbrunn Palace. Tour the historic site’s incredible grounds complete with Imperial gardens, a children’s museum and zoo. Take the self-guided tour through the palace, exploring the luxury accommodation and lavish lifestyle of a bygone era. The kids can play prince and princess dressing up as the imperial children at the Children’s Museum, learning the customary dances of the day or venture through the maze of the impeccable palace garden. Don’t forget to stop at the world’s oldest zoo, the Schönbrunn Zoo, to visit resident lions and tigers.