Experience Vienna, Austria with your children for a magical time you will all remember for many years to come. This European gem brings together the very best in history, art, culture and more, and allows you to pack a lot into a short time and easily traversable space. Vienna makes vacationing accessible as well as fun. All of these activities recommended for ages 8 and up
The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria
Phone: +43 1 52524
Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM Tuesday-Sunday (but open until 9 PM on Thursday), Closed Mondays
Admission: Adults € 14, Children (Under 19) Free. Additional charge for audio and guided tours. You can purchase tickets online.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum is a fantastic museum of fine art, located on Ringstraße in the heart of Vienna. The 19th century building is a work of art unto itself, with impressive architecture and a palatial feel. Inside you’ll find a stunning collection of classical art, including much of the collection of the famed Hapsburg family. The museum also holds the largest Bruegel collection in the world. Among the most famous works, visitors will find Raphael’s “Madonna in the Meadow,” Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting,” the Infanta paintings by Velazquez, as well as masterworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto. This is one of the preeminent museums in all of Europe, which is saying something given the quality of the competition. Any family would do well to spend at least a little time here, and it is sure to leave its mark on you all as a fantastic and memorable experience. Also note that they have very useful audio guides.
Address: Tuchlauben, 1010 Wien, Austria
“The Golden Quarter,” commonly known to locals as the “Golden U” is the very best in Viennese shopping. This luxury district is the equivalent of New York’s 5th Avenue, and similar high-end, destination shopping areas across the world. Here you will find a wide array of well known brands, mixed with smaller shops. The unifying factor here is quality – and price – don’t expect to go bargain hunting in the Golden U. This is for serious shoppers or those who love the thrill of window browsing.
From Our Family:
The “Golden U” had all the fine shops you would expect in any fashionable city, plus many local shops with great style. It was a fun place to wander around for an hour (or three). Teens will really enjoy the shopping options, as will parents. If you plan to spend a longer amount of time here, you may enjoy taking a break to linger and enjoy a cappuccino at one of the many charming cafes.
Address: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
Phone: +43 1 515523054
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6 AM – 10 PM, Sundays and Holidays 7 AM – 10 PM
Admission: Free of charge, though there is a small fee for tours and to climb the towers.
St. Stephens Cathedral is the number one attraction in Vienna, with over 3 million visitors per year. This beautiful and massive structure has so much to see inside, and also offers some of the most impressive views outward, allowing you to admire the city as a whole. You can climb the stairs of the “Türmer Stube” (South tower), or take a lift up the Pummerin (North Tower). You can also venture below ground into the catacombs. Guided tours are available, and help give context and add appreciation of this incredible structure, originally constructed in 1147. The cathedral was all but destroyed during world War II, but with the help of many Austrians, this national symbol of pride was completely rebuilt in just seven years. No trip to Vienna is complete without at least a brief stopover at this truly impressive landmark.
Address: Seitenstettengasse 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
Phone: +43 1 53104167
The historic synagogue, known locally as Stadttempel, is an early 19th century building and a very worthwhile stop while touring the Innere Stadt of Vienna. While the interior is stunning, its unassuming facade is actually hidden behind a row of houses, due to an edict issued by Emperor Joseph II that only Roman Catholic churches could face on city streets. Serving today as an active house of worship and the main community center for Vienna’s Jewish population, this building is a lively center of history and culture that deserves a visit.
This unique and interactive experience places the history of Austria at your fingertips in a way that is engaging and accessible for all ages. Break up the usual museum fare with something a bit more on the children’s level, with a show that takes you “on a journey” through time and Vienna.
From Our Family:
The creators clearly put a lot of time, money, and thought into making the history of Austria “come alive.” Kids will certainly enjoy it and appreciate the effort. There is a ”4D” movie and some brief skits describing the history of Austria, in a way that is certainly more engaging for kids than simply reading them. The English version of the show is only available at certain times, so be sure to check carefully and make sure you’re going to a performance you can understand. While this was not our favorite place, it is certainly a kid friendly way to immerse yourself into local history and get an overview of things.
Address: Auerspergstrasse 1, A-1080 Wien
Phone: +43 1817 2178
Vienna has long been the center of the classical music world. With such favored sons as Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert, among others, no trip to Vienna is complete without a classical music experience. If you and your family are novices, it is a great introduction. If you are already fans and concertgoers, seeing a show in one of the great and storied halls of the city that gave birth to the masters is sure to create a lasting memory. Wind down your day in a relaxing and beautiful way with a great show at a wonderful concert hall.
From Our Family:
We really enjoyed this and are so glad we did it. The hall itself was a beautiful setting and it was really an experience just to be in the space. The show featured nice, energetic performers of classical music who put on a wonderful performance. This would be a great way to introduce your kids to classical music without it being too long a show, or too large a performance space. We recommend this venue as a great one for families and the right middle ground between something that will go over their heads, and something that won’t do justice to the experience.
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