When you think of Vienna, you may think of Sigmund Freud, Beethoven, and Mozart. And, no doubt, you think of the city’s historic and cultural memorials, wineries, and religious temples and cathedrals. But did you know that Vienna has a plethora of activities and attractions for families with kids?
Try one of the museums like the Zoom Kids’ Museum, Natural History Museum, or the Kindermuseum. And if you want to see some culture, try the Marionette Theater, Maze, or Wiener Eistraum. The zoo, aquarium, and amusement park are fun too. But leave your shopping bags and backpacks with a suitcase storage facility first, before heading to your first attraction.
Vienna Chocolate Museum
Since everyone loves chocolate, this museum should be a hit with the whole family. Take a chocolate journey through time to learn the history of this tasty delight. Play interactive games about cocoa. See the eight-foot statues that look and smell like chocolate. And taste a variety of different chocolates!
Kids of all ages can have fun at Zoom Children’s Museum where they can get hands-on experiences with different exhibitions. The Ocean is an underwater world for preschoolers. Kids up to 12 tend to enjoy the Studio where they can do crafts, paint, and color. Older kids love the Animated Film Studio.
Natural History Museum
From the Dinosaur Hall to the collection of over 1,100 meteorites, the Natural History Museum is fun for kids and adults. The Anthropology Halls have skeletons and other parts of the human body to see, including an x-ray machine for kids. And the Gem Hall has a giant topaz that weighs over 250 pounds!
The little ones will love this fun palace for pint-sized people. Inside the Schönbrunn Palace, you and the kiddos can learn about the royal life of the Habsburg Court. The kids can even be a prince or princess for the day, donning fancy costumes and exploring a dozen rooms where the royal kids lived.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Fun for all, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum has three floors with more than 80 figures that look so real you have to touch them. The museum features eight sections including Music with Katy Perry and Michael Jackson and film with Brad Pitt and James Bond. Bring your phone so you can get lots of pics.
Parks and Other Outdoor Fun
The oldest amusement park in the world, Prater is a fun place for all ages, and it is free to enter. You just have to pay for the rides you get on. There are over 250 attractions including roller coasters, the Ferris wheel, trains, and special rides for the little ones. They also have a dozen eateries and four gift shops.
House of the Sea (Haus des Meeres)
Kids and adults will love the House of the Sea. They have a 79,000-gallon tank with over 10,000 marine creatures including sharks, sea turtles, and a 140,000-gallon tank with everything from nurse sharks to damselfish. Don’t miss the underwater tunnel and the amazing view from the 11th floor.
If you are in Vienna during the summer, bring a towel and sunscreen so you can take a dip at the beach. Strandbad Gänsehäufel has a lovely swimming area on the Danube River. They also have volleyball, boat rentals, a climbing park, and a snack bar for when hunger hits. In the winter, bring ice skates instead!
Also known as the Vienna Zoo, this is the oldest zoo in the world. The aquarium, with an underwater tunnel and coral reef, is fun as well as the rainforest house full of bats, the playgrounds, and the sea lion exhibit. Altogether, there are over 8,500 animals in 700+ species. Be sure to take a ride on the train!
Lainz Game Reserve (Lainzer Tiergarten)
What used to be the private hunting grounds reserved for royalty is now the Lainz Game Reserve. The park boasts over 6,050 acres with a variety of animals including elk, mouflons (sheep), fallow deer, and wild boar. There are six forests, each with different themes to explore.
Yamm is one of the most popular family restaurants in Vienna. The locals also eat at Yamm, so it must be good! The buffet is amazing and has so many selections you will have trouble choosing. Go ahead and get a little of each. You pay by the weight of your plate so the kids’ plates will always be cheaper too!
What a great name for a sausage shop! And with their movie posters of the Avengers and other superheroes, bright colors, and kid-friendly menus, the whole family will love it at Vienna Sausage. They have a regular hotdog on a bun, sausage with melted cheese, wiener schnitzel, or the spicy Dog of Doom.
Across from the Zoom Museum and inside the Dschungel Theater House for Kids, the Jungle Café is designed with kids in mind. Overlooking the courtyard, you can let the kids run wild while you eat a peaceful meal. From schnitzel to burgers and sachertorte or kaiserschmarrn for dessert, they have it all.
For the best wiener schnitzel and apple strudel in Austria, the experts say you should visit Gasthaus Kopp. Completely the opposite of fancy and posh, this cozy and casual place is perfect for the kids too. They serve both Viennese and Austrian cuisine like Zwiebelrostbraten (roasted beef) and homemade potato salad.
If you just want some dessert, try Eis Greissler. Their ice cream is not just good, it is amazing! With more than 100 flavors, you are sure to find something you like. Some of the unique flavors include orange lavender, coconut peach, elderflower, and pumpkin seed. They even have asparagus or goat cheese flavors.
Vienna is a fantastic city for a family vacation. With so much to do and see, you may have to come back again and again. Keep in mind these excellent attractions and eateries, which are specially chosen for families with kids. And bring a camera so you can take lots of pics to share on social media.