What to do in Vienna with kids
Vienna is a city that offers plenty of fun for kids. Alongside countless museums and playgrounds, families have numerous options to keep the boredom at bay, such as at the Schönbrunn Zoo, the aquarium Haus des Meeres, the attractions at the Prater amusement park and lush grass for picnics on the Danube Island.
Here is a brief, by no means complete list of all the various attractions in Vienna, that you can discover as a family.Check out a 3-day itinerary below 👇
#1 Vienna with kids day 1: Schönbrunn Zoo
The Schönbrunn Zoo, which opened in 1752, is located on the grounds of the Schönbrunn castle and it’s one of the top attractions when exploring Vienna with your kids.
The first highlight – the reptile house – awaits visitors right at the entrance. Peek inside to spot the countless fish, spiders and jellyfish that might give your little ones a few goosebumps. The walking tour is ideal for photographs thanks to its exciting design: you can pass under a water bridge and watch the strange-looking fish swim right above you.
Since 2003, the Schönbrunn Zoo has been participating in the breeding program for panda bears and has housed two of the endangered animals for some time now. Their resemblance to big teddy bears makes the pandas a must-see for kids.
Finish off the first day with a walk through the expansive palace gardens. Lots of benches, little ponds and hiding spots ensure plenty of variety to entertain kids all day long.
Address: Maxingstraße 13b, 1130 Vienna
Directions: U4 Station Hierzing
Opening times: Mon – Sun (9 AM – 5.30 PM)
Price: Children €14, adults €24. Free for children under 6.
#2 Vienna with kids day 2: Museum of Natural History
In the Museum of Natural History, you will be greeted by a very impressive building with a wide-ranging and interesting collection of preserved animals. Sharks, birds of prey, crocodiles, and some models of prehistoric animals are sure to elicit “Oohs” and “Aaahs” from the little ones.
The museum also houses a planetarium with a semicircular dome where films are screened. The film screenings cost €5 for adults. The program is available at the information desk.
After visiting the museum, you can take a stroll along the Ring Road, stopping off to see the Volksgarten public gardens. You and your family can easily walk along the wide pavements of the Ring Road to see some of Vienna’s most impressive buildings, including the Parliament, City Hall, the Stock Exchange, Hofburg Palace and the Grand Hotel. The numerous parks of Vienna offer ample opportunities to take a break and recharge along the way.
Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
Directions: U2 & U3 Station Volkstheater
Opening times: Thu – Mon (9 AM – 6.30 PM), Wednesdays (9 AM – 9 PM), Tuesdays closed
Price: Adults €14. Free for children/teenagers under 19.
#3 Vienna with kids day 3: The Prater amusement park
The Prater amusement park offers so much more than just the world-famous Ferris wheel.
A combination ticket is recommended, which you can buy at the cashier’s desk at the Ferris wheel. The ticket includes entry to 13 attractions in Prater and saves you a considerable amount. You can find the complete price list here.
Even though Prater allows you to bring your own food, make sure you get to try the Schweizerhaus for some delicious, high-quality Austrian cuisine.
Address: Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna
Directions: U1 Praterstern
Opening times: Mon – Sun (1 PM – 9 PM)
Price: Individual entry fees for rides — for example, the Ferris wheel costs €13.50 for adults and €6.50 for children.
Winding down on Danube Island
As a farewell outing, your family can relax together at Danube Island and perhaps pack a picnic. When the sun is shining, you have a splendid view over the city and can reflect on your days in Vienna. Now and then a cruise ship might pass by, and after your picnic you can easily reach your destination with the underground. This is a perfect end to what was hopefully a lovely family holiday in Vienna.
No matter what is on your itinerary, Vienna is certain to offer a few extra surprises.