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Let the children lead the way in Vienna

Updated on April 2, 2014

If you’re planning your holidays and going with children, Vienna is a destination which offers a lot of options to keep even the youngest entertained – activities which the grown-ups will love too!

Haus der Musik

The Haus der Musik (House of Music) is not just a music museum: it also offers a whole host of activities for adults and little ones, inviting all to participate, engage and play as they discover and experience music through all five senses. They will be able to compose their own waltz while playing with dice, and even conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In short, a whole universe of music awaits in the capital of classical music.

Virtual conductor © Inge Prader / Haus der Musik
Virtual conductor © Inge Prader / Haus der Musik | Source
Family visiting the museum, ©Technisches Museum Wien
Family visiting the museum, ©Technisches Museum Wien | Source

Technisches Museum

Another place for children to explore – if a more technical world this time – is the Technisches Museum (Museum of Technology). This has a specific area dedicated to children, called Mini TMW, where they can expand their knowledge while having fun with the technical games, the interactive objects and the special computers for children, among other things. This is a space for adventures and for children to experiment with all of their senses.

Zoom Museum

Continuing with museums, another which comes highly recommended is the Zoom Museum, located in Vienna’s famous MuseumsQuartier. With its separate areas – ZoomOcean, Zoom Studio, Zoom Exhibition, Zoom Science and Zoom Animated Film Studio – it is designed for children from 18 months to 14 years of age. Through play and experimentation, children can do all kinds of things in these different areas of the museum: developing their motor skills and their cognitive and social abilities; creating films; or engaging with interesting scientific discoveries or artistic creativity (painting, drawing, designing, etc.).

 © ZOOM Kindermuseum / Alexandra Eizinger
© ZOOM Kindermuseum / Alexandra Eizinger | Source
Labyrinth, Irrgarten Schönbrunn | Maze Schönbrunn © Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. / Julius Silver
Labyrinth, Irrgarten Schönbrunn | Maze Schönbrunn © Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. / Julius Silver | Source
© Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebs.Ges.m.b.H. Fotograf: Agentur Zolles
© Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebs.Ges.m.b.H. Fotograf: Agentur Zolles

At Schönbrunn

If you are thinking of visiting Schönbrunn Palace, you will also find various attractions for children there too. The Labyrinth (situated in the Palace’s gardens) or the Schönbrunn Zoo (the world’s oldest zoological park, with over 600 species of animals) are just two of the possibilities available on the Palace premises. You will also find the Children’s Museum (Kindermuseum ‘Schloss Schönbrunn erleben’), where the young visitors – dressed up as little Emperors – are guided by Poldi the friendly ghost as they discover the secrets of the lives of the children of the Imperial era, and also learn about the different social classes of that time. Another interesting option is the Schönbrunn Palace Puppet Theatre, where the magnificent and charming marionettes perform The Magic Flute or Hansel and Gretel, among other shows, which are sure to captivate the whole family.

The world's oldest ZOO

© Haus des Meeres, Foto Hans Novak
© Haus des Meeres, Foto Hans Novak | Source

Haus des Meeres

As well as the Schönbrunn Zoo, another option for nature lovers is the House of the Sea (Aqua Terra Zoo, Haus des Meeres). More than 10,000 animals live here (including fish and birds), and it is also the home of Austria’s largest aquarium. The Tropical House, the CrocodilePark, the Terrarium and the Mediterranean section will amaze visitors young and old.

The Lipizzaner

One final recommendation involving animals is a visit to a show of the Lipizzaner stallions at Vienna’s Spanish Riding School. In the beautiful baroque hall of the Winter Riding School at HofburgPalace, you will be able to delight in the caprioles, the ballet and the wonderful execution when watching these famous horses perform. However, please keep in mind that entrance is not permitted to children under three years of age.

Vienna’s Prater

If you are looking for sheer fun, the obvious option is Vienna’s Prater. Here you will be able to find all kinds of attractions and for all ages, including its famous Ferris wheel (which featured in one of the scenes of Carol Reed’s The Third Man). As well as the attractions, the Prater also offers sports areas and facilities, cafés and restaurants.

Wiener Prater
Wiener Prater | Source

Although we have already mentioned music, Vienna – the capital of classical music – is the ideal place for children to enjoy the world of opera and, for some, perhaps experience it for the first time. The Vienna State Opera values its young audience very much, and seeks to engage them with its special sessions offering fun performances for children.

These are some of the main activities that we would like to recommend, so that you and the children can enjoy this beautiful city which sits on the Danube. Visit Vienna and discover many more things for yourselves – and why not let the children lead the way?

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      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Vienna. A lovely city to enjoy by people of all ages. If you travel with kids this info is very handy. Voted up.