You can’t always guarantee sunshine on your holidays, and every parent knows that having bored children on a rainy day is no fun for anyone!

Luckily, BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you, and researched the best child-friendly Indoor activities in Vienna, where your little ones can soak up some of the art, history and musical culture the city is famous for.

1. Zoom Children’s Museum – ZOOM Kindermuseum

This fantastic modern museum offers four different areas for various ages: Hands-on Exhibition (6-12 years), Ocean (0-6 years), Studio (3-12 years) and Animated Film Studio (8-14 years). The interactive activities ensure your children’s unwavering attention- they’ll be having so much fun they won’t even notice it’s educational!

Each area has fixed opening times and participation is limited so advanced booking is recommended.

Address: Museums Quartier, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien

Website: www.kindermuseum.at/en

Opening Times: Tues-Fri: 8.30am-4pm /

Sat., Sun., public holidays (except monday): 9.45am-4pm

Closed on Mondays.

2. Museum of Illusions – Museum der Illusionen

Optical illusions, holograms and installations provide hours of fun at this unique venue. Experiences include a dizzying tilted room and a rotating cylinder tunnel , which will deceive your eyes and entertain your mind. Educational games and puzzles along the way will keep you guessing. Don’t forget your camera for some memorable pictures!

Address: Wallnerstraße 4, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Website: www.museumderillusionen.at/en

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 21:00

3. The Butterfly House – Das Schmetterling Haus

The perfect spot for any budding naturalists, The Butterfly House is attached to The Hofburg – the official residence of the President of Austria. Visitors can admire hundreds of rare and colourful butterflies flitting about amongst tropical plants, as you wander through the beautiful glass building. Heated to a balmy 26 degrees all year round, this is a lovely place for a rainy day!

Address: Hofburg, 1010 Wien, Austria

Website: www.schmetterlinghaus.at/en

Opening Times: Summer (April – October) : Monday – Friday  10.00 – 16.45 / Sat, Sun & Holidays:  10.00 – 18.15

Winter (November – March): Monday – Sunday (incl. Holidays):  10.00 – 15.45

4. House of the Sea – Haus des Meeres

An aquarium with a difference, Haus des Meeres spans 5,000 square metres and is home to 10,000 land and sea animals, from crocodiles and monkeys to sharks, sea turtles and colourful corals.

Café Sharky is a self-service restaurant offering light snacks and drinks – ideal for a quick pit stop before climbing the Tower Stairs (all 192 of them!) up to the rooftop terrace for amazing views of Vienna.

Address: Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1, 1060 Wien

Website: www.haus-des-meeres.at/en/Home.htm

Opening Times: Daily from 9 am – 6 pm / Thursday until 9 pm.

5. Opera for Young People – Wiener Staatsoper

Immerse your children in the world of music at one of the most famous opera houses in the world – Wiener Staatsoper, as well as the adjoining Agrana Studiobühne, a venue designed specifically for a younger audience.

Children aged 6 and over can enjoy concerts and ballets such as The Magic Flute, as well as dance workshops and guided tours.

Address: Wiener Staatsoper GmbH, Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna

Website: www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/staatsoper/young-staatsoper

Opening Times: Check the website for up to date performances.

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